Window management in OS X is something that third-party developers have been trying to fix for quite a while. Assigning apps or windows to desktop spaces is the Apple way of doing it, but honestly, that is focused more on capitalizing on the full screen feature in Lion rather than to help utilize display real estate when working with wide screen monitors. Windownaut
is yet another one of those remarkable window management apps for Mac, worth $4.99, which rely heavily on shortcut keys and allow you to define a shortcut for each region that you can move a window to. Understandably, it isn’t easy to remember so many shortcuts, which is why the app has the added feature of viewing the different layouts along a window’s title bar.
There are times when you may want to view two websites at the same time, for instance, if you want to compare two pages or simply want to read an article and watch a video side by side. Dual monitor setups can be quite useful in such a case, but what if you don’t have one? If you want to simulate the environment of a dual monitor for multi tasking or for other viewing purposes, then Dualless
is a Chrome extension that splits your browser window into two, with a ratio defined according to your needs. The extension utilizes the space and moves the current browser tab as a new window, changing its size and position together with the original window. Dualless offers users with six different ratios for splitting the screen, 7:3, 6:4, 5:5, 4:6, 3:7
. The extension can be perfect for people who don’t have a dual-monitor setup but want to achieve similar functionality.
Desktop Spaces is not only a remarkable feature in OS X, but also the only way you can group your windows by tasks. There is nothing that suggests the feature is inconvenient, but for those of you who think there is always room for improvement, you can give ReSpaceApp
a try. It is a free Mac app that makes it easier to switch between desktop spaces and move windows from one to the other. The app is free while in beta, and is ideal if you work with a lot of windows spread throughout multiple desktop spaces. It supports a wide range of keyboard shortcuts that you can customize to make navigation easier.
When Windows Vista came out, the Aero-Snap feature revolutionized the way we resize our windows. It allowed users to quickly resize windows in different sizes to make efficient use of the available virtual work space. You can place windows side by side, place them vertically or automatically resize more than 2 windows horizontally and vertically to be able to access the content from each one. However, the default Aero-Snap feature is somewhat limited. It doesn’t allow you to stack windows in different positions. For instance, if you want to stack four windows on your screen in the form of a grid, you will have to manually resize them, or use a third party desktop manager that allows you to perform automatic window resizing and management of all open applications.
Fullscreen view in Mac OS X Lion
was one of the much talked about new features; whether you like it or hate it, or just aren't happy that all apps don't support fullscreen, it remains, nonetheless, a prime feature. At first, switching between fullscreen and normal screen seemed a bit complicated, and some apps, like web browsers with tabbed browsing, were a bit tricky to get the hang off. Users have now mostly gotten used to it, and all is right in the world of screen real estate. Another noteworthy feature in Lion is that windows can now be resized from any corner. It isn’t exactly a groundbreaking feature but it adds to a user’s convenience. With all these window sizing features available, one might wonder why the maximize button in Mac works in an unorthodox way. In truth, it works in three ways, and here is how to use each one.
splits, merges and indexes multiple chrome windows and tabs with only a click on the button in the toolbar. With it, you can toggle between one and many windows and split or merge windows to occupy the whole screen, with different workspaces. A double-click creates two workspaces, a triple click creates three workspaces, and so on. A single click merges all windows into a single window. Layouts are created from right to left, so users should try getting used to the fact that the main window will always move to the top right of the screen. Moreover, this Chrome extension also offers users with a tab indexing feature.
Awesome Window & Tab Manager
allows you to apply multiple filters to Chrome's open windows and tabs. With it, you can manage and organize your browser windows into different categories, with text filtering and alphabetic sorting of tabs. It can categorizes tabs by window, domain, or category options. The Category option sorts tabs by your bookmarked websites and sorts others as unknown. Window, domain, or category groups can be refreshed, closed or saved as a session. All windows and tabs can be saved as sessions and restored at a later time. Furthermore, multiple themes for the pop-up can also be applied from a drop-down menu.
Everyone has different browsing habits; some people keep opening more and more tabs in a single window until the only thing that distinguishes one tab from the other is a very obscured and thin line. Others will open several tabs across several windows and end up working with something like ten different browser windows. It’s difficult to manage them either way but separating tabs into several windows might still be the better more manageable way to do it. The problem with working in different windows is that it’s a lot more difficult to switch to a different window. Simple Window Saver
is a Chrome extension that makes it easier to manage the windows you have open and also to switch to them. Simple Window Saver lets you name the windows and keeps track of how many tabs are open in a single window. Unlike other session managers, Simple Window Saver remembers when you've saved a window and keeps track of changes. It also saves all the tabs and you can switch to a window simply by clicking the button in the toolbar. The extension is not full of features you don't need, and works perfectly.
