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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.
What's New in Version 1.4
- 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.
IT WORKS! Triple non-Apple monitor setup
I’m a day trader and my eyes get fatigued about mid-day. I was getting severe headaches from it. I tried every free screen dimmer that was available and they all worked…but only on the main display. The other two were still pumping me full of toxic eye radiation! Heard about this while googling for a solution and just bit the bullet and paid the 2 bucks (seriously, so cheap!).
It works. Dims all 3 montors at the same time to the same level. My eyes are still thanking me hours later.
And listen, my setup is as kinky as it gets. I have one monitor plugged in via thunderbolt-to-hdmi as the last in the chain of thunderbolt devices. I have one plugged in direct to HDMI on the MacBook Pro Retina I use, and I have another one using a mini display port adapter. It works on all of them.
Don’t hesitate. If you landed here, its because you need this app, and this app needs you. Buy. Be happy.
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.
Excellent just what I needed and easy to use!!
This is working great for me after trying a few other with no success. I have a 5K iMac and the second monitor is a Dell 24” S2340M on DVI to TB. Just have to get them set close and enable app in menu bar then adjust how you want accordingly and good to go. Well worth the 2$.
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: Mar 13, 2015
- Version: 1.4
- Size: 1.0 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Atlas Wegman
- © 2012 Atlas Wegman
Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later, 64-bit processor