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Focus shows you the active application's icon. Because its function is that simple, I've thrown in the usual junk of customizability: size, transparency, position on screen and window layering can all be adjusted to your needs.

What's New

Version 2.7:
  • Compatible with Spaces: icon is now shown on every Space
  • New, more leopardy icon

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Djefis Member IconReview+155
Djefis
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Very nice.

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Version 2.7
Stranger Member IconComment+3
Stranger
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WIll this app change the TEXT of the current app/finder to the right of the apple menu to an icon? I had something that used to do that, but since upgrading to 10.8 I can't find it. I think it was part of an app I used to have, but I don't recall what it was

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Version 2.7
Eerko
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Hi Stranger,
This is something Focus can't do, unfortunately.

Stranger
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I actually found an app that did what I was looking for...AppMenu Magic. It works great for me, other than the thanks for registering message I keep getting!

gcoghill Member IconReview+218
gcoghill
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Focus is a great little app for those that want something like this - visual users who like to see the icon instead of plain text showing the user which application is in front.

Glad to see this updated to Intel, thanks!

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Version 2.6
iGabe Member IconReview+1
iGabe
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Superb. I make the 'Focused icon' ~100px large and put it on top of the menubar (partially hidden gives it a nice look) in the top right of my screen. Set it to hide when the mouse approaches the area for Spotlight.

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Version 2.6
hced Member IconComment+171
hced
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Follow-up on EL-CRAVITO's comments below:

It would be nice if I could exclude the Finder icon, but keep the clock dials. :)

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Version 2.6
hced Member IconComment+171
hced
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Hi, you asked for my CPU usage. I have a Mac G5 dual 2.5 Ghz, 1.5 GB RAM, ATI Radeon 9800 XT Pro (256 MB), PPC, OS X 10.4.8.

I tried to use some of the memory analyzing programs in the Developer suite, but I'm not too sure how they works, so I used the old 'top' method in Terminal.

In normal operation, without moving the mouse or doing anything that affects Focus, it's between 0.6% - 1.1% CPU (never less, never more than this).

If I switch from the current program to another program, Focus goes up to about 4.5% CPU, and stays there for about 1.0 seconds.

Maximum CPU usage value that I've seen so far: 10.3% CPU.

At the time of this test, I only had Safari, Mail and Terminal open. Although, I'm using a lot of window-less apps such as iCalViewer, Zooom, Relaunch, MacMinder, etc.

I don't mean to say that Focus is a complette memory hog, not by any chance. :) But if it could help in any way, these are my statistics. Good luck with further improvement and thanks a bundle, for a very nice application! (I definitely intend to keep using it!).

Henrik

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Version 2.6
hced Member IconReview+171
hced
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I love it. Works great! Looks geourgeous.

One note: it seems like it's a little hard on your CPU resources, but I guess that is the price you'll have to pay for eye candy such as this. :)

Thanks!

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Version 2.6
Eerko (Developer)
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Thanks for your positive feedback.

CPU usage is around 0.3% on my 1.5GHz G4 (10.4.8). Can you tell me how much Focus uses on your system, and what kind of system you're running?

Tomis Member IconComment+117
Tomis
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Well it does what it says, it displays the current app icon. Personally I like to put it next to the App menu in the menubar at 16x16 size. I wish Apple gave us the option of doing that.

It's a nice app. But it's not actually useful in any sense. Just more eye-candy on the screen.

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Version 2.5
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Anonymous
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Basically what previews reviewers have said. Really great little app!

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Version 2.5
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Anonymous
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http://homepage.mac.com/eerko/sit/Focus.sit

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Version 2.5
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Date 11 Dec 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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