05 April 2012
Divvy - OSX Window Management.... Finally!
I am a Mac user. Most people know this about me. I wasn't always one though. I was a strong Windows advocate until I walked by a mac store on that fateful fall day and somehow walked out with a Macbook Pro. There's lots to like and we could argue for hours about pros and cons. One thing that I simply cannot believe is how poorly OS X does window management. All I want is a full screen window. Why is that so hard?!? Why can't Lion maximize a window on more than one monitor. I could go on.
To get over this incredible oversight I use third party Apps but I found a new one thanks to a talk I saw in Vancouver last week.
The app is Divvy and it will change the way you do window managent on a Mac, especially if you have a little laptop screen.
Interface is Key
I've used Zooom2 before and while I like it a lot I find it lacking, especially in OSX Lion. Sometimes windows you're trying to resize will just shrink inexplicably to nothing and you have to drag them back.
What sets Divvy apart is that it works a lot more consistently except, of course with Adobe Photoshop, but that doesn't even play nice with OSX's window management so who's expecting it to work on a third-party app?!? Nobody. That's who.
|Occupy top half of the screen||CMD-SHIFT-Z, W|
|Occupy bottom half of the screen||CMD-SHIFT-Z, S|
|Occupy left half of the screen||CMD-SHIFT-Z, A|
|Occupy right half of the screen||CMD-SHIFT-Z, D|
|Occupy left third of the screen||CMD-SHIFT-Z, 1|
|Occupy center third of the screen||CMD-SHIFT-Z, 2|
|Occupy right third of the screen||CMD-SHIFT-Z, 3|
|Fill the screen (but don't use Lion's fullscreen feature) This lets you do fullscreen on two monitors||CMD-SHIFT-Z, F|