My man cave is where all the Macs live. Yes, there’s a screaming fast new MacBook Pro model which can travel, but it’s the man cave where most of the work is done. Unfortunately, it’s somewhat of a hermetically sealed environment with multiple levels of lighting, a closed-to-the-world window, air conditioning, carpet for quiet; an area which doesn’t change much even based upon outside environmental changes, and that means my Mac screens always look the same and do not adjust to the time of day because the light in the man cave does not adjust.
Enter f.lux, a cleverly designed Mac utility which changes the color of the Mac’s screen based upon the time of the day. Out is the nighttime blue glow which seems to be on all the time. In is the warmer sunlight-like ambience that breeds better attitude and softens the wrinkle lines around my eyes.
f.lux is not a simple one-trick pony that changes the Mac’s screen to something warmer. It’s tied to the time and your location so it knows what impact sunlight has and responds appropriately to adjust the screen; usually normal during the day, but softer at night.
Preferences set the tone (figuratively and literally) for f.lux to do its thing.
f.lux Preferences give you options for color recommendations, Daytime, Sunset, and Bedtime screen options, and, based upon your Mac’s physical location (latitude and longitude), adjusts accordingly. Of course, manual adjustments override the automatic selections at any time.
The f.lux Menubar also features options to adjust the period transitions, let your Mac sleep in on weekends, add an extra hour of sleep, and even expand to account for daylight savings time. Other settings can turn the Mac’s screen into Darkroom mode or Movie mode.
If you’re a Mac user who uses a Mac at all hours of the day and night then f.lux becomes a must-have utility which could help your eyes last a few years longer.
f.lux is free and that makes it an absolute must-have bargain.