Focus 2.7

See what application is active


  • Analog or digital clock
  • Great if you have lots of apps open
  • Adjust size, position, layering, transparency
  • Spaces compatible


  • More eye candy than anything

Very good

Focus is for you people out there that open up many applications and folders and want to reach your frontmost applications in a snap.

Unassuming yet surprisingly useful, Focus is also highly customizable. You can be notified via either a discreet icon in the bottom left of the screen or a floating transparent icon. The great thing about Focus though is the advanced customization. The application allows you to set the transparancy level, size, position and layering of the icon. You can also choose from nine screen positions or simply have the icon appear anywhere.

Furthermore, the icon will appear with a clock, digital or analog, which looks nice and is always useful. The latest version is Spaces compatible, meaning it will work in each environment. We recommend it if you use a lot of programs at the same. You sometimes accidentally close a program window but not the whole application, making it difficult to know if the application is still active or not. You can still click on Dock items to find out, but Focus simply makes the icon look more gorgeous.

Focus is a neat way of showing your frontmost application when you have lots of programs open.

Did you ever wonder what your frontmost application is? You’ve just quit a couple, switched a couple of times with command-tab, and closed a window and now you’re not completely sure if its application was closed as well.

You take a look at the Dock, but nothing gives away the frontmost application. You see a couple of them are running, but which one will quit if your itching fingers hit command-Q? You can always look at the menu, of course, but wouldn’t it be easier to see an icon instead of only text?

All Focus does, is show you the active application’s icon. Because its function is that simple, I’ve thrown in the usual junk of customizability: size, transparency, position on screen and window layering can all be adjusted to your needs. Version 2.1 adds an optional clock, analog or digital.

You can have a small icon in the bottom-left of your screen telling you which application is active, or a giant transparent icon on your desktop to make your work environment somewhat more, eh, dynamic.

Focus is ideal to put in your Login items in your System preferences. Focus doesn’t appear in the dock, and stays clear of it if you change resolutions or move the dock. Apart from nine standard screen positions you can drag Focus anywhere to be just there where you see it but doesn’t get in the way.

Focus has its own preferences window which is shown as soon as you click on its big icon. If you close the preferences window you can get it back by control-clicking on the big icon; a menu will appear allowing you to show the preferences window again. You can quit Focus from this menu too, or by using the button in the preferences window.

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