Shades Bug Report

18 Votes

Repeatedly alternates betweeen dimmer setting and default brightness

  • Type: Incorrect Functionality
  • Version Tested: 1.2 (Intel)
  • OS Version Affected: Mac OS X 10.9
  • Status: Open


When I dim the screen the brightness flashes back and forth between the Shades setting and the default brightness.

Submitted by Graham at 9:58pm on 21 Jan 2014


I had the same issue after installing Shades 1.2 on a Mid-2010 15" MBP running 10.9.1. Issue occurs every time Shades is started.

Posted by Andrew at 8:43pm on 08 Feb 2014

Same here. Mid-2010 15" MacBook Pro running Mavericks 10.9.1 and Shades 1.2. Every time I try to use Shades. :(

Posted by Alex at 11:52am on 10 Feb 2014

same :(

Posted at 11:42am on 16 Feb 2014

I don't know if another "me too" helps, but I am experiencing this same issue on a Late 2008 Unibody Macbook (MacBook 5,1) running Mavericks 10.9.1 and Shades 1.2. Rather disheartening considering how nicely Shades seems to integrate with Mavericks as compared with other dimmers. I hope this may be resolved soon!

Posted by Violet at 6:19pm on 24 Feb 2014

Flashes when f.lux is running, works if f.ux isn't running

Posted at 3:48pm on 25 Feb 2014

Confirming that it's an f.lux interaction.

Shades 1.2 and f.lux 23.0

Dangit Shades perfectly solves my problem but I'll not do without f.lux!

Posted by Dave Wood at 2:55pm on 26 Feb 2014

Same here, happened when mirroring external display

Posted by Carlo at 3:25pm on 02 Mar 2014

2013 15" rMBP attached to a 24" apple LED display with the same issue. I too use f.lux so perhaps it is the interaction mentioned above.

Posted at 09:37am on 10 Mar 2014

The problem I'm having with Shades 1.2 on my 2012 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display is that when I boot up it automatically switches to the lowest setting once it detects one GPU and when the other one is detected it will redo the dimming so I would get double the lowest dim setting. The only way I've managed to get this not happen is disable Shades completely or quit and reopen upon boot up.

Posted at 10:43pm on 26 Mar 2014

I am the same Violet as posted before. :) This is still happening for me, and I can confirm it is an interaction with f.lux (it does not happen if f.lux is off, and like Dave I won't do without it either!). I am running Mac OS X 10.9.2 and f.lux version 30.0. I've been using Shady in the meantime but it unfortunately does not play as nicely with Mavericks as Shades does. :(

Posted by Violet at 01:46am on 28 Mar 2014


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