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Author Topic: MoveIt - windows management app - Mini-Review  (Read 1900 times)
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« on: July 26, 2012, 05:07:14 PM »

App NameMoveIt
App URLhttp://www.favessoft.com/hotkeys.html (scroll down a bit) - dc thread is here
App Version ReviewedMoveIt 1.2.3.0
Test System SpecsQuadCore, 8GB RAM, Win7 x64
Supported OSesXP, Win.7
Support Methodsdc forum thread above; also per email http://www.favessoft.com/contact.html
Upgrade PolicyN/A see below
Trial Version Available?N/A see below
Pricing Schemedonationware/freeware (?)
Author (of the app) Donation LinkDonate to MilesAhead, the app Author (here on dc); or http://www.favessoft.com/donate.html
Screencast Video URL --
Relationship btwn. Reviewer and Product I use the app, I've asked for features - and gotten them; I've made a small donation to the author at one stage - ooups, that was for a precursor app embarassed That's it ;-)


Intro:

MoveIt is a windows manager, not unlike GridMove but it takes a different approach.

Quote
Tray Hotkey to move and size the active window.
[...] MoveIt can also position and size multiple Explorer windows in a pattern.

It uses a limited number of preset, but customisable, window sizes.
You hit a hotkey combination (also customisable) and then one of the following letters (fairly intuitive) to resize the active window to the chosen size
L = Left
R = Right
T = Top
B = Bottom
C = Center
S = Square

Screenshots of some window layouts I use





The beauty of the app is that you can modify all these window sizes very easily on the fly:
resize your window to whatever size you want for e.g. "top", press your default hotkey, then
press "z", you get the following dialogue - press "t" for top -
you can change the current window size to default for any of the above options (Left / Right / etc.)




Other very nice features:

# Default hotkey plus keys 1 to 9 will move the active window from bottom left of screen through to top right - without resizing it.

# Ctrl+Winkey+ArrowKeys will move active window incrementally in the direction of the arrow key (again without resizing it).

# An easy way of making four equal sized windows:
Move a window by dragging the title bar - press alt before releasing the mouse and the window will snap to the quadrant in which the mouse was released.


NOTE: I have no idea if this app caters to multipile monitors


Who is this app designed for:

you've got to be a keyboard person !
With MoveIt you have to hit a default hotkey and then another key - initially I thought this would be too much key pressing but I'm finding it no problem at all to implement, and easy remember all the keys in spite of the fact that I use it relatively little. I do use it most sessions though.


The (possibly) needs improvement section

this aspect doesnt necessarily need improvement, but watch out for the default hotkey -
it's Ctrl+Shift+S
If you use this for "save as" in other apps, you will want to change it to something else -
easily done via right-click on the tray icon:


or,
for advanced users:




Why I think you should use this product & How does it compare to similar apps

well I'd recommend this and GridMove -naturally only if you want to arrange your windows ;-)
Use MoveIt only if you're comfortable with keyboard shortcuts. I know GridMove is also mouse friendly, but I've only ever used it via the keyboard so cannot really comment on it's mouse capability.

I have MoveIt and GridMove both running in the tray - I havent had any problems with that.

Initially I liked MoveIt mainly for the ability to move windows without resizing, but now I rarely use GridMove as I find MoveIt (also) intuitive to use, and it has more than enough options for most of my needs.


Conclusions

I love it smiley


Links to other reviews of this application

[none I know of]
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