- Isolator - This one was suggested to me by my friends over at Mystic Coders. This nifty application works in the same way that predecessors like Doodim do. It basically leaves the application in focus at the current screen brightness but dims or completely darkens the rest of the screen. This is ultra useful if you want to keep any eye on windows (e.g. irc) but you don't want them to dominate your attention while you toil away in another app.
- Witch - Witch basically provides alt+tab behavior that works kind of like it does on Windows. For what it's worth its worth, I find the cmd+tab behavior between Apps only to be less of a cluster than sifting through all open windows I might have on a Windows machine at any one point. However, Apple's default cmd+tab behavior is lacking if you need to do something like very quickly giving focus to a minimized window. This action typically require you to pick up the mouse or perform multiple keystrokes. Witch reduces this burden by allowing you to use alt+tab like behavior to give focus to or un-minimize any individual window. This helps me stay focused by allowing me to minimize windows of applications that I don't need active and getting them back quickly without needing to touch my mouse.
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Saturday, October 17, 2009
Staying Focused on a Mac
I admit it... I have mild ADD. Luckily there are a couple of apps on the Mac that help me focus on a single application at a time, despite the fact I might need to keep several applications alive at any given time.