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Old 12-17-2011, 03:31 PM   #1
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Update on screen dimming

Happy news: I figured out how to do the kind of backlight dimming that my SuperDim normally needs root for without root. Just tried it out on my wife's Fire and on my Archos 43. Very pleasantly surprised how easy it was. It should be much better than using ScreenFilter, since ScreenFilter doesn't dim the blacks, and in a dark setting blacks look gray.

I don't know yet if I'll make that into a paid utility or just add it as an extra feature to my SuperDim.
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Old 12-17-2011, 04:14 PM   #2
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Keep us posted, and let us know if you need beta testers!
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Email me ( arpruss@gmail.com ). I am pretty close to a beta. (I just used the SuperDim code as my base.)

I think it will be a paid app in the end, but beta testers will have a free version (but maybe not free updates--too much trouble to send them all out).
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:11 PM   #4
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Email me ( arpruss@gmail.com ). I am pretty close to a beta. (I just used the SuperDim code as my base.)

I think it will be a paid app in the end, but beta testers will have a free version (but maybe not free updates--too much trouble to send them all out).
Email sent! I am really excited about this!
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:30 PM   #5
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OK, I have enough beta testers now (five!).
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:35 AM   #6
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VERY cool! Looking forward to using this...
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:44 AM   #7
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The app right now has two separate sliders. A brightness slider that adjusts the backlight and a contrast slider that does exactly what ScreenFilter does. It is stable according to my testers.

I'd like to sell it for $0.99 (with a seven day trial version). :-) I wonder if Amazon will accept it for the Kindle on their appstore. It takes them about a week to approve an application for the appstore, and then I don't know how many more days to accept it for the Kindle. Maybe I can accept paypal payments in the meanwhile, though advice would be appreciated.

I still need to add one more feature, namely access from the notification bar.
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:17 AM   #8
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The app right now has two separate sliders. A brightness slider that adjusts the backlight and a contrast slider that does exactly what ScreenFilter does. It is stable according to my testers.

I'd like to sell it for $0.99 (with a seven day trial version). :-) I wonder if Amazon will accept it for the Kindle on their appstore. It takes them about a week to approve an application for the appstore, and then I don't know how many more days to accept it for the Kindle. Maybe I can accept paypal payments in the meanwhile, though advice would be appreciated.

I still need to add one more feature, namely access from the notification bar.
I'd have no problem paying 99 cents for it. I don't know if Amazon will approve it but I guess it couldn't hurt to try. There are other markets like SlideME and AndriodPit also sell apps so you might want to look into those.

I am so looking forward to the Notification bar access being added.

Thank you for developing this app. It's much needed for all us Kindle Fire users!
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:35 PM   #9
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Thanks for the kind words. I was very happy to get this working, since there are a lot of users who for legal or technical reasons don't root their device and for whom my SuperDim, which requires root (but it's free!), isn't helpful. I rolled ScreenDim together quickly yesterday by re-using much of SuperDim code.

Something I'd like to add if I could figure out how would be a screen tint feature. I know it can be done because there is a paid version of something in the Market like the Fader utility (or whatever it's called) that does it. (But it also doesn't adjust brightness, just contrast.)

It's nice that on the Kindle the notification bar shows up in most apps. On my Archos 43, it disappears in most apps.
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I'm testing this right now and it's looking really good. I don't know about the need for a "tint" feature though - seems like this is something best kept basic, simple and cheap.

BTW what are some of the problems/conflicts that people have had with SuperDim? I'd like to be able to try to replicate them on my device with ScreenDim and I know people have had some conflicts. So far, ScreenDim seems to be working flawlessly.
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:52 PM   #11
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I'm testing this right now and it's looking really good. I don't know about the need for a "tint" feature though - seems like this is something best kept basic, simple and cheap.

BTW what are some of the problems/conflicts that people have had with SuperDim? I'd like to be able to try to replicate them on my device with ScreenDim and I know people have had some conflicts. So far, ScreenDim seems to be working flawlessly.
I don't know of problems with conflicts with SuperDim, except that it does need root. Unless the fact that some apps can override SuperDim counts as a conflict. I think ScreenDim may be harder to override.
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I thought Blossom (or maybe it was someone else) ran in to an issue with SuperDim that required her to reboot at some point. It was in a different thread.
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I'd definitely pay .99 or even 1.99, considering how often I would use this feature. I've been reading before sleep a lot now, thanks to the Fire. Reading without waking my wife is a good thing!
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I thought Blossom (or maybe it was someone else) ran in to an issue with SuperDim that required her to reboot at some point. It was in a different thread.
I searched for "SuperDim" site-wide and didn't find it.

SuperDim is completely different from ScreenDim in how it gets the device to dim the backlight. ScreenDim is a more elegant and, I think, simpler solution. But I'm going to continue using SuperDim on my rooted Archos (Archos releases developer edition software that makes rooting easy).

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