The problem with turning up the screen brightness - either manually or via Powerstrip - is that causes other apps to appear much too bright. Powerstrip will remember gamma settings for a given app, but unless you go full screen that isn't very useful for picture viewing. The only photo app I know of that will increase gamma automatically for pictures is ACDSee. But if you write, perhaps the author of the freeware Irfanview will add the option. At 11:44 AM 6/20/2002, you wrote: >Have you tried turning down the contrast? A well made, properly >aligned monitor *should* look good with brightness and contrast >somewhere around the middle....sadly, like a lot of TV sets this is >rarely the case. What is the lighting like in the room? This can >greatly affect accuracy. What about your video card? Has someone >been messing with the gamma settings (provided your video card lets >you change that)? Be aware that when it comes to adjusting such >settings like brightness and contrast, the setting that looks good on >one monitor often looks entirely different on another. On a well >adjusted monitor, you should be able to make out the details in >graphics, and at the same time, black things should be black - that >is, if you had the lights turned off, you should just barely be able >to make out any illumination from the monitor in these black areas. >Same pretty much goes for TV sets as well. > >If you can't accomplish this, then it's probably time to look into >getting a better monitor. I suggest you go to the store and compare >them carefully. Before I buy something like that, I always mess with >the brightness and contrast settings, running thru the entire range, >and seeing what it takes to get it to look the most natural. If I >have to minimize or max out these settings all the way, then it's not >for me. There is one catch though..most stores have florescent >lighting, that puts extra glare on the monitors, so it might help to >shield it somehow. > >This by the way, is why factory default settings on a lot of TVs now, >include contrast being up all the way - they do it to try and make it >look good under horrible lighting conditions.. it sorta works, but >not quite. Once you get it home, the first thing you'd probably >wanna do when you are re-adjusting the settings, is turn the contrast >WAY down. > - Users can unsubscribe from this list by sending email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface at http://web.tampabay.rr.com/spider1/24hrsupport.htm.