f.lux + Shades = Flashing



  • I'm using f.lux 37.2 with a 2010 mini, 10.7.5, Apple LED display, ambient light engaged- no issues.

    f.lux 36.5, 37.2, with a 2012 mini, 10.10.5, Dell u2711 display, Shades- flashing like crazy.

    Shades* is a screen dimming prefpane I use because the Dell's OSD doesn't get it in anywhere dim enough for low-light use. It's positively blinding, and only gets brighter.

    Shades worked very well until I installed f.lux. Now I get flashing from bright (as though neither app were installed) to dim (as though both f.lux and Shades were working).

    As Shades is third-party software and a prefpane, I'm not hopeful the devs here can do anything for me. While I'd like to think there may be a fix coming, I mention this situation in case it may bring to light any help for the general population.

    I haven't tried f.lux with an El Cap volume yet, but will advise my results.

    Thanks for a fine app.

    *Shades: http://www.charcoaldesign.co.uk/shades This is not the same as the app in the Mac App Store. This is freeware. I mention the URL only so the f.lux devs can take a look if they want.


  • f.lux team

    f.lux and Shades don't work together, I'm sorry to report. Wish I had better news.



  • In that case could f.lux duplicate the functionality of Shades? My monitor is just too bright at night, even with f.lux running and the brightness turned all the way down. A simple brightness adjustment option would be great.



  • @Jesse-Aldridge

    That would be great if the devs added that functionality to f.lux. Fortunately I upgraded my monitor for my main Mac to an Apple LED Cinema Display and the OS allows me to dim the display as much as I need/want.

    But I still use the Dell (no OS brightness control) on my secondary Mac, so a version of f.lux with dimming functionality would be very welcome. But I don't think that will happen.



  • it happens to me as well, and i think the best option is either f.lux duplicates functionality to adjust brightness or someone write automatic color adjustment to shades. I am using shades at daytime and f.lux at night. I really hope somebody can do some good by combining two great softwares together.


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