Isolator
Isolator
4.76beta

4.9

Isolator free download for Mac

Isolator

4.76beta
11 February 2011

Menubar app hides cluttered desktop, helps you concentrate.

Overview

Isolator is a small menubar application that helps you concentrate. When you're working on a document, and don't want to be distracted, turn on Isolator. It will cover up your desktop and all the icons on it, as well as the windows of all your other applications, so you can concentrate on the task in hand.

Isolator is similar to, but not the same as Think and Backdrop. The difference is that it works exactly how I want it to. Maybe you'll like it too.

What's new in Isolator

Version 4.76beta:
  • Fix code signing

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JamesHarrisPhoto
24 April 2009

Most helpful

This has already become an indispensable item in my menu bar. The app works flawlessly and, unlike other utilities that try to do similar tasks, handles multiple apps and Apple's Spaces intelligently. The only feature that I can see that I'd like to have added is an applications exception area in the prefs. That way when I bring up calculator while looking at an Excel spreadsheet, I can have it so that calculator doesn't trigger Isolator, and I can still see the spreadsheet info in the background. Other than that small feature request, this utility rocks!
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Version 4.0
GeoffB4577
21 May 2017
Ben I LOVE Isolator. However, I use Dark menu and the icon being as it is is driving me nuts. any way that we can get a white Dark Menu icon?
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Version 4.76beta
Jim-Leff
09 May 2017
Note that developer website link is wrong. Should be https://www.willmore.eu/software/isolator/
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Version 4.76beta
zo219
15 March 2016
Is it somehow just me, or when you enlarge MacUpdate’s “View Larger” window, does it pop up just fine … but no larger that I can see.
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Version 4.76beta
anonymous-heron-1309
10 February 2015
This app works well on OS X Yosemite (10.10.2) despite not having been updated in years and offers useful options. Big thanks to the developer for making it free.
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Version 4.76beta
braunnizo
26 November 2014
It works.
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Version 4.76beta
momijigari
13 October 2014
Stable and useful.
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Version 4.76beta
DovTodd
07 April 2014
Just installed this, I'm on Mavericks (Mac OS 10.9.2), works just great! Entire screen (except for menubar) turns totally black, including even the desktop wallpaper. Very easy and simple to use. You can change the color from black to another solid color of your choice, if you want. The color can be total, or it can let the actual background leak through, and you can decide the strength of that leakage, that's your choice too. You can also decide the fade speed. I left that at the original setting, at nearly immediate. Whatever you want to focus on has to be selected first before you turn on Isolator. Isolator's icon appears only in the menubar. To turn on Isolator, you click its icon, then within its drop-down menu you click "on." When you're done, again click Isolator's icon, click "off" in its drop-down menu, then regular screen returns. That's it. If you want to use the keyboard instead of the mouse, you can use the hotkey of your choice to turn Isolator on and off from the keyboard. The icon showing in the menubar is optional, you can still access it through the hotkey. I see no bugs; it seems totally stable. This doesn't feel like it's a beta at all. I did have two questions I couldn't resolve. In Preferences, under the tab titled "Background windows," there's something called "Filter type" where you have the choice of: None, Blur, Bloom, Crystals, Desaturate. I tried them all but couldn't determine what these options actually did. So I left this at the original setting, None. There's also something called "Filter radius," which you can change along a continuum from small to large. Tried this out as well, didn't seem to do anything either. I left this alone at the original setting as well. There's nothing on the developer's website that explains these two options either.
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Ean
Ean
07 April 2015
From the developer's website:

"Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10: Version (4.9). Sadly, Isolator is no longer able to apply filters to the background window on these versions of OS X."

There is probably no need for explanation of the filters feature if they're operational. You would be able to see what the control are doing.

Thanks for the review, I will give it a try.
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Leftblank
08 November 2013
Phew!! Still seems to work fine with Mavericks OS 10.9 ... clearing the visual clutter of other applications. Although the downloaded disk image claims to be a 4.9 beta, it contains the 4.76 beta ....
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Version 4.76beta
PeterWood3054
18 June 2013
I have only recently started using this app, so ratings for stability should be taken with a grain of salt. But it does what it is supposed to very effectively. It stops me from being distracted by the web and allows me to get along with my work. It is very simple to use, and flexible - it is simple to add new web pages to block. I think this may be the most useful 'productivity improver' that I have installed! I am very excited by this!
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Version 4.76beta
Leftblank
30 March 2012
Simple. Very helpful. Wonderful. Thank you. Easiest way to shut out the necessary clutter of other apps in order to concentrate on a single task .... 8-)
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