Optimal Layout
Optimal Layout
2.3.2

4.5

Optimal Layout free download for Mac

Optimal Layout2.3.2

28 April 2015

Move, resize, and reorganize windows.

Overview

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 layouts are shown on the right.
  • They are easy to use, just select the windows in Optimal Layout, then press the numbers 1-5 to apply a tile layout.
  • If you've got multiple displays you can also indicate which display the windows should tile to.
  • More tile shortcuts are available and they aren't limited to 3 or 4 windows.
Designed With You In Mind
  • Ideal for developers, designers and power users who work from multiple windows.
  • Keyboard junkies will love being able to keep their hands where they are most productive.
  • Optimized for Macs with large or multiple displays.
  • Operates seamlessly in the background, only becoming visible when needed.
  • Highly customizable: re-define the keyboard shortcuts and Optimal Layout's behavior.

What's new in Optimal Layout

Version 2.3.2:
  • Important bug fixes

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28 Reviews of Optimal Layout

Fishscale
20 August 2010
Version: 1.1

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I bought this app while it was in beta and the developer has definitely lived up to his word on making OL the greatest window switcher on OS X. I'm not sure if he even said OL would be the greatest but from a users standpoint it is. Every update gets better and more advanced features come in like spaces support, multi-monitor support, switching layout windows, and finally moving and resizing windows straight from the list of open apps. You can control most everything and the dev has managed to still keeps it super simple. I have tried all the window arrangement apps and own licenses for a few of them, but OL takes the cake for sure. I know this comment is not really specific and was written quickly but I just want users to know how great this app is and how responsive the developer is to requests. Amazing application, I can't say more. All my window troubles have been solved! Give the app a try, at the price you can't find anything that compares... heck there is no app at any price that compares with the flexibility that OL has. Most impressive is the footprint. I would expect an app this powerful and always running to take up a lot of system resources but it doesn't. I think witch takes up more resources on my MBP than OL does. Simply amazing and worth a try.
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Scott-C-H-
24 January 2017
Version: 2.3.2
I've paid for a lot of Mac utility software like this only to end up seeing them become an abandonware, and this is one of them. It is one of the reasons I have decided to never pay for and install “system enhancement utilities" like this. Here is how it always turns out; You buy a piece of software like this thinking your workflow would miraculously improve and you would save a lot of frustrations and time. Then, you start spending more time tinkering and troubleshooting as you use this type of utilities more. Soon, you become a volunteer beta tester for these developers while becoming more and more dependent upon a novel way of doing things on your Mac. After a while, you stop seeing updates and bug fixes and then painfully realize that the developers of the utilities you paid for and came to be heavily dependent on abandoned them. You will have to spend a lot of time relearning as you endure a lot of frustration as a result of your workflow ripped apart only because some developers no longer felt like building your software. I found that, in the long run, these “system enhancements” added more complexity, frustration and “needs” to tinker with, and that I was much better off just making good use of all the default features on my Mac. Any small gains in UI efficiency are not worth the massive trade-off of depending on this type of utilities.
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Elva123
04 November 2016
Version: 2.3.2
It is fantastic. Useful tool indeed.
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4.5
AppleFriend
31 August 2016
Version: 2.3.2
Like this app because it is not only optimal layout instrument, it also has and optimal value for money. Plus OL is very handy and convenient for everyday usage. I got used to my special layout and can't imagine how I could work without it. That's great!
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4
fabiorico
15 June 2016
Version: 2.3.2
Good idea, indeed, to create an app for clearing out the windows mess on a desktop and facilitate computing. Have been trying it for a couple of weeks, it works perfectly enabling me to customize keyboard shortcuts for my need. One little drawback, I have found cheaper analogue apps for sizing windows. So, my conclusion - OL should be tested on your own to check whether you need it.
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RogerKatz
28 October 2014
Version: 2.2.28
The latest version is 2.3.1
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5
Danlfsmith
03 March 2014
Version: 2.2.24
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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Ashkenaz
07 April 2012
Version: 2.2.2
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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Sgginc
06 August 2011
Version: 2.2.2
Link is for v2.2. Go to developer’s site for v2.2.2. Thanks ... Ken
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4.5
Trevorml
28 June 2011
Version: 2.1.0
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 Trevor
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Fishscale
18 June 2011
Version: 2.1.0
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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5
NaderK
17 June 2011
Version: 2.1.0
just keeps getting better & better
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Nmege
02 June 2011
Version: 2.0.2
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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3.5
hechy
31 May 2011
Version: 2.0.2
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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Martinbb
24 May 2011
Version: 2.0.2
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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5
KNOBO
28 April 2011
Version: 2.0.1
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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4.5
ChrisPolus
28 April 2011
Version: 2.0.1
Optimal Layout 2 is a huge improvement over the first version. In version 1 I only used shortcuts to move windows around, as the window manager and grouping windows into groups etc. was too complicated for me. I constantly had to peek at shortcuts as I seldom used these features. All these features were just not sitting right in my workflow. Optimal Layout 2 very nicely surfaces these features into a new, easy to use UI. To place windows quickly and precisely you can draw into a special area and the window jumps there (sounds strange, look at the dev's videos to understand). Very easy shortcuts help to save a window position you like and then recall this position for later use. You can access these features in multiple ways: either directly via shortcut, or via the window manager, or you can have icons representing the saved window positions in your menu bar on top and simply and quickly click on one of them. Great! Over all I'm now using much more of the functionality of Optimal Layout, it's much easier to understand than the first version. The only reason I'm not giving it a 5 star is because I like a feature other window managers are having that's missing in Optimal Layout. Other tools allow you to drag a window to the top edge which makes the window full screen, or to the top right edge to make the window fill the right half of the screen etc. If one could have hot areas (top screen, top right corner, right edge, bottom right corner, bottom edge, etc.) with Optimal Layout and drag windows onto these hot areas or hot corners and the window would fly to a programmed position, it would truly be feature complete for my personal use. Great work in Optimal Layout 2! I like it a LOT!
