By Gareth Clarke
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### NOTE FOR OS X 10.9 USERS ###
The setting for 'Assistive Devices' has moved so please follow these instructions to allow Window Tidy to work:
- Open "System Preferences"
- Select "Security & Privacy"
- Select the "Privacy" tab
- Select "Accessibility" from the list on the left
- Click the padlock to enable changes
- Enter your admin password if/when prompted
- Tick "Window Tidy" in the list on the right
These instructions will be updated in the next version of Window Tidy. Thank you.
How many times have you had to keep switching between documents when you wished you could just see them all at the same time? For example, composing an email whilst referencing information on a spreadsheet and a PDF? The process of dragging and resizing these windows manually is very fiddly and time consuming. And then when you're done, you've got to move them all back! Step in Window Tidy.
You can view a screencast of Window Tidy in action by clicking the screencast link on our product website:
Window Tidy lets you quickly and easily arrange your application windows on your Desktop onto a customisable grid using nothing but drag and drop! When you want to reposition a window, there are no hot-keys to remember or menus to click, you simply drag and drop the window onto customisable pop-up Layout Icon and it will instantly snap to that layout. It also works seamlessly over multiple monitors too!
You can create any number of layouts, each with it's own grid size, so in just a few seconds you can take control of your Desktop and get working more efficiently.
## Main Features ##
● Intuitive interface seamlessly integrates with OS X
● Layouts can be added, removed and customised
● Specify the look and position of the pop-up Layout Icons
● Configure the Option Key ⌥ to either show / hide the Layout Icons whilst dragging
● Independent grid size for each layout
● Elegant multiple monitor support
● Menu option to move the active window to the current screen
● Quick Layout option for applying a new layout without adding it to the list
● Bonus feature allows windows to be captured to the pasteboard just by dragging them onto a layout
● Assign keyboard shortcuts to individual layouts for when using a mouse is not convenient
## Quick Layout ##
If you want to apply a different layout to a window, but don't intend to use it regularly you can apply a Quick Layout. This can be triggered from the Window Tidy menu or using a global hotkey. When triggered a window appears allowing you to quickly drag the grid area you want the active window to occupy, and when you release the mouse button the layout is applied.
## Multiple Monitor Support ##
When you drag a window onto another screen, the Layout Icons move to the new screen. When you drop the window on a Layout Icon the window is moved into position on the screen containing the layouts. Windows can be moved onto a new monitor and have a layout applied in one simple drag and drop movement.
If you have worked with multiple screens you may have found that occasionally windows get lost, perhaps because the screen they are on is currently switched off. We have provided a function to move the active window to the current screen to help you retrieve these lost windows.
Please note, Window Tidy is an assistive application and requires the system accessibility setting "Enable access for assistive devices" to be turned on. Window Tidy checks this setting and shows novice users how to adjust it if required.
What's New in Version 1.31
- Fix for layouts not appearing for some customers
Sorry for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.
Well designed and extremely useful
It happens only once in a while that you try a new app and immediately know that it is going to be an essential part of your software collection. It is even rarer still to come across a new app that immediately tell you that it is going to change the way you use your mac. This usually happened in the early years of me being on the OS X platform, but the last 4-5 years have slow frozen my critical app list - The list I immediately install on a new mac. Kudos to the developer. This app just made that list, and almost instantly.
I've used similar layout tools in the past, but this is by far the best. You can tweak it just the way you want it. And it has some really smart features. The 'quick layout' feature having an option to appear near the cursor is brilliant. I have set up a keyboard shortcut, and it is so much of a better implementation than other softwares.
I hope the developer keeps enhancing this app. Even though I have rated it at 5-stars (the developer does deserve it), there is one feature I wish the app had - to throw a page to the other monitor. Right now, you can only resize a window on the current monitor. If you could resize as well as put it on another monitor (during multiscreen usage), it would be a great addition to the feature set.
pretty good but falls short
It's quite good and solid, but it comes up quite short in a few areas that are important to me.
There seems to be no keyboard support for switching between multiple monitors. Maybe I'm missing something. I still have to drag windows to another monitor with my mouse, or use another utility. The description for the app claims "elegant multiple monitor support," but it seems I have to use the mouse to do any kind of multiple monitor management.
Also I like to use a keyboard to position windows when I can remember shortcuts. Ideally there is a nice middle ground between easy keyboard memory and being able to use the mouse if that fails. This app is very skewed toward the mouse side. The keyboard shortcuts are so buried in the preferences it's not even easy to find or see them all -- you have to click through the window settings one by one to see the shortcuts. It's actually a bit dangerous to assign one of these shortcuts, because if you forget it, you've got to dig to find it again. Meanwhile it will eat that combination if you assign it somewhere else. I just went through this, digging through all the shortcuts I assigned in the past trying to find what is eating a particular combination.
Great app - I am a graduate student and often need to switch around/arrange numerous research documents, and this app helps. Elegent design, as well.
A few minor recommendations:
1) Bug - There seem to be a bug with multiple monitor usage - whenever I use the laptop screen plus a monitor, the default "snap" settings are changed to negative x-y position for the upper-left corner of the window.
2) Usability - would be great if there was a "cascade" ability. For example, multiple PDFs open in Preview, and you want to constrain all of them to the right 2/3rds of the screen - but just slightly cascaded on the top, so you can click between menu bars easily. Perhaps have it so the user setting is what total proportion of the screen to use, and the program automaticaly sets the width of the windows within that area depending on how many windows the user drags onto that preset - and also automatically drops the top of each new window by the height of a title bar (but does not change the bottom of the window).