Win­dow snap­ping

Deal­ing with mul­ti­ple win­dows can be a fid­dly ex­pe­ri­ence, but Ap­ple could learn from Mi­crosoft

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Win­dow man­age­ment has al­ways been a bit messy on OS X, with con­trols pri­mar­ily de­signed to hide win­dows by shov­ing them in the Dock, or shift them be­tween two sizes by click­ing the green zoom but­ton. In Yosemite, the green but­ton has been re­pur­posed for mak­ing a win­dow full-screen, and the old be­hav­iour is rel­e­gated to an å- click.

There have never been any sys­tem con­trols to make it eas­ier to view a cou­ple of apps or doc­u­ments in a lay­out that makes them easy to com­pare or re­fer to. This is some­thing Win­dows got right a while back. Win­dows Snap en­ables you to ar­range win­dows sideby-side by drag­ging them to a screen edge. Plenty of third-party util­i­ties for the Mac of­fer broadly sim­i­lar fea­tures.

Per­haps it is un­likely that Ap­ple will fol­low suit, given it seems wed­ded to the idea of full-screen or noth­ing th­ese days, but if two-up app dis­play ar­rives on the iPad, it would be log­i­cal for the fea­ture to make its way ‘back to the Mac’. In the mean­time, we rec­om­mend the ex­cel­lent Moom ($10, for OS X win­dow con­trol.

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