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Screen Shades is a utility to help users with sensitive eyes. Screen Shades can be used with one or two displays. With Screen Shades you can tint the display with five tints (gray, blue, yellow, pink, and My Tint, a color selected from the Colors window by the user). The Control Panel provides a drop-down menu to select the tint, a slider to control the amount of the tint and a checkbox to turn the effect on/off. The Control Panel may be dragged out of the way on the desktop and minimized. Control Panel settings and position are saved between sessions.

What's New

Version 1.3.0:
  • Compiled for 32-bit Cocoa

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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BrianJDei Member IconReview+0
BrianJDei
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Useful for my tired eyes at the end of the day

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Version 1.3.0
B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconComment+649
B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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This would be more useful if it were an actual preference pane with a menubar icon with a pull-down menu to make adjustments and turn it on and off. Minimized in the dock it takes up room where none may be available.

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Version 1.1.0
B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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PS: That said, it works as advertised on my system.

Jaims_DC Member IconReview+1
Jaims_DC
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Ok Just to let you know I doesn't cover the entire screen - I have about an inch and a half thick bar at the left of my screen with no tint ... also only seems to work on one space - not multiple spaces and therefore not fullscreen apps either which is a shame as I'm sure these bus aren't that hard to fix, heck I might even try and write my own version :)

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Version 1.0.1
Paul Young
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If you are interested in helping me troubleshoot the first issue (overlay does not cover the full display), please send me an email. The code for Version 1.1.0, released today before I saw this, would not change what you see. It does work properly for me here on my MacBook Pro. I agree that this app does not work on all spaces or for full screen apps.

Paul Young, CSoM
youngpr@myactv.net

Tachy0n Member IconComment+34
Tachy0n
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I just downloaded this from macupdate, and the version in the about box says v 1.0.0UB
There appears to be a bug; I can't change the "MyTint" color. Nothing happens when I click on it.

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Version 1.0.1
Paul Young
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To set a tint with a custom color, click on the My Tint square and the color wheel window should come up. Select the desired color and click on the OK button. The My Tint square should now have the custom color. Now, use the drop-down menu to select the My Tint choice.

Brilormac Member IconReview+36
Brilormac
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Leak detection using Apple's Instruments tool shows this to have multiple leaks in "rbframework.dylib" ( these are frameworks written by Monkey Bread Software for RealBasic developers - which is the IDE used to develop Screen Shades ). Specifically, the responsible frames are:
LoadPlugins, REALSetPropValueCFStringRef and AddRelocEntry. There are multiple leak occurrences for all of these. This means the memory used by this program will increase the longer it runs.

The developer of Screen Shades should consider using an alternative method since the used framework leaks ( and would have no control over it since presumably the developer of Screen Shades is not the same developer of the framework that leaks ).

One app in this category that does not leak is SmartSaver( and I am NOT the developer of this app ).

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Version 1.0
Paul Young
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I am in communication with MonkeyBreadSoftware to see if this very small leakage can be eliminated. Using the Activity Monitor, I measured an initial Real Memory increase of 0.5 MB and then no further increase after one hour. I measured a Virtual Memory increase of 0.1 MB after one hour.

Christian Schmitz
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Hello, I've developed the plugins Paul is using. I'd like to share a few thoughts with you both: First rbframework.dyib is the runtime library of REAL Studio and not made by me. Second a leak inside that library needs to be reported to REAL Software for further analysis. Best with a sample app which shows the leak and a description on how reproduce and find this leak. Third I'd like to ask you for details on the leak. How much does it leak per minute/hour? Does this crash the application? As a developer I face leaks regulary. There are a lot of harmless leaks. Anything that leaks less than a mega byte per minute will not crash a typical application with 24 hours and is normally not an issue. We do fix those leaks if we can identify the code which does the leak, but that is not always possible. So if you have details, please send to Paul for reproduce. And if he tells me it's my function, I'll try to fix it. Good night.

Yavari Member IconComment+45
Yavari
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I really appreciate this application-I have sensitive eyes, and I was looking for something that didn't come with a ridiculously expensive accessibility package. My only qualm is that the overlay doesn't cover a small portion of my screen, so my Dock is still not tinted. My reading area IS covered, though, which makes things a lot easier for me.

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Version 1.0
Paul Young
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Version 1.0.1 (bug fix) extends the overlay over the Dock, whether on left, on right or at the bottom.

Patman162 Member IconReview+2
Patman162
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Great App. Whether you have sensitive eyes, or are working on your mac late at night/in the dark, Screen Shades really makes the display easier on your eyes. I know when I'm in a dark room and the brightness on the display is cranked up it nearly makes my eyes bleed. Screen shades is nice because you can customize it and tweak it until you find a tint that works well with your eyes.

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Version 1.0
Kilika Member IconComment+0
Kilika
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Does not fill wide screen 1440 x900 leaves 1/2 gap on the right side which makes it look pretty bad

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Version 1.0
Paul Young
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Try Version 1.0.1. The overlay will fill the entire display, Dock included.

gcoghill Member IconComment+218
gcoghill
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Does not work on a secondary monitor, just the main monitor.

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Version 1.0
Blessed Member IconReview+0
Blessed
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I'm delighted to report that I have been using Screen Shades for a couple of weeks. I am so THRILLED with it, and have nothing but positive to say. I've deleted a similar program from my iMac since discovering Screen Shades. There is no comparison as far as: versatility, beauty (for those who just enjoy COLOR), creativity, and practicality. Part of my disability involves being very affected by artificial light (especially bright light or white). Those who have similar problems know that there are specific colors and shades of colors that relieve eye strain, which vary depending on the individual. Screen Shades offers several colors to choose from as well as a slider to select preferred intensity. I, personally, use the pink tint most for ease on my eyes, and find the blue tint to be immediately "relaxing" (like a "spa" for the eyes--my body also seems to feel the effect). In addition, amazingly, it gives you the ability to create your own color which you can store as "My Tint." Screen Shades is user-friendly (important to me) and it is completely FREE! What more could I ask for? The developer of this nifty little program has come up with quite a variety of other practical and entertaining applications, several of which I'm also enjoying (which are either free or require a ridiculously minimal fee). They can all be found by going to: www.customsolutionsofmaryland.50megs.com
Enjoy perusing that site, and have fun with Screen Shades! I certainly am.
P.S. I do not work for any company and am not being paid for this review! I'm just a Happy Camper.

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Version 1.0
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Downloads 8,114
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Date 15 Jun 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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