Beautiful alternative to Hazeover / UnDistracted / Window Focus
***DeskCover hides your desktop icons behind a beautiful cover and automatically highlights the active application’s window while hiding everything else.***
DeskCover is a simple Mac application that allows you to hide the mess on your desktop with a single mouse click or by pressing a global hotkey.
DeskCover also allows you to focus on your current task by highlighting the window of the currently active application and automatically dimming those of inactive ones.
Does the mess on your desktop constantly distract you?
Does this medley of files, icons, folders and other things hamper your work and you just don’t have time to clean it all up?
Need to write an important email or finish a report? Do you want to make a screenshot, record a screencast or make a presentation, but need to hide your documents and icons from the prying eyes?
DeskCover is just the right tool for the job! Your desktop chaos will be reliably hidden under a special cover and will remain invisible to everyone.
=COVER YOUR MESSY DESKTOP=
Hide items on your desktop behind a beautiful picture cover, system wallpaper or solid color
=ISOLATE FRONTMOST WINDOW=
... and help you focus on the current task
DeskCover automatically highlights the current working window and darkens all the others in the background.
Use the color, system wallpaper (desktop image) or your own picture as a cover that will hide the desktop or isolate the active window.You can also adjust background transparency settings.
=WORKS WITH MULTIPLE SCREENS AND SPACES=
=HOTKEYS TO SPEED UP YOUR WORK=
If you have questions, feedback or need help, please contact us at feedback@NoteIfyApp.com or via the App Store “Support” link, or tweet us @FNotesApp.
PLEASE NOTE: found a few bugs, until the bugs are resolved the application will be distributed at a huge discount. Send bugs and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
- fixed issue with Cover in Expose
- fixed the problem that occurred when changing screens or screen settings
***I invite everyone to take in testing new versions of DeskCover, Command-Tab Plus and ActiveDock - just contact me using the feedback menu***
I invite everyone to take in testing new versions of DeskCover, Command-Tab Plus and ActiveDock - just contact me using the feedback menu
Thank you all for the feedback!
Ratings and Reviews
It is nice but there are certain things they need to improve
For me it works best with the keyboard shortcuts– Ctrl+Option+Command+H and Ctrl+Option+Command+I. There seems to be a bug: If I have two windows open for an application and let’s say am working on one of them. it keeps the other one in background when i turn it on but as I switch to the other window of the same applicationd it doesn’t dims the first window, which it should. The workaround it you use Ctrl+Option+Command+I two times to deactive and reactivate the application. I think they should include an option for the user and let the user decide the preferred behavior.
Also, the animation is probably Ok if you are working on only one Desktop area but if you have multiple full screen apps running and when you switch between them the annimation is annoying, though it can be easiely turned it off.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for the feedback, but it would be more efficient and faster if you contacted the developers (with me) directly (just from the application - Send Feedback).
Thus, I am much quicker to fix errors and add new features. It's just that I'm not in a position to constantly monitor reviews and clients' wishes for more than 150 countries.
Please contact me and I will give you a beta.
Not quite there yet
DeskCover is okay, but it’s not great yet (especially compared to competitors like HazeOver).
• DeskCover gives you the option of letting the system wallpaper show through the faded apps. This gives faded apps a nice look to them—it really helps them blend into the background, literally.
• DeskCover’s animation is kinda janky, especially if you set it to less than a second. When you click on a new foreground app, what seems to happen is that DeskCover gracefully fades in the new foreground app—and then abruptly fades out the background apps. It should really be doing the fade-in at the same time as the fade-out (like a crossfade in a movie). (I’m pretty sure HazeOver does this, for one.)
• DeskCover also doesn’t have an option to show all windows from the current app as focused windows. This can come in handy when, for instance, you might be moving files between two Finder windows or comparing two Word documents. (HazeOver has this option.)
P.S. I have no affiliation with the HazeOver folks. I just like their app better.
What’s the difference between DeskCover Pro?
What is the difference between this app on the AppStore referred to as DeskCover Lite, and DeskCover Pro on the developer’s website?
Because this is not clear I will subtracted one star.
Sometimes the app needs turned off/on again, or quit and reopened when I catch it not working.
But I have a bright and large 27” monitor and love this app. It’s one of those you didn’t realize you wanted it until you tried it things. I have the app’s brightness slider about 75%, and it really makes your content easier to see and the screen easier on the eyes. I highly recommend it. For a laptop I don’t see much value in it because most of my apps are fullscreen, but when I plug into the monitor it’s worthwhile. I wish I found this app sooner.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.