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Shades is a utility for controlling the brightness of your screen. It runs in the background providing easy control over the brightness of your display via a slick Mac-like interface, with greater dynamic range and finer granularity than the built-in controls.

What's New

Version 1.2:
  • Updated Shades to work correctly on OS X 10.9.

Requirements

OS X 10.5 or later

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Drdul Member IconReview+448
Drdul
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Best app I've found for dimming my external NEC monitor (which I can't dim with the controls on the monitor as the illumination level is set by the proprietary Spectraview software) without affecting my MacBook Pro. The only thing I'd like to see is an on/off toggle switch at one end of the slider, so I don't have to remember yet another keyboard shortcut combination.

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Version 1.2
Dana Sutton Member IconReview+667
Dana Sutton
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I don't understand all this kvetching. Shades has always worked perfectly for me, and continues to do so on OS 9.2. And I prefer it to many of its competitors because it does the one thing I want in a utility of this kind: independently control the brightness of multiple monitors.

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Version 1.2
Derekcurrie Member IconComment+712
Derekcurrie
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I attempted to start it. It phoned home. Said it was trying to start. It never did start. Tried it again. Same result. Trashed it. Better luck next beta.

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Version 1.2
B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconReview+648
B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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Shades blinks my screen constantly between a shade and full brightness about every half-second. Don't know why. Don't care. As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.

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Version 1.2
Aargl
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I couldn't test this version yet, but I had the behaviour you describe when used together with F.lux.
So it may be some conflict with some other app too, in your case. ;-)

B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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@ Aargl: Thanks for the feedback. I also use F.lux. But there is no apparent conflict between F.lux and Brightness Slider, which I also use. I tried Shades to see if it might be more precise than Brightness Slider - obviously since it in effect doesn't work at all, it offers no improvement. In addition, if Brightness Slider can work without conflict with F.lux, it should be possible for Shades to do so as well. Since I find F.lux quite useful, I'm not willing to give it up for Shades. Screen Shades also works with F.lux, though I find it less useful than Brightness Slider. In my opinion the compatibility problem is with Shades and it will need to be resolved before I can consider using it.

Aargl
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You're absolutely right! ;-)
As I was myself a Shades user before discovering F.lux, I've delayed using it until I discovered Shadeit (not the one featured on MU which is a different software — see my notes on "Shadeit!", a few posts here below).
There's one reason why I like more Shades than Shadeit (and both over other similar apps), it's the possibility to use shortcuts do dim/undim (and Shades is the only one being continuous — just maintain the key pressed as long as you haven't dimmed enough).
Unfortunately, I suspect that it's this "continuous" behaviour that makes it incompatible with other apps, but as Shades'dev doesn't communicate much, we'll probably never know... ;-)
In the meantime, if you're interested with shortcuts for dimming, go there: http://www.dsd.net/prod/mac/shadeit.php
It's about 2$, but I prefer it than to go to click on the menubar (closer to the integrated behaviour of a Mac).

Shk747 Member IconReview+136
Shk747
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just perfect, thanks the dev !

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Version 1.2
Clakes Member IconComment+53
Clakes
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Today's a great day: thank you for making Shades 10.9-compatible, Charcoal !!!
Love

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Version 1.2
MacBloke Member IconComment+9
MacBloke
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Worked great on Mountain Lion, but so far- no love on Mavericks. I get the sense that it isn't being updated any longer...

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Version 1.2b3
Lvdoc
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I wrote to them about it, and they have never written back. This was my favorite of all the screen shade programs. Wish they'd make it open source or something.

RONIN427 Member IconReview+10
RONIN427
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mac mini
after turning off the monitor, the brightness is not restored.

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Version 1.2b3
Aargl Member IconComment+352
Aargl
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It's still working great even in Mountain Lion as mentioned by another user, but for those having problems with specific configurations, try Shadeit! wich is the nicest alternative I've found around.

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Version 1.2b3
Aargl
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Well, I've just discovered that the current version of Shadeit! (1.2) is just an image of a middle finger, a rude and stupid joke from the dev, but version 1.1 is still available and working on 10.9: it has shortcuts to set your display brighter or darker.
Hoping Shades is updated to 10.9 someday... :-/

Aargl
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IMPORTANT NOTE: there seems to have been some confusion somewhere... What I wrote about Shadeit! version 1.1 was indeed about Shadeit (without "!") version 1.1 now available there http://www.dsd.net/prod/mac/shadeit.php and not being free!
Instead, Shadeit! version 1.1 is not a dimmer but a black screensaver.

bbw7 Member IconComment+313
bbw7
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MU link is broken. Both PPC and Intel versions are available at the developer's site. The MU link is for the Universal version, i.e. more than what most need.

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Version 1.2b3
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Version 1.2
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Doctorfo
Version 1.2b3
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bazanders
Version 1.2b3
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Grizzly19
Version 1.2b3
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Downloads 71,069
Version Downloads 9,054
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 07 Dec 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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