Developer: Apps From Outer Space, LLC

Current Version: 2.4

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 756.3 KB - Download


Backdrop is a simple utility to fill your screen with a giant blank window. Fill the window with a solid color or a custom image, your choice. ALSO, includes a Fullscreen Color Cycle mode to see various colors filling your displays.

Backdrop received a 4 Mouse Rating by Macworld

Backdrop is useful for:
* Screenshots - take screenshots of one or many windows without having to clean up your desktop
* One thing at a time - Use Backdrop in between applications to let you focus on a few windows at a time. Want just one window of an app? Switch to Backdrop, then use Expose to pick out the window.
* Web design - create a full size image with outlines of more common screen sizes to help to check how your pages will look on different monitors
* Fullscreen Color Cycle - run the Cycle to see red, green, blue, white, and black from corner-to-corner on your displays.

* Supports multiple displays
* Set a color or a custom image
* Fullscreen Color Cycle mode
* Remains in the background during Exposé
* Works well with Spaces


Release Notes:

* Setting to choose whether Backdrop appears in all Spaces or not.
* Fixed (hopefully) a crash bug when finishing a Fullscreen Color Cycle
* Fixed an issue where starting and stopping Fullscreen Color Cycles quickly could leave the Backdrop window in a bad state (covering everything until you quit the app).


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 2.0
Review by Dov Todd

This is great! - I've been looking for something like this for a while! I'm very easily distracted by the other stuff on my iMac screen, which piles up almost daily. Every once in a while at irregular intervals I clean up everything on my screen or hide everything in a folder on my desktop, the rest of the time my screen is cluttered. But from time to time I need to do work on my screen where I need to really focus. I don't always have the time to clean up the clutter on the rest of the screen, and it can be very distracting to see that clutter around whatever document or application I'm working on. I also regularly take screen shots from time to time, and I can't always take the time to hide the rest of the screen, I might be too tired, or simply not have the time to take care of doing so at that moment. With this software I can just instantly black out the rest of the screen. However, I would really like the option of also making the narrow gray menu bar at the top of the screen completely disappear as well.

Found helpful by 14 out of 15 people
Version 2.1
Review by revolutionaryrob

Thank god this was free otherwise I - How anti-common-sense can one app be? 1, It doesn't just default to the current wallpaper, it defaults to white. 2, It doesn't default to making the first monitor white, it defaults them all to white. Just set the first monitor at first, let people turn that ON in the preferences. Who is screen recording multiple monitors? 3, So I go and find the wallpaper I'm using so I can choose it, and the guy only has a stretch option for the wallpaper so it distorts the wall paper. No fill option, and no fit to screen option. I don't think that Windows 3.1 (The version before Windows 95) didn't even omit this function. So after 10 minutes realizing it's not going to do what I want, it's 10 minutes of my life I want back. Don't write something just because you think it's good, give 50 copies out to people who will actually use the software and confirm yours is useful. And then, compare your software to other companies! Sheesh, what a piece of crapl! Oh and did I mention the white screens were so intensely bright I had to look away and squint like I was looking directly at the sun to find the menu, get to preferences and turn off 2 of the 3 monitors? If you were going to insist on making it show a color instead of the wallpaper that was there, did it occur to you to make it a PLEASING color????? Something that wouldn't throw me into a epileptic blindness? SHEESH!

Found helpful by 2 out of 20 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.4
Review by jftres

Doesn't remember picture file location - The latest version of BackDrop, instead of remembering the location of the picture you choose, creates a copy called "BackdropUserBackground.png" and places it in your Home folder, which is kind of irritating, since it disrupts the way I organize it. Can the functionality of the previous version be restored?

Found helpful by 5 out of 6 people
Version 2.4
Review by Lord Ogilby 

I love this app! Works really well with Houdini and DoOneThing - FOCUS: The very action is hard to do. I use Backdrop, DoOneThing, and this amazing app called Houdini to hone in one my ONE task at a time.

Found helpful by 3 out of 4 people
Version 2.4
Review by FeelingSafe

Simple App, Works Well - This is a simple app that works very well. It does a great job hidiing my messy desktop when I am sharing my desktop with clients or taking screenshots.

Found helpful by 2 out of 3 people
Version 2.4
Review by The Mighty Jinn

Great, But a couple a things I must mention…. - Great, But a couple a things I must mention, First, there needs to be a least a "simple" little manual for this app, and second, I cannot figure out how to get it to dsplay more than one backdrop at a time, on any one single screen/space… If anyone knows how to do that, I would like to know, exp. Like being able to display a whole folder a photos at once cause as of now, Backdrop will only let me choose one image at a time for a backdrop. 😕

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 2.4
Review by Jaymerica

Makes screenshots look great - Quick, simple, does what it says.

Found helpful by 1 out of 2 people