ScreenShade

Version: 1.3 || Release Date: 2008-06-02 || License: Freeware App Owner: joellevin

ScreenShade is a tool for further dimming a screen (or screens) past the capabilities of the OS X brightness display settings.

ScreenShade is a tool for further dimming a screen (or screens) past the capabilities of the OS X brightness display settings. This utility is especially useful for people who find themselves using their computer in a low-lighting situation.

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This is great!

Unlike Brightness Control and DarkAdapted, this one doesn't mess up my color profiles when I engage it. The interface looks swell, and the global hotkey works fine. Awesome.

Update: I'm now experiencing issues with it opening at login. It opens up at login fine every five or so logins but on the sixth login, it doesn't open so I have to start it manually and re-check the "open at login" option. I had tried Shades before but for whatever reason, I didn't stick with it. But I'm going to take another look at it. I shouldn't have to keep adding a program to the login list.

This is so helpful. It opens up at login for me, no problem. The only thing I don't like about ScreenShade is that when I use Expose to show the desktop, ScreenShade stops working and the screen goes bright. It resumes working after I stop "show desktop". That's weird to me.

I also use F.lux, which helps but not enough. F.lux changes the temperature of the screen, not the brightness.

People who use screenshade at night to make their screen dimmer might want to try F.lux:

http://www.stereopsis.com/flux/

I used this app for a time, but oddly I couldn't make it open at login. I tried setting this within the app's preferences and directly trough the Accounts preference panel, but it kept removing itself from the list.
Finally, I found Shades (http://osx.iusethis.com/app/shades) which accomplishes the same thing but in a really better way. And it's also free.