When comparing Pagehop vs Spectacle, the Slant community recommends Spectacle for most people. In the question“What are the best power user tools for macOS?” Spectacle is ranked 32nd while Pagehop is ranked 46th. The most important reason people chose Spectacle is:
Spectacle is licensed under MIT with source code available on [GitHub](https://github.com/eczarny/spectacle).
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The API is very minimalistic (very easy to learn), and there is complete reference for it.
Pro Web search (horizontal and vertical) and using tools like Regular Expressions on results
Pagehop is bundled-up with recipes for Google, Bing and DuckDuckGo (horizontal) search, and with recipes for Wikipedia, StackOverflow, YouTube, jQuery API documentation, Mozilla Developer Network and others for vertical search.
After making a search you can further filter your results with tools - Regular Expressions, Fuzzy Matching or Search in the urls (instead of titles).
Pro Browsing of online documentation (any static web source)
Navigating through known set of hyperlinks without an actual rendered page, just by writing.
Pro Quickly navigate to web pages and their links
Pro Unlimited, free, fully-functional evaluation
Like the SublimeText editor, Pagehop doesn't lock any features before you purchase a license and only displays (a tiny bit annoying) registration message.
Pro Keyboard shortcut access to Hacker News
To be able to bring up todays news on a key shortcut, is absolutely awesome. Holding shift while pressing enter (choosing) on results, will keep the window open - this way you can open several pages you want to read through with your morning coffee.
Pro Free and open source
Spectacle is licensed under MIT with source code available on GitHub.
Pro Low footprint
Spectacle only uses up 18-19 MB of RAM, which means there is not much overhead by using this app.
Pro Simple hotkeys
Spectacle offers easy-to-remember preset hotkeys.
All windows in Spectacle can be controlled with keyboard shortcuts, so no mouse is needed. This makes for a fast way to control windows.
Pro Great UX
Spectacle is easy to use and configure. It's plug and play.
Pro Multi-monitor support
Con Impossible to add new functions
While keyboard shortcuts can be changed for the available actions, there is no way to add custom actions which in turn limits the functionality of the app.
Con Not maintained
The software is free, but no longer seems to be maintained.
Con Breaks on macOS High Sierra / Chrome or Firefox
Doesn't support side by side windows.
Con Doesn't work with any Adobe products
There are some apps like Adobe Reader that do not work with Spectacle. Basically, any app with a heavily customized UI that breaks OS X accessibility will not work correctly under Spectacle.
Con Limited window sizing capabilities
You can use 1/2 of the screen vertically and horizontally (divide into 4 parts). You can also use the screen in thirds too, but only the left and right third: you can't use the 1/3 in the center. There is no way to do a more granular distribution.