Night (anti-glare) mode

We’ll be introducing a night mode that you can switch to in dim lighting. It may also be useful for people with other accessibility needs* and also just to rest your eyes after a 12-hour stint!

We are proposing using #ddd (off-white) on #222 (dark grey) so that glare is right down but the colours aren’t as harsh on the eye as strictly white on black (#fff on #000) might be. We would welcome any technical input on this combination. Our research has found that it may be better to use an eggshell, or other shade of green, colour in place of white as it takes less photons of green light than red for the eye to register (ie. it produces the most signal at the lowest intensity). We’d love to get your thoughts on this.

*For example astigmatism (which studies have shown around half of adults suffer from) and dyslexia

Status

This feature is LIVE!

21 replies
  1. MG says:

    Could you also add an option to have an off-white background in the normal mode. I might just be able to use the night mode all the time for my issues (which is many black text on a white background gives me trouble sometimes, right now I’ve just got the brightness on my screen turned down to make it more greyish), but a standard black text on a non-white background might be a nice option too. Different people find different colours better for them so maybe having a few options? This might help for reference: http://irlen.com/what-is-irlen-syndrome/# I have no idea how they code it but the different colour options along the top maybe a good reference of ones people find most helpful (For me it’s the first one, the pale blue that is easiest on my eyes/head).

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    • Clare says:

      Thanks for your comment and suggestion MG – we can take a look into offering more options for screen lights and colours but I’m glad you are able to use the night mode for the time being.

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  2. Erin Colcord says:

    Please consider adjusting the color temperature of the screen so as to not disrupt circadian rhythms. Many studies have proven that looking into a screen at night time has a profound effect on our ability to fall asleep and to feel rested the next day. To prevent this, shift the color spectrum to the warm side.

    You can read about the research and also get help with development through f.lux: http://www.justgetflux.com. I am not associated with this company in any way, but I am a professional lighting consultant who is is also is working on a novel.

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      • Chris Baldwin says:

        Hi
        I use f.lux too and it works well for nighttime writing.
        I’d also like to be able to select from a range of options for the background and font colour during general use

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  3. Kimber says:

    Oh, my gosh I’d love the Night Mode feature. I have sensitive eyes and the glaring white screen eventually makes me have to stop before I really want to.
    Also, I use f.lux, too, like Alice Ralph above, it’s an eye-saver and a headache preventer!

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  4. mtn says:

    ..wow.. it’s like you’ve been reading up on the subject and consulting with professionals to get the details right in a novel, using real science.. THIS IS AWESOME! 😀 It’s so refreshing to hear legit reasons behind features instead of just, “We’re gonna change such-and-such to revamp our image” or whatever. I love this idea, and I LOVE the way you guys are approaching new developments. <3

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    • Clare says:

      Hi! We’re pleased you like the features and the new developments. We’re creating this tool for you guys so we want it to be amazing. We’re always looking to improve, add new features and we want to get them right. Doing research makes this happen. Feel free to let us know any of your suggestions and comments! Thanks 🙂

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  5. Erika says:

    I am sooo hyped for this feature. I suggest some presets of the items suggested as well as an ability for the user to adjust text and background and highlights to their own needs (like a 3 or 4 color pallet). I’m a huge fan of FG: #DDDDDD BG: #555555. I’ve also had good use out of FG: #FFCC00 and BG:#2D2D2D for consoles in the past.

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    • Clare says:

      Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions Erika – glad you are excited about it. We will be onto it soon so any more suggestions are very welcome 🙂

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  6. Celine says:

    Yes please! As someone who suffers from migraines weekly, this would be awesome! I have found great relief with other websites that use this “dimming” and it makes it so easy on my eyes!

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    • Clare says:

      Hi Celine, this is in development right now and we are hoping to release it by the end of Feb, so keep your eyes out! 🙂

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  7. Quinn Barnes says:

    Any chance we could get some color pickers that allowed us to choose background and font colors for ourselves? I’ll be happy if there’s a day/night set of themes, but I’m nerdy and prefer more, not less, control. 🙂

    It’d be even better if we could pick different colors for different novels. Before Novlr, I used FocusWriter, and I used of a different theme for each book I worked on. It helped me get into the mindset of the book.

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  8. Ashley Needles says:

    It sounds great! Just one tweak I would add is for us to pick the colors. I say this because orange stimulates creativity and productivity so when I’m stuck, turning the page orange with black would help get my juices flowing. Green is also great for writing emotional scenes, but anyway, I think having a color chart with the writing significance could potentially help authors. So when clicking action or anger a red or yellow background would be beneficial, clicking romance light green or pale pink would help, or if writing gothic almost black with white lettering. (For more information research color psychology and how it affects our moods)

    Thanks for listening

    Ashley

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  9. Kimber says:

    I would like to add another comment on this regarding colors. I’m hoping one of the options will be that we can pick from a range of screen/accent colors, otherwise, can a pale neutral grey be a choice? White screens (despite my using f.lux) tire my eyes far sooner than pale grey. I change most of my Word docs backgrounds to something in that range. In the neighborhood of HTML Color Code #D8D8D8. Please and thank you. Keep up the good work!

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  10. MG says:

    Love having this feature now, but it would be great if the setting/stats/etc matched the mode you have it on. I like to check my stats or settings sometimes while writing and the shift to white when I do is a bit blinding.

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  11. Clare says:

    Suggestion from Amanda via email: Would be fantastic if there was an ‘auto’ setting that would switch from the modes (or prompt to switch) based on local time, so we don’t have to go in and out of settings.

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