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Computer monitors are growing ever more capacious and cheaper. My current workstation sports a couple of 24” monitors, leaving me with lots and lots of pixels. But what good are all of those pixels if they’re not managed properly? On its own, Windows 7 has decent support for multiple monitors, and Aero Snap even lets you snap a window so it takes up just one half of the screen. But is that really enough? MaxTo is one application that shows us how much more can be done with those very same pixels.

This week, we’re giving away 25 copies of MaxTo with 3 years’ worth of free updates! Read on to find out how you can win a copy.

MaxTo basically lets you carve up your monitor (or monitors) into predefined “slices”, which you can then maximize windows into. It features strong hotkey support, too, if you’re more of a keyboard person.

The main interface looks like this:

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The reason text is so tiny in the screenshot is that the interface always takes up the full size of the screen. This surprised me at first, but then I realized it’s actually the perfect way to estimate how large each portion of the screen is going to be in real use. This way, you don’t end up carving the screen into slices that look nice in theory, but are too small for day-to-day use. Let’s zoom in on the controls at the center of each slice:

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So, you can slice each slice horizontally, vertically, or complete eliminate it (in case you realize it’s just too small). You also get an exact measurement showing how large the slice is going to be. This can be useful for Web developers; for example, I can have a portion of my screen that is 1024×768 pixels large. Any window I maximize in that section will emulate the full screen area of many smaller monitors. There is no way to dial in an exact size for a section, so that sort of setup involves a little bit of fiddling with the borders, dragging and dropping repeatedly until the size is just so.

Profiles

MaxTo comes with several pre-made profiles you can pick from, for instant configuration. I like “Main with two-way right”:

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Of course, you can also create and save your own profiles.

Hotkey Support

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MaxTo features a rich selection of hotkeys. The handiest ones (in my opinion) are those used for moving a window between the different slices of the screen.

In case the default bindings are not to your liking, the configuration interface lets you easily change them, and even add new bindings for functions that don’t have hotkeys by default:

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One notable omission, though, is a key that would let you send a window to the same position on another monitor. Perhaps in a future version?

The Alternate Layout

Many of us use the computer in several different settings. For example, you might want to arrange your screen one way when browsing the Web and reading content online, and in a totally different way when coding or working on graphics. MaxTo lets you configure an alternate setup that you can easily switch to at any time:

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Video Introduction

The MaxTo website features a short (1:33) video that breezes through the app’s most important features. Since it is so informative, I’ve decided to share it below. Here goes:

We’re giving away 25 free copies of MaxTo with 3 years of free updates! Win one now!

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.

The giveaway code required to activate the form is available from our Facebook page.

The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:
  • Aravindh MS
  • Daniel Wong
  • Danny Yip
  • Dejan
  • Don Stott
  • James Radford
  • Jeffrey Schlein
  • Larry M
  • Leroy Watkins
  • Muhammad Fauzi
  • Pat
  • Quan Logan
  • randy
  • Robert Fairchild
  • Rui Sousa
  • Samuel Lucchini
  • shankar
  • Stephen
  • Stephen Knooren
  • Stephen McGill
  • Sunny Freestone
  • Teodor Rotaru
  • VanBuren Nickels
  • Warren

Step 2: Share!

You’re almost done. Now, all that’s left to do is to share the post. There are 2 options to choose from or you can do both!

Like it on Facebook

Or share it on Twitter

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, November 11th. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

MakeUseOf would like to thank Digital Creations AS for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interested in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

  1. Larry_m7
    November 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Why do you insist on pimping facebook for these giveaways?

    • Tina
      November 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      Larry,

      Facebook is a way to build relationships, but also to share information. In essence, it's marketing.

  2. Peepen
    November 11, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Liked & shared in FB: http://tinyurl.com/chsgwym
    Tweeted it : http://tinyurl.com/cqj6ry5

    a very useful piece of software! i gotta have it! Done all the required stuff.. thanks for this & good luck to everyone!

  3. kurtumi
    November 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks

  4. Fibroman
    November 10, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Im in!  Good luck to all !!

  5. Cottrell Atwood
    November 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    nice

  6. John d
    November 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm
  7. Tuiruru
    November 8, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Great Giveaway - Thanks from me as well!!

  8. Grr
    November 8, 2011 at 3:56 am
  9. Stephen Knooren
    November 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    thank you!!

  10. Pinhead
    November 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Done, thanks.

  11. Happy17307
    November 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Done...thank you!!

  12. Aravindh MS
    November 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Done.......!!!

  13. Kevin Ross
    November 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Done... thanks !

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