Have you noticed the number of utilities which take control of your Mac’s screen (and iPhone and iPad, thanks to Apple’s new Night Shift app) and gently shift the tone from bright to warm and back again, depending upon the time of day. Some say that a warmer screen in the evening or early morning hours is eye-friendly, causes less strain, and that must be good for your brain.
Whether this is modern technology helping mankind continue to evolve or just a bunch of digital malarky designed to segregate Mac users from their hard earned money, I don’t know. But it is interesting and my favorite Mac app that promotes improved mental health and productivity is NightTone.
What you get is a simple Menubar pop-down menu with controls to adjust the color from warm to bright and various shades in between, either manually or through a schedule.
Use NightTone to change your Mac’s screen to a warmer orange look for working late at night. Or, adjust the color for darker rooms. It even handles a noisy and nasty green which supposedly is good for reading text.
Got photos or videos? There’s a tender white for watching movies or editing photos.
The key to using NightTone is to experiment; use a little trial and error to determine exactly which screen shade works for your Mac, the time of day you work, and the ambiance in your workspace.
All the colors are fully adjustable and can be changed with little more than a click and a slider bar. The Mac’s screen can be inverted, supposedly good for using a Mac in a darker room. The scheduler allows you to set the time and the color palette so the changes are automatic.
Somehow a color shade scheme like this is good for you?
Thanks to my evangelizing efforts, my father is a Mac, iPhone, and iPad user and he toils around on Apple’s finest tools at all hours of the night. I warned him of the so-called blue light dangers and he just smiled and said, “Honey, I had cataracts and the replacement lenses take care of that for me automatically.”
He still squints.