Gamma Control

Gamma Control


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

Version:
4.0
File Size:
458.02KB
Date Added:
May 16, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
15,274
Downloads Last Week:
87
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Additional Requirements:
N/A

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    3.0

    out of 2 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current Version:

    1.0

    out of 1 votes

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    • 4 star: 0
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    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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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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  • 5 stars

    "Great solution for fast and easy gamma adjustment"

    April 03, 2010   |   By Reviewfreak1337

    Version: Gamma Control 2.0

    Pros

    The pros about this software, is that it is a "silent" program, just running in the background and you control it with global hotkeys.
    Another thing is the update part, in V2.0 they made it possible to update with just a few clicks.

    Cons

    If I should point something bad about this software, I would have to say the design/GUI. The standard user interface is not good at all.

    Summary

    To expand on what I have already wrote:
    About the GUI, it is not a big problem, since you an download your own skins, or even make your own skins for the program.

    The program is totally free. (I spent a lot of time finding a free solution, but now this).

    Last but not least, there's an update button, where you can update the program, which means no reinstall and so on.

    Another great thing is the key layouts, which will be updated regularly updated, however it has only been that once since the release as of this date.

    There's even a bug/support section, linking to their forum. And would you want to advertise for your company within Gamma Control, then that is doable too, for a reasonable price.

    All in all, a great solution for Gamma Adjustment, it owns the necessary features, only!


    Thank you for reading!

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