Blackout
Blackout
3.3.1

4.3

Blackout free download for Mac

Blackout

3.3.1
18 November 2009

Dims your display without adjusting brightness or gamma.

Overview

Blackout is a unique screen-dimming and focus aide which helps you concentrate on your work - while saving your eyesight. Blackout provides instant screen dimming without affecting your hardware or gamma settings.

Blackout also provides unique 'Spotlight' and 'Soft Edges' modes: use the Spotlight mode to have a circle of light follow your cursor, or stay fixed on an important area of your screen. Use the Soft Edges mode to subtly dim the corners of your Mac's monitor, helping you stay concentrated on what counts

What's new in Blackout

Version 3.3.1:
  • new system status menu buttons and controls
  • an improved help menu
  • a better keyboard shortcut recorder
  • improved dual display controls
  • a new app icon

6 Blackout Reviews

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St8181
06 September 2009

Most helpful

have been using daily (or nightly, rather) since 3.1, the new dual display support added in 3.3 is even better since i just got a second cinema display. i am now using Blackout's "Soft Edges" effect on my main display and a cursor-following spotlight on my second. can't imagine working at night without this app now. 5 stars
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Version 3.3
Emrys0821
18 January 2011
Discontinued! :'( MacUpdate should have a field for discontinued apps. I'm sorry to read at the developer's site, that he has moved on to other projects. Blackout still is (until it breaks with an OS update), one of my favorite utilities.
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Version 3.3.1
Musubana
03 April 2010
If I were to ditch all my system enhancement programs save one, I'd keep this on! What a relief to my eyes. What a great concentration helper!
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Version 3.3.1
Ffass
20 February 2010
Update to my previous review: there's an option to set a keyboard shortcut to enable/disable the brightness without quitting Blackout, so that's good. Pretty much addresses my issues in another way, so I'll this 4 stars. Hey MacUpdate: allow reviewers to revise their posted reviews!
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Version 3.3.1
Ffass
20 February 2010
Works fine but minimum/maximum brightness settings need obvious changes: 1) MINIMUM BRIGHTNESS SETTING. Nothing worse than accidently sliding a brightness setting to the mininim setting (which is 100% black) and then releasing the slider. Do that and your only option may be to invoke "Force Quit" and then blindly quit your running apps one-by-one 'til Blackout is quit. The minimum brightness setting should be selectable in the preferences settings. 2) MAXIMUM BRIGHTNESS SETTING. Currently the maximum brightness setting is something like 85% or so. This means that you have to quit Blackout if you momentarily need to have full screen brightness. The maximum brightness setting should be "OFF", or full brightness. Also, though not essential it would be nice to have user-defined keyboard shortcuts to increase/decrease brightness.
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Version 3.3.1
St8181
06 September 2009
have been using daily (or nightly, rather) since 3.1, the new dual display support added in 3.3 is even better since i just got a second cinema display. i am now using Blackout's "Soft Edges" effect on my main display and a cursor-following spotlight on my second. can't imagine working at night without this app now. 5 stars
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Version 3.3
@timi
21 April 2009
Note: Version 3.0 is now shareware, and costs $9
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Version 3.0
$9.00

4.3

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