Current Version: 1.4
Last Updated: 3 years ago
Download Size: 961.1 KB - Download
Having two monitors on OSX is both a joy and a pain. Simple things like viewing a movie or playing a game quickly become a hassle when you have one screen playing and the other blasting full brightness your face. There is no quick and easy way to "cover" or dim a single screen, so I got to work on a solution...
The result is what I am creatively dubbing "ScreenDimmer." It allows you to selectively dim up to three monitors in all sorts of configurations and opacities (brightnesses), while not interfering with your other applications. You could choose to have your second monitor be dim while your primary plays a movie, or maybe have your primary and third be full black while you play a game on your second. The possibilities are endless! Some of you with single monitors may also find this little utility useful as it will give you more "fine grained" control over your brightness.
I initially created this small utility for myself but it evolved into something that I am proud to release. I gave it my best and I hope you enjoy it!
1. Open app
- Located in menu bar
2. Select monitor configuration
- Monitors are arranged based on their position relative to each other
- Selected monitors can be any configuration of 1, 2 and/or 3.
3. Click enable
- The overlay should now pop up
4. Use the slider to change the brightness level.
- Fixed hotkeys (finally!)
Configure hotkeys through the help menu. Defaults are as follow....
cmd-option-ctrl + enter : toggle overlay
cmd-option-ctrl + ] : increase brightness
cmd-option-ctrl + [ : decrease brightness
As always, don't hesitate to email me with any feedback or feature requests! I'd love to hear it.
Most Helpful Reviews
Huge improvement - The 1.3 update is a huge improvement over the last version. Now that the mission control/exposé issue has been dealt with, this easily takes the top spot as far as screen dimming solutions go. Easy to control and with a great range of settings, and the multiple monitor support works just like it should. Additionally, when I emailed the developer with my mission control complaint, I received some of the best support I've ever gotten. The dev has earned both my money and my respect. Do yourself a favor and buy this thing already!
Kills your battery like crazy on MacBook Pro - when this app is on and my laptop is plugged in, the battery will not stop going down in charged percentage. There seems to be some kind of glitch in the writting that is causing it to use a terrible amount of power resources. The app has a good idea in mind and would be great if it was debugged. Another problem is that the application stops working correctly after the computer goes to sleep and then wakes up, which is that the dimmer stops working and the screen defaults to full brightness, this part is a minor offense to the power drainage and is only slightly anoying because the remedy is to simply restart the app.
More Reviews for Current Version
PERFECT ! - Exactly wat I was hoping for. Works very well as described with each of my 3 monitors, which I can now adjust independently. I finally found the perfect solution for my third monitor (AOC E1759FWU) (the other 2 are Apple Thundebolt Displays) which does not have any other way to adjust brightness. Thanks Atlas.
Almost Perfect... - Almost a perfect solution.. BUT it doesn’t work when you have more than 3 monitors. Please add full support for 4 and more monitors.
Doesn’t work - Cannot even open this app in El Sierra
Application Is Excellent (OSX 10.11) - Exactly what I needed on El Capitan. Only request is support for light/dark monochrome menubar icons. I have my menubar set to dark - and all my other menubar icons are dark/monochrome and ‘fit in’ with the theme - ScreenDimmer’s does not and looks ugly in comparison. 5 stars anyway, but it would be a great improvement. Thanks!
Doesn’t totally turn off monitors - Love the app…super easy to use and works great w/ 3 monitors (why apple doesn’t let you do this in the first place seems a bit crazy). Would give 5 stars if the feature to totally turn off a monitor (instead of nearly turn it off) was there…though I know this is called “screen dimmer” and not “screen turn-offer"… Would be nice to turn off screens without having to unplug them. A 3 monitor steup is great for a lot of things, but distracting for others, which is why I got this app in the first place. Please add this feature if you can. Thanks! kb