Dark mode?

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  1. theSeb macrumors 604

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    It would be awesome if we could select a "dark mode" theme. I find dark mode to be much easier on the eyes and far less strenuous. Are there any plans for an alternative theme like that?
     
  2. rocknblogger macrumors 68020

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    @arn I would also love a dark theme. I also find it easier on the eyes, especially at night.
     
  3. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I'd like to see something like that too. I use f.lux on my Mac's to change the color and brightness when it starts getting late at night.
     
  4. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68020

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    SG, maybe it is a little bit off-topic, but would you be so kind to share your experience with f.lux. I have been looking at this application for some time.
     
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    My experience has been a good one. I set it to find my location and it coordinates with the local sunrise/sunset and gradually dims the brightness and changes the color warmth to be easier on the eyes.

    Depending on the app and especially the monitor you use, it may be better to disable the f.lux on a per app basis. For instance, I have a Mac mini connected to my 42" TV and if I browse MacRumors when f.lux is active, it becomes difficult to read. However, it's fine when I am on my Dell monitor connected to a MacBook Pro. This is where a dark mode theme for MacRumors would be great.

    I found f.lux from another MacRumors user here recently and have been using it for a couple of months now and like it. I tend to be up very early in the morning and so when I get to the Mac, f.lux is working and makes it easier on my eyes as I am still waking up - meaning I don't get blasted with bright light when I get started. As the daylight breaks and gets brighter in my home office, f.lux fades away gradually to end up being off and the display at its normal brightness and color.
     
  6. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for the answer, SG. I will download and try it. "...dims the brightness and changes the color warmth to be easier on the eyes..." that is what I really need.
     
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    I'm sure you'll find that you'll like it. :)
     
  8. Renzatic Suspended

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    I wouldn't mind having this, either. Totally subjective, I know, but I find white text on a black background not only nicer from an aesthetics standpoint (provided it's done well, of course), but also so, so much easier on the eyes.

    Having an option to flip between the current standard and a darker theme would be great.
     
  9. triptolemus macrumors 6502

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    You can enable keyboard shortcuts for inverting colors and changing the contrast in the Accessibility section of the Shortcuts pane of Keyboard preferences. To open the pane, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Keyboard, then click Shortcuts, then click Accessibility, tick "Invert Colors".

    Press the Control-Option-Command-8 key combination.

    Obviously not a theme, per se, but a suitable workaround nonetheless.
     
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    Ehh, that's kind of a half measure, because while it does give you white text on a black background, it also inverts everything else alongside it, pictures and all. It's a great option for those who desperately need it, but it's far from being a solid alternative for those who simply prefer a dark style a little more.
     
  11. triptolemus macrumors 6502

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    Oh yes... I agree completely. Was just throwing it out there...
     
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