Monday, February 15, 2010

"Aero Snap" with OSX

A colleague's new favorite critique of the Mac is that it doesn't have the "aero snap" feature that MS has been touting in their recent ads (where you can drag a window to the left or right of the screen and it will become a half window on that size of the screen.  I admit this feature does look handy (in lieu of simply dragging the corner to resize the screen)...here's a freeware that will do what aero snap will do in Mac (and it will do it for the top half of the screen and the bottom half, in addition to the snap left and snap right features in Win7): TwoUp

The only downside (kind of) is that it operates on keyboard shortcuts.  There is a paid version of this software, called Cinch,  that will let you simply drag the window for the snap feature (at $7 its probably a bargain, but I like to stick to freeware apps)

I like using shortcuts, and my hands are at the keyboard more than the mouse, so this works for me, but it might not work for others. (to get mouse gestures like aero, you could use this with BTT)  Speaking of BTT,  another great app that I'm using a lot is called "secondbar" which puts a second menu bar on an extra monitor, so that you don't have to go back to the main screen to click the menus.

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