First, where’s the uninstaller? Mac apps scatter files all over, yet Apple doesn’t have a built-in uninstaller app. Second, what’s with the mess of app windows scattered all over the screen? Where’s the one-click option to clean up that visual clutter?
The Lone Arranger App
Why Apple leaves out such obviously important functionality is beyond me, but fortunately there are Mac app developers around to fill the void.
When it comes to organizing app windows, most of us have the same problem. Apps have windows. Multiple open windows means visual clutter.
We open up to a dozen apps at a time, and that means app windows scattered all over the screen.
What about fullscreen mode? Doesn’t that help? It helps to hide the visual clutter so you can focus on a single app at a time, but the mess is hidden, not organized.
Enter the Arranger app for the Mac, a free tool to arrange up to four different app windows automatically.
Arranger can arrange windows in one of 12 different ways, from one window (centered) up to four windows (four quadrants).
How you get your Mac app windows arranged is equally elegant. Arranger resides in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s accessible from within any open Mac app or the Finder.
Click to arrange the Finder, or click to select an application to arrange.
The Finder split function automatically creates two side-by-side Finder windows, which makes it easy to move or copy files back and forth.
Built-in hotkeys make it easy to place an app’s window in a specific location without your hands leaving the keyboard.
Not bad for free, right? Caveats? A few.
While Arranger is free it works only on up to four app windows. Many Mac users have more than four apps open and taking up screen space. And, Arranger only works on OS X Mountain Lion for now.
Otherwise, Arrange is nicely done, very useful, and provides something Apple doesn’t seem to want to bother about– organizing a mess screen of app window clutter.