Inspired by xmonad on linux, I tried out Optimal Layout (version 1.1.2) for more efficient window management on Mac OS X. My work setup is a MacBook Pro with an external display and Spaces enabled. An important goal is to achieve keyboard only window control.
In Optimal Layout, tiling windows in an arrangement requires
- explicitly selecting the windows in the Optimal Layout UI
- selecting a layout from a list
- selecting the target display
My most common use case is to arrange windows in the current space on the display with the focus, i.e. my current context. There are too many steps for this to feel efficient.
The available window layouts are predefined, including the window sizing. After arranging windows, sizing adjustments can be made using the sticky resizing feature, but this requires using the mouse. Furthermore, should you open one more window, you have to go through the whole process again.
I am disapointed with Optimal Layout and am trying out Divvy, which I will post about next.