Changing the (bad) behavior of your MacBook's keyboard backlight

Summary:The MacBook Pro's backlit keyboard is a terrific feature, however, its behavior can be erratic and even be judged annoying. However, the free Lab Tick utility, recently updated, can offer users better control of the "illumination.

Changing the (bad) behavior of your MacBook’s keyboard backlight
The MacBook Pro's backlit keyboard is a terrific feature, however, its behavior can be erratic and even be judged annoying. However, the free Lab Tick utility, recently updated, can offer users better control of the "illumination."

Author Alexander Repty said he is preparing Version 1.0 and he released v.9.2 a couple of weeks ago. The new version fixes a power management issue and some other small bugs.

The program puts a slider control on the Menu Bar instead of the function keys. But that's really a small part of the feature set: users can set a level for the backlight and then have that setting made at startup. In addition, users can tell the Finder to stop automatically adjusting the backlight, a very useful feature.

On his blog, Repty presents an interesting post on the progress of the program's interface.

Topics: Laptops, Apple, Hardware, Mobility

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David Morgenstern has covered the Mac market and other technology segments for 20 years. In the recent past, he founded Ziff-Davis' Storage Supersite, served as news editor for Ziff Davis Internet and held several executive editorial positions at eWEEK. In the 1990s, David was editor of Ziff Davis' award-winning MacWEEK news publication a... Full Bio

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