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Isolator for Mac

By Ben Willmore Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 1, 2015

Isolator for Mac helps you stay focused on whatever you're doing on your computer by blocking out distractions. It does this by obscuring all but the window you're working in, although you can easily switch to other windows with just a click.

Pros

Straightforward interface: You can access Isolator through its icon on the right-hand side of the top menu bar. Clicking on it brings down a menu with options for turning Isolator on, as well as accessing the Preferences pane, among other things. As soon as you turn the app on, all but the window you're actively working in will fade into the background, obscured by the software, but easily retrievable with just a click.

Customization options: You can set the tint and opacity you want for the background apps, which allows you to see more or less of them while you're working on something else. You can also decide if you want the app to start immediately when the computer comes on, and you can set up a hotkey to turn it on and off as well.

Cons

Mail notifications: We did receive all of our notifications from the Mail app while Isolator was turned on during testing. This seems to defeat the purpose of the app a bit, and we couldn't find a way to disable notifications through the app itself.

Bottom Line

Isolator for Mac is a great way to help keep your focus on your work, no matter what it is you're doing at the moment. It's easy to turn on and off, and even when it's on, you can switch seamlessly between tasks by just selecting a different window. It offers a nice set of options to let you adjust its behavior to suit your work style, and it's completely free, making it worth a try.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.99b

General

Release October 9, 2019
Date Added October 9, 2019
Version 4.99b

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
  • OS X Mountain Lion

Popularity

Total Downloads 5,469
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Isolator is a small menu bar application that helps you concentrate. When you're working on a document, and don't want to be distracted, turn on Isolator. It will cover up your desktop and all the icons on it, as well as the windows of all your other applications, so you can concentrate on the task in hand.