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Amethyst for Mac

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Key Details of Amethyst

  • Tiling window manager for OS X similar to xmonad.
  • Last updated on 4/13/2020
  • There have been 8 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)


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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Amethyst for Mac allows you to resize and reposition windows in real time. It runs exclusively on the new OS X Mavericks, for which it is highly optimized. A useful app, it has a rather steep learning curve, which makes it challenging to use even for seasoned Mac users.

Amethyst for Mac doesn't have a graphical interface. When you start it for the first time it will ask for permission to manage your windows. After the initial setup, you will notice a new icon on the Menu Bar through which you can check for app updates, among others. Since you're not taken through a tutorial on how Amethyst works, using it for the first time can be tricky. When the app is enabled, you'll notice that all windows are automatically resized and repositioned to take maximum advantage of the screen space. A nice feature of the app is the array of keyboard shortcuts that let you cycle through your windows and change their layout without any mouse interactions -- while always taking full advantage of the display's size.

Amethyst for Mac targets power users; novices may be confused about its use and purpose. Also, people who run most apps in fullscreen mode will find it unnecessary. However, if you have a large monitor and tend to run multiple app windows on the screen at the same time, this tiling window manager can prove to be really helpful.


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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
April 13, 2020
Latest update
April 13, 2020
Version
0.15.3
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Mac
Operating System
Mac OS X
Additional Requirements
macOS Catalina | macOS Mojave | macOS High Sierra | macOS Sierra | OS X El Capitan | OS X Yosemite | OS X Mavericks
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
377
Downloads Last Week
0

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Developer's Description

Tiling window manager for OS X similar to xmonad.
Tiling window manager for OS X similar to xmonad. Was originally written as an alternative to fjolnir's awesome xnomad but written in pure Objective-C. It's expanded to include some more features like Spaces support not reliant on fragile private APIs.