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brotherS:
Hi,

in http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=1998.0 LuckMan212 told us about PowerDimmer (http://www.whitsoftdev.com/powerdimmer/). While it is working pretty good, it has several flaws:

* it doesn't always react on key presses
* it disables itself even when no key is pressed, for example when another app brings up a new window or popup.
:huh:

Also, it would be especially cool for such a screensaver to allow different dimming settings for day and night - dimming to the same level makes it now hard to recognize the dimmed screen content at day when it's perfectly set for night use.

So, is anyone here up for the task?

m_s:
What I would really like would be a two-phase powerdimmer screensaver: so it dims the screen for ten or fifteen minutes, and then it launches another screensaver (my choice would be the lovely imitation mac flurry saver - http://www.maddogsw.com/flurry/ and http://www.osx-e.com/downloads/screensavers/flurry.html).  Is this possible?

jgpaiva:
I think that the response to both posts could be a script that you set as screensaver, and that can do all you mentioned.
You can copy powerdimmer's executable twice, each one with different options (for day and night), and the script would run each of them.
As for powerdimmer not recognizing keyboard events, it has never happened to me...
Having 2 different screensavers is quite easy if you have a script that controls them, it would activate powerdimmer first, then send a key for powerdimmer to be closed, and would then launch the other screensaver.

Just my 0,02$..

brotherS:
I think that the response to both posts could be a script that you set as screensaver, and that can do all you mentioned.
You can copy powerdimmer's executable twice, each one with different options (for day and night), and the script would run each of them.
-jgpaiva (April 06, 2006, 08:52 AM)
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Thanks, that got me thinking... one surely could do that OR one could code an AHK script based on A_TimeIdlePhysical that would just start one of the predefined powerdimmer copies based on the current time!

Did you ever try something like that?


--- ---runwait, c:\winnt\system32\powerdimmer.scr, c:\winnt\system32\, hide
only brings up the config dialog, it doesn't actually start the screensaver...

jgpaiva:
one could code an AHK script based on A_TimeIdlePhysical that would just start one of the predefined powerdimmer copies based on the current time!
-brotherS (April 06, 2006, 02:11 PM)
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Yes, that could be done, but wouldn't it be a waste of resources when windows already does that for you? ;)

Did you ever try something like that?


--- ---runwait, c:\winnt\system32\powerdimmer.scr, c:\winnt\system32\, hide
only brings up the config dialog, it doesn't actually start the screensaver...
-brotherS (April 06, 2006, 02:11 PM)
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Yes, that's true, but i think someone must know something to do about it.
I guess there has to be some kind of parameter passed to it.

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