I really miss the "Aero Snap" window snapping feature present in Unity 3D. Is there any way I can get it, or an alternative to it, in Unity 2D?
11.10 and above
The fully fledged Aero-snap is a compiz feature.
If compiz is too heavy/problematic for your PC, then you could use a modified window manager such as
By dragging the windows to the top/bottom/left or right, the window will snap to that part of the screen. Dragging via the titlebar will revert its original size.
The nice-side effect of using
The modified window-snap is available in my PPA
By default, this window manager does not integrate with the global menu.
Two suggestions -
Remove the global menu if you use maximised windows alot of the time since the xfwm4 decorations do not integrate with the gnome-panel.
This doesn't work as well as the feature in Unity 3D, but it does work to some extent. My solution uses keyboard shortcuts, but you could easily use Edge Bindings (ie. left, right and top) instead to trigger the effect.
NB: you can install the grid plugin (like in Unity 3D) which lets you use Ctrl+Alt+6 [Num Pad] etc to snap windows into a grid. However, I can't remember how to use window edges for this.
You can also use wmctrl for Aero snap, which has the following benefits:
I wrote a Python script to set up the commands. All you need to do is:
I've had better luck with quicktile. Use it the same way, create shortcuts to the command.