Hocus Focus

A Mac menu bar utility that hides your inactive windows

#5 Product of the WeekDecember 22, 2014
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Nial
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@measuredweighed · Developer
Hey guys! I'm the developer behind Hocus Focus. The application's been around since 2011 under the name of Houdini, but was recently rewritten from the ground-up and relaunched as a modern Yosemite-friendly application. I'll try my best to answer any questions people have!
Ria Blagburn@riaface · Founder, GrowBeyond
@nialgiacomelli This looks ace, Nial! I really like that you can alter the settings on a per-app basis. I also appreciate your love for BMO :) I saw on the Hocus Focus site that you decided to remove the app from the App Store - what impact has this had on your downloads?
Nial
Maker
@measuredweighed · Developer
@riaface It's a little too early to tell with regards to impact on downloads, but the Mac App Store is substantially less busy than the iOS variant - which meant Houdini would regularly chart fairly highly. I expect downloads to take a slight dip given that less people are likely to come across it while casually browsing the App Store.
Tyson Quick@tysonquick · CEO Instapage
@nialgiacomelli You should really accept Bitcoin donations vs Coinbase as well.
@nialgiacomelli There's no menu associate with the app. how do I uninstall once it's open? Cant drag and drop.
lwsmith10011@lwsmith10011 · unemployed
@measuredweighed -- name your file. I delete latest.zip as virus.
Nial
Maker
@measuredweighed · Developer
@lwsmith10011 A fair point. I've renamed the file: 'hocus-focus-latest.zip'. Sorry for any confusion :-)
Chris Aljoudi@chrisaljoudi
@measuredweighed Hi Nial! Just wondering: will this appropriately trigger App Nap for windows that get hidden?
Nial
Maker
@measuredweighed · Developer
@chrisaljoudi Short answer: yes, it should. Slightly longer answer: it depends what the application is doing! Apple's rules state that an application will enter App Nap provided it: isn't playing audio, isn't handling specific OS-level assertions, has no visible windows and isn't the foreground application. Hocus Focus should take care of those last two requirements (which should trigger App Nap in the majority of situations). Hope this helps.
Ross Blankenship@rossblankenship · AngelKings.com, CEO and Partner
@measuredweighed Hi Nial, would recommend adding a 30 second video and/or featured screenshots and examples on your homepage. Before we download anything, it's important to know what's expected. The idea sounds good though, but would love to see that implemented first. Ross D. Blankenship Angel Investor | http://AngelKings.com
Greg Gerber@gerbz · Making my dent
I use ⌘+H and ⌘+tab to hide/show windows all day long. Most people don't know about hiding windows. So much better than minimizing.
Jordan Coeyman@acoyfellow · Founder @OptKit
Looks really awesome, but your server is over quota so I can't check it out :D
Nial
Maker
@measuredweighed · Developer
@acoyfellow Should be resolved now!
Micah Baldwin@micah · Old Founder. Grey hairs and everything.
Interesting app - does it auto display a window that gets a notif or update? i.e., imessages/skype, email, etc. Love the dual use case of HF and Bartender to keep things clean and focused. Would be great to have the ability to hide a window for X time -- meaning that I can hide a window, and it will not become active for X minutes (sort of like Concentrate)
Nial
Maker
@measuredweighed · Developer
@micah Thanks for the kind words! Currently it won't auto display a window when it receives a notification. It'll bounce in the dock as normal and you can choose to redisplay it with a click. I like the idea of hiding windows for a certain period of time. One area I'm particularly interested in expanding is rule-based behaviour. i.e: if application X is in use, don't hide applications Y, Z, etc.
Micah Baldwin@micah · Old Founder. Grey hairs and everything.
@nialgiacomelli rules could be interesting ... I think about this use case: I am writing a document (working in excel, writing code, etc.) and as time passes, everything else fades (currently how app works). But what if I could set a rule that says, if I am in Pages for longer than X min, auto hide everything, and don't allow reappear for X min post idle.) I like the idea of having "focused moments" where I literally can't access other windows, websites, etc. (there are a few apps that do this--sort of--now, but are messy to use).
Brenden Mulligan@mulligan · Founder, LaunchKit & Cluster
After using this for a day, I've found the closing of other windows more jarring and distracting than keeping them open ..
Nial
Maker
@measuredweighed · Developer
@mulligan It's certainly not for everyone. Thanks for giving it a shot!