Remember Microsoft’s mantra from years past? It was, Windows Everywhere. Sure, the Mac OS popularized computer windows back in the day, but here in the 21st century, despite ever larger screen sizes, we’re awash in windows on the screen.
Why? It’s the proliferation of apps. How many apps do you keep running on your Mac at the same time? Most of them have one or more windows and that clutters up the Mac’s screen very quickly.
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If that’s the case for commercial and residential real estate, then how is it for your Mac’s screen real estate?
It’s the same thing. Location, location, location. If you’re not careful about managing your open apps, the Mac’s screen can become a cluttered mess.
My two Macs are opposites but have the same problem. The 27-inch iMac is loaded with pixels, but also loaded with apps, hence the clutter.
It’s even worse with my tote-everywhere MacBook Air (of the 11-inch screen breed). That small screen is lovely to look at, but the screen clutter is remarkable, even worse with a dozen open apps at a time.
Removing clutter and organizing the Mac’s visual workspace is the domain of Divvy, the window manager. You simply cannot use a mouse or trackpad to organize windows on the screen as fast as Divvy.
Grab a window and move it to the Divvy grid. Immediately the app fits wherever you want it to go, and it stays put.
You control the Divvy grid on your Mac’s screen. Left, right, center, full screen and more. And, you can create shortcuts to move app windows to any specific location on the grid.
Divvy pops up on the screen with a user configurable global hotkey. Click and drag an app window and Divvy takes care of where it goes (according to the grid you set up).
You can customize grid size up to 20×20. And Divvy works on Macs with multiple monitors.
What you get in the end is a clean, well organized Mac screen, with app windows where you want them to be, and they’ll be there when you want them.
I don’t think Divvy is expensive, especially considering how well it works (10 times as many 5 star ratings on the Mac App Store as 4 star ratings).
The only issue I have is that Divvy is yet another Mac app that fills in functionality where Mac OS X has blanks. Add half a dozen such apps, and that extra functionality, while desired, is also more expensive than Mac OS X itself.