Front and Center lets you control the window layering policy on your Mac. In "Classic" mode, clicking on a window brings all the windows in that app to the front, just like it did in classic Mac OS. In "Modern" mode, only the clicked window comes to the front. In either mode, Shift-click on a window to get the opposite of the chosen behavior.
• Minor layout changes.
• Improved hardware support.
Ratings and Reviews
Does what it says on the tin
But I do have a feature request. I am wondering if it is possible to have the window layering policy to be "per-display" for those of us with multiple displays. The idea is that the classic behavior can apply, but it only affects the display where the click event occurred. That way the window layering on other displays is not affected. I love this app when on a single display machine (such as a laptop) but when I am using it on my main setup I find that the "work flow" on my other display is disrupted by windows that I did not intend to be brought to the front on my secondary display.
I am not sure if this is possible, but this may be something to look into. Other than that I love this app and I am glad that someone still has strong memories of how Classic Mac OS did things to make sure that a utility such as this still existed in the post Mojave world
works until it doesn't
for the most park, FaC works well. but i've noticed that some apps stop working correctly. and then other oddities crop up, like i won't be able to hide affected apps (iTunes, for instance) using command-H. i'll have to quit and re-launch the app. this is, i should point out, after the app has been running for a long time. i have a video encoder which has been running for several days and it is displaying this behaviour.
when Front and Center launched, it was a no-brainer purchase. i've never liked the way MacOS X (sorry, 'macOS' 🙄) handles windowing and layering, and this seemed like a fantastic solution. and as i say, it generally does the trick. but i'd like to not have to quit apps and relaunch them to have them work correctly with FaC. that's inelegant. it's better than having to reboot the whole system (GODS what a nightmare that'd be) but it's still an interruption. i hope this is something which can be corrected. i also hope that the fix isn't "install Catalina" because… ain't happening.
Developer Response ,
Apple provides APIs that third-party apps can call to bring windows to the front. Sometimes, when a call is made to one of these APIs, nothing happens. Or sometimes one window comes to the front, even though the API call asked for all the windows to come to the front. These bugs have existed in macOS for many years, and I’ve not yet found a workaround for them in Front and Center.
The usual solution is to quit the misbehaving app and relaunch it, but sometimes logging out and back in, or even restarting your Mac, is required. For some applications, even these solutions don’t work. (Microsoft Outlook, in particular, seems completely immune to all window layering API calls available to third-party apps. This bug has been filed with Apple as FB7603765.)
Preparing the way
I took all week to prepare the way for my 1st Mac (Mac Mini) and after hearing the background of the app I decided to let it be my first App store purchase right after a window tile manager. Front and Center does exactly what it says it will do which is a plus into todays world of bait and switch. Having no background in MacOS before now I can tell you that I love having the ability to decide the behavior of windows and I have grown to like the "Classic" feel better than the "Modern" feel. I am looking forward to more apps from this developer who has nailed the boring but highly functional utility app on the head.
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- 7.1 MB
- Requires macOS 10.12 or later.
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- © 2020 John Siracusa
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