Gamma Control

Gamma Control

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 2 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0
  • Total Downloads:
    16,268
  • Date Added:
    May 16, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    458.02KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    75
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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In digital images, gamma correction or encoding refers to luminance; adjusting it can make video or still pictures seem brighter or darker. Gamma Control is a simple piece of freeware for quickly adjusting your display's gamma without changing your graphics settings. It's great for gaming or watching movies online because it illuminates dark corners and reveals detail, any time you need to brighten (or darken) your display temporarily. We looked at Gamma Control 3, which is ad-supported and includes a feed. Unfortunately, the feed didn't work for us, and the updated version proved a bit buggy.

Gamma Control has a very small interface, just a few check boxes and buttons plus a slider for adjusting gamma. Moving it to the left made things lighter; sliding the lever right darkened our desktop. Check boxes let us choose to run Gamma Control at startup, start minimized to the system tray, and save our gamma adjustments. We could also update the program, open Help and About files, and configure the tool via the Options button. The Options involve selecting hot-key combos for six commands: gamma up, gamma down, reset to default, Quick Switch 1 and 2, and Monitor Sleep. A check box let us show the Gamma Trackbar.

When we opened Gamma Control, the Help page that opened with it displayed an Internal Server Error, and so did the ad feed space on the main interface. Previous versions displayed an ad for the developer, DesktopNerds, so we're at a loss to explain the error, especially after making sure it wasn't our system's fault. And though dragging the cursor in either direction did indeed change our display's gamma, as soon as we let go of the cursor, it changed back. The same was true of the hot keys. They changed the gamma, but a second later it changed back. Clicking Help called another error. While Gamma Control is a great idea, it's also a work in progress.

 
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1 stars

"Doesn't Work - Save Your Time"

May 11, 2014  |  By IncidentalTech01

 |  Version: Gamma Control 4.0

Pros

None -- program simply doesn't work. Search for and download Quick Gamma instead.

Cons

Installation is a hassle. You're invited to accept several EULAs for search engines, driver update software, registry fixers, etc. This is in addition to and on top of all the offers you get from the Download.com Installer itself. It's unclear whether you have to accept all this additional software just to get the Gamma software or not.

After all of this (something like 7 or 8 offers in total, combined from the Download.com installer and the GammaControl installer), when trying to launch the program, you get an error that says "GammaControl.exe is not a valid Win32 application".

It's really just a terrible, frustrating waste of time.

Rather than hassling with it, I tried a different program, which worked flawlessly and had a smoother install process as well.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher DesktopNerds
Publisher web site http://www.desktopnerds.com
Release Date May 16, 2013
Date Added May 16, 2013
Version 4.0
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Tweaks Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2008
Additional Requirements N/A
Download Information
File Size 458.02KB
File Name GammaControlv4setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 16,268
Downloads Last Week 75
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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