WindowMizer
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Roll-up windows like a windowshade.   Demo ($14.99)
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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
What's New
Version 3.2.1:
  • Added support for Microsoft Entourage 2008
  • Added option to hide splash screen
  • Added option to disable background notifications
  • Added optional "Confirm Quit" alerts when quitting other apps
  • Fixed "Window" menu to list all open windows in represented app
  • Fixed bug that could cause WindowMizer to crash when launching
  • Fixed bug preventing a preference item from saving
  • Updated in-app and online Help Book
  • Automated app deployment for quicker releases of updates
  • Various bug fixes and improvements
Version 3.2.1:
  • Added support for Microsoft Entourage 2008
  • Added option to hide splash screen
  • Added option to disable background notifications
  • Added optional "Confirm Quit" alerts when quitting other apps
  • Fixed "Window" menu to list all open windows in represented app
  • Fixed bug that could cause WindowMizer to crash when launching
  • more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Internet connection during 14-day demo and to activate.



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WindowMizer User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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walo reviewed on 03 Mar 2014
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.
[Version 3.1]

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Albabe replied on 12 Mar 2014
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).
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Albabe replied on 13 Mar 2014
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???
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Albabe replied on 13 Mar 2014
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.
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RGB World, Inc (developer) replied on 16 Mar 2014
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.
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RGB World, Inc (developer) replied on 16 Mar 2014
@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!
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Leesa replied on 16 Mar 2014
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."
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DanielA3364 reviewed on 18 Dec 2013
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!
[Version 3.1]


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Mac-Mail commented on 03 Dec 2013
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.
[Version 3.1]

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RGB World, Inc (developer) replied on 05 Dec 2013
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.
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Pieteropie replied on 08 Apr 2014
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.
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Jxj24 reviewed on 22 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 3.0]


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Qb reviewed on 09 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 3.0]

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Qb replied on 09 Oct 2013
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.
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Qb replied on 09 Oct 2013
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.
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RGB World, Inc (developer) replied on 10 Oct 2013
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.
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Lesoth0 replied on 15 Oct 2013
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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Cowicide reviewed on 17 Sep 2013
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.
[Version 2.1]

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Cowicide replied on 18 Sep 2013
CowTip: With some hacks I was able to remove WindowMizer from the Dock entirely. It has a nice side effect of not pulling up the WindowMizer app and it's menubar while windowshading windows and it's actually a little faster. While I can't access the menubar, I wasn't using anything from that anyway. I can still access the preferences by either double-clicking the app itself in my apps folder or bringing it up in Launchbar, then hitting command-, (comma) shortcut for prefs.

I ended up just having it put the windows in the dock and not inside the app icons. Between doing that and hacking it to remove it from the dock, it's now much quicker/responsive when I windowshade!

I don't recommend people do this unless they know what they're doing, but it worked great for me. This, once again, was with 10.6.8. I haven't tested it yet on my 10.8.4 machines.
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Lesoth0 replied on 15 Oct 2013
The brand new Oct 2013 WindowMizer v3.0 added quite few of your wishes if you look.
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Coolapic reviewed on 17 Sep 2013
@ 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.
[Version 2.1]


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ianrid reviewed on 07 Aug 2013
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?
[Version 2.1]

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Albabe replied on 30 Aug 2013
Hey RGB: Can we get a comment on this? I'm curious about this too.
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RGB World, Inc (developer) replied on 04 Sep 2013
I am constantly trying to make the windowshading effect faster. Unfortunately, I do not think it will ever be as fast as the old Haxie. Basically, it takes a certain amount of time (approximately 0.35 seconds) for a window to minimize to the dock. WM is simply hiding the animation to give the illusion of windowshading. In order to do so, it takes that much time. I have not given up on finding a better solution though! I will be releasing an update before the end of Sept with sounds, user-definable shortcuts and the ability to hide the dock icon. I will try to engineer a method to make the process faster. FYI, if you change the effect to "Use System Effects", you can 'see' what is really happening, and although it seems faster that way, it really isn't.

The "wait time" preference is the maximum amount of time WM will wait for the window to arrive in the dock before releasing the overlay that hides the animation. If the window gets to the dock sooner, it does not wait the full 0.35 seconds.

Hope that helps!
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ianrid replied on 09 Sep 2013
Thanks for the background, RGB. I'll see how you go with this.
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Frankp reviewed on 31 May 2013
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.
[Version 2.1]


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Albabe commented on 29 May 2013
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.
[Version 2.1]

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RGB World, Inc (developer) replied on 31 May 2013
You can collapse all windows in a single application by pressing the command key and double-clicking a title bar.

You can also collapse all windows in ALL apps with command+option and double-click.

I am working on making the modifier keys user-definable, but yes it does what you want.
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Albabe replied on 05 Jun 2013
RGB:

Thanx so much. As soon as I get a chance to Upgrade to Snow Lion, I'll pick up Windowmizer!
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Derekcurrie rated on 16 Mar 2014

[Version 3.2]



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Screentom rated on 31 Aug 2013

[Version 2.1]



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CHLOEDOG rated on 04 Jul 2013

[Version 2.1]



Nikkig rated on 25 Jun 2013

[Version 2.1]



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Pissnaround rated on 01 Apr 2013

[Version 2.0]



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CHLOEDOG rated on 01 Apr 2013

[Version 2.0]


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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 minimized windows by double-clicking the titlebar placeholder. Perfect for single-monitor systems where space is a commodity. Works on multiple-monitor systems and increases productivity.


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