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Brightness Control is a tool for dimming all your Mac's displays with one slider. Now, you can go to bed and still keep an eye out for that oh-so-important instant message or email you've been waiting on - without throwing a pillow over your partner's head.

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Version 1.0.4:
  • Universal Binary

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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MarcusG1052 Member IconReview-1
MarcusG1052
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I have upgraded to 10.9 and I get this error when I try to open and install ? “Brightness Control” can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer.

Please advise,,thanks

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Version 1.0.4
Derekcurrie
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This response is standard whenever you have Apple's Gateway running (via the Security & Privacy System Preferences) and you attempt to open an application that does not have an Apple approved digital signature. This is a security feature. It usually means the developer has not paid up to join Apple's Developer service. It can be overridden, if you are certain you aren't opening Trojan horse malware, via a variety of means. One of them is to right-click on the application then choose 'Open'. The OS will ask you if you are sure you want to open it...

stagl Member IconReview+0
stagl
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Perfect for my sensitive eyes. I usually keep my macbook pretty dim, but when I have it docked, my desktop monitor is too bright for night time pecking. Thanks, bro!

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Version 1.0.4
ryan42 Member IconReview+0
ryan42
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Works perfectly on Lion. I have a headache right now and I didn't want to fiddle with the menus on my three non-Apple displays to dim them. This did the trick wonderfully.

Surprisingly the displays look very good with the software dimming. I expected the black level to be wonky but it's not too much worse than dimming it through hardware.

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Version 1.0.4
Cattus-Thraex Member IconComment+154
Cattus-Thraex
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Such an application is most useful mainly (and, in fact, only) for the external monitor as the internal monitor has its Apple-blessed settings. Unfortunately, this app does not have exactly this most needed feature. For my MB internal monitor it is entirely useless. This is an incentive for its creator.
No star for the time being, will keep an eye on future releases.

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Version 1.1
The Animaster Member IconComment+5
The Animaster
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Good app, just one problem: It doesn't dim your (iMac) display by dimming the backlighting (at least not on a G5 iMac as far as I'm concerned). It merely darkens the pixels on the LCD.

Couple problems with this: One, it throws colours off. Two, the backlight is still there -- running the same amount of energy, albeit WASTING the same amount of energy.

I'd love to see the day when the developers can make this thing control the backlighting itself. I mean look at the macbooks (and my old powerbook) -- they go completely off -- the backlighting, that is. The iMac can do the same (under System Prefs/Energy Saver/turn off display).

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Version 1.0.4
Smccandlish
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The word "albeit" doesn't mean what you think it means.

Smccandlish
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The app "Brightness" https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/31385/brightness seems to control the backlighting itself. Not everyone wants to do this, as some displays make a buzzing noise when not at full brightness. It's good, not problematic, that both types of controls are available.

M.Luther Member IconReview+164
M.Luther
+2

Nice app. Works great to dim my SUPER-BRIGHT iMac G5 2.1GHz. Now I can work late at night and not be blinded. But the Sun icon is ugly. I replaced it with an icon of an Apple display.

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Version 1.0.4
choecker Member IconComment+0
choecker
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Well, using the slider resets the current display profile to the default display profile. Hence, this app is not yet useful for those who have set a custom display profile.

Otherwise it does its job well.

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Version 1.0.4
IanWeir Member IconComment+19
IanWeir
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Looks like a cool app, and I would definitely use it if not for one thing.
Upon adjusting the brightness using this app, the colors on my display are thrown off. Everything is given a slight blue tinge. Once I quit the program, it goes back to normal
iBook G4, 12", 10.4.4

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Version 1.0.4
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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This is a must have. Was using DarkAdapted (very good too), Brightness Control uses less CPU (0% when inactive vs 4%). Great freeware.

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Version 1.0.3
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Works, just wish it was a menubar item and did not reset back to normal brightness when certain things happen like the screensaver lauches. Also, just a tip - the app Dockless works to hide the icon from the dock.

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Version 1.0.3
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Downloads 41,797
Version Downloads 24,051
License Free
Date 12 Oct 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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