What is it they say? A cluttered desk is a the result of a cluttered, disorganized mind. I can’t say if there’s much truth in that because I’ve worked with idiots who had clean desks, and brilliant people with messy desks. That said, I like to keep my Mac’s Desktop and app windows clean and neatly organized. That’s the result of not having enough therapy as a child to help me overcome a decades long bout of OCD.
My Mac’s Desktop consists of whatever files and folders I’m using at the moment, and they get put away at the end of the day. Neat desk, uncluttered mind? What about app windows? That’s a different beast. These days my Mac can have as many as a dozen open apps and that creates another level of visible window clutter, hence the need for app window management tools such as Arranger. I do a lot of copy and paste between open app windows and keeping the clutter to a minimum is a tactical advantage and aides in productivity and efficiency.
Arranger lets you move and arrange windows for running apps automatically, and not just in quadrants to match the Mac’s screen size. Options abound.
Getting a bunch of app windows to behave in an organized fashion should be the domain of OS X but Apple doesn’t seem to have the same OCD gene as some of the company’s most loyal customers.
From the Mac’s Menubar, app windows can be controlled and placed with a click.
My favorite features is the Finder Split, which automatically creates two Finder windows, side-by-side (a feature probably negated by OS X Mavericks).
Preferences are nominal but indeed useful, including the option to exclude specific apps, and adjust the margins for window placements.
Mac power users will appreciate the keyboard shortcuts to arrange windows into specific locations. OS X Mavericks will bring multiple windowing options, but Arranger currently only supports the Mac’s main display.
Arranger is nicely done, easy to setup and use, useful at removing app window clutter (which, ostensibly makes you a better, more productive and organized Mac user; anyway, that’s my theory), and is priced right.