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Windows 7 “Snap” on Mac

by Tom Moccia | January 10, 2011January 10, 2011 1:30 pm PDT

As most of you know by now, I am a Network Administrator by trade working with mostly Windows machines, yet at home I am a committed Mac user, so I get to see the good, bad and the ugly of both operating systems. I prefer Mac OSX, but I know a good feature when I see one, and the “snap” feature on Windows 7 is one of the best I have seen.

For those of you who don’t know about “snap”, it is a very simple concept where the user can drag one or more open windows to the edge of their computer screen and it will then populate exactly half of the screen. This is extremely useful when working with two windows and want them side by side without the hassle of resizing them manually. A simple drag to the edge of your screen and “BANG”, done

Now, since this is a Windows 7 feature, you would think that Mac users would be left out, but luckily there are ultra smart programmers out there to write cool code that all techies can benefit from. Enter Irradiated Software and their simple, yet effective, program called “Cinch”, that will pretty much duplicate the “snap” feature on your Mac. Drag to the left or right edge, the window fills exactly half, drag the window to the top middle of your screen and “Cinch” will automatically fill the screen with that window.

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“Cinch” provides a free demo that is fully functional, and you will simply have to appease the popup that asks you if you would like to continue using the demo or purchase the software on occasion. Frankly, the program works so well that it’s almost a pleasure to pay the $7 for the privilege of using it.

Simplistic genius from the folks at Irradiated Software so follow the link and go check it out. “Cinch” has made my research, writing and school work much more productive and hope it will do the same for you.

Let me know if you use “Cinch” and your thoughts on the program in the comments below. If you use some other solution let us know about that also. It’s all about helping each other become more productive.


Tom Moccia

Tom Moccia is a native of Stamford, Connecticut and moved his family west in 2000 and now calls Stockton, California home with his wife and two...

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