Shades
Shades 1.2
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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
Intel, OS X 10.5 or later



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Shades User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Dana Sutton reviewed on 26 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 1.2]


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+397
Derekcurrie commented on 10 Dec 2013
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.
[Version 1.2]


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+375

B. Jefferson Le Blanc reviewed on 07 Dec 2013
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.
[Version 1.2]

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Aargl replied on 07 Dec 2013
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. ;-)
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 08 Dec 2013
@ 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.
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Aargl replied on 08 Dec 2013
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).
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-17

Shk747 reviewed on 07 Dec 2013
just perfect, thanks the dev !
[Version 1.2]


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+33
Clakes commented on 07 Dec 2013
Today's a great day: thank you for making Shades 10.9-compatible, Charcoal !!!
Love
[Version 1.2]


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+9
MacBloke commented on 29 Oct 2013
Worked great on Mountain Lion, but so far- no love on Mavericks. I get the sense that it isn't being updated any longer...
[Version 1.2b3]

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+378
Lvdoc replied on 09 Nov 2013
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.
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+2

RONIN427 reviewed on 26 Sep 2013
mac mini
after turning off the monitor, the brightness is not restored.
[Version 1.2b3]


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+42
Aargl commented on 12 Apr 2013
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.
[Version 1.2b3]

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Aargl replied on 02 Nov 2013
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... :-/
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+42
Aargl replied on 08 Dec 2013
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.
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+229
bbw7 commented on 15 Feb 2013
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.
[Version 1.2b3]


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MasNeoh reviewed on 01 Feb 2013
do NOT download this app! there is a chance that your imac's lcd screen will break and to replace it it will cost 600$ !! this happened to me because i put the brightness very low and i just turned the mac off because i was going to bed. then in the morning the entire screen didn't work... apple store checked it. backlight broken, need entirely new screen so DONT DOWNLOAD. Hate third party apps... HATE EM. always check if the programm you are downloading isnt a third party app, also. just wanted to share this with everyone.
peace
[Version 1.2b3]


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shastry had trouble on 20 Oct 2012
I notice an odd side effect of using Shades. It disables the thumbnail previews of Desktop 1 in Mission Control (Mountain Lion).
[Version 1.2b3]


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Jegbert had trouble on 06 Jan 2011
I always enjoyed Shades. However, since updating to Snow Leopard I've never been able to get Shades to start up. Even with this latest version (1.2b3) after installation clicking the "Start" button does nothing for me. I get the message, "Shades is starting up..." but it never starts up... just hangs there. Sad, because I have really missed this preference on my iMac.
[Version 1.2b3]


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prokos_j had trouble on 17 Aug 2009
I have been using Shades and recently discovered that it is interfering with the custom screen calibration on my iMac. Shades switches my custom calibration off even though it is selected in the Monitor Preferences. The only way to get my custom calibration to stick is to open Shades preferences and cycle it off. I am guessing it has something to do with the position Shades is loaded at system startup because this wasn't happening before.
[Version 1.2b2]



+89

Zx rated on 07 Dec 2013

[Version 1.2]



-3

Doctorfo rated on 26 Oct 2013

[Version 1.2b3]



bazanders rated on 11 Jul 2012

[Version 1.2b3]



Grizzly19 rated on 15 Dec 2010

[Version 1.2b3]


Downloads:68,156
Version Downloads:6,141
Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:07 Dec 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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.


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