HazeOver Fades Inactive Windows So You Can Focus On The Task At Hand

Mac OS X: If you have a billion windows open right now, all vying for your attention, HazeOver will help you stay focused by making them transparent, helping you focus only on the active window.

While it isn't for everyone, being able to focus solely on the frontmost window can be a nice productivity helper. All the other windows, no matter how much they are crying for you to visit them, just seem a little less important when they're faded out. You can choose how transparent background windows become with HazeOver, and even enable it and disable it with a quick checkbox. We'd love it if it had a few more features—like the ability to ignore certain programs—but overall, it works rather well, and the fading animation is some nice eye candy to boot.

If you'd rather not have an app fade your windows automatically, previously mentioned Afloat will let you manually fade windows in and out that you don't need to see. And, of course, if you're a Windows user, you can do this with a simple AutoHotkey script.

HazeOver is a $US0.99 download for Mac OS X.

HazeOver [Mac App Store via TUAW]


Comments

    Says it's not available in the Aust Mac App Store :-(

      Thanks Tim -- I don't have a Mac and (unlike iOS) there's no easy way I know of to check local availability purely via the Web, which is how this ended up being published. (That said, I'm not going to pull it as there seems no intrinsic reason why it won't eventually be released internationally, unlike say streaming media apps that are regionally-restricted by definition.)

        Agree... as soon the developer makes this available outside the USA App Store... he's got my AUD$1.19 :-) (but don't get me started on App Store regional pricing inequity... Grrrr !!!)

          What a great little app. And what a stupid app store.

          Just over the ditch in NZ I just picked it up for $1.20 NZD. I can live with that price at our exchange rate, but the Ozzie dollar is way stronger than ours so it should be way cheaper (and available).

      HazeOver was released worldwide. Not sure why it does not show up for some users in Australia. Please look for it in the Productivity section.

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