12 SEP 2012
Brightness control software for your monitor
Dimmer is a little free application designed to help control the brightness of your computer screen, specially to reduce the brightness beyond what the hardware alone is capable of. This becomes very useful when you are in total darkness and the minimum brightness from your display is still too much. It can dim all screens and monitors; LCD, TFT and LED backlit types. Dimmer will not damage your screen or monitor in any way, if anything, it might actually save the backlight and consequently, energy, by making it emit less radiation. To note is the fact that most desktop screens are actually capable of reducing the brightness levels quite low, the same is not true on almost all laptop, notebook and netbook displays. Dimmer was conceived to work on all versions of Microsoft Windows, I just can't test on Windows 8 but it should work fine according to the latest reports.
Screen brightness adjustment the easy way
The need for this program came about because I do allot of work at night and with minimum ambient light in the room, or (more often than I would like) in bed and my laptop (all of them) output a great deal of light even in the lowest setting, this was damaging to my eyes and I couldn't work well. So one day I decided to develop Dimmer and solve the problem. I can now dim the laptop display to suit my needs and can finally work through the night without a problem with a dimmed screen. Your monitor brightness can be easily adjusted and the program sits in the system tray for your convenience.
Another convenient feature is that Dimmer does not require installation, its a portable application. Simply extract into a folder of your choice and run. The program stores its settings in an xml file in the program folder so the Windows Registry is not used. When no longer needed, just delete the folder and you are done. Dimmer options can only be accessed from its own icon located on the system tray (next to the clock). When it runs it will dim the brightness to the level it was last used. The option to close/exit is in the context menu you get by right-clicking on Dimmer system tray icon.
Dimmer has been much acclaimed for its simplicity as the best dimming software for portable displays, screens or monitors and it will be even better in the next version. Feel free to recommend it to your friends and family and you may link to this page if you wish. Hope you enjoy the software.
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Life has really caught up with me but I can still work on the new version of Dimmer and although I don't have a lot of free time, I will only release it when the following features reach a useable state: multi-monitor support, better interface controls and Windows taskbar/context menus dimmed (something version 1 suffers from). Other features like auto-dimming according to time of day and direct keyboard shortcuts may not be ready, but I will add it at some point in the future.
Due to the ongoing wave of malware, spyware, adware and other disruptive software found on the Internet, you must only download this software from trusted websites. It's always safer to download from the official website which is this one. My software contains no such dangers and if you have any doubt — don't download.
This software is free to download, use and distribute. You may NOT modify it in any way and redistribute. File copyright information and readme files must accompany the software at all times. NO WARRANTIES of any kind are given, and in no event shall I be held responsible. That remains solely with you.
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