WindowMizer
WindowMizer
5.2

3.6

WindowMizer free download for Mac

WindowMizer5.2

06 September 2020

Roll-up windows like a windowshade.

Overview

WindowMizer is an application that will "roll-up" your windows like a windowshade. It quickly collapses a window leaving only the title bar visible. This allows you to see what's behind the front window without losing your place or focus. Simply double-click on the title bar of a window and it will roll-up like a window-shade. The window is now out of the way yet easily accessible. Double-click again and the window restores to its original size and position.

Window-shaded windows provide quick, intuative access to all of your windows because windows stay where you put them and you can see all your windows at once. Stop digging through your windows trying to find the one your looking for. Reduce screen clutter and maintain an organized desktop when working with a multitude of windows and limited screen space.

What's new in WindowMizer

Version 5.2:

Note: Version 5 is a PAID upgrade from version 4.x

  • Fixed several bugs and errors - Thanks to user-submitted crash reports!
  • Changed default titlebar height for macOS 11 (BigSur).
  • Updated error/warning messages for failed activations.
  • Built on macOS 10.15 with Xcode 11.6 and Swift version 5.
  • This is a FREE update for all version 5.x license holders/subscribers.

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94 Reviews of WindowMizer

5
itasara-1
27 December 2019
Version: 5.0.6

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I LOVE this app. Have been using it a long time. I just downloaded the newest version, but I guess it requires another fee, which I'll do when the trial period is over. I don't know if this version will be compatible with newest system which I haven't downloaded yet but will at some point. I don't want to give up apps I like; this is one of them so I do hope it will be compatible.
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mrogov
05 October 2020
Version: 5.2
Doesn't work reliably at all - not the developer's fault, just a lack of proper APIs from Apple, as usual. This is not something that can be done with the current APIs without major hacks and this app shows it.
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Lesoth0
13 July 2020
Version: 5.1.3
Now 5.14 Version 5.1.4 Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:08:24 -0500 Fixed Feedback form connection error.
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Lesoth0
13 July 2020
Version: 5.1.3
Now 5.14.
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Derekcurrie
29 June 2020
Version: 5.1.2
v5.1.3 is out. Here are the Release Notes: "System Requirements: macOS 10.12 or higher Release Notes for version 5.1.3: • Fixed 6 crash inducing bugs representing over 69 crash reports. • Fixed preference panel window-resizing to prevent clipped content. • FREE update for all version 5.x license holders/subscribers. • Requires re-entering Activation Code when updating from version 5.0. • Complete history of updates. Release Details: This update fixes several critical bugs that could cause the app to crash. Thanks to everyone who sent Feedback and Crash reports. The feedback and bug reports are extremely helpful, especially those with comments!"
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Lesoth0
17 June 2020
Version: 5.1.2
Now at 5.13
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5
itasara-1
27 December 2019
Version: 5.0.6
I LOVE this app. Have been using it a long time. I just downloaded the newest version, but I guess it requires another fee, which I'll do when the trial period is over. I don't know if this version will be compatible with newest system which I haven't downloaded yet but will at some point. I don't want to give up apps I like; this is one of them so I do hope it will be compatible.
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sbeauchemin
26 December 2019
Version: 5.0.6
Upgraded to Catalina from Sierra, where WM was working perfectly. Downloaded the trial version of latest WM and can’t get past the preferences security. Even though it’s checked as allowing access, it continues to ask to be allowed access in prefs! Tried restarting. Tried deleting app and reinstalling.... I just want my windows to roll up again.
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ricksphoenixr
10 October 2019
Version: 5.0.6
WindowMizer appears to be stone dead. Since 2016, Chris has been on top of a LOT––and communicative. He's LITERALLY disappeared, and has been so since Jan. 2019. October now. Time for someone to call the cops, seriously. I had his address at one point, but lost it. He needs a welfare check guys–I'm in OR and can't do much from here.
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Derekcurrie
26 August 2019
Version: 5.0.6
WARNING: The RGB World website has, by all appearances, been HACKED. I've attempted to contact them twice by two different methods and nothing has changed.

1) There is no longer any Help of any kind, apart from the meagre FAQ. All documentation has been removed and replaced with BAD ADS, most specifically for MacKeeper, a very ill omen indeed. (I'll skip the details of why).

