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WindowMizer is an application that will "roll-up" a window like a windowshade.

When you double-click the title bar of a window, WindowMizer minimizes the window to the Dock and leaves a placeholder title bar on the screen. When you want to get back to what you were doing, simply double-click the placeholder title bar and the window will restore from the Dock. No need to navigate to the Dock to find the window you just minimized... it's exactly where you left it!

WindowMizer also helps you maintain an organized desktop by allowing you to see all opened windows at once and provides easy restoration of more...

What's New

Version 3.4.1:
  • Thumbnail window improvements
  • Added preference item for adjusting Screen Margins
  • Added preference item for adjusting Window Spacing
  • Independent window grid for Mission Control Spaces
  • Better Spaces support across multiple displays
  • Fixed issue causing empty cells in window grid
  • Complete change log at: http://www.rgbworld.com/wm-releasenotes

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Internet connection during 14-day demo and to activate.

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I've been using WindowMizer on both 10.8.3 and 10.6.8 systems. Works every bit as well as WindowShade. Perhaps even better, it's an application rather than a haxie. So far it works perfectly in every application I've tried.

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4 people found this review helpful
Version 2.0
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Too expensive for what you get.
I've checked out the demo version and didn't liked the way that manages the titlebars. Shaded windows get restored when you recover from a minimized instance, the icon stays permanently on the dock more...

3 people found this review helpful
Version 2.1
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Spudboy Member IconComment+67
Spudboy
+0

Wondering how the next release of Mac OS Weeds in going to like WindowMizer.

Reply1 reply
Version 3.4.1
Infinite-Loop
+0

A few tweaks to WindowMizer are needed for Yosemite, but I am using an internal build of WindowMizer on DP3 and all systems are go!

Dr Member IconReview+6
Dr
+1

Phenomenal Utility. Does it's job fantastically well. Stable. Doesnt adversely effect your system in any way. I personally find it essential and now that I use it I cannot imagine using my mac without it. Huge productivity gain.

Support this utility and the developer. This is quality software, far better than the competition (which I have tested) and well worth the price. I bought 2 licenses so I can use it on 4 machines.

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Version 3.4
Leesa
+0

I LOVE the Old WindowShade and I still use it on my Old G5 at Home... but this app is much too Slow in Mavericks. It really slows me down in terms of Productivity

I think its a nice app and it works ok (it's been crashing a lot) and the developer seems to keep improving it... but its So Slow that I rarely use it any more. I've learned to use Stacks, the Minimize Yellow Button and Command Hide to compensate.

The problem for me is that if I use the Minimize Yellow Button and WindowMizer, my Dock gets ridiculously full and untenable. Maybe the developer could have the app create another Spacer to keep the WindowMizered Windows separate from the Yellow Button Minimized Windows.

Apple should also facilitate Two Docks. One on the Bottom for Apps and One on the side for Windows.

RGB World, Inc (Developer)
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@Leesa
There is a setting in System Preferences > Dock for "Minimize windows into application icon". If you enable that setting, the dock will not fill up with windows.

Derekcurrie Member IconReview+715
Derekcurrie
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This version marks WindowMizer's full maturity IMHO. New features have been swiftly integrated and now it's what it promised to be, a great replacement for the dead and gone WindowShade X haxie. Bravo RGBWorld and thank you!

WindowMiser is well worth the price. For those who find windowshading, window transparency and reduction to
thumbnails FAR more useful and productive than minimizing to the dock, this is THE answer.

My only complaint is that getting the sounds to play during actions can be a bit iffy. I highly suspect this is directly related to OS X, not just this application. This is not a problem unique to just WindowMizer. This problem is variable depending upon what version of OS X you are running.

For those interested in the lineage from WindowShade through WindowMizer, RGBWorld has written up a nice history:
http://www.rgbworld.com/extras/blog/getblog?blog_id=17

I'll add to the history that Unsanity.org, who provided APE and the WindowShade X haxie, is now defunct. Their remaining assets are supposedly run by Geekspiff.com, but the website is offline ATM.

