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Afloat Alternatives

Afloat is described as 'Make any app able to float on top' and is an app in the os & utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Afloat for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, Google Chrome and Windows Explorer. The best alternative is MenuTools, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Afloat are PureRef, OnTopReplica, DeskPins and PiP for Mac.

Afloat alternatives are mainly Image Viewers but may also be Window Managers or Media Players. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Afloat.
This page was last updated Jun 15, 2022
Afloat
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • SIMBL

Make any app able to float on top.

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  1. MenuTools is a simple program that extends the basic functionality of the Windows system menu.

  2. PureRef

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    PureRef was created to be a simple and lightweight tool for artists to organize and view their reference images. Image can be scaled and collage can also be made.



  3. OnTopReplica

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    A lightweight application that provides a real-time thumbnail replica of any window of your choice. OnTopReplica will stay always on top, allowing you to keep track of the original window while working and without having to keep the keyboard focus on it.

  4. DeskPins

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Windows Explorer

    DeskPins can be used to make any application topmost, that is, to keep it above all other windows. Just grab a pin from the DeskPins icon in the system notification area (a.k.a. taskbar tray) and click on any window.

    Discontinued

    The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 1.32, released in February 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website.

  5. PiP for Mac

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    macOS Picture in Picture window preview and AirPlay Receiver.

    PiP for Mac vs Afloat opinions
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    ZooterZoot

    Allows you to keep a copy of a window on top for reference. Not as good as keeping the original window on top but helpful in many use cases.

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    I need a transparent terminal window above my (active) browser/text editor. If I make the terminal transparent, the PIP window stays opaque and just gets darker instead

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  6. PinWin

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Pin any window to be always on top of the screen. PinWin is a minimal Windows system tray application that allows you to pin any windows to the top of the screen with one click.

  7. LayerX

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    An intuitive app to display transparent images on screen.

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    LayerX vs Afloat opinions
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    lennard123

    only for pictures but easy and simple

    Positive comment over 2 years ago
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  8. PiP-Tool

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    PiP tool is a software to use the Picture in Picture mode on Windows. This feature allows you to watch content (video for example) in thumbnail format on the screen while continuing to use any other software on Windows.

  9. Picture In Picture

    • Mac
    • Google Chrome

    Picture in Picture (PiP) allows watching videos from the internet while working at a computer. Using unique algorithms, the program finds videos on web pages and allows to open them in a floating window, that remains in the front.

  10. AfloatX

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    An alternative to Afloat that lives in the dock icon menu. Although AfloatX has some of the same features as Afloat, it is not meant to be a clone. AfloatX is a simple and unobtrusive plugin made to add some additional window management features.

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    ZooterZoot

    It's a more modern version of Afloat that works with MacForge instead of MySIMBL

    Positive comment 3 months ago
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