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5
Macdamien1
28 April 2011
Version: 2.0.1
Remembering sets of windows is for me the best approach. This version 2 is a valuable improvement since the version 1. It's clearer in aspect, always keyboard oriented but with the possibility to use the mouse for unconvinced (for a time) of the superiority of the keyboard. I'm happy to see the actually good gestion of my BÉPO (dvorak like) layout.
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Sgginc
28 April 2011
Version: 2.0.1
Too complicated for me. The developer’s video makes it seem simple like a magician’s slight of hand. In reality you can really mess up your windows especially hidden ones as in SOHO Notes Services window and BusyCal‘s drop down window. There is an ignore windows option but it is unclear exactly what is being ignored. I was also unable to remove a custom window position I saved. Just keeps coming back. It could also use an undo option. If you click a window position button and all goes wonky it would be nice to just undo it. It would make playing with it easier. As it is, when my windows are all messed up as a result of selecting a window position button, I need to manually fix it all. This makes it too difficult to learn. Again, I believe the developer’s video is the product of someone who knows this program inside out. Or I’m just mentally challenged. Thanks ... Ken
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0.5
Djefis
29 January 2011
Version: 1.2.3
This software is a good idea to complicate your life. I am noticing that if you add tools to tools for "facilitating" the use of our machine at the end you lose what we had won. Spending money on what we can already do with the OS at the end does not pay. This software helps to make this type of error, plus it is not clear in the registration and exuberant price. . . If you really want to have an alternative should be selected 1, up to 2 and nothing else. This optimal layout is not part of the software I selected also because it is not clear in the registration and it is too expansive.
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Thyx
29 January 2011
Version: 1.2.3
At the moment, it's much cheaper on the App Store (6,99 Euro, I guess that's $8,99 or $9,99) Very promising, some hickups. For me it's more useful than Witch even without using the resize features.
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Fishscale
20 August 2010
Version: 1.1
I bought this app while it was in beta and the developer has definitely lived up to his word on making OL the greatest window switcher on OS X. I'm not sure if he even said OL would be the greatest but from a users standpoint it is. Every update gets better and more advanced features come in like spaces support, multi-monitor support, switching layout windows, and finally moving and resizing windows straight from the list of open apps. You can control most everything and the dev has managed to still keeps it super simple. I have tried all the window arrangement apps and own licenses for a few of them, but OL takes the cake for sure. I know this comment is not really specific and was written quickly but I just want users to know how great this app is and how responsive the developer is to requests. Amazing application, I can't say more. All my window troubles have been solved! Give the app a try, at the price you can't find anything that compares... heck there is no app at any price that compares with the flexibility that OL has. Most impressive is the footprint. I would expect an app this powerful and always running to take up a lot of system resources but it doesn't. I think witch takes up more resources on my MBP than OL does. Simply amazing and worth a try.
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pl-svn
10 August 2010
Version: 1.0.1
... could the developer, please, explain what's different from WindowFlow, in this app? :-/
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Ededed
22 June 2010
Version: 1.0
I had an error applying my license and sent a message from Ben's support site. In well under 24 hours I had a polite response that addressed my concern. I like supporting independent devs, and I like it more when those devs follow through! As for the app, it seems to be built on the idea of minimalism. One must read about the app and look through the options to understand what it can do, but once you figure it out you'll start it up every day.
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NaderK
20 May 2010
Version: 0.10.2
windowflow just keeps getting better and better. the developer is *very* responsive, to either bugs or suggestions; he also seems very keen to keep his product alive and growing. in a couple of versions it will definitely be ahead of other window managers, but then again, it's all a question of personal needs -- my window management needs are fulfilled by windowflow and i'm a loooong time mac user. i've tried many of the other window managers: i miss windowshade which i shall not update because of the new rosetta requirement; and even though i usually really like apps by manytricks i never liked witch; and the others left me with a feeling of Windows-inspired utilities. (i am in no way related to this developer; just a happy user)
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zx
27 March 2010
Version: 0.9.6
I don't get it...? Selecting a window(option+s) brings the window to the front.
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Neuralgia
15 March 2010
Version: 0.9.6
So is this better than SizeUp? About the same price and "newer" but newer is not always better.
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Leoofborg
13 March 2010
Version: 0.9.5
This is really nice. With Witch not really being actively developed (it seems) I think WindowFlow will replace Witch as well as MercuryMover... Don't get me wrong, Witch and MM are great apps.. it's just that replacing two prefPanes with one App that I can turn off easily appeals to me and should to any poweruser.
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Dameian
07 March 2010
Version: 0.9.3
I have been using SizeUp combined with a small array of my own Keyboard Maestro macros to handle window management from the keyboard. After trying WindowFlow I have to say this is a nice little utility and brings me one step closer to fast and intuitive keyboard window management zen. I love the fast, on-the-fly custom tiling. This feature really makes WindowFlow shine. If you're a heavy keyboard user like me, this is definitely worth checking out.
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