Yet Another “Missing App” from the MacOS UI
If you use your laptop screen for a second monitor, this tool is an absolute must have, Don’t you hate it wen you are at your desk and you have to unplug your screen to hit a meeting, and then when you get back you spend probably 2 minutes getting everything back i order. (Okay, maybe I have too many things open at once, but that makes me the perfect customer!) This really makes Spaces a much better tool as a result. Once you get a knack for how to save screen positions witing diffrent apps, things will just go where there are suppsed to go.
No Spaces support?
I downloaded this to try it out. I was hoping for something that would let me arrange my windows one way when I’m plugged in to my two external monitors, and a completely different way when running on just the laptop screen. I’m set up with separate Spaces on each display, and I tested by unplugging my external monitors, moving the windows where I wanted them on my laptop-only setup, and then plugging my monitors back in. As best I can tell the “Auto Restore” setting doesn’t do anything if you move any of your windows between unplugging your monitors and plugging them back in. If you explicitly save and restore window positions, it seems to move them around on the (x,y) coordinate space, but it *doesn’t* put move them onto a different Space if they’re in the wrong one. So, not helpful in my case. I guess I’m going to the trouble of learning how to configure Slate instead.
Perfect App, Great Support!
If you regularly plug into an external monitor, particularly with a laptop, Display Maid eliminates the chore of resizing and repositioning your windows - exactly as advertised. I know it seems silly, but this saves probaly 20 minutes a day for me. While Display Maid 1.X was great, the FREE update to 2.0 has been a fantastic update. The program is much more responsive and fluid (not that it wasn’t plenty responsive before). Lastly, I had a small edge case problem during the upgrade. I emailed support and got feedback extremely quickly, solving my problem. This is a developer that cares about its product. I THOROUGHLY endorse Display Maid and Funk-iSoft (the developer).
not so good
Cheaper than alternatives, but doesn’t work all that well. Some apps it resizes incorrectly, others never, and others it does OK. In the mac terminal is pukes weird characters. Avoid this, spend your money on something that works. I used Stay before this (just the free trial), and wish now I had purchased that one. It worked much better. I guess you get what you pay for.
little utility that does one thing really well
I run multiple monitors and it’s a real pain to arrange the windows on the monitors if something happens to disturb them. I run 5 applications in a more or less static arrangement on a 4K monitor and I’ve saved the configuration with display maid. Every time I do something that upends the arrangement, with two clicks in display maid, everything is back where it should be. I’ve looked long and hard to find this functionality and I’m really glad to have found it. I’m running the current (as of 1/15) version of yosemite, so I’m not sure if it works with earlier version of the OS, but it works great for me.