Macs have graced my desktop or lap since the early, early days of Apple’s once flagship product line. The real early days. As in early 1984. As far as the Mac has advanced since those pre-historic years, Apple isn’t quick to build-in some of the items on my Top 10 Apple Please Fix This List.
High on the list is some kind of window manager. Like most Mac users, I want a way to manage app windows to prevent overlapping clutter. Full Screen in OS X has been around a few years, but it’s quirky, doesn’t show up in all apps (especially utilities) and is nice and all, but behind the fullscreen app are other apps with multiple windows that end up scattered hither and yon over the Mac’s screen.
SizeUp is true, old-fashioned shareware which brings window management functions to your Mac apps and screen that Apple really should build in to OS X.
How it works is actually rather simple. Instead of grabbing the corner of an app’s window, then resizing it manually, then parking it somewhere on the screen, SizeUp uses a simple hotkey combo to resize and set the window.
Hit the hotkeys and SizeUp can change the window size to split screen (half size), or quadrant (quarter size), or centered on the Mac’s screen.
Windows can be moved from one display connected to your Mac to another (from MacBook screen to attached display is a good example), and from one OS X Space to another. The SnapBack function restores the window to the original size and position on your Screen.
Moving windows to a location on the screen is as easy as using SizeUp from the Mac’s Menubar, or by using the hotkey combo (keyboard shortcuts). As simple as SizeUp is to use, it comes with a lengthy– but not confusing– list of features and settings.
Keyboard shortcuts make it simple to move an app’s window on the screen, setup a split screen, quarter screen, and even handle Spaces and multiple Mac displays. This is a Mac power user’s tool but one which makes using the Mac easier and avoids window clutter.
SizeUp brings just a little more sanity to a Mac screen which is cluttered with apps and windows. Why isn’t this kind of functionality already built in to OS X? And why can’t Finder and app windows stay where you put them?