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HazeOver Mentioned by Apple in App Store Stories

“macOS Ventura is here, bringing fresh ways to boost your productivity and creativity. Check out a few of its coolest new features—along with apps and games to get the most out of them.”

“Whether you’re working, playing, or spending time with family, setting up a Focus is a great way to establish boundaries. With the new Focus filters in macOS Ventura, apps can customize what you see based on the Focus you’ve enabled.”

“By letting you automate frequent or cumbersome tasks, Shortcuts has become a productivity favorite on Mac. […] Check out these Mac favorites that work with Shortcuts”

macOS Ventura
HazeOver Focus Filter in macOS Ventura

Set up a Focus Filter to toggle HazeOver dimming or set its intensity and color automatically depending on which Focus mode you have activated. For example, you could have dimming turned on when switching to a Work focus or get it set to a particular color when studying.

Read the Automation Guide for details and inspiration.

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macOS Monterey
HazeOver actions in Shortcuts app

Control HazeOver dimming state and settings with Shortcuts app on macOS Monterey. Combine with other apps and settings to set up your perfect environment. For example, you can enable HazeOver, turn on Dark mode and Do Not Disturb with a single keyboard shortcut. On all macOS versions you can use AppleScript.

Read the Automation Guide for details and inspiration.

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new app icon

HazeOver 1.8.9 + New App Icon

HazeOver Menu in macOS Big Sur
  • Fresh new app icon to go with macOS Big Sur.
  • Fixed: Displays tab option did not get updated.
TouchSwitcher in Touch Bar
  • Updated for macOS Big Sur with native support for Macs with new Apple Silicon M1 chips.
  • More options to override what Touch Bar shows for certain apps: Spaces and Quick Actions. In addition to Expanded Control Strip, “F1, F2, etc.” Keys, App Controls.
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macOS Big Sur

HazeOver 1.8.8 + Big Sur and Apple M1

HazeOver Menu in macOS Big Sur
  • New menu look to match the Control Center in macOS Big Sur.
  • Hide some HazeOver menu items for a cleaner look.
  • Native support for Macs with new Apple Silicon M1 chips.
Automatic Appearance

HazeOver 1.8.6 + Light/Dark Settings

Dark Mode 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, enable dimming when turning on 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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macOS Catalina

HazeOver 1.8.5 + Catalina

  • Improved compatibility with macOS Catalina.
  • Keyboard shortcuts to adjust dimming intensity.
Mac App Store

In this story Apple suggests HazeOver for “a professional look when making screen captures and recordings”.

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Hosting Advice

HazeOver story: How the distraction-dimming app was developed to reduce visual noise and promote productivity – based on an interview with the developer.

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Mac App Store

HazeOver 1.8.4 Update

  • Fixed: double-clicking menu bar icon to toggle dimming did not always work.
  • “Disable when using …” option can now be used for apps without Dock icon.
  • Improved automatic Desktop revealing and support for Path Finder’s Desktop.
  • Fixed wrong dimming for: dragging a window between screens; switching between windows of the same app on different screens.
Mac App Store

HazeOver 1.8.3 Update

  • Improved compatibility with Electron-based apps.
  • Compatibility with Coherence mode of Parallels Desktop app.
  • Fixed dimming of apps assigned to All Desktops (using Dock menu).
  • Fixed flickering when switching Spaces with full screen apps on multiple displays.
  • Settings window now respects “Reduce Motion” accessibility preference.
Action Shortcuts for Scripts

Run commands and scripts using keyboard shortcuts or from the menu bar. You could set up AppleScript or Automator actions to turn on Dark Mode, hide the Dock and the menu bar or control HazeOver.

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macOS Mojave

HazeOver 1.8 – Power Up the Dark Mode

Websites and many apps stay too bright even with 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

HazeOver 1.7.9 Update

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

HazeOver 1.7.7 + Touch Bar

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

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

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.

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

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:

  • 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

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?

  • 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

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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