Desktop Brightness and Contrast control applications help you in reducing the glow of the computer screen to make it easier for the user to look at the screen for long hours. There are a lot of tools currently available that do reduce the color, brightness, contrast etc of the computer screen to make it more eye-friendly. Back in 2009, we covered F.lux, a cross platform tool that adjusts the color contrast of your computer screen according to the time of day. Color contrast and brightness are the two basic settings that effect, and put strain on, your eyes. If you use the same brightness settings at night, as the ones you use at day, you can especially feel the strain on your eyes during night time. Just like F.lux changes the contrast, Friendeye is a portable screen filtering application that lets you manually select a brightness level for your computer screen. It allows you to switch to the user-specified screen brightness level with just a single click. Keep reading after the break to find more about Friendeye.
Using the program is extremely simple. Just run the executable file of the application and it will start in your system tray. The system tray icon responds to both the left and right mouse clicks in different ways. If you right-click the application icon, it will take you to the Settings page, where you can adjust the percentage of brightness that you want to be dimmed. For instance, if you select 75% in the settings page, upon activation, you will only have 25% brightness left on your screen, and 75% of the light will be removed from the screen. Once the brightness settings are done, to activate the application, just left-click with your mouse on the system tray icon of the application, and the brightness will be instantly dimmed. Click the icon again to restore brightness back to normal.
Warning: Do not set the dim level to 100%; it will make the screen go completely black, and you will have to restart your system to restore the brightness settings to normal. We hope that the developer can look into this issue, as completely reducing the brightness without any way to turn it back up other than the screen controls seem like something the developer overlooked while coding the application. Friendeye is an open source application, and works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.