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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 10.6 Snow Leopard
・OS X 10.10 Yosemite optimized

What's New in Version 1.7

・ All reported bugs fixed
・ OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility improved
・ Keyboard shortcuts improved
・ Next/Previous Display commands added
・ Menu icons added
・ Multi-monitor handling improved
・ Yosemite Dark Mode supported
・ App name simplified
・ App icon redesigned
・ Menu bar icon redesigned


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Customer Reviews

I love this app!

I find this applicatin to be very convenient and productive. I’m self teaching myself and usually have many windows open, this app really helps select and move windows where they need to be to be productive. For example, this app makes navigating through multiple finder windows easy with the use of hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts). I’m not a fan of using the mouse, the hotkeys really help push the windows to the section of the screen where they are out of the way, making it possible to pull another window to the foreground for quick use. Anyone complaining about application scalability should be complaining about specific apps that are poor in that aspect. I have noticed that not all windows in all applications contract exactly to the part of the screen that most windows of other apps will. That is a scalability issue with the specific window abilities of that particular app. In a world where most people are using apps on there phones and tablets over computers, application developers should have figured out that apps need to be designed on a small scale with the ablility to extend. Magnet still does a great job of doing its best to fit the working window tightly into an assigned section. I’m very happy with Magnet, I strongly recommend it.

Not Impressive, not intuitive

First of all, there is no info about this app once you buy it. Second, if you resize the windows and move them where you want them using your trackpad, (without this app) it easily allows you to jump back and forth without an issue. The problem is that most windows really need to be full size in order to be productive. This app doesn’t help at all. It shirnks and moves apps. Somthing you can already do quite easily. What can you accomplish with a tiny square? Most things disapear when a page is shrunk. So in order to actually use them, you have to stretch the screen, which renders this app useless. I wanted to enjoy this app based on the reviews, but either everyone that reviewed it was paid to, or no one thought to just resize their own windows. There is nothing intuitive going on with it. It doesn’t just magically know that when several windows are open at once that you’d like them to be organized. You type 3 command keys at the same time, and your apps move, yet you still have to resize them. That’s why the display pics for the app have a blue and white graphic of a computer, rather than actual screen shot. If they used actual pics, you’d notice half the apps are missing because they aren’t usable at such a tiny size. And then you wouldn’t spend $1.99. It completely defeats the purpose of saving time. What a scam.

Very good, just needs a bit more configurabiity

Magnet works great and is an excellent deal at $1.99. This app would be perfect if it had just two things:
1. Allow a 50% window to snap to the center. Currently you can only have a maximized window, which breaks one-page document view for many apps that base zoom off of window width (e.g. browsers, pdf viewer, etc). This is especially noticable on larger monitors like iMacs, where you’d otherwise have to turn your head to the left or right quite a bit.
2. Ability to disable corner snapping with the mouse. I bought this app to use primarily with the keyboard, and when I’m moving windows with my mouse it requires extra precision to avoid snapping, especially to the top (which maximizes the window, which as stated above is not particularly desirable for common apps). I often have to re-do movements which is a bummer.

Thanks to the Magnet team for making a great, focused app at a great price point. I’m currently dealing with some RSI and it’s been a help. Please keep up the momentum and consider these changes!

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  • $4.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.7
  • Size: 0.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later, 64-bit processor

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