Think free download for Mac

Think1.3

23 December 2009

Allow full screen display for any application, helps concentration.

Overview

Note: Think is no longer being actively developed.

Think... Look around your screen right now. It's okay, we'll wait.

At this very moment, applications are fighting for your attention. Between chat windows, Finder windows, Web browser windows, and everything else, it's amazing any of us can concentrate at all. As it has become easier to multitask, we've become more likely to have two dozen windows on the screen at any given moment. Innovations like Expose makes finding what you want in the sea of visual stimuli easier, but they've done little to remove those distractions.

Focusing takes concentration, and concentration takes energy. You can only concentrate on so much at a time, and you can't create more energy. What we need to do is change how we work.

Let's limit our attention to one application--any application--at any time. Let's make it easy to change focus when we have to. Let's allow ourselves to bring other apps up quickly if we need them, but put them out of sight again just as quickly.

Think lets you rediscover how to focus, and get back to thinking.

What's new in Think

Version 1.3: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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26 Reviews of Think

Jordi-Vidal
25 September 2008
Version: 1.2

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It works beautifully on a computer with one screen! and sure for 99% of people's needs. But there is place for improvement, and I am not alone: I am writing a piece of research and I use two screens (my laptop and a side monitor). I would like to have not ONE but TWO applications running, each on it's own screen. Wouldn't it be cool to have one application on each screen? I'd like to have an application to view other source documents in order to proceed with my research writing. Sure this scenario applies to other people who have to read and write, not just creative writing. And surprisingly, there are a lot of people who use TWO monitors, at least in the environments where the company provides a desktop and the user has her/his own laptop. Looking forward to see this application evolving with the need of the users! Thanks guys for such a great little app! Hint: the way to chose the applications is great! Why not have one of this controls on each screen?
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2.5
Macupdate-User
02 June 2012
Version: 1.3
I love the idea, but it crashes all the time, every day on me. I have Lion 10.7.4, 8GB RAM, 2.4 GHZ... so it shouldn't crash... but it does - constantly.
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Jichi
09 January 2012
Version: 1.3
Just want to confirm that it NEVER crash on my macbook with OS X Lion 10.7.3. Start using it since Leopard. I often used it with mac's magnifier ('mac'+'shift'+'+') to simulate a fullscreen environment while playing wine games which didn't have fullscreen support. Thanks for the developer for his idea and efforts!
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Pattithepotato
13 October 2011
Version: 1.3
This app is great -- simple to use and elegant in design. Dr.-Girlfriend's comment on how Think allows more than one application to be used was the key selling point for me. I'm using Mac OS X Lion (10.7.1 to be exact) and I have not experienced the crashing issue. In fact, Think has crashed on me a total of only 3 times since when I started using it, which was about 3-4 years ago. I have no idea why it works for me but not for others. All I can say is I think that it's worth giving a try to see if it'll work.
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Dr-Girlfriend
28 May 2010
Version: 1.3
This app used to be fantastic, but unfortunately, it took a turn for the worse in 2009; the end result being a buggy, unstable disaster that crashes every time you try to use it. I've sent crash logs to the devs at Freeverse, who seemed to want to help upon initial contact, but ultimately never got back to me, nor have they updated the app since December 2009, as you can see. This is too bad because I like Think enough to pay for it (if it were working properly) and I'd bet other users would too. Reluctantly, I'm removing it from my applications folder for good since it appears to have been abandoned. If you're looking for a program like this, try Isolator; it's almost as helpful. The only feature missing is the ability to focus on more than one application (Think allowed this, Isolator doesn't), but you can work around this flaw by using Afloat in conjunction with Isolator. Both apps are free. Cheers! http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/24052/isolator http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/22237/afloat
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Rpitcairn
08 January 2010
Version: 1.3
Crashes very time I try to use it. Running this latest version on a Macbook Pro, OS 10.6.2.
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Dr-Girlfriend
05 January 2010
Version: 1.3
This latest version is crashtastic.
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Brent-Murray
01 September 2009
Version: 1.2
This application does my soul a world of good. So simple, works perfectly, and lets you focus on one task at a time. Thank you for this!
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Jordi-Vidal
25 September 2008
Version: 1.2
It works beautifully on a computer with one screen! and sure for 99% of people's needs. But there is place for improvement, and I am not alone: I am writing a piece of research and I use two screens (my laptop and a side monitor). I would like to have not ONE but TWO applications running, each on it's own screen. Wouldn't it be cool to have one application on each screen? I'd like to have an application to view other source documents in order to proceed with my research writing. Sure this scenario applies to other people who have to read and write, not just creative writing. And surprisingly, there are a lot of people who use TWO monitors, at least in the environments where the company provides a desktop and the user has her/his own laptop. Looking forward to see this application evolving with the need of the users! Thanks guys for such a great little app! Hint: the way to chose the applications is great! Why not have one of this controls on each screen?
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anonymous-toucan-3397
20 July 2008
Version: 1.2
It's free, it certainly seems well implemented, it works as advertised. What more can you want?
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Babyfett
23 April 2008
Version: 1.2
