myPoint

About Grille

This module shows a full screen grille of perpendicular lines, thus dividing the desktop space in a set of frames. The user can use hotkeys to change the aperture grille size or positioning mode (Pinned or Follow mouse).
The grille can be shown on all monitors simultaneously or only on the monitor with mouse pointer (so called mouse monitor).
This is a very useful tool for aligning rich UI-forms, especially in a multi monitor environment. Combining it with coordinates and crosshair will help you to deal with almost every task for positioning, alignment and resizing.
Tasks like Rule of Thirds can be applied by pressing two hotkeys.

Enabling and disabling the grille

To show or hide the grille click on "Show grille" checkbox in myPoint menu, or press the hotkey (default: ⌃⌥⌘ L).

Customizing the grille

Open myPoint panel and select the Grid view.
Grille
Show
Toggle the grille visibility.
Default value is Off.
Restore defaults
Pressing this button will reset the grille settings to default values.
Gauge slider
The width of the line when the grille is active.
Default value is 1.
Color
The color of the line when the grille is active.
Default value is Blue with opacity of 20%.
Offset from mouse
When selected, myPoint offsets the grille from mouse position by amount specified in H and V sliders.
Default value is Off.
"H" slider
Specifies the grille's horizontal offset from mouse position.
Default value is 0.
"V" slider
Specifies the grille's vertical offset from mouse position.
Default value is 0.
Aperture H slider
Specifies the width of the aperture. There are two numbers after the slider:
  • The 1st number is the width of the aperture
  • The 2nd number is the thickness of the gauge
Default value is "50 + 1".
Aperture V slider
Specifies the height of the aperture. There are two numbers after the slider:
  • The 1st number is the height of the aperture
  • The 2nd number is the thickness of the gauge
Default value is "50 + 1".
Grile jump
Toggle the Grille jump mode.
Default value is On.
On mouse screen only
Grille layers consume a lot of memmory. Setting this option On will reduce the memmory pressure on a multi-monitor system.
Default value is Off.
Pin
Toggle the Follow mouse and Pin modes. The follow mouse mode loads the CPU a lot. So keep the grille pinned most of the time.
Default value is On.
Precise
Toggle the Precise mode. If the Precise mode is On the aperture size hotkeys will change the aperture size by 1px, else they will change it by 10px.
Default value is Off.
Grille from bands
Number of bands:
The number of bands in horizontal and vertical directions inside the virtual Frame.
The virtual Frame is calculated when the Apply bands hotkey is pressed. It is enclosed between the pin point and the current mouse position.
So constructed grille will cover the whole desktop but its aperture will respect the width of the bands.
Default value is 3.
Hotkeys
Toggle grille
Hotkey combination to show and hide the grille.
Default value is ⌃⌥⌘ L.
Pin grille
Hotkey combination to toggle the positioning mode.
There are two positioning modes: Follow mouse and Pinned (i.e. unmovable).
Default value is ⌃⌥⌘ N.
Apply bands
Hotkey combination for reconstruction of the grille.
The grille will be rebuilt with respect to the current mouse point, pin point, horizontal and vertical number of bands (see the Grille from bands section).
Default value is ⌃⌥⌘ B.
Grille aperture: increase H
Hotkey combination to increase width of the aperture.
Default value is ⌥⌘ Right Arrow.
Grille aperture: decrease H
Hotkey combination to decrease width of the aperture.
Default value is ⌥⌘ Left Arrow.
Grille aperture: increase V
Hotkey combination to increase height of the aperture.
Default value is ⌥⌘ Up Arrow.
Grille aperture: decrease V
Hotkey combination to decrease height of the aperture.
Default value is ⌥⌘ Down Arrow.
Toggle precise
Hotkey combination to toggle the Precise mode.
If the Precise mode is On the aperture size hotkeys will change the aperture size by 1px, else they will change it by 10px.
Default value is ⌃⌥⌘ Dot.
Note:
There are small buttons at right side of the hotkey editors. Click on them to simulate the action of related hotkeys.
Apple, the Apple logo, App Store, Mac, Mac OS X and macOS are trademarks of Apple Inc.