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ScreenDim 1.10 beta -- need testers

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By arpruss, Senior Member on 29th April 2012, 03:05 AM
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I apologize if this violates forum rules.

ScreenDim is my (paid) app for dimming the screen beyond standard OS settings. On OLED devices, it basically does what ScreenFilter does, but I think in a rather more friendly and useful manner, including pre-sets. (On LCD devices, it's much better than ScreenFilter, as it actually dims the backlight, thereby improving contrast and battery life.)

I just finished making a beta of ScreenDim 1.10. The main new feature is Easy Mode which combines the brightness and contrast sliders into one. Currently, Easy Mode only works on Galaxy S2 (including Epic 4G Touch and other versions) and Kindle Fire. You can toggle Easy Mode with Menu | Settings | Easy Mode.

I'd be grateful for any beta test results. To the first ten people who send me useful reports, I'll give give free copies of the paid ScreenDim 1.10 once it's released, as well as free copies of my LunarMap HD and Force2SD apps, if you want them. (Alas, I don't have a gift-code setup arranged, so the free copies won't auto-upgrade.)
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29th April 2012, 03:19 AM |#2  
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I would be more than happy to be your first beta tester!

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29th April 2012, 03:28 AM |#3  
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Buggy at times, when at 0% it doesn't work with volume keys --- only min: 0.0% and Max 0.1% when put down to 0.0% with volume keys...

Same applies when pressing min (highest will go to 0.1% when holding volume up and repeatedly hitting volume up...)

When screen is too low a dialogue should pop up saying if you do not confirm this brightness within 15 seconds, it will go back to your last setting...

There should be an option to disable notification icon (not invisible, just not at all) totally when using and/or not using the application.

A more detailed About/Help menu would be more useful...

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29th April 2012, 03:31 AM |#4  
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If I've helped, I am interested in free paid versions of your apps... I believe that if you send a check in the mail after the person buys the app as reimbursement would be more easier than consistently updating via email. (Not to overstep you or anything, just a suggestion.)

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29th April 2012, 05:13 AM |#5  
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App works as promised. Some screenshots attached.

Suggestions: have way to disable notification icon.

Also when not in easy mode the lowest you can go is 11.8 on both sliders. Not sure if that is design or a bug.


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Looks good, except the plus button above the brightness slider doesn't work. I'll play with it tonight and let you know how it goes.

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Nice app! Everything seems to be working, I just don't understand the "Active" action..I'm not sure what the purpose of it is.

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If I've helped, I am interested in free paid versions of your apps... I believe that if you send a check in the mail after the person buys the app as reimbursement would be more easier than consistently updating via email. (Not to overstep you or anything, just a suggestion.)

Great idea. I can send a paypal payment. I had someone do that for me when I tested their app, and I forgot that I could do it myself.
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Looks good, except the plus button above the brightness slider doesn't work. I'll play with it tonight and let you know how it goes.

When did you download? I think I fixed that problem around midnight last night and uploaded a version with that fixed. (But I forgot to mark a version number.)
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Nice app! Everything seems to be working, I just don't understand the "Active" action..I'm not sure what the purpose of it is.

You mean the "Active" checkbox? That turns ScreenDim on and off.
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Suggestions: have way to disable notification icon.

Can't be done without sacrificing reliability. Unless you do something root-ish (and I really want this app to be non-root), the only way I know of keeping an app from being killed in low-memory situations is by using Service.startForeground(), but the OS requires a notification icon when you do that.

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Also when not in easy mode the lowest you can go is 11.8 on both sliders. Not sure if that is design or a bug.

If you want, you can make the brightness slider go down to 0.4% by using the "Set minimum brightness" menu option. But you will find that below 11.8%, the brightness stops changing, so there is no point to that, and that's why I set the default minimum for the Galaxy S2 series to 11.8%.

You could make contrast go below 11.8%, but the display would probably be dimmer than anybody wants (I am about the pickiest user in terms of darkness, because I am an amateur astronomer, and I don't want the device to destroy night vision), and the display quality would be low. Unfortunately, given how OLED devices work, at low brightness levels there are much fewer colors available.

Technical stuff in case anybody is curious:

The way Easy Mode works is that 30% on the Easy Mode slider is equivalent to 11.8% on the brightness slider and 100% on the contrast slider. When you go above 30% in Easy Mode, you're increasing brightness and keeping contrast at 100%. When you go below 30% in Easy Mode, brightness stays at 11.8%, and contrast goes down, hitting 11.8% when the Easy Mode slider is at 0%.

On LCD devices, the brightness slider controls the backlight and the contrast slider controls the white level (by drawing a gray rectangle over the screen). On OLED devices, both of them have a similar visual effect, namely they both reduce the intensity of the miniature LEDs that make up an OLED display. But at low brightness levels, you have fewer color intensities available on the physical display.

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