Ask HN: How on earth are you using your Apple computer with external displays?

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  • Lunar

    Intelligent adaptive brightness for your external monitors

    My best experience boils down to:

    1. Stick to basic “non-smart” monitors that provide a USB-C port

    2. No hubs/docks, single USB-C cable between monitor and Mac

    3. Use Lunar for adaptive brightness: https://lunar.fyi

    From what I tried so far, the LG 27” 4K line has worked the best for me, with no video signal issues, no sleep/wake problems, good DPI scaling and smooth brightness control through DDC.

    And I’ve used it with all MacBook Pro models since the first 2016 TouchBar until the current M1 Max.

  • Spaceman

    A macOS app to view Spaces / Virtual Desktops in the menu bar

    They should transfer over to your main display (at least that's what happens for me).

    This utility might help you see what's going on: https://github.com/Jaysce/Spaceman.

    And while we're on Spaces, this utility forces mission control to show full thumbnails of all spaces by default: https://github.com/briankendall/forceFullDesktopBar

  • Appwrite

    Appwrite - The Open Source Firebase alternative introduces iOS support. Appwrite is an open source backend server that helps you build native iOS applications much faster with realtime APIs for authentication, databases, files storage, cloud functions and much more!

  • forceFullDesktopBar

    Utility for macOS that modifies the Dock process so that the desktop bar in Mission Control is always full size and showing previews

    They should transfer over to your main display (at least that's what happens for me).

    This utility might help you see what's going on: https://github.com/Jaysce/Spaceman.

    And while we're on Spaces, this utility forces mission control to show full thumbnails of all spaces by default: https://github.com/briankendall/forceFullDesktopBar

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