Fit to screen

January 05, 2011 by Gabe | [mmd] |

It's an interesting dichotomy. As screens get larger and resolutions higher, screen real-estate gets more valuable. There's been a dramatic uptick in the number of native OS features on both Mac and Windows to provide tools for maximizing a workspace. Windows has window snapping. OSX has Spaces. Recently there has also been a variety of new utility applications for OSX that provide some additional assistance in moving and resizing your workspace windows.

Window Movers

A quick run down of nice little utility apps includes Divvy, Mercury Mover, Cinch, ShiftIt, and Breeze. All of them are very good at what they do. I particularly like Mercury Mover and Breeze. If you're price sensitive, then you can't beat the open source ShiftIt. Although $8 for Breeze is a very worthwhile purchase.

Keyboard Maestro

My go to application is Keyboard Maestro for controlling my workspace. I think it gets overlooked a lot and I'm not sure why. It's a wonderful tool chest filled with compelling little gadgets. For example, if you want to mimic Mercury Mover and have a keyboard shortcut that nudges windows around your screen, that's a piece of cake in Keyboard Maestro. Just build a quick macro that moves the front window to the upper left corner of the screen.

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If you want to resize the window to take up the left half of the screen, then just set a new width as well.

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In my opinion, Keyboard Maestro accomplishes everything that the new generation of workspace utilities do. Additionally, there's a heck of a lot more power behind it. For example, you can setup a single macro that opens and positions all of your task applications. I personally use one macro for opening and arranging Notational Velocity, OmniFocus, Mail, and iCal all at once in a grid. One key opens and arranges everything. Another key hides everything. No matter what I do throughout the day I can always get back to the one familiar and productive arrangement. It's quite liberating.

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