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Vivid allows users to double the brightness of their MacBook Pro and Pro Display XDR, system-wide!

The new MacBook Pros and the Pro Display XDR have displays that can go up to 1.600 nits of brightness. By default these levels of brightness can only be reached when watching HDR videos or by using Metal applications. Until now.

Vivid uses standard Apple APIs to allow users to make their screen more than two times brighter.


☀️ Use your MacBook Pro outside in the bright sun

😎 Raise the max brightness from 500 to over 1.000 nits

⌨️ Use your regular brightness keyboard keys to adjust brightness

🎚 Easily toggle Vivid on and off (⌃⌥⌘V)

🌓 Splitscreen Mode™ (to really see the difference)

🖱 Right click the menu bar icon to toggle Vivid

🔦 Option to only brighten your active window

General information Website: Download link (press only): Download here Pricing: Unlimited Free Trial (Splitscreen Mode) and €15 to purchase a lifetime license Twitter:

Backstory "The first thing I tried when I got the new MacBook Pro last year was to see how bright the screen could go when watching HDR videos. Five minutes later I decided I was going to spend the next month trying to find ways to unlock this higher brightness across the entire system! I like to work outside so I can really use the extra brightness to combat the sun!" - Jordi Bruin

"My first approach was to create a fully transparant HDR video that I could overlay on top of the system. Unfortunately macOS is smart enough to notice that there is nothing to be displayed in a completely transparant video..." - Jordi Bruin

"We knew that the Metal framework was capable of reaching extended brightness modes on macOS, but it was tricky to find the exact approach that would allow us to use this outside of our own application" - Ben Harraway

“Vivid doesn’t use any hacks or low-level system calls to achieve the higher brightness. We believe that makes it really safe to use.” - Ben Harraway

“Vivid uses a clever mixture of different technologies including Metal, Carbon, Cocoa, Swift, SwiftUI and even some C code - pretty much spanning all the decades of Apple frameworks” - Ben Harraway

💸 Pricing When users install Vivid it will start in Splitscreen Mode™, where half of the screen will be able to go into full brightness mode. This allows users to check if Vivid works for your particular usecases. Vivid can be used in Splitscreen Mode™ for as long as people want.

Users can purchase a lifetime license code for Vivid for €15 (or equivalent). For the first 72 hours after launch there will be a 20% launch discount that people can claim with the code VIVIDLAUNCH.

❓ Questions you might want answers to:

Q: Will Vivid break my display or reduce its lifespan? A: Vivid does not make your display do anything it’s not supposed to do. Vivid enables the extra brightness range usually reserved for HDR content, in exactly the same as if you were editing HDR video.

The official word from Apple on this topic is here. Apple claims the following:

"1000 nits of brightness. Pro Display XDR can sustain 1000 nits of brightness across the full screen. This means that a pro can edit an HDR photograph or video with the entire frame at 1000 nits of brightness, indefinitely."

Vivid does not use low level display hacks to push your display to levels it shouldn't go. The temperature of your displays will increase by between 5-10%, but macOS will limit the max brightness if necessary.

⚠️ Note that while we believe Vivid is safe to use, we can not be held responsible for any damage that occurs to your display as a result of using this software.

Q: Does Vivid cause any CPU overhead to my system? A: A little, and only when it’s enabled. For each compatible display, roughly 2% of your CPU is used and about 40mb of memory.

Q: Are there any known issues? A: When macOS uses the HDR brightness mode it sometimes creates glitches and unexpected visuals. This is mostly caused by the system implementation of the HDR rendering and it seems like Vivid won't be able to work around those. In most usecases this won't be an issue, but make sure to try Vivid for your usecases before you purchase a license.

When you watch videos with the default video player (in Safari or through finder) you might experience inaccurate colors. The workaround is to use a different browser such as Chrome, or a different video player such as IINA.

Q: I have an HDR display connected but Vivid says ‘No compatible displays’ A: Right now Vivid only supports the MacBook Pro 14/16” (2021) and Apple Pro Display XDR displays right now. If you have another HDR compatible display please send an email to and we'll add you to the beta track so we can try to support it in the future. All you will have to do is send us your monitor for 3-8 weeks 😉

Q: Will Vivid use a lot of battery? A: Yes! Your display brightness affects your battery life quite significantly, so having Vivid enabled will cause your battery to drain faster. The battery load depends on a lot of factors but you should assume that your battery will drain significantly faster. We suggest using Vivid when on external power or if you're in very bright environments.

Q: My screen does not seem that much brighter, even on the max brightness, what's up? A: Open System Preferences > Displays > Make sure that P3-1600 is selected as your displays Preset.

Q: What if Apple blocks Vivid from working in a future update? Can I get my money back? A: While we don't expect this to happen since Vivid uses regular Apple APIs, there's always the possibility that a future macOS update breaks compatibility for our workaround. If this happens we will try our best to find a way to make Vivid work again. If this happens in the three months after Vivid launches you can contact us to receive a refund.

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