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F.lux 4.78

Automatically adjust your monitor settings to reduce eye strain

by Mike Williams

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Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 02 October 2018
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F.lux
Automatically adjust your monitor settings to reduce eye strain

F.lux is an unusual tool which can automatically adjust your monitor's colour temperature to try and reduce eye strain.

Why bother? The theory is that computer displays are normally set up to display a harsh, blue light. This works fine during the day, but is too bright for night viewing, and could even promote sleep problems.

To avoid all this, F.lux uses your location, the date and time of day to figure out your sunrise and sunset times, then automatically adjusts your monitor's colour temperature to a more appropriate level.

To see what this might mean, click the blob representing the sun in the program's Settings dialog for a quick preview; it'll be at normal brightness levels during the day, but change to warmer, more orange/ yellow glow at night.

Click "Change Settings" and you can further customise the program to better suit your needs, by more accurately setting your location and deciding how quickly you want the colour temperature change to occur (it's annoyingly fast by default, but setting to "Slow" here will help).

And you can also adjust the colour temperature you'd prefer at day and night, but unless you're extremely sure what you're doing we'd recommend you try out the defaults for a while, first. The preview will show you what looks like a very extreme change, but in part that's because you're viewing it quickly, and all at a single time of day: it works much better in real life use.

F.lux won't be right for everyone. If you work both day and night at the same computer, though, in the same place, then it could be an effective tool. And the program includes no adware or other complications, so you can install and try it out without any hassles or problems.

Version 4.78 brings (see changelog for more):

- Fixed bugs that caused sliders to draw wrong at 125% and 200%
- Slightly slower dimming with Alt-PgDn
- Windows 10 fixes
- Installer fixes

Verdict:

It won't work for everyone, but in some cases F.lux really can make your monitor more comfortable to view

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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