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Version 3.4
Leesa
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If only it responded faster... then it would be perfect.

walo Member IconReview+12
walo
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update 3.3 was good.. the reduce to thumbnail action is better than the windowshade imho. i still think it would be better to reduce to app icon.. i could not get premiere pro to windowmize.. and sounds are not available when reducing to thumbnail... and yes, it is still slow but it is the best thing there is right now.

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Version 3.3
walo
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another option could be to reduce to app icon AND thumbnail together.

Albabe Member IconReview+779
Albabe
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WindowMizer has some problems - the worst being that its slow... I assume that's because its not a Haxie like WindowShade... But besides that, it works just fine!

And Kudos to the Developer who has been UpDating and not disappearing into the digital ether like the poor UnSanity guy.

Thanx!

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Version 3.3
walo Member IconReview+12
walo
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this app is a great idea but sadly it is slow and lacks an important feature.. it takes about a second to minimize the window and about a second to open.. you should have the ability to minimize into an icon so you can quickly identify the one to be un-minimized.. otherwise they all look the same and you take a long time to find it when you have many minimized apps.

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Version 3.1
Albabe
+1

I just installed Mavericks and I'm using the demo. I'll likely buy the Client because I'm pretty lost without it.

I agree that the client is really slow compared to the old Windowshade. I guess there are reasons. Hopefully the "Creator" will figure a way to speed it up.

Also, I can't seem to get it to Open or Close all of the Windows in a given client (like Safari).

Albabe
+1

I got another big problem for my Computer Style.

When Windowmizer is On, it obviously substitutes certain OS Variables. I guess it replaces Minimize with Windowmizer (which is why they ask you to turn off "Double-Click a Window Bar to Minimize).

I can Windowshade my Windows, but I CAN'T Minimize anything to the Dock... So you can't use both Functions. :( Which I could do with my old Windowshade Haxie and I've gotten really used too it.

So, Developer: Any way around this???

Albabe
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I'm not sure how involved the Developer is these days. His "Latest News" on his page is from Sat, May 04th 2013.

It also says Version 2 Upgrades are $4.99. The version I D/Led yesterday is 3.1.

RGB World, Inc (Developer)
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I just released version 3.2. I added the ability to show the Application icon in the title bar. Hopefully that will help to identify the window you want to un-minimize. I still hope to make WindowMizer faster, and I will be looking into the ability to minimize to an icon.

RGB World, Inc (Developer)
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@walo.
I just released version 3.2. I added the ability to show the Application icon in the title bar. Hopefully that will help to identify the window you want to un-minimize. I still hope to make WindowMizer faster, and I will be looking into the ability to minimize to an icon.

@Albabe
To minimize all windows in an app, hold the command key when you double-click the title bar.

To send a window to the Dock, just click the yellow minimize button like normal. WM does not take control of the minimize button, So you can send some windows to the dock with the yellow button, and can windowshade other by double-clicking the title bar.

I am actively developing the app, sometimes it's difficult to keep up with it all. I've had my blinders on for the past 2 months so I could complete version 3.2. I will try to release quicker updates. You can always email me for support. Thanks!

Leesa
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RGB Guy! Its great so see you haven't left us!

I am having similar problems with Windowmizer. I hope this new version solves those issues. Thanx! Glad you are still with us.

I was reliving my experience with the poor guy at Unsanity. His WindowShade was one (of many) reasons that I never Upgraded beyond Snow Leopard.

Now I have Upgraded to Mavericks from Snow Leopard and am having a bunch of problems (NO "OPEN ALL WINDOWS IN NEW WINDOW" - These Apple Authoritarians are annoying. Its always either Their Way or the Highway. And you can't turn of their annoying Cartoons (Animations)... And my computer is now an Electric Slug... And...).

One more thing: It might be a good idea to change your homepage "Latest News: Sat, May 04th 2013."

DanielA3364 Member IconReview+0
DanielA3364
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Hi from Buenos Aires!! WHAT A GREAT APP for the recent Mac OS X update! Gets back that time-saving trick of previous OS and past days... a huge missing from Apple... but thanks God for WindowMizer! I've been testing and using flawlessly for more that a month and it's absolutely a must have for any advanced user to get the most of your mac AND time dealing with lots of open windows at a time and at one screen!

