Version: 1.0.4 || Release Date: 2009-09-27 || License: Freeware Developer: Blacktree | App Owner: limi

Nocturne is (yet another) simple app for switching a computer to night vision mode. It does, however, add a few things. From the creator of Quicksilver.

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@pax : I also use Nocturne to make my menubar dark. I think it looks great!

Using it to make the Menubar dark, as found here:

I wish that a click on the icon in the menu bar would switch between 'day' and 'night' modes (like with Isolator)

This app is really great. Has many useful options. If you like this, you may take a look at f.lux (, which adjusts the display color temperature according to the daytime.

Just started using this. Makes the screen far more comfortable to view at night.

I like this application although I notice it redraws the screen to black and white every time I move a window. My desktop picture also disappears too. I hope this bug gets fixed in the future.

Terrific idea! I tend to use my computer right before I go to bed. Studies have shown that, just like sunlight in the morning, working at a bright screen at bedtime can interrupt your body's production of melatonin; it's like sitting in front of a light therapy box. I had been using my monitor's brightness and contrast controls, but they're a PITA, and the default color scheme is hard to see on a dim screen.

Nocturne to the rescue: Not only is it nice and dim, but the color scheme reminds me that I'm in "bed" mode, not "surf" mode. It's a great psychological cue. As for keyboard shortcuts, QuicKeys etc. make a nice workaround.

I love Nocturne, it allows me to make my screen dim enough to use in the middle of the night without inverting or removing colors.

Tip: in preferences, uncheck "invert", uncheck "monochrome", set the white "color filter" to a darker color than white (also set brightness to minimum if you're on a notebook, to conserve battery.

This is awesome. I could never understand why is everything on the computers white-based. Documents, websites, everything. And now I found Nocturne, and turning it on is like a massage after a hard day:) At last my brain does not burn out from the brightness of the white screens. Of course, display brightness can be lowered, but it is uncomparable to what Nocturne does.

Bitnix: Nocturne switches modes on launch, so you can set up a Quicksilver trigger to launch Nocturne, and each time you invoke it, it toggles between day and night mode.

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