HazeOver • Distraction Dimmer

Developer: pointum

Current Version: 1.7.6

Last Updated: 11 days ago

Download Size: 9.2 MB - Download




• 60% OFF for a limited time! Get rid of distractions and focus on your current task. HazeOver automatically highlights the front app window by dimming all background windows. ▸▸▸ Demo Video: HazeOver.com

• Spend less time managing windows. Window clutter will no longer bother you.
• Got a big screen? Then going full screen is not an option for you. HazeOver to the rescue!
• Multiple displays? HazeOver will let you know which screen is focused or highlight a window on each monitor.
• Working at night? Reduce brightness of OS X interface without sacrificing legibility or color accuracy of the front window.
• Dark menu bar and Dock mode will look soooo pleasing.

Heavy multi-tasking kills your concentration. All that tweets, emails, chat messages and lolcats staring back at you from the background. They strive for your attention. And you only have that much of it.

Don’t let yourself drown in scores of open windows. Hiding, switching, looking for the right one, more hiding, more switching. Calm down, breathe in, breathe out, launch HazeOver and finally concentrate on what’s you’ve been up to.

HazeOver automatically highlights an active window or app when you switch windows. The less important things gently fade away in the background, helping increase your productivity.

Set the hazing intensity and speed to your liking. Be it a soft dimming, an undemanding hint to focus on your workflow. Or a powerful dark background for outright dedication to your current task.

• Desktop is automatically revealed when focused (requires Accessibility)
• Toggle the shade with a keyboard shortcut or adjust intensity with a gesture.
• Dragging stuff between apps? Tap “fn” key and HazeOver will gracefully fade out.

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Release Notes:

• Fixed: using Mission Control could cause dimming of a full screen app.
• Fixed: too short animation when using high dimming intensity.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.1
Review by crn555

Better is use than theory - You don’t know how nice this is until you use it. It really does make concentrating on the given window easier; and yes, you always know what window you’re on. Glad I got this, highly recommend it.

Found helpful by 6 out of 7 people
Version 0
Review by Maccarooney81

Isolator clone. Don't waste your money. - This app does absolutely nothing better than Isolator, which is free. For $2, I expected some improvements, but to my disappointment, this works EXACTLY the same way and is actually less customizable. If you see something in the App Store that looks interesting, do yourself a favor and check Macupdate to see if there is a similar app out there. Chances are there is, and it might even be free. Apps that don't just copy Isolator but do something different are Think (forces you to use one app at a time), and Focusmask, which lets you highlight more than just windows (like paragraphs) and hides the menubar (this is probably the best tool if you want to highlight specific things on a website to make reading easier).

Found helpful by 17 out of 18 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.7.6
Review by Biox

Helpful but... - Helpful, generally intuitive app, but… (1) it gets confused by Terminal windows, which results in multiple windows (even of other apps) to be highlighted, in addition to the true “foreground” or “focus” window being highlighted; (2) Preferences must be selected twice from the menu bar in order to get the app's Preferences window to appear; (3) Color picker logic doesn’t work right, particularly when opening Preferences to see the previously chosen color; (4) the logic behind setting the hotkey is messed up and no apparent way to reset default hotkey is provided; (5) the button to take the user to a donations web page has no label.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.7.6
Review by Brief-Case-1

Essential - Works beautifully with El Capitan. Couldn’t live without it.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.7.6
Review by donidonidoni

Brilliant! - Brilliant! One of the rare productivity apps I've immediately paid for; a no-brainer. (Stardock WindowFX includes a similar feature for Windows, but there is nothing else like this on macOS.) One feature request: the ability to whitelist specific apps to always be full brightness. Really helpful for when you require a chat window or video player up alongside the app you're working in.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.7.6
Review by WhiteRiver

Perfect app to boost your productivity! - This is amazing app to be more focused on your current document/window. This small app is amazing! It really helps me to boost my productivity. A.W.E.S.O.M.E! Superb app!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.7.6
Review by Avenged110

Nice little utility - A very effective utility that helps when sorting through a bunch of windows. Does what it says in a very efficient and nicely polished package. The attention to detail in the UI design and 10.9 support are both appreciated.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people