HazeOver
HazeOver
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HazeOver free download for Mac

HazeOver for Mac1.9

21 October 2021

Get rid of interferences and focus on your current task.

What is HazeOver for Mac

HazeOver helps you focus by emphasizing an active window by fading out inactive ones.

  • Heavy multi-tasking kills your concentration. All those tweets, emails, chat messages and lolcats staring back at you from the background. They strive for your attention. And you only have that much of it.
  • Don't let yourself drown in scores of open windows. Hiding, switching, looking for the right one, more hiding, more switching. Calm down, breathe in, breathe out, launch HazeOver, and finally focus on what's you've been up to.
  • HazeOver automatically highlights an active window or app when you switch windows. The less important things gently fade away in the background, improving your attention span.
  • Set the hazing intensity and speed to your liking. Be it a soft dimming, an undemanding hint of focus. Or a powerful dark background for outright dedication to your current task.

What's new in HazeOver

Version 1.9:
  • Control HazeOver state and settings with Shortcuts app in macOS Monterey.
  • Combine with other apps and settings to set up your perfect environment.
  • In earlier macOS versions you can use AppleScript.
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faustopacheco
faustopacheco
Nov 7 2020
1.8.6
4.0
Nov 7 2020
4.0
Version: 1.8.6
Helps, but is missing something. Me, myself and I.
phamxuanminh0711
phamxuanminh0711
Sep 18 2020
1.8.6
5.0
Sep 18 2020
5.0
Version: 1.8.6
Safes for eyes also make you focus the main tab. Very good app and helpful.
Prof-T
Prof-T
Aug 16 2020
1.8.6
5.0
Aug 16 2020
5.0
Version: 1.8.6
This is a fabulous that does exactly what it's supposed to do and does it well. It darkens all windows of the computer screen other than the one on which you're working. It can be set up to darken 100% (black background) or none (0%) and everything in between It's easy to turn on and off from the menu bar. It can change the background color to any you wish and it can work with multiple monitors. $4.99?! It's so inexpensive that it's worth buying regardless of whether you wind up liking it or not.
bugkaefer
bugkaefer
Jun 27 2020
1.8.6
5.0
Jun 27 2020
5.0
Version: 1.8.6
Easy to use, does just what it's supposed to. Makes it easy to focus on a single window. Also makes it obvious when an application is open but has no windows, which can be confusing.
iWare
iWare
May 18 2020
1.8.5
5.0
May 18 2020
5.0
Version: 1.8.5
It's fantastic when you have too many windows open
CurrentAMacUser
CurrentAMacUser
May 2 2020
1.8.5
5.0
May 2 2020
5.0
Version: 1.8.5
I love HazeOver, but MacUpdate, it's current $2.99, not $9.99
Hydester
Hydester
Apr 7 2020
1.8.5
5.0
Apr 7 2020
5.0
Version: 1.8.5
Get distraction-free work-time with lots of options for personalisation. Highly recommended
lhb1805855275
lhb1805855275
Mar 28 2020
1.8.5
5.0
Mar 28 2020
5.0
Version: 1.8.5
非常好用,用中文版的便宜点。
Packshot
Packshot
Nov 14 2019
1.8.5
5.0
Nov 14 2019
5.0
Version: 1.8.5
A useful thoughtful option for large screens, probably Apple will include it in the system
dnegrin-1
dnegrin-1
Jun 26 2019
1.8.4
4.5
Jun 26 2019
4.5
Version: 1.8.4
Game changer for a busy desktop and multiple desktop user like me.
DrPfaff
DrPfaff
Nov 6 2018
1.8.1
5.0
Nov 6 2018
5.0
Version: 1.8.1
Must have utility that helps keeps you focused during the day. Seems to work perfectly.
ahmedhatata-ah
ahmedhatata-ah
Oct 29 2018
1.8.1
5.0
Oct 29 2018
5.0
Version: 1.8.1
Best window focus app , I used many apps like desk cover but this app is awesome really it give you the reliability for switching between apps without any hazel
june8
june8
Oct 8 2018
1.8.1
5.0
Oct 8 2018
5.0
Version: 1.8.1
Very useful for my eyes.
gcr
gcr
Aug 7 2018
1.7.9
5.0
Aug 7 2018
5.0
Version: 1.7.9
Probably the most under-recognized piece of software for multi monitor users you'll only ever care about it /after/ your mac is driving you nuts :).
LeMerlot
LeMerlot
Jul 13 2018
1.7.9
5.0
Jul 13 2018
5.0
Version: 1.7.9
Nice features, only very small CPU footprint… – love it, bought it.
MichaelHaeusler
MichaelHaeusler
Jul 10 2018
1.7.9
5.0
Jul 10 2018
5.0
Version: 1.7.9
An absolute must-have. It does get in the way if you want to take a screengrab, but otherwise it makes macOS even more awesome.
tiagocoelho7
tiagocoelho7
Jul 10 2018
1.7.9
5.0
Jul 10 2018
5.0
Version: 1.7.9
It does his job
cig0
cig0
Jul 8 2018
1.7.7
5.0
Jul 8 2018
5.0
Version: 1.7.7
While there are quite a few similar apps, HazeOver won me with its low CPU requirements, beautiful aesthetics, nice customization and absolutely great support from the developer -- go ahead and give it a try :)
Joi
Joi
Apr 22 2018
1.7.7
5.0
Apr 22 2018
5.0
Version: 1.7.7
Must have app... great for staying focused and saving battery on laptop. Also, works great with FlashCard Hero.
Bob-the-Tomato
Bob-the-Tomato
Apr 12 2018
1.7.7
4.0
Apr 12 2018
4.0
Version: 1.7.7
Perfect for what it does. I always wanted the active window to stand out more than the inactive ones. Dual screen also!
Steve1
Steve1
Jan 12 2018
1.7.7
5.0
Jan 12 2018
5.0
Version: 1.7.7
Simple one-trick-pony app that does just what I expected it to do. If this sounds useful to you, definitely check it out.
Qimosabe
Qimosabe
Nov 1 2017
1.7.7
5.0
Nov 1 2017
5.0
Version: 1.7.7
Does it is supposed to do and helps you stay focused. Seamless with automagical effects.
steelie
steelie
Jun 9 2017
1.7.6
5.0
Jun 9 2017
5.0
Version: 1.7.6
Great little app! It does exactly what it claims to, and it works flawlessly for me. As someone who’s easily distracted, I love how HazeOver lets me focus on my front-most app/window, and everything else just fades away.
TCalhau
TCalhau
May 27 2017
1.7.6
4.5
May 27 2017
4.5
Version: 1.7.6
I love this App. The function should become native in the next version of macOS.
knoa.jp
knoa.jp
May 8 2017
1.7.6
3.5
May 8 2017
3.5
Version: 1.7.6
Pros: Good and cute UI. It can dim with animation. Cons: I love animation, but I don't like its animation curve. I want choose another. When I kill the animation time to 0sec, it still has a delay of switching focus. Rather poor translation for Japanese. I want to hide Dock and menu bar, not always but just when HazeOver is on.
Hugo-and-Luigi
Hugo-and-Luigi
Apr 11 2017
1.7.6
5.0
Apr 11 2017
5.0
Version: 1.7.6
Does what it's supposed to.
donikatz
donikatz
Mar 30 2017
1.7.6
5.0
Mar 30 2017
5.0
Version: 1.7.6
Brilliant! One of the rare productivity apps I've immediately paid for; a no-brainer. (Stardock WindowFX includes a similar feature for Windows, but there is nothing else like this on macOS.)

