Today's desktops are as wide as the prairie, but nowhere near as lonesome. In fact, they can seem downright crowded, and never more so than when you're trying to concentrate on a particular window, such as an embedded video surrounded by flashing banner ads.
Hellogramming's CinemaDrape can help you with that. This simple portable freeware is sort of like a negative screen capture tool, but instead of copying the selected area of your screen, it blacks out all the rest, leaving only your Focus Area visible. If you like watching movies online but hate seeing the controls or window edges, CinemaDrape can drape your cinema, obscuring the distractions and allowing you to focus on the show, or on any window, for that matter. It's quicker than minimizing or closing all your open windows one by one, and your workspace remains untouched; when you pause CinemaDrape, everything is where you left it. The latest version of CinemaDrape is ready for Windows 8.
CinemaDrape starts by blacking out your screen and displaying an optional Quick Start guide that you can stop from loading when you're familiar with the program's features and controls. Right-clicking produced a menu in white font containing all of CinemaDrape's controls and settings, including Extras like the ability to save and load Layouts. CinemaDrape has several modes, but the quickest and easiest way to use it is to simply click your mouse and drag the cursor over the area you want to see. Simply release the cursor to keep the rest of your desktop masked, and then click or use hot keys to quit or pause the program, open the menu to set the options, or change the view. You can display multiple Focus Areas, too, or set CinemaDrape to restore Focus Areas when it starts.
CinemaDrape may not be the killer productivity app that the Ford Model T was, but it's better in this respect: you really can have any color you want, not just black, by changing CinemaDrape's background color. We also liked changing the transparency to let a little desktop peek through. This interesting tool has a lot of potential uses.
CinemaDrape helps you focus on your current task on the screen (such as a video in a web page, a photo or a document editor area) by instantly blanking or dimming the other less important areas in a web page or in the background windows. With CinemaDrape you no longer have to manually clean up your working screen area, close windows, or watch lower resolution videos in full screen mode just to get rid of disturbing side elements or ads. CinemaDrape is easy to start: just move your mouse over the area you want to focus on and press your own favorite custom keyboard combination. This works in any Web browser or in any other program you are using. CinemaDrape is also easy to close: just press Escape or select Quit from the context menu.
What's new in this version:
Version 18.104.22.168 has added new transparent focus areas using the mouse, like drawing rectangles in a graphic program.