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Backdrop is a simple utility to fill your screen with a solid color or picture. This is useful for taking screenshots without having to clean up your desktop or as a dark background for other purposes.
What's New
Version 2.4:
  • Setting to choose whether Backdrop appears in all Spaces or not.
  • Fixed (hopefully) a crash bug when finishing a Fullscreen Color Cycle
  • Fixed an issue where starting and stopping Fullscreen Color Cycles quickly could leave the Backdrop window in a bad state (covering everything until you quit the app).
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later

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CFrag reviewed on 20 Nov 2012
This is a *really* nice, simple app. All it does is present (or should I say: simulate) a nice, clear uncluttered background. In reality, of course my desktop is a mess, and there are usually more windows open than I can count.

Backdrop simply puts an image (be it a white pane, or the original desktop background, heck even a simulated background with documents, drive and dock) above everything, so your frontmost running application *looks* as if was the only app running on your Mac. The image extends to all connected screens, effectively covering your entire desktop.

To me this is important for two tasks - when I create imagery for documentation that some poor sod has to write, and when we create videos that show how to use an application (hey, there is a market for it - don't knock it).

Instead of having to to create a separate user or clean up my desktop (that will *never* happen), all I need to do is put up a nice empty image, and begin rolling the video (or in the case of stills, take screenshots).

But there's another, unexpected use I got out of this app: when designing or color grading images, I keep the theme color as a reference above everything else (some kind of 'full screen mode except it's not fullscreen) that blocks everything but the color grading app and constantly shows the reference color (easy to compare, easy to pick up with the dropper tool). Sure, only saves a couple of clicks, but they do add up...

I've been using Background for a couple of years now (from when its Icon still was a theater), and am aware that there may be newer, competing software available. I'm simply happy with this, and will stick to it until it breaks compatibility (I'm currently running on 10.6.8).

Definitely give this one a try.
[Version 2.2.1]



Ayub reviewed on 08 Jun 2008
Cool app. Used it today for taking screen show [using jing]. Great task in a simple way. Thanks.
[Version 1.5]


filipp commented on 03 Jan 2007
Is this practically the same as creating an empty folder, opening it in the Finder and using it as a backdrop for you screenshots?

I use this technique to get the drop shadows.
[Version 1.4]



mlilback reviewed on 03 Nov 2006
I used to use Deskshade, but it has gotten way to complicated for just displaying an empty background for screen shots. Same with Camouflage.

Backdrop does what it says and I can't imagine how it could be done any better.
[Version 1.4]



Lorin-Rivers reviewed on 30 Aug 2006
I use this all the time, both with a plain color (preferred method) and with the standard Mac OS X desktop picture. It's one of those "little things" that I rely on.

[Version 1.4]

Quentin Stafford-Fraser commented on 22 May 2006
Great - simple and effective! Thanks!
[Version 1.4]


Anonymous reviewed on 08 Jun 2005
Works with Tiger 10.4.1

This little app is exactly what I was looking for, something that puts a layer between my top app and the mess below. The backdrop can be a color or image, so I made it the same as my normal desktop pattern which gives the illusion of a clean desktop.

Working on a duel screen system I have the option to cover one or both screens so I can still see all the open folders on my second screen.

No more distractions. Perfect.
[Version 1.3.2]


Anonymous reviewed on 23 Apr 2005
Not TIGER compatible.
[Version 1.3.2]

2 Replies

Anonymous commented on 01 Jun 2005
Working great on Tiger (10.4.1) for me.

Bruce_Y replied on 19 Feb 2006
FYI, Backdrop v1.3.2 has worked on my Tiger versions 10.4.0, .1, .3, .4 and now latest 10.4.5

(write developer directly, provide your machine environment specs and OS version inf, that may help to get it figured out)

Anonymous reviewed on 11 Apr 2005
Thank you for the enhanced multiple monitor support. I needed that.
[Version 1.3.2]


Anonymous reviewed on 28 Aug 2004
Very nice! Simple and effective. It provides a nice easy, simple and free means to provide a background of your choice for a screen shot.

[Version 1.2]

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Jean-Loup rated on 14 Sep 2012

[Version 2.2.1]

Version Downloads:3,206
Type:Utilities : Wallpaper
Date:16 May 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
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Backdrop is a simple utility to fill your screen with a solid color or picture. This is useful for taking screenshots without having to clean up your desktop or as a dark background for other purposes.

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