Overlay Alternatives

    Overlay is described as 'A frame that allows you to have an image or even PDF displayed semi-transparently in front of everything. It enables you to copy, trace, or compare designs, images, and documents with ease, since you can lock the frame and make it undisturbed by mouse gestures'. There are nine alternatives to Overlay for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, Online / Web-based and Microsoft Edge. The best alternative is Afloat, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Overlay are PixelPerfect (Free), Image Overlay Utility (Paid), Overlay2 (Paid) and LayerX (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Aug 30, 2017

    1. Keep windows afloat (heh) on top of all others. Pin windows to the desktop. Move windows from anywhere, not just the title bar. Turn a window into an "overlay" on your screen that doesn't hinder your work.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Microsoft Edge
      • Internet Explorer
      • Google Chrome
      • Safari
      • Opera
      • Firefox
      Allows developers to put a semi-transparent image overlay over the top of the developed HTML and perform per pixel comparison between them. Works with DevTools and Firebug.
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    2. Image Overlay Utility is a small, easy-to-use program for graphic artists to overlay transparent, click-through images anywhere on screen!

      Discontinued

      Official website unavailable.

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      • Mac
      • Windows
      Overlay2 is like digital tracing paper for your computer. It opens a semi-transparent floating image over video capture or editing software, or 3D modelling software, so you can use the image as a reference or positioning guide.
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    3. An intuitive app to display transparent images on screen.
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    4. Duplicate Windows visually copies any window in Mac OS X live and on-the-fly. It’s like display mirroring for individual windows! I created the tool to display windows across multiple monitors in extended desktop mode during presentations.
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    5. CThruView is a free transparent image viewer that allows mouse clicks to go through the image. This makes your image see through and click through, so use it as tracing paper, splash screen or watermark.

      Discontinued

      The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.0, released in September 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.

      • Mac
      With the Uberlayer app you can put floating images on top of your computer screen. Maybe you want to proof a design to the pixel, watermark a presentation or always have that special picture of your mother on top?
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    6. Turn any mockup into a floating guide, and visually align pixels with ease.
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