Control HazeOver state and settings with Shortcuts app in macOS Monterey. Combine with other apps and settings to set up your perfect environment. For example, you can enable HazeOver, set Dark mode and Do Not Disturb with a single keyboard shortcut. In all macOS versions you can use AppleScript.
Read this Automation Guide for details and inspiration.Learn More →
HazeOver 1.8.9 + New App Icon
HazeOver 1.8.8 + Big Sur and Apple M1
HazeOver 1.8.6 + Light/Dark Settings
New: Dynamic settings for Light and Dark system appearance.
Dimming settings can be set to change automatically when using Auto Appearance on macOS Catalina (System Preferences > General). For example, turn dimming on when switching to Dark mode. Or have different dimming intensity and color when in Light mode.
Such settings will be saved and applied independently for Dark and Light appearance. See HazeOver Preferences > Advanced > Dark Mode Settings.
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HazeOver 1.8.5 + Catalina
In this story Apple suggests HazeOver for “a professional look when making screen captures and recordings”.Learn More →
HazeOver story: How the distraction-dimming app was developed to reduce visual noise and promote productivity – based on an interview with the developer.Learn More →
HazeOver 1.8.4 Update
HazeOver 1.8.3 Update
Run commands and scripts using keyboard shortcuts or from the menu bar. You could set up AppleScript or Automator actions to toggle Dark Mode, hide the Dock and the menu bar or control HazeOver.Learn More →
HazeOver 1.8 – Power Up the Dark Mode
Websites and many apps stay too bright even in the new macOS Dark Mode. Don’t let them disrupt your flow. HazeOver will dim all the bright spots in the background.
HazeOver 1.7.9 Update
HazeOver 1.7.7 + Touch Bar
Speaking of which, try Touch Switcher for faster app switching.
HazeOver 1.7: Splash of Color
Change the shading color with a new option. Adjust background tint and brightness for better work at night. Having orange tint should reduce overall blue light emission without sacrificing color accuracy of the front window.
Please rate or review this new version.
HazeOver 1.6: Interactive Status Icon
Like HazeOver? Please rate it or use a new “Tell a Friend” option in the app.
HazeOver 1.5: Distraction Dimmer
Say hello to the fun new “Dimmer” design! Use trackpad rotation gesture to literally turn the brightness of your distractions down. Or place mouse pointer over HzO menu bar icon and scroll to quickly adjust dimming intensity.
Now you can choose how you want to dim multiple displays. You can either highlight one screen only or have a highlighted window on each screen.
Are you ready? Aye, Aye, El Capitan! HazeOver support is on board.
Update 1.4.4: Multiple Monitor Support
Thanks everyone who requested better multi-screen support and especially those who helped me out with beta-testing.
A short story about how I’ve designed the latest version of HazeOver icon.Learn More →
HazeOver is a hobby project that I’ve been working on since 2007 to improve my own productivity. This is a story of its development and two major milestones that lifted it to the top Mac App Store rankings at some point.Learn More →
Fresh Look and Bug Fixes
Version 1.4.2 boasts a new modern icon. Switching to full-screen applications or interacting with the desktop automatically disables HazeOver dimming. Gone are problems related to sleep and automatic graphics switching.
Yosemite & Mavericks Compatibility
Version 1.4 brings new Mac OS X versions compatibility along with improved animation technique and more accurate dimming window ordering.
HazeOver 1.3: Snappy and Crystal Clear
HazeOver now can dim inactive windows instantly without any noticeable delays. Settings window is also treated with interactive Retina-quality icons.
Rawwwr. Lion Update
HazeOver and Lion did not get along sometimes. But now they are BFFs.
Rejoice. HazeOver 1.2 is out in the wild
The first gang of the most wanted features is seized. No need for further introduction. Go grab it!
Hold Your Breath for an Update
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.
HazeOver hits Top Charts on the Mac App Store
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:
I’ll try to keep up with your requests so keep them coming.
HazeOver is available on the Mac App Store
HazeOver has just hit the app store. The app is available in 17 languages.
Waiting in the line at the App Store
HazeOver just been submitted to the AppStore. So what’s new then?
An update is coming up
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.