Moom - A Terrific Mac Window Management App
Now that “A Digital Life Examined” has been relaunched after a three-year (!) hiatus, one of the first blog posts I’ve been wanting to write is to share my enthusiasm for a small but mighty Mac desktop app called Moom, published by the software developer Many Tricks. This compact app has quickly turned into the most used utility on my Mac menu bar.
Moom’s main purpose in life is to aid in the zooming, sizing and moving of open windows on a Mac, augmenting the built-in window management features of the MacOS operating system. The following link to the manytricks.com website will provide you the details about Moom’s features, but let me tell you why I consider it to be one of the best mini apps “since sliced bread”.
As long as I have been using the Mac operating system (which goes all the way back to its inception in 1984), there has been the challenge of how best to manage the growing number of open windows that can accumulate on one’s desktop. With the Mac’s ever expanding memory capacity, allowing for dozens of apps apps to be open at once, each with many windows wanting easy accessibility, you have likely experienced the dilemma I describe.
Yes, the Mac operating system contains some basic tools for sizing, shrinking and zooming windows, but dragging windows around or changing their size manually can quickly become an annoyance which impedes one’s work flow. To the rescue comes Moom (a mashup of “move” and “zoom”), with its elegant pop-up tool to size windows to preconfigured dimensions by hovering over the standard green window button.
For me, Moom is a godsend, as it allows me to quickly apportion the real estate of my 27” iMac screen so that I can easily work on two or more apps simultaneously and in an interactive way without taking the time to manually shrink, zoom or resize windows that might otherwise overlap or be hidden from view.
The simplicity of Moom’s interface is pure elegance, providing a pop-up palette with small icons from which to choose, allowing you to instantly shape and place the active window in a predefined location on your desktop. The pop-up palette offers a choice of four convenient half-window sizes to choose from (zooming to a window size that takes up one half of the screen, split either horizontally or vertically). If you hold down the option key while hovering, the icons in the pop-up palette provide you with quarter-window sizes and placements. Just in case that’s not enough options for you, there’s an “on-the-fly” custom sizing option available. In short, a genius user interface!
Moom is one of those apps that, once you begin to use, will become instantly irreplaceable and you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.