2) Their Forum is stagnant. Nothing has been posted there, or rather nothing has been *able* to have been posted there since June! I've tried.

Summary: BEWARE their website. I have no idea if this affects their purchasing system, but it makes me worry that money sent is going to whomever hacked the place.

If the developer is reading this: You have major problems to clean up. Your reputation is on the line.
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2.5
Graphic-Mac
17 June 2019
Version: 5.0.5
First off, this app is $24.95 OR $8 per year subscription. Second, the app is still buggy and doesn't operate as clean & easily as the old "Haxie" or the original feature did. For those wondering what's changed in the latest updates: Version 5.0.5 Sun, 16 June 2019 20:08:24 -0500 Fixed issue with Event Tap port. Fixed compatibility with FreeChat and WhatsApp. Fixed compatibility with Adobe After Effects and Premier. Added: Floating window options (global & app-specific). Version 5.0.4 Sun, 09 June 2019 01:37:12 -0500 Hardened runtime for macOS 10.14.5. Notarized by Apple notary service. Rewrite distribution script to auto-notarize. Updated: Japanese localization. Prepare for discontinuation of DevMateKit. Added: Microsoft AppCenter frameworks to start replacement of DevMateKit.
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Derekcurrie
12 June 2019
Version: 5.0.4
Updating to v5.0.4 from within the app resulted in it AGAIN asking for approval to run with Accessibility permissions: System Preferences/Security & Privacy/Privacy/Accessibility/WindowMizer. It was already checked ON. Unchecking it and Rechecking it only lead to repeated BOMBs of the app. Reboot, THEN set the Accessibility permissions, solved the problem.
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ResqDogz
11 June 2019
Version: 5.0.4
Used to work wonderfully, but cannot "convince" 4.4.2 to run under Mojave 10.14.5: Keeps asking permission to control under privacy (system prefs), even though it's already granted!
No way I'll "upgrade" to 5... when the iteration I've already paid for is non-functional!?
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Derekcurrie
21 May 2019
Version: 5.0.3
Please hold while I further investigate upgrade discounts available for WindowMizer 5.
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Annie-Walker
20 May 2019
Version: 5.0.3
How many times am I going to have to keep paying for this? 5, 10, 20? You fixed it so that those of us who did NOT want to update to 5.x.x, and just stay with a previous version, cannot do that. Shame on you!
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5
Frankp
20 May 2019
Version: 5.0.3
Have been using this as long as it's been around. It allows me to keep a more windows available for quick access, even on a big screen. Makes me more productive since I tend to keep a lot of windows open while I move among them.
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GLW
18 May 2019
Version: 5.0.2
The RGB Website says that v5 is an $8 paid UPGRADE (essentially a repurchase, as there is no discount for those who have bought previous versions.) This is NOT TRUE. It is now a paid SUBSCRIPTION, which means that they will be after you for another $8 EVERY YEAR.! A single $8 is not unreasonable for a one-trick pony, but every year???? Not gonna happen!
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5
LeMerlot
09 May 2019
Version: 5.0.2
One of my basic Mac tools since years – it's just smart. Highly recommended !
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5
Tomq
06 May 2019
Version: 4.4.2
I have used WindowMizer for many years and love it, mostly. Lots of problems using v4 with Mojave, but v5 works great for me. Only criticism I have is that when I double-click on a window's title bar it shrinks fine to just show the title bar----buttttttt I am now switched to the WindowMizer app and have to click somewhere else on the desktop to get out of WindowMizer being the current active app. When I double-click on the title bar of, say, a Safari window and it shrinks to just the title bar I should still be in the Safari app, not switched to WindowMizer. Please fix!!
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Cowicide
04 May 2019
Version: 4.4.2
It would be fantastic if there was an option to still be able to interact normally with windows/apps made transparent, but they just become frozen like a screenshot instead.
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0.5
Eric•Woehler
