Recommendations for Watching Displays at Night: Black Background for Reading

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  1. Perene, Jun 16, 2017
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    Perene macrumors 6502

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    http://www.displaymate.com/iPad_Pro9_ShootOut_1.htm
    http://www.displaymate.com/Displays_At_Night_1.htm#Recommendations

    First of all, I have a question about the new iPAD Pro 10.5... this site doesn't mention it in its links, but it says the iPAD Pro 9.7 has the lowest screen reflectance when compared to other products. How does that changed for the IPP 10.5?

    The first link explains in technical terms the improvements the Pro 9.7 has over previous models.

    As for the 2nd one, it lists some recommendations for customers that want to watch displays at night. I already follow some of them, such as view at a certain distance and turn down the display brightness considerably for the iPAD.

    Mine is at 20-30% and for the whole day.

    As for room brightness, I use a 3000K LED with 803 lumens (9W), "Brilia" model:
    http://www.brilia.com/bulbo9w.html

    This is how the bedroom looks like at 4:50 PM.
    http://imgur.com/a/j0nW6

    As you can see there's not much space in that table where the computer is, so I will try to use my two IPPs 9.7 (plus the Pencil) in the bed or in a new table. More about "bias lighting":
    https://www.howtogeek.com/213464/ho...le-watching-tv-and-gaming-with-bias-lighting/
    http://lifehacker.com/why-bias-lighting-increases-your-tvs-contrast-and-saves-1695117890
    https://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTip...having_a_light_on_behind_your_monitor_like_a/

    I only increase the display brightness when watching movies. Most of the time I use the iPAD for reading, specially PDFs with this app:
    https://itunes.apple.com/br/app/foxit-pdf-pdf-reader-editor-form-signature/id507040546?mt=8

    Now, about this part:

    Black Background for Reading

    Inside this PDF app it's possible to configure a black background and for the text to be white.

    I took some photos to illustrate this:

    http://imgur.com/a/HdGsk

    As you can see, some PDFs, due to the way they were created (no OCR, mostly images), don't change at all when this is configured.

    That reminds me of something the article says, and this is exactly what I want to discuss in this thread:

    For both Apple and Android devices the only built-in way for switching from Black text on a White background to White text on a Black background is by using a menu option called Invert Colors or Negative Colors (under Accessibility in Settings). However, that makes the screen look scary with picture content.

    I enabled this option (Invert Colors) since the Safari browser doesn't have an option to change the background and font colors. But, as the text says, the images all look wrong.

    I want to ask: is it impossible to change a browser to use only a black background and turn all text white? I remember in Windows this was possible, and in it the images were all looking OK, however a side effect of this was that a few portions of the website (where text could be read) were not being displayed anymore. If this is possible it needs to be researched if enabling will cause this side effect.

    Even with the use of Night Shift, flux and following all these tips it has come to my attention that most apps insist in having a white background that is not easy on the eyes.

    P.S. Seems like there are no side effects anymore, in Windows. There's a Chrome extension that can help with that:
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/night-mode-pro/gbilbeoogenjmnabenfjfoockmpfnjoh
     
  2. jschu22 macrumors regular

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    No offense, I didn't have the patience to read all of that but be on the look out for Smart Invert (or whatever it will be called) in iOS 11. It's not perfect yet but in the beta it attempts to deal with this "scary" picture content while inverting everything else.
     
  3. Perene thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I heard about that, thanks for mentioning. I always wondered why Apple didn't allow for this in Safari, considering we can use extensions for all browsers in PC, to use a "Night Mode".

    I also noticed Microsoft removed the possibility to change the background of apps in Windows 10. For example, in the past I was able to change what Notepad looked like, instead of the normal white background.

    And Night Shift needs to have more options, too.
     
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