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HazeOver • Distraction Dimmer

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Get rid of distractions and focus on your current task. HazeOver automatically highlights the front app window by dimming all background windows. ▸▸▸ Demo Video:

• 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.

Still unconvinced? Ask LifeHacker, CNET, MacWorld, Engadget and Product Hunt.

What's New in Version 1.7.5

• Use Touch Bar to change dimming intensity or color on the new MacBook Pro.


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Customer Reviews

Great App

The app compensates for a major annoyance in MacOS. The MacOS designers are so tasteful that they make certain that all the windows look the same. The difference between window with focus and without focus is NOT GREAT ENOUGH for my old eyes. I have an imac 5K and two more big monitors and I keep a lot of windows open at once. I was forever grabbing the top of the wrong window. Honestly I have not cursed Apple about the color choices or lack of choices for window header colors since I got HazeOver. My wife loves this app, which is not even installed on her mac.
HazeOver is very well done. Thanks.

Wish I knew about this years ago!

I’m a multi-monitor user and usually have a ton of windows. Besides helping me focus, it gives my eyes a break by keeping the overall brightness down to a minimum. I used to use a few multi-monitor screen dimmers, but they never seemed to be able to consistently manage more than one monitor. Also, it’s a pain to have to constantly adjust them based on how many windows I need to got my work done. HazeOver does it all and very well!

One of the first things I install on a new Mac

I’ve always appreciated having a dimmed workspace, going back to OS X Leopard. At the time there were only really hacky ways to accomplish this, but when HazeOver came out, it did everything I wanted and used legit components of the OS X framework to do so.

I really appreciate that continued development of this application, as it is truly one of the first things I install when I set up a new Mac.

HazeOver • Distraction Dimmer
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 1.7.5
  • Size: 9.2 MB
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Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor

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