Shades

Licence: Freeware
Version 1.2b3 | Release Date: 2009-09-25 | Download
  • Updated Shades to work correctly on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
  • Shades no longer supports Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Users running Tiger should stick with version 1.2b2.
  • It is now possible to click and drag the menu bar slider again.
  • The Shades System Preferences panel can now run in 64bit mode, so it's not neccesary to relaunch System Preferences in 32bit mode to use it.
Version 1.2b2 | Release Date: 2007-12-15 | Download
  • Shades no longer writes hundreds of lines of debug code into the console when launched.
Version Version 1.2b1 | Release Date: 2007-11-22 | Download
  • Shades preferences are now administered using a System Preferences panel.
  • Shades now provides independent controls for multiple displays, and will remember settings for external displays even when they are detached.
  • Hold down Alt when dragging the slider to adjust the brightness of all connected displays
  • Now works correctly with Expose, Spaces and Virtue Desktops.
  • You can now specify a tint colour for Shades to use when adjusting brightness.
  • Menu slider can now optionally display the brightness setting as a percentage.
  • Shades no longer affects the brightness of screenshots or pixel colour samples taken whilst it is running.
  • Shades now automatically detects when displays are attached or detached and does not need to be restarted.
  • Shades can now be set to check for updates periodically whilst running.
  • Now offers a choice of two menu bar icons (or none at all).
  • Shades can now run without any on screen controls, relying purely on hot key control.
  • Brightness hot keys can now be held down instead of being pressed repeatedly.
  • Brightness setting fades in smoothly when Shades is launched or quit.
  • Shades no longer appears in the Dock when running.
  • No longer causes Quicktime or DVD playback performance issues on older systems.
  • Preferences have been simplified by stripping out little-used features, and expanded to include new options.
  • Shades now varies display brightness by controlling display gamma settings. This is more efficient than drawing an overlay, and more compatible with Spaces and Expose. Existing monitor colour balance is preserved, so Shades won't cause problems for graphic designers.
  • The launch-at-login feature is now automatic. Simply start or stop Shades from the preferences pane, and if it is still running when you log out, it will launch automatically when you log in again.
  • Shades controls are no longer drawn at full brightness. This has both benefits and disadvantages, but is an inevitable consequence of using gamma instead of an overlay.
  • Shades has been optimised to use less processor time, and now consumes no measurable amount of CPU when running.
Version 1.1.5r1 | Release Date: 2007-03-06 | Download
  • Fixed crashing bug that affected some users when upgrading to version 1.1.5. Users who have not experienced any issues, or who have already fixed the problem by deleting their preferences need not upgrade.
Version 1.1.5 | Release Date: 2007-03-04 | Download
  • Added checkbox to preferences to enable launching Shades automatically at login, or after a restart.
  • Added preference to switch Shades to background-mode (no dock icon or menu bar). When you change this setting you must quit and re-launch Shades in order for it to take effect. Please note that when the menu is hidden, you must click on the menu icon or slider and press "Command-," (comma) to access the Shades preferences.
  • Shades menu item is now drawn in a theme-savvy way.
Version 1.1.4r2 | Release Date: 2007-02-05 | Download
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