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[Mac OS X] Stay focused with Houdini, a productivity app that hides inactive apps
Posted By Tucker On July 2, 2013 @ 11:43 AM In Mac OS X | No Comments
I’m kind of a messy person. When I bake, I get flour all over myself and all over the kitchen. In my office, I tend to favor what my mother jokingly refers to as a “vertical filing system.” That’s just a nice way of saying that I have a tendency to surround myself with piles and stacks of documents, instead of using a proper file cabinet. My messiness extends to my desktop as well, which is a clutter of various files and projects. My dock usually has a lot of apps running, with many files open in each. The Mac app Houdini may not be able to help with my household’s messiness, but it can give my Mac a cleaner look.
Developed by UglyApps, Houdini is a productivity tool that helps to provide a cleaner working environment for your Mac. This tiny app lives in your Menu Bar, and helps you out by making other apps that haven’t been actively used go invisible. This provides an environment where you can focus on just the task at hand.
For an app named after the most famous magician of all time, you’d expect an app that boosts your productivity “like magic.” For people who always have an overcrowded dock, I think Houdini really can be that magic bullet. It’s an extremely simple little app, but it’s a brilliant little idea, too.
I think part of what makes this such an interesting app offering is the blend of lightweight design and surprisingly robust customization. It’s easy to target one app, or all your apps. Want to see what applications have gone invisible? Just go to your menu bar! This is great for apps like Stickies, which I always have open but only actively update a couple times per day.
Houdini is quite intuitively designed. From the menu bar’s drop-down menu, just hover your cursor over the name of an app to set the parameters for how long it should take to activate “invisible hide mode” for that app. You can select anywhere from “Never” to 5 hours, in increments of 15 minutes.
If you need a little help keeping your dock under control, Houdini is a great way to clean up your dock while still keeping your project files close at hand. This app is simple, attractive, and pretty darn helpful.
Version reviewed: 1.3
Supported OS: OS X 10.6 or later
Download size: 1.3 MB
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 Houdini on Mac App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/houdini/id492081694?mt=12
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