Afloat for Mac

Like any computer user, I spend a lot of time working with applications. And like many computer users, I also spend a lot of time bouncing between different windows and trying to keep everything straight.

Unlike many computer users, I’ve generally got things under control, thanks to the app Afloat for Mac.

Afloat for Mac isn’t focused on your windows’ sizes (unlike Divvy and Moom, which we’ll cover in a future episode). Where other apps focus on the X and Y, Afloat focuses on the Z axis, controlling a window’s placement above or below other windows. It lets you pin apps to the “top” of the stack, at the bottom, and also lets you set window transparency (my favourite feature).


Hey OS X Mavericks users: Afloat for Mac seems to work as intended in Mac OS X Mavericks. I did a clean install of OS X 10.9 Mavericks onto my new MacBook Air, then installed SIMBL 0.9.9 and Afloat 2.4 (linked below). Everything went smoothly and I use it regularly without problems. Here’s a screenshot to prove it.

That said, there are reports in the comments that it doesn’t work. My guess is that this has something to do with upgrade baggage, or conflicting applications. Or maybe I just got lucky!

First download and install SIMBL 0.9.9, and then download and install Afloat for Mac 2.4 (use the mirror links).