The Mac’s screen is too small. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an 11-inch MacBook Air or a 27-inch iMac with another 27-inch Thunderbolt display attached– the Mac’s screen is never large enough to hold everything I use.
Apps tend to clutter up the screen because apps just don’t seem to adhere to a single window size and there’s no easy way to fill the Mac’s screen and view the Menubar and Dock at the same time (that dumb green button doesn’t always work). Enter Optimal Layout.
Layout Windows, Optimally
When it comes to naming an app, I like those names that are easy to remember, or obviously descriptive of what the app does.
Optimal Layout is pretty close but it doesn’t have anything to do with webpage layout, or desktop publishing layout.
Instead, Optimal Layout is a Mac app window manager that makes it a simple process to put apps into the Mac’s window location the way you want. Organized.
Setup each app in the screen location you want. From then on the app is always where you want it to be.
To move to the app window, simply type the app’s name (works with browser tabs, window tabs, too). That makes Optimal Layout a good app switcher. Windows can be positioned with your mouse on on a preset grid.
Because you can pre-define window positions the apps you open move to where they’re supposed to be, where you want them to be, and where you expect them to be when you switch to the app.
This is really a sweet way to manage apps and it does one thing I really, truly, deeply like. Fullscreen without fullscreen mode.
Uh huh. Fullscreen mode means the app takes over the whole screen, including the Menubar and the Dock (still there but they require a screen pointer movement to reveal). Fullscreen means you can switch effortlessly between apps without having to resize anything.
That’s the way Mac app windows should behave (except for the exceptions which don’t, of course). Optimal Layout is try-before-you-buy, too.