I’ve been on a Windows 8 binge for the past few days, and my favorite feature of the OS is definitely the Aero window snapping, which was introduced in Windows 7. For a while, I hadn’t been using OS X for any kind of work because I’d gotten so used to the smooth workflow that the whole window snapping thing offers, but let’s be honest; no matter how impressed I am with Windows 8, it’s sure as hell no OS X.
That said, I set out to find the best solution to meet my window snapping needs – which I originally thought was HyperDock, but… HyperDock is just awful. It looks great, but it hardly ever works right – and correct me if I’m wrong, but the overall goal here is to improve workflow, not completely destroy it.
So, after uninstalling that horrible app, I started Googling again – and after a few minutes I stumbled across Cinch. Rather than trying to completely mimic Windows 7′s way of doing things (and failing) like HyperDock, Cinch takes a lighter, more graceful approach. Not to get your hopes up too much; it’s nothing crazy. It works just the same as Win7′s snapping, but the way it looks just reminds me of that old-school pre-leopard OS X – which is elegant, but not too flashy.
There’s not really too much more to say: it’s a window snapping app for OS X, and it works like a charm. There’s an unlimited free trial that is completely functional, but it’ll keep bugging you until you get the full version – which is only $7. You can download Cinch and check it out for yourself by heading over to IrradiatedSoftware.com/Cinch – definitely upgrade to the full version to support the developers if you find it useful.
I was too lazy to do a screencast of Cinch, plus there are already a ton of them anyway – like this one: