When comparing Maxto vs bug.n, the Slant community recommends bug.n for most people. In the question“What are the best window managers for Windows?” bug.n is ranked 2nd while Maxto is ranked 3rd. The most important reason people chose bug.n is:
Just like DWM, bug.n is configured through a plain text file. [This is a great resource](http://openfacts2.berlios.de/wikien/index.php/BerliosProject:Bug.n_-_Documentation:configuration) for setting up your configuration. Original link is down, try this one for the Archive.org copy.
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Pro Very system resources efficient
Pro Great multi-monitor support
Pro Originally designed for windows
From their website:
Unlike some of our competitors, MaxTo works with all versions of Windows since Windows Vista. It has native support for both 64-bit and 32-bit programs, and works with programs running under UAC.
Pro Customizable through config files
Just like DWM, bug.n is configured through a plain text file. This is a great resource for setting up your configuration. Original link is down, try this one for the Archive.org copy.
Pro Saves a lot of windows space
Bug.n can increase the available screen estate by freeing up the space occupied by
the Microsoft Windows Taskbar & the title bar for every single window by hiding and replacing all with a single slim status bar.
The status bar shows the current config of your window setup & can also show system information like time, date and memory usage.
Pro Based on hotkeys
A lot of the other alternatives are GUI based, which are very inefficient compared to the hotkey approach of bug.n.
Pro Disabled very easily (windows+ctrl+q)
This is especially helpful while learning to use bug.n.
Pro Open Source
bug.n is free and open sourced.
Pro Handy resource monitor
Has an own conky style resources monitor in its statusbar showing cpu/ram/disk reads/writes, network uploads/downloads and time
Pro Supports multiple monitors
Con Not free
You only have a short trial to try it out.
Con Very confusing
It is a great program but without a good tutorial. There are a lot of technical documents, which is is interesting if there is first a basic tutorial to help the user start. To really understand this software there must be a knowledge of autohotkey. For those familiar with autoit and not autohotkey, there may be a learning curve.
Con Office 2013 windows don't play well
Does not remove decorations from, e.g., outlook 2013 windows.
Con Doesn't play well with Firefox
Mozilla Firefox has captions and titlebars (using Win-Shift-D (show/hide active titlebar) doesn't work in Mozilla windows) that don't play well, meaning they stay no matter how long one tries to remove them.