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.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Salman Suhail

I personally use ShiftIt – a FREE (yes read that again – FREE) workspace manager for the mac that while not as specifically featured as the above application – its still FREE and works very very well :)

Just thought i would throw it out there – maybe you would like to review it!

:)

   

Christopher

I had cinch, but once I got a 2nd monitor, it really didn’t do what I wanted anymore. going to give this a try.

   

Albert

i use cinch and think it’s excellent. The thing that i prefer about cinch over divvy is that you don’t have to open a ‘cinch pane’ to use cinch’s features; you just use the global shortcuts. which makes a faster window manger in my opinion. however, what i like about divvy is the grid where you can put a window anywhere with pretty much any size. So together, Cinch and Divvy really make a great combo.

   

Jeremy Pippin

The people who make Cinch make a much more powerful app called Sizeup, which allows you to resize in left/right halves or full (like Cinch) but also in quarters, top/bottom halves, etc. It lets you send windows between Spaces, between monitors, etc.

Unlike Cinch, it’s not mouse-based, but rather hot-key based. Took a week or so to get used to, but now I’ve disabled Cinch entirely because muscle memory takes care of the hotkey bits.

Divvy makes an excellent companion software because SizeUp’s only lack for me is the ability to define unusual window sizings (for instance, I really don’t need my Adium chat window to take up a quarter of the screen), so for those I pull up Divvy.

   

Rick Yaeger

I really dig Divvy. I find it extremely handy and well worth the $14. Since this post was made, it seems the developer has added the ability to customize the grid to whatever number of divisions you like. You can even change that division setting with hot keys. (I found this out after shooting and posting a video on the application)

It is very cool and keeps getting better.

   

Bryan Siegel

I just downloaded ShiftIt because I like the word FREE and gotta say this app works really good. Coming from windows this was the only thing I missed.

   

A Pen Name and That A

I like divvy, but I it doesn’t work too well with Microsoft Word 2008 for the Mac. Sometimes the window resizes after a pause, sometimes it doesn’t.

   

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