Ambrosia Software, long-time publisher of the best games and utilities for the Macintosh, and relatively recently a publisher of software for Windows, announced today a free product for Mac OS X called ScreenCleaner Pro. As they explain:
Over time, your LCD or CRT monitor will gradually fade in brightness and contrast. This fading is inevitable, because the backlights for LCD screens eventually fade, and the photo-reactive substrate on CRT monitors eventually degrades.
ScreenCleaner Pro rectifies this situation by altering the gamma of your monitor to compensate for monitor degradation, so it will look as good as new. Don't toss out that old monitor, just run ScreenCleaner Pro on it, and watch your old monitor gain a new life.
After downloading the application, simply let it run in the background so that it can analyze the current state of your monitor. That will probably take around ten minutes, except on the fastest Macs; the math involved is very complex. Once the utility has collected enough calibration data — and you can keep working during that time — the utility will adjust your monitor to restore it to like-new condition.
This is yet another way in which Mac owners get more value than Windows users!
More information is available at MacWorld, or you can download ScreenCleaner Pro 1.0.0 from Ambrosia, where it is listed on their Freebies page. Finally, as with all of Ambrosia's excellent products, they also provide a forum for discussion.