Houdini
Houdini
1.3

4.9

Houdini free download for Mac

Houdini

1.3
01 August 2012

Hide inactive applications.

Overview

Houdini is a free Mac menu bar utility that hides inactive applications. Stay focused and clutter-free with Houdini. Houdini remembers your settings and even lets you configure timeouts on a per-application basis.

What's new in Houdini

Version 1.2:

Improvements:

  • When clicking an application's icon or dragging it's time slider to zero, Houdini will no longer attempt to hide that application. Its icon will appear greyed out, and the time delay will read 'Never'.
  • All graphics are now retina ready!
  • Added a proper hover effect for the 'view' icon.
  • Made some tweaks to hopefully sort out an issue where Houdini would not resume on restart.

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5 Houdini Reviews

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Trekker
04 August 2011

Most helpful

Really Useful App! This is already improving my concentration and workflow. Single Application mode doesn't work well for me because I switch between apps a lot and often i have to cut and paste between them or drag and drop between them. In Single Application mode, the other app disappears immediately. This allows the other app to hang around for the number of seconds you select, which gives the opportunity to drag and drop or cut and paste more quickly, with less mousing or keystrokes. Great job! The only suggestion I'd make is to give users the choice of something like 5 seconds instead of 15 seconds being the lowest that can be chosen. Very, very useful and well-done app. I'd pay for this on the MAS.
Like (2)
Version 1.0
NialGiacomelli
22 December 2014
Houdini has been given a Yosemite-friendly update and is now going by the name Hocus Focus (http://hocusfoc.us)
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Version 1.3
1 answer(s)
John-Sawyer-CJS
John-Sawyer-CJS
08 July 2015
Hocus Focus looks great, but the earliest version of OS X it runs on is 10.10. And Houdini, while it runs on earlier versions of OS X (I'm running 10.8.5, and can't go higher on my Macbook), is no longer to be found anywhere on the Internet--it was removed from the App Store, and none of the non-Apple download sources has it either (most of those direct the download request to the App Store). And, the developer doesn't provide Houdini for download on his website either. Now that it's been pulled from the App Store, any chance it could be re-posted here on MacUpdate, or on the developer's website, for people stuck with (or just deciding to) run older versions of OS X?
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Good except that Adobe Illustrator doesn't support CMD-H for hiding, so Houdini doesn't work with it. It must be possible to add an exception for Illustrator - presumably there is an Applescript command that could be used instead? Also the degree of control that one has over Housini is rather limited - the longest time before hiding is only 5mins, and it isn't possible apparently to disable hiding for any chosen application. Maybe when dragging the slider for the length of delay it could go to "Never" at the end?
Like (1)
Version 1.2
1 answer(s)
MartySkinner
MartySkinner
13 July 2012
Sliding an application's listing to the extreme left will "disable" it from being hidden. That's slightly non-intuitive, but it seems to work well.
Like (1)
Pinbacker
16 May 2012
A brilliant little app, a modern take on the ancient spirited away. The developer should make it an paid app, I would pay for it and so would many other nerds.
Like (1)
Version 1.2
Penguirl
16 May 2012
⌘+H works just fine for me.
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Version 1.2
Trekker
04 August 2011
Really Useful App! This is already improving my concentration and workflow. Single Application mode doesn't work well for me because I switch between apps a lot and often i have to cut and paste between them or drag and drop between them. In Single Application mode, the other app disappears immediately. This allows the other app to hang around for the number of seconds you select, which gives the opportunity to drag and drop or cut and paste more quickly, with less mousing or keystrokes. Great job! The only suggestion I'd make is to give users the choice of something like 5 seconds instead of 15 seconds being the lowest that can be chosen. Very, very useful and well-done app. I'd pay for this on the MAS.
Like (2)
Version 1.0
Free

4.9

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
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