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    • Productivity gains and staying organized is why I run dedicated window management apps on my PC and Mac. Sure, Windows has an excellent system-wide window splitting feature, and macOS has a great full-screen mode. But, for a single ultra-wide 34" monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio, I need more personalization options. This way, I can have three apps or browser windows open side-by-side and keep them neatly organized. I also run multiple desktops in Windows 10 and multiple spaces in Mac OS for specific tasks:

      1. Browsing: three Chrome windows, or Chrome + Firefox + Edge.

      2. Photo Editing: Lightroom in a full-screen mode.

      3. Writing: Browser window and Grammarly.

      4. Communication and Music: Slack, Email, and Spotify.

      For Windows 10, I'm using a SnapIt app. I tried it for a week and liked it, so I bought the full version for $4.99. I found it to be easy to get started but powerful enough to customize exactly how I like it.

      For MacOS, I'm using a Divvy app. I bought it for $13.99 four years, and it gets the job done. Simple to use and customize, but the interface looks dated.

      What Window Management apps have you been using, for Windows or macOS, and what do you like about them?

    • Things I care the most in a Window Management App:

      1. Window snapping is intuitive and fast.

      2. Layout customization includes personal templates. 

      3. Customizable keyboard shortcuts for each layout.

    • Here is a quick look at how I use SnapIt Window Manager app for Windows 10.

      Three-Part Layout with windows evenly split is my favorite template.

    • Grabbing the top of the window and holding for 200 milliseconds (customizable) activates snapping mode with four different snapping options: left, center, right, and 2 two thirds right.

    • Having a reference window on a third of the screen, while the main window taking up the rest is a challenge without a window management app.

    • Mouse snapping delays was something new I had to get used to, but now it is second nature. If you move the window too fast, it won't snap. But the default 200 millisecond delay (customizable) seems to work great.

    • Customizable keyboard shortcuts to snap free-floating windows are also a great productivity hack:

    • Divvy app does snapping differently. Instead of dragging the window, I have to press a global shortcut to activate snapping or click on a dock icon. Then select how many columns I want the window to take up.

    • I've assigned a shortcut key for each snapping region. So, for Divvy, I mostly use keyboard shortcuts, while for SnapIt, I use a mouse or keyboard shortcuts. I do wish there was a SnapIt for macOS!

    • The layout of the Scrivener app in the screenshot makes sense with a focus on writing. It seems very robust for significant research and writing projects. I'll give it a shot on a Mac once I have something meaty to write. For now, I keep it simple, only needing grammar and spelling corrections.

    • You can at anytime of the year download a thirty non-consecutive day trial version.

      At special times of the year, a special trial version is available to the general public. This occurs during the month of October and lasts through the beginning of December. It has also occurred in the past to coincide with "Camp Nanowrimo" in the Spring.

      These two trials are independent of each other, so the special trial does not use up any of the regular trial days.

    • 75" doan need no steenkin' app. 🤪

      The older iMac I had set up as a second monitor finally failed so I recently put in a pair of Samsung curved 24" units - the 'wrap around' is way cool and being able to park different windows away from the 5K workspace does help my workflow.

      Particularly when working in Illustrator, PSD, Final Cut and Motion simultaneously.

      Running them is no issue with the Radeon Pro Vega 48 8 GB card. The monitors are pretty cheap compared to old school - the hidden cost were the USB-C to HDMI connectors.

    • A friend of mine also just recommended Magnet for macOS. I've never heard of it before, but it looks exactly like something I would happily pay $1.99. After all, my beloved Divvy looks a bit outdated, and I'm looking for more dragging and snapping options.

      I'm going to get it now and report back after using it for a while. 

      Thanks for recommending it!

      Do you have any power tips or hacks that you've discovered while using Magnet?