The grueling quest for ever more efficient Mac applications is a thankless job where the journey is often the reward. Today’s venture into the freedom of free Mac applications includes a brief stop at Think.
You want your Mac apps to do more for you, right? How about one that does more by doing less? That’s Think, the very simple tool that helps you to focus on what’s important at the moment, and hides the distractions from grabbing your attention.
Do More With Less
Distraction free word processing is all the rage here in the 21st century. Since we think we can multi-task, we try, and therefore, I am.
I’m a believer that multi-tasking is something of a myth. Efficiency and focus are the cash cows of Mac users.
Think does what you least expect. It hides everything except what you need to focus on at the moment.
Look at your Mac’s screen right now. What can you see? Your browser. The Menubar. The Dock. Probably a bunch of other windows for open applications and utilities.
In other words, our Mac screens are full of clutter. How can you think with all that going on? Think to the rescue.
Think Is Too Easy For Words
Since we can only focus on one application at a time anyway, why bother our tired old eyes with all the glitter and noise of distractions? Think removes them. Fire it up and what do you get? A black screen and the applications tab bar.
Notice what you don’t see? Anything else. Simply click on an application icon in the tab bar and it pops to the forefront, and everything else disappears into Think’s blackness.
This is true focus. No Twitter alerts. No email alerts. No window distractions. Just clear, crisp, black Think and focus.
With your attention limited to one application at a time, your focus improves immediately. Changing from one open application to another that’s hidden is just as easy as Command-Tab and click.
Focus Good, Clutter Bad, Free Better
Think controls are equally elegant and easy to master. The floating box has a slider which changes the translucency of the black surrounding your open and selected application.
Click the “x” and Think will close. The Dock stays open at the bottom of your Mac’s screen, making it easy to click to other applications.
You don’t want to be totally in the dark, right?
There are a few hidden preferences in Think but you need to use Terminal to invoke them. Most Mac users won’t bother. Are you expecting Think to do more? It doesn’t do much more than make your Mac time more productive and efficient and help you clear your mind of distracting visual stimuli.
Oh, and Think is free. In a down economy a little up is good for the soul. So is free.