21 February 2019
Version: 4.4.2
WM 4.4.2 def not working under Mojave (MB Pro) - rolls up windows but unable roll down/restore. WM 5 pricing is lunacy - USD$8/year subscription or USD$25 for standalone licence!!!!!!!! What the ... Previous minor 0.x upgrades were USD$3, and major upgrades were USD$5, so to ask $25 for upgrade WM 4 to WM 5 is beyond a joke. Nothing on RGB web page about discount for upgrades from prev versions and considerations of registered users. Just red text statement that Wm 4 to Wm 5 is a paid upgrade. Nothing in User Forums, search of their page for 'upgrade' fails to return anything, so clearly no interest in looking after their existing customer base... Absolute appalling treatment of loyal customers. No option for existing users to upgrade at discount, so bye bye WM - great product but shocking treatment of your supporters/users.
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RunHomeSlow
22 January 2019
Version: 4.4.2
Version 5 is out now...
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misterjspencer
14 November 2018
Version: 4.4.2
I liked Window Mizer, it lacks the ability to put windows as tabs to the side of the desktop but works well. Now we are told Window Mizer will release version 5 with new coding system, and will move to a subscription base, as though it was adobe photoshop. There is a standalone price but this does not include major updates. I know I complain about utilities not being developed but this is ridiculous. I think Id rather go without.
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4.5
LeMerlot
14 June 2018
Version: 4.4.2
I'm using WindowMizer every day and loving it ! But to get back its full potential: When will we see Version 5 for High Sierra as announced by the developer earlier for May? Any beta already?
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4.5
Morlo
05 April 2018
Version: 4.4.2
This is a great way to get space and reduce clutter. Like the old window shade. I would just like to know about High Sierra compatibility?
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0.5
Scott-C-H-
21 July 2017
Version: 4.4.2
This type of utility always gets abandoned at the end, and it looks to me like WindowMizer is not an exception. I bought a license, but now I regret since I've already uninstalled it. It turned out to be not so useful/necessary after all, plus some annoyances and bugs. Plus, when you get used to using something like this too much, you feel completely lost when you have to work on another Mac without it. Furthermore, all the milliseconds you think you might be saving is entirely erased almost instantly once you have to troubleshoot for high CPU usage, things not working right, etc. Unlike general stand-alone apps, this type of utility is hard to make it stable and reliable, because it has to handle a huge variety of scenarios system-wide with a bunch of other apps. macOS's default Mission Control works just fine. I used to think it was useful in the past, but I found it rather unnecessary once I learned to use all macOS default features effectively.
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Cowicide
19 October 2016
Version: 4.4.2
Perhaps not ready for Sierra? Installed WindowsMizer 4.4.2 in Sierra. Afterwards, I opened 'Finder Preferences' and as I switched options (General, Tags, Sidebar, Advanced) there was severe flickering of the window as it changed size. That was concerning enough for me to uninstall WM and the problem only then went away after also logging out and back in again.
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5
foxy-v
26 September 2016
Version: 4.4.2
Oh, it's very convenient to roll up all windows to free space for one, the most important for the moment. This option is necessary for people who works with plenty of apps simultaneously like me. Thanks to developers for such a nice idea!
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5
win2
02 August 2016
Version: 4.4.1
A crucial app, IMO! I don't know how anyone does computer work without the ability to roll up windows. I know this app does way more than that, but that's the main selling point for me. Also, the developer is incredibly helpful and responsive: I emailed with a suggestion about an additional feature (to include the option to minimize to dock) and he implemented and emailed me about the update....that kind of thing is almost unheard of! (This review refers to v.4.4.1)
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bvanlenten
31 July 2016
Version: 4.4
