Unfortunately, no, I am not presenting you with a free version of Windows Layout Manager (WiLMa) for Mac/OSX here. But I will provide you with something that has worked for me along similar lines and was hacked up in a few hours of using AppleScript. I hope it works for you as well as it works for me, if not, blame it on my total inexperience with AppleScript. In fact, I have never touched AppleScript until the other day when I hacked together my first few lines of code and then did the “google programmer” thing by basically solving every little step along the way by looking it up online in a quick and dirty way. But heck, who cares, it worked and I really have no ambition to learn AppleScript. I very much dislike its syntax. As a real software developer it makes my toes curl. Now, back to the AppleScript thingie I hacked up to provide myself the much missing WiLMa basic functionality that I have sorely missed on Snow Leopard and Lion, and every other Apple Mac OSX incarnation.
For those of you who are using my Windows Layout Manager (WiLMa) and who have asked for command line support will hopefully be happy to learn that version 22.214.171.124 has the ability to apply a layout by using the Windows Layout Manager via the command line and in batch files. There have also been a few minor bugfixes and some changes to the documentation. Nothing too earth shattering, really, but the command line support was really high on the list of requests.
The Windows Layout Manager I mentioned on my blog and subsequently described in more detail has been officially released. Quite a few people have already been using it for the past months and while I planned to give it a proper download location on a new site I’ve been working on I’m putting it on this site instead. The domain of that new site is still physically linked to a server that makes it a lengthy process for me to move the domain and because I don’t think I will have the time to dedicate to that I figured why not just host the download on my own site. You can download it from the bottom of this page. There is some basic documentation included in the download but if you wish to check the docs prior to downloading you can check the Windows Layout Manager online documentation.
Over the past year I’ve received quite a few questions from people wondering how I manage all the windows that must be all over the place on all the various screens and systems. The standard answer is that “I’ve got my own little tool that I developed for managing window layouts” (on single as well as multiple systems simultaneously). However, that standard answer seems to result in even more questions as to how it works and what it does. Since I’m a firm proponent of code re-usability I’m also a firm believer in not wasting too much time answering the same questions over and over again so I’ve decided to answer the question in detail, once and for all. What I’m using for my windows and layout management is the Window Layout Manager, or WiLMA for short (hey, as developers we’re allowed to invent a dozen new acronyms each day and we like that little perk!)