Window Magician
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(4) 3.5

Automatic window re-sizer and re-positioner.   Shareware ($19.95)
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  • Window Magician has been discontinued
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    9.5 MB (vers. 1.0.2 - OS X 10.5.8)
  • Developer
    Koingo Software Inc.
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!
What's New
Version 1.1.3:
  • Bug Fix: Updated to latest core classes to introduce a number of bug fixes.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later

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Window Magician User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Your rating: Now say why...
Overall:
(4)

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+49
accountclosed commented on 27 Jan 2013
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?
[Version 1.0.7]

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+1198
Misha replied on 27 Nov 2013
All Koingo apps phone home at launch, it's part of their activation schema.
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+1198
Misha replied on 12 Feb 2014
Koingo has discontinued this title, so we're disabling the listing.
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+49

accountclosed reviewed on 05 Jan 2013
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.
[Version 1.0.7]


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+155

Sgginc reviewed on 03 Jan 2013
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.
[Version 1.0.7]


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+1

+49

accountclosed reviewed on 29 Dec 2012
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.
[Version 1.0.6]


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+3

gatovadio reviewed on 13 Dec 2012
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).
[Version 1.0.5]

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+657
Cowicide replied on 28 Dec 2012
Thank you, gatovadio, for the thorough review!
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+1
gatovadio replied on 28 Dec 2012
Cheers, Cowicide.
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Kosovar1 commented on 20 Jun 2012
$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.
[Version 1.0.2]


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+155
Sgginc commented on 12 Mar 2012
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.
[Version 1.0.1]


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+22
TeRRyZx had trouble on 22 Nov 2013
Nice app but there is no way to add any list of windows to the Scope tab. This makes it unusable.
[Version 1.1.1]

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+22
TeRRyZx replied on 22 Nov 2013
Support fixed this problem quickly with ver 1.1.2
Now everything works as it should.
Nice useful app!!!

+23

Priosantos-Jan rated on 08 Dec 2012

[Version 1.0.5]


Downloads:4,733
Version Downloads:196
Type:Utilities : Optimizers
License:Shareware
Date:31 Jan 2014
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $19.95
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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 which can be configured to launch during login, and sits quietly in the menu bar. Take back control of window management today!


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