f.lux is one of my favorite “lifehack-y” finds, and it gets installed on every computer I use. Basically it changes the color temperature of your display based on time of day. At night, instead of pure bright white light hitting your face, it’s softened to a warmer orange-y glow. It’s really nice, and it’s helped me tremendously with late night eye strain. It also helps take some of the edge off my internal clock as it gets closer to bedtime. My eyes aren’t being bombarded with sunlight grade light right before I shut off the light and try to sleep.
Well this little body science piece of software is getting a pretty robust update. Users can now customize an even wide range of color temperatures, and new hot keys allow for quick adjustments. Old f.lux would only disable color adjustments for an hour. Now you can manually engage or disable changes, or program in time periods to disable if you’re doing work on color sensitive things like photos and videos.
Best of all this is still a free software tool. It’s jarring the first couple times your screen colors change, but if you stare at glowing rectangles late into the evening like I do, your eyes will thank you for it.
Grab it now at http://justgetflux.com, or hit the jump for more info.
f.lux has been updated to a new version
It’s been a few years since f.lux got an update, but this new version is finally out of beta. We have a ton of new features and bugfixes to tell you about, and we hope you enjoy trying them out in the new version.
Big new cool stuff
- f.lux can go warmer than 3400K now, down to 2700K. Or even 1200K if you really want it to.
- Support for color profiles from a hardware calibrator
- Movie mode. This setting warms up your display, but it preserves shadow detail, skintones, and sky colors better than f.lux’s typical colors. It lasts 2½ hours, which lets you watch most feature films
- Disable until morning, for late-night crunch mode
- A new “darkroom” mode, which inverts colors and gets very red
- A map to help you find your location
- Hotkeys to dim your display (Alt-PgDn, Alt-PgUp) late at night, so desktop users can dim too
- A hotkey to disable/enable f.lux quickly: Alt-End
- If you have a laptop, f.lux gets warmer when your backlight dims, like an incandescent lamp
- A simple schedule for Philips Hue, so you can f.lux your house
Some more fixes
- Safe mode for playing video games without hiccups
- Bugs fixed with Intel chipsets
- Smoother animations and fading
- Better support for Windows 7 & 8
Thanks for using f.lux, and if you need help with the new features, please join us on our support page here: http://justgetflux.com/faq.html.