Optimal Layout
Optimal Layout
2.3.2

4.5

Optimal Layout free download for Mac

Optimal Layout

2.3.2
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

28 Optimal Layout Reviews

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Fishscale
20 August 2010

Most helpful

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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Version 1.1
Scott-C-H-
24 January 2017
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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Version 2.3.2
3 answer(s)
PickyA2452
PickyA2452
24 March 2017
Brilliant comment. I agree wholeheartedly.
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mesianic_fart
mesianic_fart
08 March 2018
maybe try >> https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/32953/bettertouchtool
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Scott-C-H-
Scott-C-H-
08 March 2018
@mesianic_fart

Yes, but no thanks. I have tried it in the past but didn't find a compelling enough reason to stick to it. I don't care to spend time configuring many dozens of gestures, try to memorize and get used to them, only to end up finding out that the BTT developer couldn't make enough money and abandon it in favor of doing something else.

That's fine for something like text editors saving files in plain text format, or PDF editors saving data in PDF. I can access data with any compatible apps. So, if some dev decides to quit, who cares, I can find another tool. And their purpose is pretty specific. With "system enhancement utilities" such as this and BetterTouchTool, it doesn't work that way. You get used to novel ways of doing things system-wide, and bam! Something happens, and you are left feeling like a novice user on a Mac with default configuration all across the board.

And not to mention a real concern that Apple will frown upon anything that controls third-party apps system-wide. OS X is not alone in the "more security" trend, and the general users just don't care enough for this type of utilities. They don't want people to mess with the system level stuff. Only time will tell if they remain gracious with BTT and other similar utilities. I sure hope Apple will remain gracious, and all the best wishes to the BTT developer. But I'm not holding my breath. And none of this stuff matters if I don't need/use it in the first place.
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Elva123
04 November 2016
It is fantastic. Useful tool indeed.
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Version 2.3.2
AppleFriend
31 August 2016
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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Version 2.3.2
fabiorico
15 June 2016
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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Version 2.3.2
RogerKatz
28 October 2014
The latest version is 2.3.1
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Version 2.2.28
Danlfsmith
03 March 2014
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
07 April 2012
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
06 August 2011
Link is for v2.2. Go to developer’s site for v2.2.2. Thanks ... Ken
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Version 2.2.2
1 answer(s)
Most Advantageous
Most Advantageous
07 August 2011
Thanks Ken, I've updated the link so it will download the latest version.
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Trevorml
28 June 2011
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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Version 2.1.0
2 answer(s)
Most Advantageous
Most Advantageous
28 June 2011
Hi, use Optimal Layout's "Send Feedback" button in Preferences to get in contact and I'll send you out a fresh license.
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Trevorml
Trevorml
30 June 2011
Thanks heaps MostAdv... most appreciated your SUPER SPEEDY!!!! assistance... keep up the really great work... this is a great tool... cheers T
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Fishscale
18 June 2011
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
$14.00

4.5

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later
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