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Window Magician helps streamline your user experience and optimize your workflow by automatically resizing and repositioning windows. Create "Window Watchers" to individually process windows with specific titles, from specific applications, and of specific types.

Ensure all of your Finder windows are positioned tightly in the most top-left corner of the screen. Ensure your Web browser windows are always the same size. Automatically reposition Photoshop's default new document window location. Move all modal dialogs to the center of your screen. The uses are endless!

Window Magician is a small application more...

What's New

Version 1.1.3:
  • Bug Fix: Updated to latest core classes to introduce a number of bug fixes.

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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TeRRyZx Member IconComment+40
TeRRyZx
+0

Nice app but there is no way to add any list of windows to the Scope tab. This makes it unusable.

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Version 1.1.1
TeRRyZx
+0

Support fixed this problem quickly with ver 1.1.2
Now everything works as it should.
Nice useful app!!!

accountclosed Member IconComment+111
accountclosed
+1

Coming along nicely. Needs to be able to recognize global characters or "window title includes/contains/excludes."

Also, curiously, this app "phones home" on launch even when "Check for Updates" is unchecked. A coding error or data gathering?

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Version 1.0.7
Misha
+0

All Koingo apps phone home at launch, it's part of their activation schema.

Misha
+0

Koingo has discontinued this title, so we're disabling the listing.

accountclosed Member IconReview+111
accountclosed
+1

Latest release (1.0.7 at the time of this writing) is a big improvement, which is why I came back to post a higher rating. The auto-setting of coordinates is a dramatic improvement, and I'm not seeing windows jumping around anymore in apps for which I didn't create a Windows Magician filter (THAT was weird). Am guessing the developer, Josh, sorted out some things with the new release, and wish I could find a version history, but that and documentation remain a closely guarded secret, apparently. Would go with five stars if the app included implementation of wildcard/global characters as a filtering option. Also, this is pricey IMO at $20 (the cost of upgrading Apple OS to Mountain Lion). Not saying it's not worth it, since as far as I know, there are no other windows management apps that auto-set window size and location; the others require hotkey triggering, but at a top-of-the-range price, users should not have to wait for obviously useful features. Good luck to the developer with this worthwhile app, and all users who spring for it, as I did.

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Version 1.0.7
Sgginc Member IconReview+226
Sgginc
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With v1.06 you can now select the window you want to re-locate and size and the current size/coordinates will be auto-populated.
This is now a 5 star utility.

One last suggestion: Allow wild card characters in the window name for matching.

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Version 1.0.7
accountclosed Member IconReview+111
accountclosed
+1

Promising, but not really ready for prime time. For example, WM has jumped in and resized my Dreamweaver upload (dialogue) window to nearly full screen. It appears to match the settings for Safari and Firefox that I created, but I did not create any WM item for Dreamweaver! No idea how it's able to apply settings to an app for which there's no WM entry. Also, as other comments here indicate, the controls are a bit tough to manage, since setting the right position is trial and error. I purchased anyway, because Koingo is pretty good about updates (though they could not be accused of being generous with users on pricing), but WM needs some improvements, and soon to earn a higher rating IMO. Also, there's no obvious documentation—none included with the app, none on Koingo's (poor) Wiki site, and this is needed to explain some of the settings and provide step-by-step instructions for setting up new window size and position. It shouldn't be necessary to open a tech support ticket to get information on basic use of an app, but you may need to if you buy this. Good luck to all.

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Version 1.0.6
gatovadio Member IconReview+0
gatovadio
+3

I like Window Magician's concept a lot - sticky automatic window positions - but as it is, it's just a nerve-wreck to use. As Sgginc mentioned, entering coordinates by hand is a trial and error work I don't want to go through. It could have a simple button to record the current window position but then again, without the aid of another window management app, such as Moom, you couldn't save pixel perfect window positions (how to know if a window is centered on screen using Window Magician alone?).

Another serious flaw is the Title Scope preferences. As an example I wanted Mail.app main window to be a certain size and all new mails, replies and forwards to be a smaller size but still centered on screen (I hate newly opened cascading windows - open too many and they start going off screen).
They're all normal windows so I can't make different rules for normal/floating/modal windows in this case. So I made a rule to process windows with certain titles only. Now here's the flaw, what about handling dynamic window titles? Only "New Message" is static, all replies and forwards have dynamic "Re: xxx" and "Fwd: xxx" names. Even the main window shows "Inbox: xx messages" so it's always dynamic.

At the present stage, Window Magician works for a couple of apps but as previously said, trying to figure out coordinates by trial and error is something that makes me quit the trial after a couple minutes.

Other window managers lack what Window Magician has to offer and the opposite is also true but I'm not running more than 1 app for window management (something OS X should have by default).

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Version 1.0.5
Cowicide
+0

Thank you, gatovadio, for the thorough review!

gatovadio
+1

Cheers, Cowicide.

Kosovar1 Member IconComment+367
Kosovar1
+3

$19.95 for a one-trick pony? Apple is going to charge us the same price for hundreds of new features in the Mountain Lion upgrade. Consider $1.99 as a more realistic price.

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Version 1.0.2
Sgginc Member IconComment+226
Sgginc
+1

This would be a killer utility if it could remember a window’s current position without having to enter all the pixel information for position and size.
Just auto populate the window of interest’s current position/size information.
Will probably buy and hope this is implemented later.

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Version 1.0.1
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Details

Downloads 4,787
Version Downloads 236
License Shareware
Date 31 Jan 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $19.95