The Mac’s window-based user interface was cutting edge in 1984. And while OS X has features that the first Mac users couldn’t have dreamed about, the basic metaphor for interacting with our machines hasn’t changed all that much in the last few decades.
As our Macs get more powerful, we do more with them, and the windowed interface quickly becomes cluttered. Apple’s Spaces tries to give our windows a little breathing room, but we’ve always found it to be kind of high maintenance--it’s really more trouble than it’s worth. Cinch, on the other hand, offers a simple method for managing windows, making everything from moving files to surfing multiple websites faster.
Easily juggle multiple windows with a Cinch.
Cinch is unitasking software at its best. Dragging a window to the top of the screen maximizes it, while dragging a window to the left or right edge resizes the window to take up either the left or right half of your display. That’s particularly useful for moving or copying files across two Finder windows, or for comparing the contents of your local folders with a network server, for example. Restoring a window to its original size is as easy as dragging it away from the edge of the screen. Simple. And with a slight tweak of your Display preferences, you can even use Cinch with multiple-monitor setups. Additionally, if you do still use Apple’s Spaces, you can use it alongside Cinch.
As expected, Cinch runs quietly in the background, and you can try it out for free, if you’re willing to tolerate the occasional nag screen. It can be set to run when you boot up your Mac, or you can optionally add a Cinch icon to your menu bar to switch it on and off whenever you like.
Cinch is a simple and useful utility that makes managing windows a snap. It’s a one-trick pony, but one with a really good trick.
COMPANY: Irradiated Software
REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.5 or later
Makes window management quick and simple
Doesn't work with applications that use non-standard windows, like Photoshop and DVD Player.