If you haven’t used it yet, you should definitely install f.lux. The software utility acts as a blue light filter, making it much more bearable to stare at a monitor all day. Setting it up is as easy as it gets — just tell f.lux where you live, and it’ll pull the sunrise and sunset information from a weather service, tailoring the monitor’s color temperature accordingly. It does all of this automatically without any user intervention.
It is one of those services that I have installed on all my machines, and the latest beta release for Windows has a much-needed addition: the ability to disable the service on a per-app basis. For instance, if you’re work on Photoshop a lot, you can now set f.lux to not apply its filter for the app, making it much more convenient to edit images or do color-sensitive work without having to turn off the service entirely.
There’s also a bedtime mode that lets you set a time, and f.lux slowly gravitating to warmer colors as you get close to that particular time, all in an effort to get you to sleep easily. There’s also a reminder that tells you not to stay up late.
Here’s the list of new features in the changelog:
- Bedtime mode: warmer light before bed gets you ready for sleep, and works with all kinds of schedules
- Disable by app (so you don’t forget Photoshop)
- Backwards alarm clock: reminder not to stay up late
- Presets to help adjust your settings
- Color filters for eyestrain and other uses
- A wider range of color settings
- New hotkeys to adjust color (alt+shift+PgUp and alt+shift+PgDn)
If you’re interested, you can now download the update from right here. If your eyes are regularly fatigued or you’re having trouble going to bed after starting at your monitor, you should definitely give f.lux a try.