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Version 3.1
Mac-Mail Member IconComment+134
Mac-Mail
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I don't see the point of this application.
It minimizes the window to the dock with double clicking the toolbar area. Isn't it just to click on the 'Amber' button to minimize the window (by Apple default)?
I'd prefer to do a single click on the 'Amber' button than paying money ($14.99) to do double clicking to minimize the window.

That's my 2 cents.

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Version 3.1
RGB World, Inc (Developer)
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WindowMizer minimizes the window, but it leaves the title bar on the screen. When using WM, you do not have to control+click or right-click on an application icon to locate the minimized window. You just double-click the title bar, and the window comes back.

You can try the demo for 14 days to help understand its purpose. If you need assistance setting it up, I would be glad to help.

Pieteropie
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I LOVE the idea of this little jewel but I am almost poor enough not to be able to afford it. Almost... however I need to eat and pay rent and being a pensioner puts me in a difficult position. Is it worth it? Hmmmmmmmmmm???
Decisions decisions...
I'll sleep on it - on my El Cheapo sheets.

Jxj24 Member IconReview+7
Jxj24
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I am so glad that WindowMizer has such active support and development. It works so well that I almost have forgotten about insanity at this point.

But please, please, please add "Minimize in Place" to supplement Windowshading.

I rely on both forms of window modification to work comfortably, depending on what apps I am using and what I'm trying to do.

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Version 3.0
Qb Member IconReview+83
Qb
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Certainly WindowMizer works as a windowshade application. And being an app is far better than Unsanities Haxie. Pretty much a one-trick pony and I have long wondered why Apple would take this pony away. (Yes, I know - minimize to the Dock took its place).

That said there is still a split second lag is shading or unshading that I find myself wanting to double click a title bar again thinking it had not received my clicks.

Why it does not get 5 stars: First from their www site I gather the original version of WindowMizer was released sometime around 23-Feb-2013. So now only 6,5 months later we have had to pay for v. 1, v. 2 upgrade and now v. 3 upgrade. Wow - I thought prepaying for a future version of Unsanity products was nuts.

Second - I wonder about their support. If you look in their General Discussion Forum for WindowMizer their last reply to any user is on 15-July-2013. And there is not that much traffic so why no replies to the other calls for help.

Third - and this may be resolved as I have email them: I purchased a 6-computer license of WM 2.x on 13-May-2013. Right now the only upgrade I see if for 2-computers. I feel that within 5 months I should be getting a FREE upgrade and I would like to stay honest and get a 6-computer license again. I'll report back about their response.

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Version 3.0
Qb
+2

I need to make a correction: I now find I actually purchased THREE 2-computer packages of version 2.x (not a 6-computer). My mistake so please ignore the 2 vs 6 computer part of item 3 above.

Qb
+2

So I got a very fast reply from the developer. He points out that WM has been around for 18 months (above I based my length on the only info I could find about WM on their www site.) I'll agree that 3 whole number updates over 18 months is far better than 6.5 months.

I was also not aware that v.2 was a free update to everyone. Very nice.

THank you for an application I've depended on daily.

RGB World, Inc (Developer)
+3

First - WindowMizer was released in June 2012, so on average I have updated the app once every 6 months with significant improvements in each version. Version 3 is the first paid upgrade since the original release. I don't take prepayments.

Second - I reply to all enquires in a very timely manner as anyone who has contacted me for support, including yourself knows. Also, I've been rather busy releasing a new update and building a user forum and other support resources for WindowMizer users. It is a ongoing process.

Third - Purchases made after August 1st, 2013 were upgraded for free. WindowMizer is on sale for $8.99 and upgrades are only $4.99. Your total cost per computer including the upgrade would be about 7 bucks. Nuts!

I see your retractions below. Thanks for the clarifications.

Lesoth0
+1

I can vouch for RGB World's super service and timely replies to queries. Don't write it off. It's brilliant as of v3.0.

The little bugs are being ironed out all the time and most importantly it's super-stable and works on most of what I want it to. I've requested a few more from the developer who has stated he'll actively look at it within the next 2 months, so kudos there.

I'm a fan of it. Unsanity Who?

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Version 3.2
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Date 12 Jul 2014
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