HazeOver

 

Haze Over. Productivity app for Mac.

Heavy multi-tasking kills your concentration. Get rid of distraction and focus on your current task. Let this tiny app emphasize the active window by fading out inactive ones.

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Before Haze Over

Windows Dimmed
Haze Over Applied

HazeOver 1.3 - Snappy and Crystal Clear • August 15, 2012

HazeOver now can dim inactive windows instantly without any noticeable delays. Settings window is also treated with interactive Retina-quality icons.

Rawwwr. Lion Update • October 27, 2011

HazeOver and Lion did not get along sometimes. But now they are BFFs. See for yourself: Download HazeOver.

Rejoice. HazeOver 1.2 is out in the wild • May 5, 2011

The first gang of the most wanted features is seized.
No need for further introduction. Go grab it!

Rejoice. HazeOver 1.2 is out in the wild • May 5, 2011

The first gang of the most wanted features is seized.
No need for further introduction. Go grab it!

Hold Your Breath for an Update • April 29, 2011

Well, maybe not that soon but HazeOver 1.2 is already sitting in the line, waiting for a review. Does it carry anything good? You bet! Customizable fading animation, quick on/off and intensity settings in the menu bar. Oh, yeah, and an option to highlight front windows of an active application instead of just a single window.

That's it. But just for now. How'd you like it?

The Price of Focus • April 28, 2011

I didn't think HazeOver would appeal to such a broad audience. Thank you for awesome reception! I thought it's just for a few people who fell victims of lots-o-windo-mania. People like me. In fact I created it for myself in the first place. It had no settings or interface whatsoever since I liked the way it worked as is.

Now that it turned out to be a "product", I have to make some decisions about what's next and how much of my work and time should I put into it.
Picking a price is known to be tricky. But there's only one way to find out the right one - try. I'm struggling between ¢99, $1.99 and $2.99. Any ideas?

Truly yours, "Greedy" Maxim.

HazeOver hits Top Charts on the MAS • April 25, 2011

Thank you, Samuel Gibbs for the publication on TUAW. Lots of feedback and suggestions coming in. Oh, well. Now I gotta make a new version.

Here's a run down of the requests:

  • Powered up menu bar icon: set intensity or quickly switch HazeOver on/off.
  • Some sort of per-app customization. Like don't fade some apps or keep all windows of an app lit instead of only active one. That might be tricky.
  • Disable or adjust dimming animation. Note that HazeOver acts with a delay instead of real-time. That way it has minimum impact on your system performance. To mask this delay there's an animation. Otherwise dimming would look sporadic and distracting.

I'll try to keep up with your requests. So keep them coming. And enjoy HazeOver!

HazeOver is available on the Mac App Store • April 19, 2011

HazeOver has just hit the app store. The app is available in 17 languages.

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Waiting in the line at the App Store • April 12, 2011

HazeOver just been submitted to the AppStore. So what's new then?

  • Adjust dimming intensity to your liking using new Settings window.
  • Hide HazeOver system menu bar icon if you wish.
  • Got some displays connected? No problem. HazeOver will dim all of them appropriately.
  • Enabling/Disabling HazeOver is a matter of clicking a single checkbox. Adding to or removing from Login Items is handled automatically.

Got questions or comments? Contact me.


An update is coming up • March 20, 2011

The first version of the HazeOver utility was intentionally simple. No settings, no treatment for special cases. Thanks to your warm feedback it's now clear that it makes sense to carry on.

Settings and Multi-Monitor Support are on their way.

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