One feature request: the ability to whitelist specific apps to always be full brightness. Really helpful for when you require a chat window or video player up alongside the app you're working in.
Roger-Cavanagh
Roger-Cavanagh
Mar 22 2017
1.7.6
5.0
Mar 22 2017
5.0
Version: 1.7.6
Does what it says on the tin. Simple but useful.
Richardb
Richardb
Mar 3 2017
1.7.6
5.0
Mar 3 2017
5.0
Version: 1.7.6
I was a bit skeptical reading the glowing reviews, but I'm a believer now. This has helped me from making so many errors when I thought I was in one window but was actually in another (I have a dual display setup). I would highly, highly recommend this app. It's so natural that you'll forget that it's an app, not part of the OS.
Weasel
Weasel
Mar 1 2017
1.7.6
4.5
Mar 1 2017
4.5
Version: 1.7.6
Love it! Really helps you focus on the window you are viewing when there are several items on the desktop.
jkesler
jkesler
Jan 18 2017
1.7.5
5.0
Jan 18 2017
5.0
Version: 1.7.5
Works great. Unobtrusive and fast. Wonder what it would be like with a blur effect but that might slow down performance
Tonyfromchicago
Tonyfromchicago
Dec 31 2016
1.7.5
4.0
Dec 31 2016
4.0
Version: 1.7.5
Really nice little utility, very unobtrusive. You forget about it until you get on a Mac without it and it feels difficult to use. Much more useful than you would believe without trying it.
ich-net
ich-net
Nov 1 2016
1.7.4
5.0
Nov 1 2016
5.0
Version: 1.7.4
Best App of its kind.
orctarorga
orctarorga
Sep 16 2016
1.7.4
5.0
Sep 16 2016
5.0
Version: 1.7.4
Neat design. Work smoothly.
Marc-Nothrop
Marc-Nothrop
Sep 13 2016
1.7.4
5.0
Sep 13 2016
5.0
Version: 1.7.4
Very useful on multi-screen setups - helps reduce eyestrain and focussing.
Neostar
Neostar
Jul 25 2016
1.7
5.0
Jul 25 2016
5.0
Version: 1.7
I have a 27" iMac and this tool really helped to lower the distraction from apps that were open in the background.

