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Optimal Layout (formerly WindowFlow Pro) makes organizing your application windows a breeze:
  • Keyboard commands allow you to smoothly move and resize windows that snap into alignment.
  • Window tiling instantly reorganizes a messy group of overlapping windows to optimally fill your screen.
  • Window switching that lists all your open app windows, even those that are minimized or in another space and shows you a preview of the window.
Tile windows to make the most of your screen space
  • Tile shortcuts are pre-defined layouts which Optimal Layout can organize your windows into. Example more...

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Version 2.2.28: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Danlfsmith Member IconReview+9

Very handy program that I've been using since it was called WindowFlow. The way I explain it to others is that with stock OS X, command-tab will tab between open applications. With OptimalLayout, option-tab will tab between all open windows among the open applications. Very useful when working with multiple programs with multiple open windows at once.

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Version 2.2.24
Ashkenaz Member IconComment+34

The developer should be commended for not compelling the user to purchase via the App Store. This tipped the balance for me.

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Version 2.2.2
Sgginc Member IconComment+226

Link is for v2.2.
Go to developer’s site for v2.2.2.

Thanks ... Ken

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Version 2.2.2
Most Advantageous (developer)

Thanks Ken, I've updated the link so it will download the latest version.

Trevorml Member IconReview+2

Great app...

but after having to rebuild a HD I have to reinstall OL2 but the link for the license is no longer active :(

cheers from Oz

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Version 2.1.0
Most Advantageous (developer)

Hi, use Optimal Layout's "Send Feedback" button in Preferences to get in contact and I'll send you out a fresh license.


Thanks heaps MostAdv...

most appreciated your SUPER SPEEDY!!!! assistance...

keep up the really great work... this is a great tool...

cheers T

Fishscale Member IconReview+868

I have owned OL since it's first release. The app is extremely flexible, lightweight, and powerful. I have tried many other window switching apps and none compare feature or price wise to OL. Now with tab support it is even more flexible. Layout options can be customized to your liking as can a plethora of hotkeys.

I don't think anyone here will argue that OL isn't a great app, but what makes it so spectacular is the active development and openness of it's dev. Whenever I have a request, I can drop an email and I soon receive a reply and sooner rather than later the feature request is implemented! I could go on all day listing off the great features of OL but try it out for yourself.

Great app + Great dev = Many happy customers!

Thank you for listening to our requests and making the best window switching app even better! I can't say enough positive remarks about this app, it truly is amazing in many regards.

Oh yeah, you can try it before you buy it!! I told you the dev was a good guy. ;)

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Version 2.1.0
NaderK Member IconReview+2

just keeps getting better & better

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Version 2.1.0
Nmege Member IconComment+23

Great app, a must. But for some reason, it doesn't show if you search for it in the MacUpdate search box. I found this page because i had saved it on Evernote.

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Version 2.0.2
hechy Member IconReview+1

Easily the best window switcher for mac!

I'm a mac newbie and really missed the windows window switcher :)

Only drawback is the ram consumption.

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Version 2.0.2
Most Advantageous (developer)

Hi, thanks for the review!

You can reduce RAM consumption by making the preview smaller, or even completely disabling the preview in preferences.

Martinbb Member IconComment+11

Note to MacUpdate: the price on this page appears to be incorrect. On the developer's site it is given as $14. On the App Store it is $13.99.

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Version 2.0.2
Kantorde Member IconReview+24

This tool is something like a "5-tool player" window manager, mover and app switcher.
This app replaced a whole bunch of apps on my Mac and become instantly inevitable for me.

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Version 2.0.1
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Version 2.2.28
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Version 2.2.26
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Version 2.1.0
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Version 1.2.3
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Downloads 16,370
Version Downloads 666
License Shareware
Date 18 Apr 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $14.00
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