is a Chrome extension that resizes the browser window in order to fit various resolutions, which can be easily customized. The extension can come in handy particularly for web developers and designers, as they can test their layouts on different browser resolutions. Once you’ve installed the extension, you can access all the different types of resolutions by clicking the button in the toolbar. You will find a wide range of resolution categories displayed in a pop-up, such as iPhone, Old Computers, Current computers, Netbook, Laptop
Not everyone has the mental capacity to read through and retain the information they’ve read and the longer an article or paper is, the harder it is to keep track of all the arguments presented and the ideas that counter it. The problem with reading online content isn’t just related to a person’s attention span, it also has to with the authenticity of what you’re reading. If what you’re reading doesn’t have a credible source to back it up, you are wasting time. Footnotify
is a Firefox add-on that displays footnotes as a pop-over box without disrupting your flow of reading. For now, footnotes on major websites like Wikipedia, Daring Fireball and Brooks Review are enhanced with this extension. The add-on serves two purposes; it lets you continue reading without losing your place or interrupting your reading flow and at the same time it allows you to quickly check how authentic the references in an article are. For frequent readers of Wikipedia, scrolling down a lengthy article time and time over to check references at the bottom of the page, and keeping track of where you left off, can be very frustrating.
YouTube Link Box
is one Chrome extension that can enhance your YouTube experience, making your searches faster without the need for opening a new tab or browser window. This new extension is pretty slick and easy to use, quickly making into the list of my favorites.
Previously, Aatif covered Chameleon Windows Manager
which brings a set of useful controls in Windows Explorer and application windows title bar. Without replacing any of classic buttons, it adds 6 handy buttons for performing different functions such as, changing window position to left and right side, opacity, set window always on top, minimize to tray, etc. eXtraButtons
is another application which is built on the same plane, providing users with 9 handy buttons offering numerous functions in window's title bar. Along with Always on top, Minimize to tray, and transparency, it allows you to roll-up window to defined size, copy window - open another instance of an active application, set window opacity percentage, and to minimize application to system tray.
Chameleon Window Manager
is a free utility that adds additional controls to explorer and application windows by introducing custom buttons on the title bar. These controls include operations allowing one to quickly align a window to left (or right) of the screen, toggle transparency, make it stay on top or minimize the window in several ways.
Mac users can scroll the inactive windows in the background without bringing them to focus. Windows 7, however, lacks this very useful functionality. WizMouse
is a small utility that lets you scroll through background or inactive windows without clicking on them (without bringing them to foreground). You won't need to click on the inactive window, merely point the cursor there, and start scrolling with the mouse wheel. Read More
Microsoft's Windows Vista and XP have no support for changing the default logon screen, but in Windows 7
you can use the Logon Screen Rotator
tool to rotate the logon screen during every logon. Now, there is no need to play with the registry settings, you can easily change the logon screen of your Windows in a couple of clicks only. Once you have installed the application, you will be able to select up to 10 images which you would like to use as your logon screen backgrounds and then those images are rotated each time you logon giving a cooler look to your Window 7.
Windows 7 offers a very useful tool to calibrate the screen display so that colors are displayed correctly on your monitor. You can control different factors related to your display such as gamma, brightness, contrast and color balance easily using Display Color Calibration
(DCC) tool in Windows 7. Lets explore it in some details.
Windows 7 lets you arrange your windows in an intelligent way with the help of Smart Window Arrangement
. For example, it lets you maximize the window by dragging it to the top and minimize the window by dragging it to the bottom to the taskbar. Although it is very useful feature but if you find it distracting then it is not a big deal to disable it.
Avant Window Navigator (AWN)
is a dock-like bar for Linux. It resides at the bottom of desktop and tracks open windows and represents them as an icons, so as a results it adds a pretty cool look to your Ubuntu desktop. It also supports various types of plugins and applets. Lets see how we can install and use it in Ubuntu.
WinAutoHide is a free portable and opensource tool for Windows that can hide any active window with a hotkey. Unlike ClickyGone, this tool is portable and can be used to quickly hide/unhide important windows. You can hide upto 4 windows since only 4 shortcut keys are supported(Win+Left, Win+Right, Win+Up, and Win+Down).
Since this tool does not include advanced functionalities, it is recommended not to use it as a security or privacy tool. Instead, it’s real purpose is to hide any window in which you are mostly active(e.g Command Prompt, Graphic Tools, Browser Windows, etc). Once you have hidden your window, you can complete other tasks and come back to it later.
Just extract the files and click winautohide.exe to run it directly, no installation is required. Read More
Do you want to share some music with your friend? Or do you want to hear to your favorite music playlist while you are away from your PC? Sockso is a free, open-source, personal music server for everyone! It's designed to be as simple as possible so that anyone with a mouse and some mp3's can get themselves and their friends listening to their music across the internet in seconds. Plus, it works Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. The only thing it requires is to have java installed on your machine, which is not a big problem. Read More