1. About the shade assistant

The main purpose of the assistant is to toggle the shade on and off.
It toggles the shade only at the moment the app is activating. The activation occurs when an app is launched or when the workflow is switched from one app to another. After this activating moment the assistant will not intervene in the shade's state. I.e. until you are working in an app the shade can be switched manually and the assistant will not react.
Note: the assistant can be a handy tool or annoying toy - it depends on assistant settings and user expectation.
The assistant can work in two different modes:
  • Predefined application list (aka Predefined mode).
  • Autocomplete application list (aka Autocomplete mode).
The shade is toggled on/off by the user when the user initiates one of the following:
  • Press the "Toggle shade" shortcut.
  • Clicking on the "Shade" checkbox in myPoint menu.
  • Clicking on the "Shade" checkbox in myPoint panel.
  • Change the shade level or color via sliders or color wells in myPoint menu or panel.

2. Preview the assistant's settings

Open myPoint menu and click on the "Shade assistant..." row.
Or open myPoint panel and select the "Shade" view (aka the Shade center). Then click on the "Shade assistant..." button.

3. How to stop the assistant

Note: There is a combination of settings that may activate the assistant when the user turns on the shade:
  • Both "Predefined app list" and "Auto suspend the assistant" are selected.
Because of this to guarantee the assistant will not be activated accidentally just set one of the following:
  • Select the "Autocomplete list".
  • Or uncheck the "Auto suspend the assistant" checkbox.
And turn off the "Run the assistant" checkbox (or the "Shade assistant" checkboxes in myPoint menu or Shade center).

4. Shade assistant in Predefined mode

This is the default assistant mode.
To set this mode first enable the assistant and then select the "Predefined app list" radio button.
The Predefined List will show only running and already selected apps. If you do not see your app, please run it and its name will appear here instantly.
Select the checkbox next to an app to suspend the shade when this app becomes active.
When you finished the selection press the "Done" button to exit the assistant.
When to use it:
When you want to unshade only few apps and prefer to shade all others.
And this app list doesn't change for a long period.

5. Auto suspend the assistant

This option sounds a bit strange but it enhances the Predefined mode in a very convenient way.
The idea is to suspend simultaneously the shade and the assistant when you need your display at its original view.
In example you are working in your image processing app but you frequently access other tools like color picker, rulers, viewers.

6. Shade assistant in Autocomplete mode

This mode is something between the manual shading and assistant in predefined mode.
I.e. you prefer the assistant's automation but you still need to be able to "advise" the assistant.
When to use it:
When the shade state depends on both the active application and the context of the work.
In example when you process an picture:
  • Initially you dim the screen and write labels and arrange objects.
  • And finally you unshade and tune up colors.
When not to use:
When the ambient light is decreasing and assistant has a long list of selected apps.
In this case you will try to turn on the shade while the assistant will turn it off when you activate a selected app.
To avoid such an annoying behavior you should suspend the assistant or clear its app list manually.
Note: You can still change the selections in the assistant's app list manually.
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