Us over at WireLoad have released a new Mac app. It is called Quiet and it’s a focus app.
Quiet has already become indispensable in my own work day because of what I think is its most handy feature: it marks me as busy in Skype and Adium and hides the otherwise ever distracting Growl messages I get. New email, new chat messages, new tweets. I don’t know about everyone else, but to me these things are incredibly distracting when I’m trying to crack a difficult programming or design problem.
Sure, I could quit all the communication apps. But then I miss out on stuff I might need to respond to. With Quiet, I can easily work for a while, then take a break and check the communication apps, and then immediately dive back into another work session. If I’m feeling antsy a work session might just be 10 minutes. If I really have to get into it I’ll stay in Quiet mode for an hour at a time (after which some people are guaranteed to be screaming for attention when I finally come out, but they’ll deal with it!).
Learn more about Quiet on its homepage.