altdrag Reviews

Great program that reduces the hassle of window micro management

Positive Review by bananachicken
about altdrag Apr 2014

I did an exhaustive search of free mouse based window management utilities that would make my life easier managing all my windows on a triple 1920 x 1080 screen layout with the flexibility i need over & above simple grid based window managers that lack the flexibility i need.

Alt Drag has

magnetic edge snapping - so i don't have to micro manage window size & layout

Window move and snap - Use the alt key and drag to move window and snap or resize window edge and snap (top, bottom, corners, right left)

Configuration I can blacklist windows, processes that i don't want AltDrag to effect, I can "snaplist" i.e. whitelist problematic windows to use altdrag functions. Many other mouse & keyboard hook options to configure to your workflow.

Notes This is still a bit buggy and can crash badly with 100% cpu but the benefits far outweigh the occasional crash. I hope the developer can do a bit more about this, but i guess it depends on donations!

I use in conjuction with wizmouse as this performs better than using altdrag for inactive window mouse wheel scroll. I also use niftywindows so i can do a simple right mouse click to drag an entire window. Warning this combination can be quite buggy (costs/benefits) so i disable all mouse hooks (in niftywindows) except right click. I wish Alt drag had this capability without using keyboard combo! But niftywindows has many options (just no snapping!!)

Notable programs i've tried (main ones) that have a subset of features:

Gridy:Good but not as flexible, like the grid snap capability

Taekwindow: OK, but need to use keyboard & mouse combo, no snapping

Allsnap: OK but buggy, need to run both 32 & 64 bit tray apps (and as admin), not as flexible

Pistachio: Works but very very buggy - last resort

Others: Winsplit, Divvy, PowerResizer, Windy, Chameleon Manager, Resizer

Notable Mentions: These are paid and are good alternatives
Actual Window Manager, NTWind WindowSpace