We Mac users have needs. If necessity is the mother of invention, then those needs are only resolved by an invention or two. Or, by 25,000 Mac apps.
Here’s an app that solves a problem you’ve probably got, but didn’t know you had. MSS. Messy Screen Syndrome. You know. Windows and apps scattered all over your Mac’s screen. Here’s how to fix it. Cheap.
How Much Is That Workspace Worth?
There are modern day terms I don’t care for. Cubicle dweller. Cubicle farm. Workspace. I can’t fix the first two, but I can do something about the latter.
Workspace refers to that area around your desk or cubicle. It also refers to your Mac’s screen.
We have a Desktop. We have apps. We have open windows scattered all over the screen.
If you have a MacBook and attach it to a larger display when you’re in the home or office, then the so-called workspace expands. When you detach your MacBook from the workspace, all those open windows get mucked up (rhymes with something else, but a little less appropriate).
See? That’s a problem you know you’ve got, but didn’t know you had. Now you need a solution. Hear that sound? That’s the mother of invention knocking on your door. Let the lady in.
The Lovely French Display Maid
Display Maid is a Mac app that keeps your Mac’s display nice and tidy, like a saucily dressed digital French maid should. Simply put, it remembers where you put your app windows and puts them back when you want them.
In fact, you can save multiple workspaces (that word I don’t like but that everyone understands anyway, so let’s stick with it until we get something better) on your Mac for multiple situations.
MacBook by itself, single screen. MacBook attached to Apple Cinema Display, but lid closed. MacBook attached to Cinema Display, but lid open. You get the idea.
If you use an external display attached to your Mac notebook at the office and a different sized display at home, Display Maid can remember which is which, and rearrange your screen and windows accordingly.
Display Maid even opens specific apps connected to specific Workspaces. You know, like Microsoft Office in the office, and YouTube videos at home.
See? This is a useful app. It saves you time. It helps with your OCD. It follows you around from workspace to workspace (go with the flow on this) and adjusts your Mac so you don’t have to.
Caveats? A few. It’s not try-before-you-buy, but it’s cheap. Not quite all Mac apps like to have their windows manipulated by a stranger app, but most do.