Every time you move your focus from one app to another, compare data side by side or multitask in any other way, you need all the windows arranged accordingly. Magnet makes this process clean and simple.
In one drag to the edge of your display, you size a window into half of the screen. And by dragging apps to corners, you snap them into quarters. Slide them to the bottom edge to create thirds. Do the same on an ultra-wide monitor and sort your windows into sixths. Taking advantage of such arrangements eliminates app switching and greatly enhances workspace efficiency.
Magnet supports keyboard shortcuts as well, for every command it has to offer. There is a little icon sitting in the menu bar where you can find a predefined set of hotkeys or create yours.
——— FEATURES ———
・Fullscreen & Quarters supported
・Left/Right/Top/Bottom Halves supported
・Left/Center/Right Thirds supported
・Left Two Thirds & Right Two Thirds supported
・Any Sixth-combination supported on ultra-wide monitors
・Activated by dragging (optional)
・Activated by keyboard shortcuts (customizable)
・Operated via menu bar icon
・Runs both on Retina and regular displays
・Up to six external displays supported
・Vertical screens supported
・Runs both on Intel and Apple Silicon machines
・Works on all macOS versions since 10.10 Yosemite
・Optimized for macOS 11 Big Sur
・Runs smoothly on macOS 11 Big Sur
・Supports new Apple Silicon architecture
・Contains various minor bug fixes
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A must needed application for your Mac!
Since macOS doesn’t have this integrated, it’s a much needed application for those who multitask or need to have windows side by side. It’s only $1, so it’s worth it! I think they did an awesome thing by making this $1 because it’s affordable and makes people want to try it more than if it were say $10, for instance. I wish other developers did that! The only thing I’ve noticed is that the “center” option to center a window doesn’t work occasionally. It’s a rare occurence, but sometimes it will stop working but will work after quitting the application and restarting it. I also love that it’s so lightweight when running.
Overall, I would highly recommend this app. Like I said, the only issue is that the center option stops working occasionally, but it’s such a rare occurence that it’s not something to fret over and it ends up working after you restart Magnet. The fact that there are so many options for window resizing and it’s so simple to use means that this is a must have application because it can accomodate so many different individual needs. For instance, I am a scientist and I need to have multiple windows open at times to write papers, look at journal articles, and also analyze data at the same time. I simply split my screen into thirds since I have a 27” iMac and it works flawlessly for me.
Every good thing you’ve heard about Magnet is true!
Apple has done very well to declare Magnet an Invaluable Utility and list it in its grouping of best “Get Productive” apps - it’s a tiny little program that gives Finder and program windows on the Mac the “Snap” feature that Microsoft Windows has had for quite a while now. With Magnet you can effortlessly resize windows to fill any half of the screen (horizontal or vertical), quarter of the screen, 1/3 or 2/3 of the screen (vertically), or fill just the center or the entirety of the screen by dragging the window to the appropriate area at the edge of the screen or by hitting the associated key combo (all of which you can easily define). If that sounds complicated, it’s not - you’ll get used to it in seconds and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Think of it as the window-tiling feature in Microsoft Excel for the Mac…but for *everything*. Magnet makes it easy to compare lists, use screen space effectively and efficiently, present data consistently and attractively…you’ll find a use for it, and you’ll love it.
Magnet has become one of those absolutely essential programs that I immediately miss when I use a Mac that doesn’t have it running. It’s entirely worthy of its ludicrously high Customer Ratings; if you have the slightest inclination toward buying it, I heartily encourage you to do so.
Why this functionality is not written into OSX is beyond me. The feature this application provides is nearly mandatory and invaluable to anyone who uses the GUI with the trakpad/mouse to multitask. If you do not use the GUI, but rely on your keyboard it is useful, but not nearly so much.
Others complain about the quirky nature of this application, and it does have a few. If you grab the wrong part of the title bar the application does not do what it is supposed to, however, once you learn where it wants you to grab the title bars it works every time without fail, at least for me. Also when told to put some applications on half-screen, right side orientation Magnet will get the orientation right, but fill more than half the screen. This causes overlap in the windows, and if you are using this application to multitask it can sometimes defeat the purpose. It has not caused me problems though, and i still find Magnet to be very, very useful.
Overall i would caution anyone experiencing its quirks to be patient and use trial and error to figure out how the application wants you to use it. Once you do that it will save you a lot of time and effort.
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- Pavel Kozarek
- 4.1 MB
- Requires macOS 10.10 or later.
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