I was looking for an app to replace the defunct WindowShade from Unsanity and was happy to find this app. But it freezes up when I try to open app windows. I'll click on the app and it just sits there. I quit WindowMizer and things are back to normal. Anyone else having this trouble?
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Albabe
29 July 2016
Version: 4.4
No offense to nice app, but I'm not comfortable messing about in the Terminal or patching my existing client. Can't the developer just fix this with an Update so it works again?
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Derekcurrie
23 June 2016
Version: 4.4
Simplified comment about the WindowMizer 4.4 Accessibility Bug: Symptoms: You can't run WindowMiser because you can't get past a broken attempt to get Accessibility approval in System Preferences: Security & Privacy: Accessibility. Solution: Go to the forums at RGB, download and run the provided patch script app, "WindowMizerAccessibilityPatch.app.zip": https://www.rgbworld.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=26 Be sure to read the documentation on the linked page before patching.
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RunHomeSlow
22 June 2016
Version: 4.4
It seems that when there is no window on, like if i close to red button of mail app, to bring it back i have to click TWICE on dock icon of mail... just once when Windowmizer is off :-(
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Annie-Walker
21 June 2016
Version: 4.4
Major probs installing new 4.4 Naturally, the app seeks permission in System Preferences, to access control of Mac through ACCESSIBILITY FEATURE. But it's icon is already there and permission is checked to give permission, from older version (s). No matter how many times I played with this, the app would not function. I tried to reinstall the older version of 4.3. Same thing. I have the program in the APPLICATIONS FOLDER, not in any sub-folder. Have fixed permissions, restarted, etc. Now no version of this app will install properly, and it is useless. Please advise if you're having same problems. I'm running 10.9.5 TIA –– Annie
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5
Scott-C-H-
28 December 2015
Version: 4.3.1
This app brings back WindowShading, a UX innovation Apple has needlessly ditched and neglected when they introduced Mac OS X. If you've never heard of WindowShading, you are missing out a big time. Minimizing windows in place makes it easier to remember where you left off. No more scrubbing over the Dock to find the window you are looking for.
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RunHomeSlow
12 November 2015
Version: 4.3.1
One thing i don't like or don't know how to make it work, is that when you have a window that has been collapsed, and for example Safari is now over it, if you go to the dock and click that window behind, it doesn't come in front... you have to move the front window and then reclick the collapsed one to appear again. :-(
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Eric•Woehler
11 October 2015
Version: 4.3.1
Having problems with WM 431 (847) under El Crapitan rolls up window to leave title bar as per normal operations, but then restore creates new window of the same folder rather than restoring windowmised folder. So I end up with title bar of folder that was windowmised and a second window of the same folder unrolled. Does that make sense? any thoughts on how to fix this? thanks
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Polak
15 September 2015
Version: 4.3.1
Very nice app. But before I buy, I need to know if it will work with OSX10.11 There is no info about this to be found.
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WordWeaver
15 September 2015
Version: 4.3.1
Chris, can you please explain in more detail what "off-screen window handling" is. How is it better than the other option "Minimize to Dock"? Does it simply move collapsed windows to another space, instead of to the Dock? Thanks!
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Albabe
12 September 2015
Version: 4.3.0
"3x faster than previous versions!" I'm 3X Slower with this Upgrade on a 2010 Mac Pro in Mavericks. Maybe I'm doing something wrong(?)
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WordWeaver
12 September 2015
Version: 4.3.0
For those of you who may be wondering which is better, Deskovery or WindowMizer, since yesterday, I have checked out both apps and would like to offer my two cents worth.

