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*** Apple’s pick for “Get Productive”. ***
*** Apple’s pick for “Invaluable Utilities”. ***
Every time you move a content from one app to the other, compare data side by side or multitask in any other way, you need all the windows arranged accordingly. Magnet makes this process clean and simple.
In one drag to the edge, you size a window into half of your screen. And by dragging windows to the corners, you snap them into quarters. Slide them to the bottom edge of your display to create thirds. Taking advantage of such arrangements eliminates app switching and greatly enhances workspace efficiency.
Magnet supports keyboard shortcuts as well, for every command it has to offer. There is that little icon sitting in the Menu Bar where you can find a predefined set or create yours.
・Left/Right/Top/Bottom Halves of the screen supported
・Left/Center/Right Thirds of the screen supported
・Left Two Thirds & Right Two Thirds of the screen supported
・Fullscreen & all four Quarters of the screen supported
・Activated by dragging (optional)
・Activated by keyboard shortcuts (customizable)
・Operated via Menu Bar icon
・Runs both on Retina and regular displays
・Up to six external displays supported
・Built to run on all macOS versions since 10.9 Mavericks
・macOS 10.12 Sierra optimized
What's New in Version 2.1.0
・macOS 10.13 High Sierra optimized
・Left/Center/Right Thirds of the screen are now supported – Drag a window to the bottom edge of your screen to create third. You can also use default keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Alt+D/F/G or create yours.
・Left Two Thirds & Right Two Thirds of the screen are now supported – Drag a window to the bottom edge of your screen and slide on it to create two thirds. You can also use default keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Alt+E/T or create yours.
・Adobe Creative Cloud apps are now supported (since 2017 version).
・macOS 10.12 Sierra performance and stability is improved.
・Backward compatibility with OS X 10.9 Mavericks is fixed.
Every good thing you’ve heard about Magnet is true!
Apple has done very well to declare Magnet an Invaluable Utility and list it in its grouping of best “Get Productive” apps - it’s a tiny little program that gives Finder and program windows on the Mac the “Snap” feature that Microsoft Windows has had for quite a while now. With Magnet you can effortlessly resize windows to fill any half of the screen (horizontal or vertical), quarter of the screen, 1/3 or 2/3 of the screen (vertically), or fill just the center or the entirety of the screen by dragging the window to the appropriate area at the edge of the screen or by hitting the associated key combo (all of which you can easily define). If that sounds complicated, it’s not - you’ll get used to it in seconds and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Think of it as the window-tiling feature in Microsoft Excel for the Mac…but for *everything*. Magnet makes it easy to compare lists, use screen space effectively and efficiently, present data consistently and attractively…you’ll find a use for it, and you’ll love it.
Magnet has become one of those absolutely essential programs that I immediately miss when I use a Mac that doesn’t have it running. It’s entirely worthy of its ludicrously high Customer Ratings; if you have the slightest inclination toward buying it, I heartily encourage you to do so.
It only half-works...
I’ve had continuous problems with this app since installing it. When using the menu on the top bar, apps reliably are resized to whichever part of the screen I choose. However, dragging an app to an edge of the screen to have it automatically resized only works sometimes. It’s so inconsistent. I’ve had Firefox open in more than one window and one of the windows would get picked up at the screen edge just fine, but then the other one wouldn’t. I’ve had apps that I’ve tried to resize by pulling them to the edge of the screen and it didn’t work over and over again, then the app just got chucked onto the next Desktop over rather than actually resize in the right way. It’s very frustrating! I’ve found myself resizing apps manually which really defeats the purpose of having this app. But, sometimes, it’s just less of a struggle. I’m sending a message to the support. Maybe they’ll be able to fix this. Update: I contacted support and nobody even bothered to respond to me. I waited a while so I certainly gave them enough of a chance to respond. I even offered to help them track down the issue. I consider this a real deal-breaker for developers not to care enough to respond to a paying customer. Considering this and the issues I’ve had with this app, I do not recommend it. If you do decide to get it, understand that there’s obviously no guarantee that it’ll work, or that you’ll get any support whatsoever if you encounter issues.
One of the apps I use the most on my mac! I initially got it to have multiple documents that I was working on at once organized side-by-side, especially since Word for Mac circa 2011 didn’t have the arrange windows function that the Microsoft version did. However, Magnet blows that function out of the water!!! You can use it for *any* app you have open and can arrange your windows in 16 different ways (not just the horizontal split arrangement of Word for Mac)! The only thing better would probably be native app window management straight from Apple, but who knows if we’ll see that anytime soon, so Magnet is the way to go!
I’ve already used it 100 times since the last (Feb 2017) update and way more than that if you count starting from the previous versions (I’ve had the app about 2-3 years), so if you’re someone that often works with multiple windows at once on one small screen (i.e., you don’t have multiple monitors), you can’t go wrong with paying the 99 cents for this awesome app!
Full disclosure: I’ve never written an App Store review, but when Magnet asked me to write one after my 100th use since the last update, I had to do it, since it’s such a handy app!
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Feb 14, 2017
- Version: 2.1.0
- Size: 1.8 MB
- Languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Seller: Pavel Kozarek
- ©  Tomáš Znamenáček, Pavel Kozárek, Michal Sedlák
Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor