updated 09:00 pm EDT, Tue June 7, 2011
Free upgrade to purchasers of Moom 1.x
Even though the product was just introduced three months ago, window zooming and moving utility Moom has gotten enough feedback from users that the developer, Many Tricks, has pushed out the first major upgrade, Moom 2.0. The main new feature is the ability to customize windows to exact pixel dimensions, along with an expanded resizing grid, improved compatibility with terminal-based app windows and more.
When a user creates a customized action, for example wanting to make an action that will move a window to the right edge and size it to 25 percent of the width of the screen, the icon created for that action will visually represent right-edge, quarter-size. Custom actions can be accessed through the Moom drop-down interface, or via the menubar icon or even assigned a keyboard shortcut.
The program overlays sizing controls whenever a user clicks on a window's green resizing button, offering easy options and positions for windows to move and resize to. Users can now specify that moved windows should not "hug" the screen edge, and the grid used to resize windows can now have up to 12 cells -- making it easier to create one-third screen and quarter-screen windows.
The program now offers the quarter-size option via the mouse interface as well, and allows the H-J-K-L keys to mimic the arrow keys in keyboard mode, meaning users of terminal apps like vim can still resize and move windows.
The program sells for $5 for new customers, but all previous purchasers will receive the v2 upgrade for free, whether it was bought directly from Many Tricks or via the Mac App Store. The only difference between the two versions is that the MAS one will handle future updates through the Mac App Store, whereas the directly-purchased version will continue to use in-app updates.