Here’s an example. Every time he runs into a new Mac utility he thinks is worth having on his Mac, it also ends up on my Mac. That means my Mac has more apps, tools, and utilities than I’ll ever use.
One of the latest is actually useful for those of us with too many apps and the resultant app window clutter. It’s called Optimal Layout, which is a clumsy title for an app that organizes windows.
How about Window Organizer? No, that sounds too much like Windows something or other for the Mac. That would turn people off. Hey, how about this? I’d settle for Clutter Reducer.
Regardless, Optimal Layout is an app window organizer which lets you control where windows reside on your Mac’s screen so they snap into alignment, clutter free. Hey. Clutter Free? That’s good but it sounds like the app is free.
Using Optimal Layout is cooler than you think. Not only do you control which app windows go where on the Mac’s screen, it also tiles windows from a messy conglomeration to a beautiful overlay of windows that would make proud anyone with visual OCD.
Also built in to Optimal Layout is window switching so you can quickly jump from one window to another. Predefined layouts are called tile shortcuts. Use the keyboard to apply a tile to a layout of windows. This even works on Macs with multiple displays and is invoked with a simple keyboard shortcut.
It’s not just a messy, cluttered screen of open apps that Optimal Layout, well, optimizes. It’s also easier to navigate through many apps and windows; even better than the Mac’s tried and true Command-Tab app switcher.
The name may be goofy, and at least it’s descriptive, but it doesn’t do justice to how much your work flow can improve, especially for Mac users with many open apps, each with their own windows cluttering up the Mac’s screen.