Even better is when the app is free, simple to use, and serves a good purpose by improving your health. Yes, there’s an app that does that. It controls your Mac’s display tint so you can ready the screen better.
Screen Shades Shades Screens
One problem that many Mac users have, especially those of us who work on the Mac all day in an office environment, is the display.
The Mac’s screen can have too much glare, be too bright in certain lighting conditions, and over time that can affect our eyes.
Screen Shades to the rescue.
I’ll call it a one-trick pony app but it actually has a couple of tricks that work well together.
First, Screen Shades can give you control over the Mac screen’s shade color. Make it pink, for example. You choose the color.
Second, Screen Shades also controls tint darkness with a simple slider bar. Tints are available in gray, blue, yellow, pink and a custom tint color.
Does it work?
In a word, yes. Screen Shades tints the screen in such a way as to change contrast and brightness in a way that’s different than what Apple provides in OS X.
And, Screen Shades’ option to change the tint color to any color in the Mac’s palette means you’ll need to fiddle around a bit to get the right tint to match your environment, lighting, and eyes.
The app is free and works on Macs with multiple displays (such as a MacBook with an external display). I do a lot of work on my Mac at night and I found that a slightly orange submarine control panel colors works better for my eyes.
Your mileage may vary, of course, but you can’t beat the price. Or, try the Free Mac App Alters Your Screen By Time Of Day.