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F.lux for Mac

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Designed to help late-night computer users save their eyes, F.lux for Mac provides a softer and gentler backlight for the screen by helping the display adapt to the time of the day.

F.lux for Mac functions flawlessly, although we did have some difficulty finding it once we had closed it the first time. Once it is running, the only place it will be accessible is as an icon in the status bar at the top of the screen. It does not show in recently-used apps or the sidebar, and it does not reopen if you click on the icon in Finder. It does allow you to set your own level of brightness and has two options for fade time, but a slide bar for fade time would be a nice addition. On the whole there were no problems with the installation or function of the app, but additional (or easier) access would make it a much better product.

F.lux for Mac offers a great solution for people who work on computers for long hours. Once you get it installed correctly, it will change your screen automatically, and you will probably never know it is there.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Costs a little RAM...but very worth it!"

    October 19, 2013  |   By shacoca

    Version: F.lux 23.0

    Pros

    Works as advertised!

    Cons

    You'll sacrifice some RAM. Of course, you can always turn it off if other memory intensive apps complain.

    Summary

    A little memory hit is worth the benefit of this wonderful little app.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great on Macbook Retina"

    May 12, 2013  |   By gurnx

    Version: F.lux 21.0

    Pros

    Works well. Easy to configure.

    Cons

    No version-numbered downloads. Developer's site doesn't list release notes

    Summary

    Easy to install & configure. Developer's site is quite informative about app configuration, there's lots more science to eye-strain than I realized. Apple's Macbook Retina display quality doesn't 'tire' my eyes as do normal displays so an app like this is quite helpful. Thanks for the app, it's nicely done.

    In the future I hope the developer will make available some version-release notes and perhaps an 'advanced' feature set (allow multiple-monitor individual setup, auto-quit during morning hours, etc.)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great tool!"

    May 23, 2012  |   By chandlerbbailey

    Version: F.lux 14.0

    Pros

    Light on resources
    Easy to configure
    Nice design
    Really helps on the eyes and makes my screen more bearable to use without taking away visibility

    Cons

    Absolutely none. I'm very satisfied with this tool.

    Summary

    I use the Windows version of this application and it works great. Very helpful and makes using my computer much safer and enjoyable.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product which uses very little resources."

    December 9, 2011  |   By keitdevincy

    Version: F.lux 14.0

    Pros

    Set it once and forget about it. Great free download for my Power PC iMac.

    Cons

    None. Couldn't ask for a better product that's easy on the eyes and pocket.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "doesn't work for me"

    September 12, 2011  |   By Jules105

    Version: F.lux 14.0

    Pros

    it sounds like a great app

    Cons

    does not work?

    Summary

    I downloaded it (twice), the mac version, only 1.2 MB. When I click on it nothing happens. I see the pretty icon but cannot get this app to open/work.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use for traveling"

    May 23, 2011  |   By trlamb

    Version: F.lux 13.0

    Pros

    Softens the screen light for nighttime use.
    Easy to change the location settings, as long as you have a good Internet connection.
    Easy to adjust the amount of color correction.

    Cons

    Can seem a little too pink if you use white fluorescent or color-corrected light bulbs.

    Summary

    Make the screen easier on the eyes with indoor lighting.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works as Advertised ... With Caveats"

    February 24, 2011  |   By Dominick

    Version: F.lux 11.0

    Pros

    I almost like the more subdued screen than the original LED.

    Cons

    If attempting to project through PowerPoint or other software through a projector, the projected image slightly pulses. Especially in my night class. Had to turn F.Lux off as students objected to image problem. Same for LED TV use.

    Summary

    Great for personal use. Bad for any "video out" output at night (Projectors, TVs, etc).

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great program, it's so much easier on my eyes."

    January 25, 2011  |   By PaulStanly99

    Version: F.lux 5.0

    Pros

    As soon as I installed it in the evening, I immediately noticed a huge difference as the strain on my eyes immediately decreased.

    Cons

    None at the moment.

    Summary

    Great product! Works wonders and makes evening computer use more enjoyable with less strain on the eyes.

    Also, seeing as artificial light sources in the evening prevents your body from producing melatonin properly, I believe this mitigates some of the issues.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome tool... can't believe the difference!"

    January 8, 2011  |   By mjsteelega

    Version: F.lux 5.0

    Pros

    simply put... my eyes don't hurt at night anymore

    Cons

    ...hmmmm I can't see any.

    Summary

    great tool... it's free... so... USE IT!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Reduces eye strain"

    October 1, 2010  |   By trlamb

    Version: F.lux 5.0

    Pros

    Easy to set. Just give it your zip code and choose your evening lighting preferences.

    Cons

    The default evening setting (3400K) is too pink with bright white (3500K) light bulbs. Maybe it's ok with soft white (2700K) bulbs.

    Summary

    I reset the nighttime lighting from 3400K to 5400K because I use color-corrected light bulbs (3500K and 5000K) instead of the standard 2700K bulbs. 5400K is noticeably easier on my eyes at night than the computer's standard 6500K. I left the daytime lighting at 6500K.

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