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Every time you want to copy content from one app to the other, compare files side by side or multitask in any other way, you need all the windows arranged accordingly. Magnet makes this process clean and simple. In just one drag to the edge, you snap any window into left, right, top or bottom half of your screen. And by dragging windows to the corners, you snap them into quarters. Taking advantage of such arrangements eliminates app switching and greatly enhances workspace efficiency.

Even nice, edge-to-edge fullscreen is just the matter of a single drag to the top of the screen. And if dragging doesn’t float your boat, Magnet supports keyboard shortcuts for every command it has to offer. We’ve got a little icon sitting in the Menu bar where you can find predefined shortcuts, or create ones that fit your needs.

In a nutshell:

・Left/Right/Top/Bottom halves of the screen supported
・Fullscreen & all four quarters of the screen supported
・Activated by dragging, customizable keyboard shortcuts or via Menu bar
・Runs both on Retina and regular displays
・Up to six external displays supported
・Built to run on all OS X versions since 10.8 Mountain Lion
・OS X 10.11 El Capitan optimized (including Dark Mode support)

What's New in Version 1.8

・OS X 10.11 El Capitan optimized
・Center current window command added
・Repeating left half or right half keyboard shortcut moves window to the next display
・German, Spanish, French, Italian, Czech and Japanese languages added


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Customer Reviews

It’s the best out there so far, but needs one more thing

First of all, buy this app. It does something that apparently Apple’s engineers can’t figure out: it lets you tile your windows quickly, easily, with keystrokes or by dragging against the edge of the screen. Apple, I hope you’re reading this. I tried the new split view thing and it was limited, weird to use, and I have difficulty believing it was made for the user. It feels like it was designed by a very large committee.

Second, if Magnet is going to cross from “good” to “great”, it needs something that Linux window managers have had for years: automatic arrangement of all the windows on the screen, not just one at a time. At present, I can fit up to four windows in a grid pattern. But go check out AwesomeWM or i3 for Linux. I can have five, six, ten windows on-screen at a time, and I can rearrange all of them at once by cycling through preset patterns with a single key command.

TL;DR: This is the best there is for the Mac at the moment, even better than what Apple has been able to come up with. But it still lags behind Linux. It has a chance to leapfrog ahead of it’s competition by adding a fuller set of options.

Great user experience

After the extremely disappointing user experience of Apple’s new split screen, I sought out a simple window manager that worked intuitively and was designed with the end-user in mind. Magnet could not be any easier to use. Simply drag a window to the edge or corner of your display and it will snap to a preconfigured geometry. Do you want your window to simply fill the right half of your display? Drag the window to the right edge and it will snap to that configuration. The other half of your display will remain usable as normal. With the Apple split screen, the other half of your display can only be used for another split screen window. If you prefer, there is a menu icon at the top with hotkeys and shortcuts to perform all the window management functions as well.

Better than El Capitan’s “Split View"

I updated to El Capitan thinking I would get rid of Magnet. Not that I didn’t like Magnet, but I prefer to use the fewest programs possible, and when something simple like this is baked into the OS, I prefer to use it through the OS. HOWEVER…I don’t like Split View. I dislike it so much, I’m keeping Magnet. Magnet is super-easy with their keyboard shortcuts. I only wish they included the drag-and-expand feature in Windows where you drag the program to the side of the screen, and it automatically expands/shrinks to half of the screen.

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  • $4.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.8
  • Size: 0.5 MB
  • Languages: English, Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor

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