Shades Bug Report

10 Votes

Monitor profil screwed up

  • Type: Incorrect Functionality
  • Version Tested: 1.2b1 (Universal)
  • OS Version Affected: Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
  • Status: Under Review


Because of the new Way shades goes (Gamma) my Alu Imac 24 colors are wrong now. Grey goes to yellowish. As example the finders background color on the left are more brown then blue. Unusable for now, please go back to overlay mode.

Submitted by Urmel at 05:35am on 22 Nov 2007


Hmmm. I was quite careful to make sure that Shades wouldn't mess around with your colour balance, and I can't see why the gradient function should be any different now than it was before with the overlay.

I'll investigate further. Don't worry though, if it does turn out that the gamma gradient works differently than it should and can't be fixed, I will restore the overlay method as an option in a future release. Colour preservation is of utmost importance to me, and it is one of the reasons that I created Shades in the first place.

In the meantime, if you (or anyone else) have deleted their copy of Shades 1.1.x and wish to revert to it, contact me and I'll send you a copy.

Posted by Nick at 10:08am on 22 Nov 2007

Dark Adapted (a similar tool) use also a Gamma based illuminous reduction and it have the same problem with screwed up profiles. Please bring us overlay back. I\'m also looking foreward for a gradient overlay to fix my uneven colorbalance. If shades would be not free and had this feature i would pay for it :)

Posted by urmel at 1:20pm on 22 Nov 2007

Hello Nick,

Firts of all, thank you so much in you effort to make a good app.

But I downgrade to the previous 1.1.5 (overlay) version,
This new version screwup with colors and don\'t do what was the great thing in the prev releases that is softening the whites whitout wash the blacks.

For me, there are only TWO things to do in the prev release, then it will be PERFECT:
- Gradient overlay (pleeeease i\'m searching for something to fix what Apple try not to see)
- Fix the Expose/Spaces problem


Posted by Oloum at 9:41pm on 23 Nov 2007

Hi Nick,
We're encountering people with the newer (brighter) 24" iMac who are seeing irregular colour temp when Shades is invoked. Can you please let us know when you have a revised version, and we'll pass that information along to people when they call (please see Ira's recent requests to you for support).
Keep writing great utilities.

Posted by Bruce Wright (X-Rite) at 8:25pm on 04 Apr 2008

I have a bright 24 inch iMac. I am using eye-one match software to calibrate my display.

Today I tried calibrating my monitor with Shades off and with the brightness in Displays preferences set at halfway. AFter saving the profile, I reopened eye-one match and adjusted the luminosity with Shades, leaving the displays brightness set at halfway. This seems to smooth out some of the irregularities mentioned in the post above.

Before today I was turning the brightness down all the way in Displays. I think that makes the screen look worse.

Posted by Bruce McL at 09:12am on 14 Jun 2008

I too have the same issues as those who have posted before me. I have a 24" Super bright imac that I calibrate using color eyes software. However when I calibrate the monitor with shades on the Yellow posterized cast appears on start up. I just cant seem to crack a suitable cd/m2. It has been made aware to me that an earlier version of your software will allow me to calibrate with success. How do I get my hands on a copy?


Posted by Lach at 10:46am on 02 Jul 2008


Will someone please clarify.......which release version should users of the white (NOT aluminum) 24" iMac be using. I have read much discussion about downgrading to an older version because of bugs that shift colors.

Has this been fixed/repaired? Can I use the newest release version of Shades?

Posted by Scott at 12:40am on 25 Nov 2008

I wonder if anyone has this problem with the eyeone and shades. When I do a screen calibration and shades is running it seems to function fine BUT when the color calibration is running the screen seems to flash bright and then dark during gray patches. Am I getting from the above entries that I should be calibrating with shades off and then using shades to set luminosity separately? cheers

Posted by jon Bader at 10:56pm on 13 Oct 2009

sorry forgot to mention that I am running a iMac 24 intel OS10.5.8

Posted by jon Bader at 10:58pm on 13 Oct 2009

Yes, disable Shades when calibrating (press stop in the control panel, don't just set it to 100%), and when Shades is on I would advise against doing any precise colour work.

Posted by Nick at 11:52pm on 13 Oct 2009


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