How to work in the dark without eyestrain

If you’ve ever worked on a computer for long periods late at night with the lights dimmed, you’ve probably ended up with a headache or eyestrain by the end of it. The obvious way round this is not to work late at night, but if deadlines are looming and you have to pull an all-night session then you’ll find Blacktree’s little Nocturne app very useful.

The theory behind Nocturne, and other similar apps, is that viewing white on black is a lot easier on the eye than black on white. Therefore they invert the colours of your Mac display so that most of the screen is black, or dark, while text appears white, or light.

You can achieve a similar effect via the Universal Access preference pane in System Preferences, but Nocturne produces much better results. For example, you can tweak Nocturne’s colour settings so that the inverted colours look more natural, and you can also hide the desktop background to further remove distractions.

Give it a go – it’s free! 🙂

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2 Responses to “How to work in the dark without eyestrain”

  1. Greg Says:

    Use it all the time, colour filter is a god send at night,

  2. Tom Says:

    I really like rgGamma. Dead simple, versatile and really useful if you’re out hunting deer at night with your laptop.