Not sure what the last poster was talking about because in v1.2 you can certainly use the command + tab feature to switch between applications. I just tried both this app and Isolator and Think wins hands down. With Isolator if I was working in Word and wanted to switch between two documents, I couldn't. I'd have to turn off Isolator and then click on the second document window and then turn Isolator back on. Annoying. But with Think it's flawless and the interface is great and easy to use. Does exactly what it promises and does it great. And I love how you can bring up a guest application (to check mail while writing a Word document) and then just click back on the main application or the background the guest application is hidden away again. Love this. Improving my productivity to no end.
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Rae
09 April 2008
Version: 1.2
Pity this works as an app instead of a "plugin" in the system preference... This means that I have to swift between softwares within this application, in this way, I can't use the ordinary command + tab to change in between applications. So might not be all that good if u r frequently using keyboard to give command. And iSolator does a much better job.
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Dalahast
20 December 2007
Version: 1.2
Now with Leopard, just use Spaces. If you don't have a tidy desktop, use the basic version of Desktopple (most people will be fine without the pro version anyway). It's what I do for my school work, and it works just fine. Pages and Desktopple in one space, music and anything else in the other three.
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Millca
01 September 2007
Version: 1.1
The developer link no longer works. Freeverse appears to no longer support Think. Does anyone know where Think went?
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Wooden-Brain-Concepts
25 April 2007
Version: 1.1
This works great for what it claims it does. I find it hysterical that it's made by Freeverse, the same culprits that make major game distractions that are to blame for untold months (in total) of mucking about. Now then, this would be ideal if it took over CMD-Tab from the system to switch apps, and/or if there were a global hotkey to activate it, and/or you could use the keyboard to switch apps. There seems to be a minor glitch with two monitors: sometimes it dims only one until you switch to it and mess with its controls.
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Sartin77
04 March 2007
Version: 1.0
Does exactly what it says it does and it's very useful. I use it when practicing my flashcards on Studycard Studio Lite. It's especially useful when I set my sons down to have them use the flashcards. It decreases the chance that they'll go poking around on my desktop.
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resuna
09 February 2007
Version: 1.0
I don't see anything that this is doing that wouldn't work on 10.3.9, why does it require 10.4?
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153957photography
07 February 2007
Version: 1.0
Works splendid, well two questions: Would it be possible to make the panel show up by using hot corners? (or would i need something like butler for that? and when Illuminating the Finder, would it not be wiser to Hide all other applications, so we can also see the desktop, which might contain useful items, i know we can also access it through the folder structure, but when a lot a files are present on the desktop it might be easier to use, and when one illuminates the finder while no finder windows are open one will not see anything.. well i have one of my mouse buttons set to open a finder window so Im oke, but some people might not know what menu/shortcut to use to open a New Finder Window.
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Musubana
07 February 2007
Version: 1.0
Hi, I really like this app. However, it should be possible to exclude items of your choice from the menu. Right now I'm using several "decoration" programs like MenuShade (search it here on MacUpdate), and it is really irritating that it appears as an icon whenever I start Think. :-/
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Thevalrus
07 February 2007
Version: 1.0
Really nice to have something to take the place of FocusLayer. I agree with all the feature requests but this is already really nice.
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schmelding
06 February 2007
Version: 1.0
Rawks.
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Ynot
06 February 2007
Version: 1.0
This is awesome. I would pay for this, and eagerly await to see the direction of this app's future. I agree that it does need to have key combinations that are assignable. It would be nice to set certain apps as always viewable, or dimmed at a different level, but still active for clicking. This way, apps like iTunes or a web browser winder could be seen for a developer, but not quite as bright as the frontmost window. I see great things from this software. It almost has the feel of a true 3D interface, where one can shove windows into the background to minimize their impact, and bring the most important to the front.
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Orion-Mk-V
06 February 2007
Version: 1.0
Very nice, especially in low-light situations where my iMac's uber bright screen can be too much. This way I'm able to cut down glare and focus just on the app I want. Only request: either a keystroke or menu-based method of turning it on/off, as I don't want it on all the time.
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Mmorales
06 February 2007
Version: 1.0
This is a nice little application, and can be quite handy. I think until you use it, it's not apparent how much windows in the background can distract you from what you're trying to work on. So in that respect, this serves a good purpose. There are only 2 comments/suggestions I can see for it. Like others, a keyboard shortcut to bring up the illumination panel would be very handy. Also, I'd like a way to keep the app running, but be able to switch it off easily. Having to quit it to get back to the regular window mode seems silly to me. It's a minor quibble i know, but I still think a toggle on/off would be good.
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Slob
06 February 2007
Version: 1.0
very nice. keyboard shortcut would be nice, though you can set one easy enough with a Quicksilver trigger.
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hced
06 February 2007
Version: 1.0
I've been using this for a week now, and I intend to keep using it! Light-weight, nice looking (both icon and interface), low memory footprint, and most importantly; very justifying to its purpose! It really helps focusing in on the program you're currently working in. Although the Think app itself is already very unobtrusive, I'd wish there was an option to invoke the "focus selection screen" by means of a keyboard shortcut.
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Macsterdam
06 February 2007
Version: 1.0
A very promising 1.0 release. Here's hoping it'll be the new FocusLayer soon.
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