If you’re a Mac user like me then you have too many app windows open on your Mac’s screen.
Look at them. At any one time there’ll be email, browser, calendar, address book, a word processor, maybe iPhoto and iTunes, and half a dozen more. They all compete for screen space and your eyeballs. Here’s a Mac app that lets you focus on one window at a time.
Dim Background Windows For Clear Focus
Right up front let me tell you that this is something Apple needs to implement in Mac OS X Lion. The app is called Hazeover.
What it does is remarkably simple, yet very useful.
HazeOver darkens all those open windows which clutter up your Mac’s screen—except the front-most window.
The one you’re working on. That app’s window, the one in front, stays nice and bright. What that does is nothing short of sugar-coated digital coolness in a bag.
Focus. HazeOver simply shades the other background windows. Out of sight, out mind, you know. Here’s what it looks like onscreen. You’ll get the idea right away.
See? The front-most window of the app you’re using stays bright and clear, while the background app windows become a darker gray, as if in the shade.
Hence, the name, HazeOver. If you’re looking for more features, well, for now, there are none.
Hazeover is a Mac background app so there’s not much to it, but plenty of options I’d like to see. It would be improved if you could color or change the shading.
Another good option would be to have it work on Macs with multiple displays. Or, give you the option to select which apps to shade and which to not shade.
This is nicely done and dirt cheap. The only negative is that you can only try HazeOver when you buy it from the Mac App Store, so it needs a trial version. Otherwise, if you don’t like it you’re out the money. Still, the video gives you a good clue as to how HazeOver works.