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About Simple WindowSets
Are you always digging into the same folders? Do you often have several Finder windows open to perform a task? Then Simple WindowSets is for you! Simple WindowSets sits in your menu bar and is always there when you need it!
You position some Finder windows on your desktop, arrange them however you want, with any view options you want, and then use Simple WindowSets to save them as a set. Your set can be comprised of as many windows as you like and you can save as many sets as you like. Now that you have a set saved, you can restore those windows any time you want by selecting the set from the menu. It’s that easy!
Why I created Simple WindowSets (SWS)
The whole point of creating SWS was to make a product that I wanted to use. I personally needed this task. I’m constantly in-and-out of folders all day long so I needed something to speed that process. Spaces in 10.5 Leopard is one solution, but that’s much more than I need. So the goal of SWS is simply to save sets of Finder windows and allow you to most easily retrieve them. I didn’t want it to have every feature that you can imagine. I put in the features that I think will impact a person’s productivity. Version 3.0 was just released and this version is the most powerful and easy to use version yet. The global keyboard shortcuts have become essential for me. I’m still amazed how much time Simple WindowSets saves me every day.
It’s a Menu Bar Application!
Simple WindowSets runs primarily from the menu bar. When you launch it you will see the icon at the top of your screen near the date/time and spotlight search field. That’s Simple WindowSets! The menu has most of the commands you need to perform common tasks. As a menu-bar application it is available to you at all times. If you need more advanced capabilities then you can choose “Manage WindowSets…” from the menu and the Manager window will display containing other advanced functions.
Customizing the Menu
You can use your own images to represent your sets in the menu. Simple WindowSets comes with some images but by using your own you can personalize the menu and make it work better for you. You simply name an image the same name as a window set, then put the image in the following folder (~/Library/Application Support/HAMSoft Engineering/Simple WindowSets/MenuImages), and this image will be used for that set.
Under the tools menu are some commands that will help you set up the images in the menu. Above are some examples of what you can do with custom images.
Global Keyboard Shortcuts
You can restore the first 10 window sets in the menu using keyboard shortcuts. To do this, hold down the control-shift keys and then press the number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 0 on your keyboard. The appropriate window set will be restored for you. For example pressing control-shift-1 will restore the first window set listed in the menu.
The keyboard shortcuts will work any time, no matter what application you are currently using. Notice that the title of the menu has (control-shift 1 thru 0) in it to remind you of the global keyboard shortcuts.
Modifier Keys to access all functions from menu!
You can access other options by holding down modifier keys when in the menu. Holding the option key down allows you to update the selected window set. Try the control, shift, and even command-option keys for other functions!
What window properties are saved in a set?
All of them. There are many properties such as how the window looks, the size of the icons and text, the current view (i.e. icon view, list view, column view, or flow view), where the window is positioned, how the window is sorted etc. These properties are saved for each window of your set. When you choose to restore your set after it’s been saved, the windows will return just as you left them.
What are the computer requirements?
Simple WindowSets will work on Macintosh computers with system software of MacOSX 10.4 and higher. It is a “Universal Binary” application so it will work on both PPC and Intel based Macs.