This tool reduces your cognitive and mental load by a great deal!
SMcCandlish
SMcCandlish
May 26 2016
1.7
5.0
May 26 2016
5.0
Version: 1.7
This little menu-bar utility (or NOT in the menu bar if you don’t want it there) essentially replaces all of the following: * Focus app (that mostly dims other stuff so you stick to what you’re working on) * App highlighter that more clearly indicates which app is the current input focus, without excessively dimming others you need to read from (most Linux desktop environments have done this for years) * Theater-mode app that blacks out the rest of the display(s), when you’re watching a movie I replaced three other apps when I started using this. I especially like that it can be quickly changed to show only one window or all windows of the frontmost app, and to adjust the extent to which others are dimmed. When I’m working on documents or code development, I keep the dimming very subtle and highlight all windows of the current app, but when watching a TV episode on my Mac, I make it near-black and applicable to every window but the front one. Because it’s just inserting a layer with configurable opacity between the top window/app and everything else, not selectively "disappearing" all other windows, it works remarkably smoothly and quickly. This app plays well with the superb app f.lux (http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/37261/f-lux), and can be used with Honer (https://github.com/puffnfresh/Honer.app), though the latter is a bit buggy, and I only use it when working with a bunch of similar-looking windows, like six Terminal windows at a time.
MichaelHaeusler
MichaelHaeusler
Feb 12 2016
1.6
5.0
Feb 12 2016
5.0
Version: 1.6
One of my must-haves for OS X, together with f.lux, Menu Eclipse & HazeOver. There are some little issues, nothing big, though. HazeOver shouldn't activate for certain processes like Archive Utility, Finder file operations, dmg open, Gatekeeper verification etc. When I copy a file, I know about it already, and there's no need to make me focus on the process' progress bar, so it should stay dimmed. But that should be an optional setting, because I guess that some users actually like it the way it is. Anyway, love this app. Highly recommended. Works great on El Capitan (10.11.3).
Sforf
Sforf
Nov 27 2011
1.2.60
0.5
Nov 27 2011
0.5
Version: 1.2.60
Totally BUGGY with Lion 10.7.2. Plus they raised the price by 100%. Doubt if they can ever get this to work properly, nice theory but much to complicated for this applet to ever work well. App Store needs to be more diligent.
Donmontalvo
Donmontalvo
Apr 25 2011
1.0
5.0
Apr 25 2011
5.0
Version: 1.0
Some designers asked for a solution like this. I tested it on some LAb computers, then on my own. Never removed it...excellent app! DON
Harv
Harv
Apr 4 2011
1.0
3.5
Apr 4 2011
3.5
Version: 1.0
I tried it and have much the same thoughts as Ean. The transition was too slow & distracting for me. So again, settings please in the next version. Also, please make the displaying of the MenuBar icon an option. All said, a very commendable first release. I look forward to the next version.
Ean
Ean
Mar 16 2011
1.0
3.5
Mar 16 2011
3.5
Version: 1.0
A generally tasteful realization of this sort of thing. The fade needs to be faster or, better, adjustable. Maybe the "haze" level should be adjustable too. The menu bar icon is ugly as sin and doesn't "speak" to its purpose.
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0.0
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  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.13.0 or later
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