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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. ▸▸▸ Watch Demo Video:

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• Spend less time managing windows. Window clutter will no longer bother you.
• 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.
• 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 1.6

• New interactive menu bar icon
• Press “fn” key to disable dimming when dragging files around
• Animation duration can now be set down to 0.1 s
• Added “Helpful Tips” menu item
• Adjust intensity by scrolling over menu bar icon with a regular mouse too
• Fixed: Desktop was not automatically revealed on Mavericks

Like HazeOver? Please rate it or use a new “Tell a Friend” option in the app.


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Customer Reviews

Also useful for the disabled or migrain suffers

This is great too for migraine sufferers or people who are bothered/made sick by bright lights or overly bright LED screens.
I am always looking for products that help me work on my overly bright LED iMac computer monitor. At one point I was dimming it to the lowest setting and it still triggered my otic migraine! (or triggered an attack).
I had been using, and still use, Brightness Slider to dim my monitors more precisely.
Haze Over dims (adjustable) all other windows and apps you have open except the one you are working on. The dim is adjustable too! It is all automatic and works well. I have mine smoky dimmed so I can still see the unused windows I have open behind the window I am using.
It is designed as a distraction remover, like for writers or anyone, but this dimming of all but what you are working on, esp. with big 27 inch monitors, is GREAT!
It is hard to find things to make working on LED products easier for people who can’t look all day at big, 100% bright LED screens. This is a bargain and helps the disabled or migraine sufferers tremendously.
BTW: set your LED screen to no more than about 75-87%. Healthier and more color accurate too.

Good by not great.

This little utility does what it says it’s going to do. For the most part. Unfortunately for a multiple monitor setup it seems to be MORE distracting. I have a 12 inch MacBook connected to a 24 inch Dell 4K monitor. When switching spaces on the 4K monitor the background of my MacBook screen brightens and then dims again necessarily. It’s like the app doesn’t remember which app has focus so when you switch to a space it has to figure it out and dim the background all over again. I suspect if one doesn’t use a multiple monitor setup at all or if one did and but didn’t use the Spaces feature this wouldn’t be an issue. I’ll be turning this off but I’ll keep the app around just in case an update addresses this problem.

Great for focus, replaces Isolator

Definitely worth $4. I used to use “Isolator”, but it’s no longer maintained and stopped working altogether for me. I like having the ability to keep windows open and in my peripheral line of sight without them overwhelming/distracting me (ADHD + Aspergers = easy sensory overload). Being able to customize the dim level is the most important feature for me, as I like everything else practically invisible. HazeOver is now on my must-have “Focus Apps” list. :)

HazeOver: Distraction Dimmer
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  • $1.99
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 1.6
  • Size: 9.9 MB
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Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor

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