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Backdrop for Mac

Provides a clean backdrop for screenshots.

Free
In English
Version 3.1
5.0
Based on 7 user rates

Backdrop overview

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 in version 3.1

Version 3.1:
  • Settings for Choosing only "this" Space and making the backdrop somewhat see-thru are back.
  • Additional picture options to fit or fill the screen without distorting/stretching the image

Backdrop for Mac

Free
In English
Version 3.1
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5.0

(13 Reviews of Backdrop)

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Robio
Robio
Aug 29 2019
2.4
5.0
Aug 29 2019
5.0
Version: 2.4
What this app does should be a built-in feature of macOS, but it’s not, so thank goodness for this helpful little app. Does exactly what it says on the tin: Gives you a clean “Desktop” or background image view against which you can open other apps/windows without the clutter. I use it all the time for screenshots. It hasn’t been updated in ages, so I hope it conintues to work into future macOS versions.
CFrag
CFrag
Nov 20 2012
2.2.1
5.0
Nov 20 2012
5.0
Version: 2.2.1
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.
Ayub
Ayub
Jun 8 2008
1.5
5.0
Jun 8 2008
5.0
Version: 1.5
Cool app. Used it today for taking screen show [using jing]. Great task in a simple way. Thanks.
Filipp
Filipp
Jan 3 2007
1.4
0.0
Jan 3 2007
0.0
Version: 1.4
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.
Mlilback
Mlilback
Nov 3 2006
1.4
5.0
Nov 3 2006
5.0
Version: 1.4
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.
Robio
Robio
Aug 29 2019
5.0
Aug 29 2019
5.0
Version: null
CFrag
CFrag
Nov 20 2012
5.0
Nov 20 2012
5.0
Version: null
Jean-Loup
Jean-Loup
Sep 14 2012
5.0
Sep 14 2012
5.0
Version: null
Ayub
Ayub
Jun 8 2008
5.0
Jun 8 2008
5.0
Version: null
Mlilback
Mlilback
Nov 3 2006
5.0
Nov 3 2006
5.0
Version: null
Lorin-Rivers
Lorin-Rivers
Aug 30 2006
5.0
Aug 30 2006
5.0
Version: null
Guest
Guest
Jun 8 2005
4.8
Jun 8 2005
4.8
Version: null