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HazeOver: dim background apps and get rid of distractions

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Stop managing open windows and focus on your current task. HazeOver automatically highlights the front app window by dimming all the background windows.
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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 focus 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, improving your attention span.

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

Carry on with your stuff and stay focused.

What's New in Version 1.4.4

• When using multiple displays, each one is now dimmed independently.
• Fixed: sometimes apps launched using Spotlight did not get dimmed.
• Double-click menubar icon to toggle HazeOver status.


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Customer Reviews

Great for mouseless users

I prefer to use my keyboard for navigation and control with apps like vim, cVim/Vimium, Keyboard Maestro, Alfred, and ShortCat. But many times I start typing a shortcut or send a keyboard command before checking which window is in focus. This app solves that issues. Now I always knows which app is in focus and I’m no longer sending :q or the like to a chat app conversation!

Also, the developer is super responsive and quick to offer quick fix solutions in the interim before new feature requests are implemented.


You’ll find yourself slowly but surely using it more often. And asking yourself how you used your computer without it. It adds a subtle mask over the background so that your attention does not drift. Only when you trully want to gaze out of focus do you do so. Besides that, support is great. Quick response time and reseptive to your needs.

Great way to deal with desktop clutter

I run so many apps on my Mac simultaneously that sometimes it's hard to identify the active window. This app lets me easily identify which window is active and prevents me from typing in the wrong window. Very simple and unobtrusive, but highly affective.

HazeOver: dim background apps and get rid of distractions
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  • $3.99
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 1.4.4
  • Size: 3.4 MB
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Bokmål, Norwegian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
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Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor

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