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macOS Mojave

HazeOver 1.8: Power Up the Dark Mode

23. September 2018

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.

  • Added support for macOS Mojave and Dark Mode appearance.
HazeOver AppleScript

Latest Release: HazeOver 1.7.9

10. Juli 2018
  • Minor bug fixes for macOS High Sierra.
  • Fixed: automating HazeOver using AppleScript did not work.
HazeOver Touch Bar

Latest Release: HazeOver 1.7.7

27. Mai 2017
  • Improved compatibility with AMD Radeon Pro graphic chipsets;
  • Adjust dimming intensity and color using Touch Bar (in Settings window).

Speaking of which, try Touch Switcher for faster app switching.

HazeOver Dimming Color

HazeOver 1.7: Splash of Color

11. März 2016

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.

  • Fixed: undesired dimming in Mission Control mode;
  • Fixed: HazeOver got confused by some third party tweaks (e.g. Bartender app);
  • Fixed: focused full-screen app on a secondary screen might get dimmed.

Please rate or review this new version.

HazeOver Menu Bar Icon

HazeOver 1.6: Interactive Status Icon

27. Oktober 2015
  • 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.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan

HazeOver 1.5: Distraction Dimmer

25. September 2015

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.

Mac App Store

Update 1.4.4: Multiple Monitor Support

03. Juli 2015

Thanks everyone who requested better multi-screen support and especially those who helped me out with beta-testing.

  • HazeOver now highlights a front window on each display individually.
  • Dimming for apps launched using Spotlight is fixed.
  • Bonus trick: toggle HazeOver status by double-clicking HzO icon in menubar.

A short story about how I’ve designed the latest version of HazeOver icon.

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Product Hunt

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.

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HazeOver App

Fresh Look and Bug Fixes

15. April 2015

Version 1.4.2 boasts a new modern icon. Switching to full-screen applications or interacting with Desktop automatically disables HazeOver dimming. Gone are problems related to sleep and automatic graphics switching.

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Yosemite & Mavericks Compatibility

11. März 2015

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

15. August 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

27. Oktober 2011

HazeOver and Lion did not get along sometimes. But now they are BFFs.

Rejoice. HazeOver 1.2 is out in the wild

05. Mai 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

29. April 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.

HazeOver hits Top Charts on the Mac App Store

25. April 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.

HazeOver is available on the Mac App Store

19. April 2011

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

Waiting in the line at the App Store

12. April 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.

An update is coming up

20. März 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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