Due to a variety of issues I was having with the previous build of WindowMizer -- 4.2.1 -- I had a much more positive experience when using the Deskovery demo. In fact, I was seriously contemplating whether or not I should fork over $20 and purchase it. After all, all I really wanted was the WindowShade effect, and none of the other bells and whistles that Deskovery offers, so paying $20 seemed kind of steep just to gain that one function on my machine.

However, today Chris released a new build of WindowMizer -- 4.3.0 -- and I am happy to say that except for one connection issue -- which Chris is already aware of -- WindowMizer worked flawlessly with 29 of the 30 apps that I tried with it. The only app which would not scroll up WindowShade style, was Hear 1.2.4 (1151.95.16). I am not sure why that is.

At any rate, if your primary interest is in restoring the long lost WindowShade effect to your computer -- along with its sound effects, window transparency option, etc., then I encourage you to consider purchasing WindowMizer. At its new low price of $8.99, I think that it is a pretty fair deal.

Of course, us long-time Mac users have been wondering for years now why Apple hasn't found it in its heart to restore this cool feature to Mac OS X. It shouldn't require a third party app to scroll up our windows, but thanks Chris for making the WindowShade effect available to us once again. :)

Oh, BTW, I am currently running the GM Candidate of El Capitan.
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Jean-Eric
01 July 2015
Version: 4.2.1
Works as advertised. It is a little but very helpful app which can make your work fllow faster. The price is high.
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jbaer
18 June 2015
Version: 4.2.1
Great app. As someone using a fairly old Mac, I especially appreciate the big performance increases in recent updates. One feature request though. I often double click on address or search fields in apps that put them where the title bar normally is - for example, Spotify and Safari. I do this when the app is in the background, because the first click just brings the app into the foreground and a second click is needed to select the text. All too often WindowMizer intercepts this double click and collapses the window. Perhaps there is a way that you could detect whether any text has been selected before collapsing a window? Or otherwise, check if there is a text field near the cursor.
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5
Frankp
11 May 2015
Version: 4.2.1
Love this program. Even with a large screen it's helpful to have quick access to folders without hiding everything behind them. On a laptop it's even more useful.
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bowlerboy-jmb
05 May 2015
Version: 4.2
$15 for a recycling of the old WindowShade utility! How enterprising! Will wonders ever cease?
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Wts
28 April 2015
Version: 4.1
Although the developer says yes this app actually does not work in Mac OS 10.6 ( SnowLeopard ). I downloaded the version 4.1 ( from MacUpdate and from Developer ) and get the big old slash thru the app so to be sure tried to launch only to told that the version will not work in my 10.6. Therefor not sure why the developer would state that the app works in 10.6.
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2.5
Mikemuc
25 February 2015
Version: 4.1
Looks nice and seems a good replacement for our old window shade. But in Demomode ist works only 20 minutes and than it quits (as announced). But for a real testing that's very annoying. In the moment it doesn't run most time of the day because I'm to lazy to restart it every 20 minutes... And so on it's not possible to detect any (bad) side effects on my daily work. A better strategy is in my opinion to remember one an hour that it is unregistered an after a week the test period will be over. So until now only 2,5 stars, if the Demomode works better it would get 4 stars and I'm pretty shure that if it really does it's job and I own it than it will get the 5th star immediately
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edfields
24 February 2015
Version: 4.1
I've downloaded the demo onto a new macbook pro with yosemite. Why can't I see the name of the file/folder in the titlebar when I'm in "window shade" mode? It's no use to me if I can't know what each titlebar is. How can I fix this?
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edfields
22 February 2015
Version: 4.1
This is for the DEVELOPER: I downloaded the free Demo on a new macbook pro (with Yosemite) and dragged the Windowmizer icon into the Applications folder. An icon appeared in my Applications folder, but when I clicked on it, a window appeared that read: “WindowMizer” can’t be opened because the identity of the developed cannot be confirmed. Your security preferences allow installation of only apps from the Mac App Store and identified developers. Now I’m concerned that if I buy the app, I’ll run into the same problem. I don’t actually need the Demo. I just want to be sure the app will run if I buy it. Can you please help? Thanks.
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2.5
lashinsekai
03 February 2015
Version: 4.1
This app would be perfect if once you title bar the window, there was an option to keep the title bar on top of other windows. This is what is currently stopping me from buying it and I will gladly give it a 5 star if the option is implemented.
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5
Chappy-Guy
17 January 2015
Version: 4.1
a great piece of software that makes life easier. i’ve been using it a while now and it’s much better than those apps that move a window to the corner of the screen. I can't work efficiently on my computer without it. It's so worth the $15
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Leo-Spill
15 January 2015
Version: 4.1
I really like having the ability to window-shade App windows on my desktop. It's nostalgic and for me at least... productive. It works, if you're one of this 'visual' and don't mind 'mess' kind of people. And I made the purchase, after seeing 'WindowMizer' on sale recently. Like those crafty 'Haxies' of old, I feel that system tweaks like this - should be only a few bucks. Five tops - An impulse buy... ( lower price, sell more) Yes, it's fully featured, but essentially... it turns an open window into a single title bar. That's surely not fifteen dollars? My gripes, that this latest version ( 4.1 ) doesn't completely collapse Finder windows anymore. I have the 'Path bar' 'Tab bar' and 'toolbar' all showing on window-shading?
Lastly, I would like mail.app's title bar to update as new mail arrives. At the moment, it just goes dormant when window-shaded. If it did this... it would be incredibly useful, and you might actually be able to call WindowMizer an application.

