Divvy: An Easy Workspace Manager for your Mac

by Preshit Deorukhkar

Divvy: An Easy Workspace Manager for your Mac

by Preshit Deorukhkar on May 11, 2010

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[tweetmeme]We’ve already taken a look at Cinch, the super-easy window management app for your Mac. Cinch essentially brings the Windows 7-like feature of “cinching” your Windows to the left or right of your Desktop, or even making them go fullscreen. Today, we’re taking a look at Divvy, a menubar app that let’s your do even more with your windows, but in a super-easy and efficient way.

Divvy is designed to be quick, simple and elegant. We want it to stay out of your way as much as possible while providing the most powerful window management available today.

Divvy is a little menubar app that allows you to automatically resize any active window. Divviy virtually divides your screen into a 6×6 grid. When invoked, Divvy brings up a little HUD in the middle of the screen with this 6×6 grid. Depending on what part of your screen you want to resize your active window, just drag and select those squares on the HUD and the window does the rest. It’s that simple.

If this wasn’t simple enough, Divvy takes the ball even further with the help of shortcuts. You can create as many shortcuts in the app as you wish, which can be used after invoking the Divvy HUD. So, for example, you could have a shortcut to resize the active window to take up 50% of the left of your screen and another one to take up 4×4 squares on the top right. Shortcuts aren’t limited to one single app, so you could use them on any resizable windows and you can even name them to your liking.

Divvy also allows you to set a global hotkey for the main HUD. The HUD panel is set to disappear when you resize the first window, but you can set a preference to keep the panel until you dismiss it manually.

If you have multiple screens, Divvy displays the HUD panel on all screens. However, someone who has a setup where a 24″ display is his primary monitor with a equal or smaller display as the extended desktop, I’d rather have Divvy display the HUD panels for both screens on my primary monitor, so instead of dragging any window all the way to the second screen, I could just set its position from the panel and my cursor would never leave the primary desktop.

It took me barely a few minutes to adapt Divvy into my workflow and I’m already flying. As someone who has plenty of open windows on his Desktop, Divvy is quite a simple and neat app. A copy of Divvy sells at $14 on the Mizage store, while a family pack is available for $32. Don’t forget to watch the little screencast on the website.

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