We look at our screens for hours on end. Information workers are glued to seats that are propped up in front of even larger screens. Not all screens are created equal, either. Some are small and fuzzy. Others are large and expansive. Here are two apps for your Mac’s screen(s).
Hocus Pocus FocusDeskCover Pro and what it does is somewhat unique among Mac apps. For those of us who have too many apps open on the Mac’s screen, DeskCover hides the ones you’re not using at the moment.
OK, hides is a strong word; too strong, because we still try to multitask and we want quick access to other apps without invoking a Spotlight search. DeskCover kinda sorta mostly blurs them into the background. They’re still there, still visible, but far less intrusive than a Mac screen with a dozen open applications.
DeskCover covers a messy Mac Desktop, too and does it with a single click or hotkey. That means you can focus on what’s in front of your face without being distracted by applications hanging around the screen.
The front app window is highlighted while the others are darkened and tucked away in the background. You get control over the whole shebang, though, including an option to change color, select wallpaper, or add a personal cover or photo to hide the clutter on the desktop.
Yes, DeskCover Pro even works with multiple apps so you can have more than one to focus on (yes, Mac users are sufficiently productive that we can use multiple apps at the same time).
Sweet, right? I know what you’re thinking: “What else you got, Nat?”
As much as I love iPhone and iPad displays, screen real estate is where it’s at and nothing says loving than a Mac with multiple displays. ScreenFocus takes screen focus on the Mac to another level.
Instead of having two or three big displays giving you a facial suntan with brightness that can only be useful one screen at a time, ScreenFocus dims screens you’re not using. Open ScreenFocus and adjust the Settings.
As much as we try to multitask these days, I’m a firm believer that I can really truly madly do only one thing at a time. Two screens on my Mac allow me to view more applications windows, but usually I’m stuck working on only one until it’s time to jump to another.
Admittedly, all those screens staring me in the face can be distracting and ScreenFocus dims what screen or screens you’re not using at the moment.
You control the dim level, the amount of time before the screen gets dimmed, and the fade and blurred duration. Move the Mac’s screen pointer from one screen to another and the next screen wakes up, goes bright, and you’re ready to rock and roll– while the screen you just left begins to dim.