When comparing Hammerspoon vs Cinch, the Slant community recommends Hammerspoon for most people. In the question“What is the best window manager for Mac?” Hammerspoon is ranked 11th while Cinch is ranked 23rd. The most important reason people chose Hammerspoon is:
Hammerspoon's Lua scripting and broad API allows you to perform any action you can imagine on your mac. It hooks into many OS APIs directly and has some high-level APIs to manipulate things like Spotify or iTunes. See the full list [here](https://www.hammerspoon.org/docs/).
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Pro Deeply customizable
Hammerspoon's Lua scripting and broad API allows you to perform any action you can imagine on your mac. It hooks into many OS APIs directly and has some high-level APIs to manipulate things like Spotify or iTunes. See the full list here.
Pro Automate actions based on the operating system
Hammerspoon lets you hook into OS level events and trigger any action you can imagine. From setting up a simple keyboard shortcut to launching a complex workflow using multiple apps and scripts.
Pro Free and paid versions
There are both versions of Cinch available, though the free version can be naggy.
Pro Simple and easy to use
So simple, even my grandma can use it
Con Some knowledge of programming required
Hammerspoon is scripted in the Lua programming language, and some familiarity with programming in general will be needed to use it. Some plugins exist that can be used by adding some files to a specific folder, but this will not give the flexibility that is so key to Hammerspoon
Con Does not support the border of multiple displays well
When using multiple displays, the ability to dock a window to half of a display only works on one side of the screen divide. It can work (with some very careful cursor placement) only on the external monitor and not dividing edge of the native (laptop) monitor. It does not support quarter-splits either.
Bottom line, this was a great initial app, adding this capability before anyone else did, but it has been eclipsed by newer apps.