It's a useful utility, especially if you remember it from years gone by. OS8/9 and then those pesky Haxies. Definitely worth a try, to see if it improves your work flow or... all that desktop clutter, drives you mad. As Apple's user interface team decided - many moons ago.
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Sandy-C
09 January 2015
Version: 4.0.1
WindowMizer is one of those utilities that I just can't rave about. It isn't exciting. What it is though, is an extremely useful utility that does what it was designed to do and does it very well. What I would like to see in a future version is to have it removed from the dock and only displayed in the menu bar. I see no need to have it displayed in both places. Since it essentially works invisibly in the background, it really has no need to take up dock realestate. All in all, I would gladly recommend this app.
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anonymous-thrush-1121
08 January 2015
Version: 4.0.1
WindowShade again ! And I feel more better Intuitive at thumbnail window. But I do not need window adjuster.
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4.5
ianrid
18 December 2014
Version: 4.0.1
I've been using this for a while now, and I'm not as bothered by the slight delay in its response as I thought I might be.
This is an essential addition for someone like me who likes to 'blink' between windows, such as web pages or processed images, to compare the differences.
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vangulickc
17 December 2014
Version: 4.0.1
My recently installed DiskWarrior 5 will not launch with WindowMizer 4.01 open on my late 2012 iMac running Yosemite (10.10). If you use both programs, you may encounter this conflict as well.
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3.5
pgmiehl
16 December 2014
Version: 4.0.1
Difficult to accept we are paying for what use to be feature of the MAC OS. • Installation and registration was smooth. • Application responds very slowly on an older Mac running 10.10. • Collapses windows fine, does not like to re-open them.
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Morlo
12 December 2014
Version: 4.0.1
great idea but lag is too much when restoring after minimizing to thumbnail.. after clicking it takes about 4 or five seconds to restore.
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SalemB
12 December 2014
Version: 4.0.1
It's an amazing application. Doesn't slow down my mac. Able to have title bars showing tiles of applications, docs, ... Since I open many doc and application at the same time, my desktop is now organized and I can see all of then at one time, desktop is organized. I love it.
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Eric•Woehler
12 December 2014
Version: 4.0.1
Highly recommended. Able to have title bars showing or small translucent tiles of applications, docs, Finder windows etc. Many options to tweak behaviour and appearance of this app. I have been using for years post-Unsanity and for those missing their Windowshade haxie, this is an obvious choice and appropriate replacement. The demo time is plenty long enough to test out the options and decide yea/nay, but if you haven't yet tried WindowMizer, encourage you to do so. I suspect many will purchase and be happy users.
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Derekcurrie
20 October 2014
Version: 4.0
(O_o) Version 4.0 seems to have been released prematurely: - The website isn't read for it at all. v4.0 is mentioned exactly nowhere at this moment in time. Not even in the beta forum thread. - When you ask 4.0 to check for updates, it throws an error. Huh? But it IS a FREE update. I had to make v4.0 look for my registration, as there never was an activation code. I put in my email address and the password I was provided when I originally purchased v2. It churned away and thanked me! All is ready and working.
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Wts
20 October 2014
Version: 4.0
Download is version 4 but their web site has the announcement that WindowMizer 3.4.1 is now available! The price of 15 bucks is way way way too much for a one trick pony. It should be priced at about five or seven bucks since all it really does is roll your desktop windows up and down.
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Spudboy
13 July 2014
Version: 3.4.1
Wondering how the next release of Mac OS Weeds in going to like WindowMizer.
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5
drwebmail
26 June 2014
Version: 3.4
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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4.5
Derekcurrie
21 June 2014
Version: 3.4
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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3.5
Morlo
03 May 2014
Version: 3.3
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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Albabe
01 May 2014
Version: 3.3
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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3.5
Morlo
03 March 2014
Version: 3.1
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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4.5
DanielA3364
19 December 2013
Version: 3.1
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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Mac-Mail
03 December 2013
Version: 3.1
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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3.5
Jxj24
22 October 2013
Version: 3.0
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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3.5
qb
09 October 2013
Version: 3.0
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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3.5
Cowicide
18 September 2013
