Macs are great. Mac screens are not. Sorry. I’m not a fan of the Mac’s glossy screens. They’re wonderful from a distance. Crisp, bright, full of saturated colors. Up close, it’s glare city.
It’s tough to fix what Apple doesn’t think is broken. My latest bargain find is called f.lux. Think of it as a built-in lighting system for your Mac. It won’t kill the glare, but it will make your Mac easier to use throughout the day.
Goodbye Ugly Screen Brightness
Here’s the deal, my dear Mac peeps. Your Mac’s screen is designed to mimic the sun. But who works in an office where there’s only sunlight. Inside, my Mac’s screen shouldn’t look like the glare of the sun.
f.lux changes the color of your Mac’s screen to adapt to the time of the day.
In the evening or early morning you don’t need a sun-like screen. Too bright.
What you need is something warm, but not overbearing. How do you get that? f.lux is a simple, and free, Mac app that helps your screen appear similar to the room you’re in.
When the sun goes down, f.lux adjusts the screen accordingly. When the sun rises, the screen changes again to match daylight.
On the outside, there doesn’t appear to be much to f.lux. That’s because it changes your Mac’s screen subtly, as the day’s light changes.
To get started you have to provide f.lux with a little personal insight.
That means you tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have in your room or home office or building office. f.lux understands daylight, nighttime, and what type of light you really need for each.
Then, it makes adjustments in the screen to account for both the location and time of day. In other words, no more working late at night or early in the morning to a bright, full-of-glare screen. The screen will be warm, not overbearing.
Likewise, f.lux adjusts your screen to handle daylight better than Apple’s standard settings. It won’t get rid of the screen’s glare. Apple seems to have that built-in. But f.lux does make you Mac’s screen a little easier on the eyes, especially so as you work at different times of the day. Try it for a couple of days. This one is a bargain and it also runs on Windows and Linux PCs.