Isolator

Licence: Freeware
Version 4.5b | Release Date: 2009-09-21 | Download

Reenable 10.4 (Tiger) support.

Version 4.4 | Release Date: 2009-09-17 | Download

For Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6, the current stable version is is 4.4.

Version 4.0 | Release Date: 2009-03-25 | Download

Version 4.0 provides experimental support for new ways to obscure background windows -- crystals, dots and bloom -- and allows you to suspend Isolator when the Finder is the frontmost application (so you can see your desktop icons). It also works better with Exposé and Spaces, and fixes bugs relating to greyed-out menus and dock hiding.

Version 3.46beta | Release Date: 2009-03-10 | Download

Fixed bugs involving multiple monitors and window filters.

Version 3.40beta | Release Date: 2008-06-16 | Download

Code tidying; added informative floating window on first run. This is expected to become 3.5.

Version 3.38b | Release Date: 2008-06-10 | Download

Provides experimental support for new ways to obscure background windows -- crystals, dots and bloom -- and allows you to suspend Isolator when the Finder is the frontmost application (so you can see your desktop icons). It also works better with Exposé and Spaces, and fixes bugs relating to greyed-out menus and dock hiding.

Version 3.37beta | Release Date: 2008-06-08 | Download

Since 3.3:

3.31beta: Ensure that 'Check for updates' box always comes to the front, prevent
ing greyed-out menu items. Fix minor logic problem with Dock hiding.
3.32beta: Experimental support for new ways to obscure background windows -- poi
ntillize, crystallize, bloom
3.33beta: Improve login item code
3.34beta: Better interactions with Spaces and Expose.
3.35beta: Option to suspend Isolator when the Finder is frontmost (allows you to
see desktop icons when using the Finder)
3.36beta: Better window effects and compositing
3.37beta: Bring back the bloom effect

Version 3.32beta | Release Date: 2008-06-05 | Download

Experimental support for new ways to obscure background windows -- pointillize, crystallize, bloom

Version 3.31beta | Release Date: 2008-06-05 | Download

Bugfixes: Ensure that 'Check for updates' box always comes to the front, preventing greyed-out menu items. Fix minor logic problem with Dock hiding.

Version 3.3 | Release Date: 2008-06-04 | Download

Restore compatibility with Tiger (lost in 3.2)

Version 3.2 | Release Date: 2008-06-03 | Download

Enable blurring of background windows as well as (or instead of) covering them up

Version 3.1beta | Release Date: 2008-05-15 | Download

Experimental: Allow background apps to be blurred.

Version 3.0 | Release Date: 2008-03-26 | Download

Since v1.0:

  • No longer 'hides' background windows, just covers them up (optional)
  • Hides the Dock when you turn Isolator on (optional on Leopard only)
  • Support for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
  • Support for multiple monitors
  • Left-click menubar icon to activate/deactivate Isolator (optional)
  • Menubar icon can be disabled
  • Default hotkey is now shift-command-i
Version 1.5beta6 | Release Date: 2008-03-21 | Download

Optionally hide the Dock

Version 1.5beta4 | Release Date: 2008-03-18 | Download
  • Fixed bug where some applications failed to isolate correctly.
  • Sparkle support for optional automatic updates.
Version 1.4beta9 | Release Date: 2008-03-12 | Download

1.4beta9: No new features. Icon tweaked, memory leaks fixed, various invisible code improvements

Version 1.4beta8 | Release Date: 2008-03-11 | Download

Improve interaction with Finder

Version 1.4beta7 | Release Date: 2008-03-07 | Download

Don't 'hide' other apps' windows, just cover them up. You can still get the old behaviour through the Preferences window.

Version 1.4beta5 | Release Date: 2008-03-06 | Download
  • Fix bugs with command-tab
  • Fix bug where some applications wouldn't hide
  • Menu bar icon can be switched off
  • Optionally, left-clicking menu bar icon switches isolating on and off
Version 1.4b | Release Date: 2007-12-03 | Download

Adds support for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and for multiple monitors (including hot-plugging of monitors). Note that the default hotkey has changed to shift-command-i.

Version 1.3beta | Release Date: 2007-11-21 | Download

BETA version: Leopard compatibility, now handles multiple monitors.

Version 1.0 | Release Date: 2007-02-13 | Download
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