Version: 2.1
First, positives. It basically works as advertised and allows you to windowshade your windows without haxies and without modifying your system (which is a huge bonus). There are many different settings, so the app is very polished and complete. The shaded windows play nice with Exposé in 10.6.8 and Spaces (which is vital). You can even move the shaded windows around to other Spaces when showing all Spaces as well. It seems stable and doesn't appear to slow down my computer at all. It has most all the options you would expect from a Windowshade app including choosing transparent windows of varying opacity instead, etc. On the downside, you're basically forced to hide all docked windows to the application icon or your dock will get cluttered up pretty quickly because this works by minimizing your windows to the Dock. That's a give and take and I much wish there was some way to windowshade the windows without them having to minimize go to the Dock. This would make it work much more like traditional Windowshade apps I used to see with OS 9 which were fantastic. Also, there's a slight lag after double-clicking even after choosing all the most optimal settings to speed it up. This is also because of its dependency on minimizing windows I assume. It's not a long delay, but on a powerful computer I get used to near-instant responsiveness in everything I do, so it's a little jarring to see something delay for a half-sec. On the positive side again, you can at the expense of adding more windows to your Dock and having less space in your Dock, turn off minimizing to app and you'll see all your Windows again instead of being tucked inside your app icons. Overall, this minimizing dependency is the main reason I'm turned off by WindowMizer but ironically I suspect it's also the very reason it functions so well without having to alter the system. One glaring mistake is the lack of ability to hide the WindowMizer icon from the Dock taking up previous space. I'll probably end up hacking it to remove it, but it'd be much better if the developer added that as an option in the preferences instead similar to apps like LaunchBar, etc. I've put it through its paces and it doesn't seem to use much system resources at all. That said, I have run into odd behavior here and there. For example, I've click on shaded windows and they've opened up in another Space. That might have been from moving it to another Space previously or something, but for whatever the reason that's a bug I hope gets squashed. I haven't yet tested on my Mountain Lion machines, but I'll report back later if it causes trouble there, which I doubt it will because the dev seems very responsive to fixing bugs. In the end, I'm still deciding if it's worth it considering I have to change my Dock behavior by minimizing windows to apps or don't do it and deal with cluttering up my Dock. I wish I didn't have to make that choice, and hope the dev figures out a stable workaround to that situation. That said, I'm very happy to see a new, stable, Windowshade app on the OS X scene. I've found Deskovery works better, but I've found it to be buggy and cause conflicts. On the other hand, WindowMizer doesn't seem to conflict with things like DockView which is a critical positive or I couldn't use WindowMizer. For now, I'm going to continue to use WindowMizer and play with the Dock settings back and forth to see if I can work efficiently with not seeing my minimized windows in the dock. Then I'll try it without minimizing to apps and see how bad it is having WindowMizer adding more stuff to the Dock. I think I'll probably just deal with the latter in the end and be pretty happy with it.
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4.5
Coolapic
18 September 2013
Version: 2.1
@ RGB : did you know that your app is no longer available on the Swiss app store ? I purchased Windowmizer about a year ago, on that same Swiss app store, and wanted to give it a new review (as the app has much improved since my last review). No way to do that, I just get a message telling me the app isn't available on the Swiss app store... Though I was able to upgrade it from that same store... I red that you can't make it as fast as windowshade was... Sad ! I'll give it 4.5 stars anyway, that's because at least you managed to bring a windowshade "clone" back for the addicts (like me) and the speed problem appears not to be your fault.
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ianrid
07 August 2013
Version: 2.1
Just found WindowMizer and tried the Demo. One nice feature is that you can choose to make the front window transparent rather than roll it up - see under Preferences > Minimize. I’m disappointed that the windowshading effect is not instantaneous, unlike the original WindowShade. I thought I had found the solution under Preferences > Advanced, where there is a box to adjust the Wait time for the windowshade effect. However, this doesn’t seen to work -- whether the Wait time is set to 1 sec or 0, the lag still seems to be the same. Is this a bug? Can we get the windowshading to be near-instantaneous?
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5
Frankp
31 May 2013
Version: 2.1
This is a great product. Does the same thing as the old WindowShade did but without the problems that haxies caused. I had a small problem getting it set up properly and Chris responded immediately and got it working.
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Albabe
29 May 2013
Version: 2.1
Hey RGB: Thanx so much for responding here. I've joined Forum for certain clients and had mixed luck getting any actual answers to my questions. Does WM roll-up all the windows (Option + Double-Click )in a given application the way Windowshade did? I'm still in Snow Leopard and thinking about upgrading to Mountain Lion... and I love my now defunct WindowShade so I need something good to replace it.
