My husband has a dream. He wants one of those hopped up, chrome-laden, bouncing cars that prowl the streets of Southern California. Where we live it’s all sedans, SUVs, and mini-vans.
I told him it would be less expensive if he’d just trick out his Mac. Add some apps that give it shine and glitter. Instead of flames all over the hood of our mini-van, he could turn his Mac into a hot rod. He did.
Suede And Chrome, Mac Style
It scares me to listen to him talk to our neighbor about cars. I’m afraid he’ll use the same terminology on his new MacBook Air. Baby moons. [censored]. Chopped and channeled. Flamethrowers. Rolled and pleated. Trailer queen.
Are those things legal? Mac users rejoice. There’s a way to customize your Mac for less than a low rider.
Despite keyboard, Magic Mouse, MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad, your Mac is mostly about the screen.
Seriously. What you see is your Mac and your Mac is OS X and whatever stock apps you’ve installed. It’s eye candy time, honey. It’s time to French or Tunnel that vintage sleeper Mac with a digital shave and section, something piped, pinched, and nosed.
5 Window Management Candy Apps
Bored with the Dock? Tired of the Finder? Can’t remember what app is on which window in Expose? Wishing that Command-Tab really meant turbocharged? Have no fear, eye candy is here.
#1 – HyperDock: The Dock gets chrome and racing stripes. HyperDock lets you view app windows by mousing over the app’s icon in the Dock. On top of that, it adds a few controls in various apps (iTunes, iCal, et al), and gives you configurable shortcuts which you can compare with your less endowed neighbor.
#2 – Witch: Get mashable with window and switch and you get Witch, an app that makes Command-Tab seem like crank roll up windows on a ‘59 Chevy.
Don’t switch apps. Switch windows. Mouse over to see wassup with a particular app. View Spaces where no man has gone before. Switch everything around with Witch.
Witch has features longer than the lake pipes on a limo.
#3 – Optimal Layout: Think of this app as a way to turn a four-door sedan into a coupe with a jump seat. Optimal Layout is the pedestrian name of a Mac app that manages your app’s on screen layout.
Move windows to the edge of your Mac’s screen and have them snap into place and—lord almighty, it’s a miracle—stay put.
#4 – Zoom 2: It’s even better than Zoom 1. Twice as nice.
Use your mouse to move and resize app windows with a flick to avoid repetitive motion strain.
Zoom 2 lets you bring windows to the front without a click—simply move the pointer over the window, and Voila! Or, is it Walla!? Whatever it is, it’s there front and center.
Built-in digital magnetism means windows can snap to each other, too. You know, a digital version of trouble being attracted to Lindsay Lohan.
#5 – Divvy: Yet another way to manage your Mac’s windows. Divvy is so good at divvying up your Mac’s precious screen real estate that there’s a comparable Windows version.
You decide how many sections your screen needs. Then decide what goes where. No more worrying about all those apps scattering windows all over the screen. Your OCD will rejoice in the organizational competence of Divvy’s single click drag, resize, and move options.
Eye Candy Cure
Trust me. These window management apps are the eye candy cure for the Mac hot rodder in you. No more talk of a six-pack for the SUV, or wheelie bars for the family sedan. Go digital. Trick out your Mac and save.