ScreenShade
ScreenShade
1.3

5.0

ScreenShade free download for Mac

ScreenShade

1.3
02 June 2008

Dim your screen beyond OS X normal settings.

Overview

ScreenShade is a tool for further dimming a screen (or screens) past the capabilities of the OS X brightness display settings. This utility is especially useful for people who find themselves using their computer in a low-lighting situation.

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What's new in ScreenShade

Version 1.3:
  • New: Added a welcome screen and mini tutorial
  • Fix: Tweaked automatic update reporting to not always open the release notes URL
  • Fix: The option-plus and option-minus hotkeys are no longer backwards
  • Fix: ScreenShade no longer starts at 100% dark on the first launch

17 ScreenShade Reviews

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Leif-Heflin
25 December 2009

Most helpful

download link seems to be broken
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Version 1.3
Kris-K-
29 September 2011
When is SneakPeek 2 coming out? I had to google for the download link because the one here is broken.
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Version 1.3
Dzier
01 July 2010
The newer version seem to be a great change since 1.3, this will be in a open beta? is a paid version? could you give us more info :D?
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Version 1.3
Leif-Heflin
25 December 2009
download link seems to be broken
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Version 1.3
gmattie
25 April 2009
very simple, elegant and quite useful as well...
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Version 1.3
Gregmlr
18 November 2008
Doesn't support Tiger! I guess it's "Shades" for me!
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Version 1.3
gcoghill
01 November 2008
Free and does just what it says. Perfect.
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Version 1.3
Dcx
12 July 2008
Thanks for a very useful program. It has made my new Mac much more joyful to use. My first question is why does the installed program create a alias to the applications folder and can this alias folder be deleted? Second, is it possible to have the option +/- change the shade in a finer increment or to make the size of the "steps" set by the user? And lastly, I notice that when playing the apple chess program, the pieces do not appear to move when screenshade app is running. Toggling screenshade on and off does not provide the same effect as quiting screenshade.
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Version 1.3
Moog-Modular
06 June 2008
I was using an app called Brightness because my Imac was blinding me at night even at OSX' lowest brightness setting. I installed Screenshade 1.3 and it works well, but using Expose will result in a full brightness background, which Brightness wouldn't do. Otherwise, nice app. :)
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Version 1.3
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Joellevin
Joellevin
07 June 2008
Hello, this is a known issue - I'm working to figure out a fix for this. Thanks :)
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Version 1.3
Jrox
Jrox
27 June 2008
Same here. It's the only thing I miss from Brightness Control. Other than that I enjoy using this app.
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Version 1.3
Moog-Modular
Moog-Modular
13 July 2008
Thanks. Fwiw, SS1.3 is "forgotten" when told to be a login item. Maybe it's my Mac or where I placed SS, but it means I have to manually launch it after every boot. It disappears from the login items list.
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Version 1.3
Aditya-Moorthy
04 June 2008
Hi, First of all, thank you for making this software available. It has made a huge difference to me working on the computer. I have a question as to how this works - The reduction in brightness does not seem to affect the mouse pointer which is still bright as before. Secondly, does this software result in the monitor consuming less electricity than before? Thanks for answering,
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Version 1.3
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Joellevin
Joellevin
04 June 2008
Hello, The mouse pointer not being covered is a bit of an issue currently - but a known one at that. I'm looking into how to fix that. As to your question about if this reduces power usage, unfortunately it doesn't. It is physically impossible to dim a monitor below its lowest native dimness setting (which I'm pretty sure is what the apple brightness controls let you do). ScreenShade works by overlaying and managing a semi-transparent black window over your monitor (or monitors) that effectively dims the screen further. If you have any more questions, don't be afraid to email me at info@trutwo.com, or chat me up on aim at trutwosw. Hope this helps answer your questions.
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Version 1.3
Aditya-Moorthy
Aditya-Moorthy
05 June 2008
Hi... thanks a bunch for your reply. If I have any feedback I shall surely let you know. On the topic of power saving, can you let me know what is the difference between the brightness control provided by Apple and the overlay you provide. As I understand, the display details are processed by the video card and then loaded on to the memory where each bits of data is processed including the luminescence. If I am talking nonsense here then please correct me. But if this understanding is correct then you adding the overlay should bring down the overall luminescence right? Thanks for your reply.
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Version 1.3
Joellevin
Joellevin
05 June 2008
So I've done a bit of research on this topic, and I believe you are correct - darker screens require less power to display, simple as that. My only comment is that I'm not sure that the consumption level change will be big enough to make a practical difference, but there will definitely be one. Good thinking, I hadn't actually thought about if power consumption would change. - Joel
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Version 1.3
Aditya-Moorthy
Aditya-Moorthy
05 June 2008
Thanks... Guess it can also be a selling point for you :-) Once again, congrats on building such a wonderful application and best wishes to you. If you are developing any other application do let me know and I would like to try that as well.
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Version 1.3
Jrox
01 June 2008
Ah, nice to see the spaces bug fixed. SS has a space on my dock now. Thanks!
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Version 1.2
Free

5.0

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
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