Resizing Windows and Focus Follows Mouse with MondoMouse

by Guest on August 5, 2009

This is a guest post (our first!) from Steve Rodney, a graduate student at the Univ. of Hawaii.

MondoMouse Resize AnimationMondoMouse has become an indispensable application on my mac. This app frees the mac user from the tyranny of Apple’s dogmatic lower-right-corner fixation. Why in the world are we restricted to resizing windows only from that tiny little triangle down there? And why do you have to grab a little gray bar all the way at the top or bottom of the screen just to move a window? MondoMouse lets you move and resize (almost) any window from anywhere inside that window. All it takes is the press of a keyboard key and swipe of the mouse. It is quite customizable, offering additional features like information display for inactive windows, auto-focus, etc.

The downsides: It’s not free, but for me it is well worth the $15 price tag. Also, it doesn’t work on certain non-apple windows, such as X11 and X11-based applications like ds9. If you restrict yourself to the carbon/cocoa-based versions of those systems (i.e. use Terminal.app instead of xterm and use the mac-native ds9) then MondoMouse is just fine. Some alternative programs that offer similar functionality are Zooom (also $15), MercuryMover ($20, keyboard only!), and WindowDragon (free). Before MondoMouse I used a free SIMBL plugin called NuclearMouse from 628weeks.com, but it caused some havoc with other applications, and it seems to have left the internet.

I’d be interested to hear what other folks think about MondoMouse or any of these alternatives. Has anyone done a head-to-head comparison?

MondoMouse, $15

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1 Dan Coe August 13, 2009 at 1:44 am

I’ve been using MondoMouse for a while now. I agree it’s great, it increases your efficiency, and it’s well worth the $15. You’re the only other person I’ve heard of using it though, so let’s show it off every chance we get!

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