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Albabe
29 May 2013
Version: 2.1
Why would you pay even a Dollar for something you dislike so much?
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1.5
jose-ferreras-macias
18 May 2013
Version: 2.1
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 taking over your precious space, and there's little enhancement to get more options (you could also have set a way to activate right click over the title and get some extra option like staying on top, transparency, etc) I'm sorry but I am not going to buy it. I've been using other third party tools for windows handling through different platforms (Linux, BeOS, Windows) and this one is, by far, the poorest one that I have found. Give it by no more than 1$ and - perhaps - I'd buy it.
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Krupnix
17 May 2013
Version: 2.1
:)
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rinopo
16 May 2013
Version: 2.1
Downloaded the demo 3 days ago, and so far so good. But for one thing: I'm using it on a Japanese system, and the app is, yes, localized to it, but the translation is terrible. IMHO, developers shouldn't localize their apps into languages they don't understand unless they have a reliable translator. Machine translation is sometimes worse than nothing, since it can render the app completely incomprehensible.
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Krupnix
15 May 2013
Version: 2.1
SYSTEM REQUIREMENT: Internet connection for Activation. No offline option provided.
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3.5
Tony-Hartt
13 May 2013
Version: 2.1
Seems to works fairly well. It does take about half a second from the time I double click to minimize the titlebar. So not quite instantaneous. Also, for every window titlebar that is minimized, that window goes to the dock. Then when I double click again it comes out of the dock. I just want the titlebar minimized, I don't want anything in the dock. Overall I'm pretty happy with it. I'm on 10.8.3
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Philosopherdog
13 May 2013
Version: 2.1
Looks pretty cool. I installed it and it disables Afloat for keeping windows above others. So, you have to choose. Windows on top or window shading. With some hope maybe they will add this feature. I'd pay a lot more for such an app.
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GLW
13 May 2013
Version: 2.1
I decided to try the demo. So I first deactivated WindowShade so that there would be no conflicts. But even though I have WindowMizer set to "Reduce to Titlebar" on the Double-click titlebar action under the Minimize Behavior setting, all that happens when I double-click the titlebar of a window is that it goes to the dock. No titlebar left on the screen -- which kind of defeats WM's purpose. I am running SL. Am I doing something wrong?
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Sonnendeck
13 May 2013
Version: 2.1
It would be helpful to use windowmizer in the menubar. So that you can switch off windowmizer in the dock!
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HutzMacTechHead
13 May 2013
Version: 2.1
Even though explained why the Unsanity Haxie failed (because security features in new OS prevented haxies) it worked infinitely better until its failure. If I didn't have to keep it open like another app it would have gotten a full 5 stars from me.
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Denflinkegrafiker
13 May 2013
Version: 2.1
Indispensable to my workflow. Would like to see an option to automatically narrow the window shaded window... to make more room for window shaded windows on the top of the screen. Great app. Worth every penny.
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Eric•Woehler
13 May 2013
Version: 2.1
Buy this app! It's well worth $9 - can recommend!
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Mac007
05 May 2013
Version: 2.1
This app works to some extent but it needs to be a control panel instead of a separate app. It also doesn't respond to the double click command the first time right away. I've had to double click two or three times to work. Glad this is a demo.
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Eric•Woehler
05 May 2013
Version: 2.0
Just installed and well worth the price! The latest version from the dev's web page (ver 2.1) has FREE 2-WEEK TRIAL - so all those looking to try before you buy, now you can. Downloaded, installed and set prefs in less than a minute, now have my much-missed window shading back. Unsanity is DOA, for all those looking for WindowShade replacement, Windowmizer is worth trying - I suspect most will buy.
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Johnny-K
09 April 2013
Version: 2.0
Great app. Really been missing Windowshade and this does exactly what I was looking for. And it's not a haxie. Kudos to the developer.
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Bidule
01 April 2013
Version: 2.0
No trial, too bad.
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4.5
Abbott
01 April 2013
Version: 2.0
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. The author has been very responsive via email. I'm happy.
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Kitmos
01 April 2013
Version: 2.0
Since there is no trial of this I can't comment on how it works. I just remember Windowshade and all the problems we had with the developer of that. When it worked it was great. But years would go by when a new OS would disable it and eventually it went away completely. I hope this works better but, again, with no trial I'm not putting my $$ down.
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3.6

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