I got email from long time reader and commenter Andras Szekely (szekelya) about freeware app SecondShell he developed. Unbelievable but it managed to get from email to post in record time. :)
It is hotkey app that specializes in windows manipulation for low resolution screens (such as netbooks).
What it does
App sits in the tray and has no interface, except brief help on available hotkeys.
It performs number of actions that simplify:
- changing window size;
- closing and minimizing window;
- emulating middle click.
App is minimalistic, responsive and hotkeys are well thought-out. Doesn’t do much, but does it well.
It is also compact and natively portable.
Needs and wants
App clearly lacks control over window position in addition to size. Things like making window fit exactly half or quarter of screen would be perfect here. Like Sizer does that, but that one lacks hotkey part.
Any configuration that can be done must be done in INI file. Not a usability bliss. It also requires basic understanding of AutoHotkey (sister language to AutoIt) concepts.
You don’t actually need to tweak anything for basic functionality alone, but still it could use proper settings dialog. FAQ gives lengthy explanation for how to make it auto-start and I see zero reasons for that to not be single-click option.
At moment app is exactly as good as its hotkeys fit your personal needs. With some polish and more functions it can easily become more universally useful. Will see how it goes.