Iris Reviews

Iris is better than F.lux, but I'll stick to F.lux

about Iris and f.lux · ·

First things fist, there's a drawback to this tool:
It's pay-to-use on a plan base. If you can't afford or don't want to pay 10 bucks a month, get F.lux instead.

Made in Bulgaria, this is a useful little app/software. I have been a devoted F.Lux fan for many years but I must say Iris does the same job and more.

It offers more in terms of customization than F.Lux. You find yourself tweaking every little detail of your setup.
Iris lets you set up reminders/alerts to help you reconnect with reality, which is it can force you to move your 2 legs, but only if you want it to! It comes with excersive tips to help you do the right thing for your heart. It seems like nothing, but it proves quite useful! Truthfully, I suck at reminding myself of doing sports inbetween my long PC sessions...... seriously, who feels like searching the Internet for excersize tips? Who thinks about sports when there's so much to do?! I suck at it and have no sense of responsibility regarding this matter so if I can get tips by clicking a few buttons and get off screen when I'm reminded of it, that's fine and encouraging.
The blackout/break screen is well made(thed dots connect and form patterns similar to those used in astroloy):
break screen


Usability - check
Elegant U.I - check
Advanced Settings/Options - check
Check, check, check!

Price- FAIL!

It's a really cool tool and I would not be looking back if the price was fair! That said, I'll be moving back to F.lux. While this seems like a really cool software, the price is unjustifed- it is simply to high and I don't see myself supporting a company/group that sets prices so high! This is simply unfair(read. unjustified). There's F.lux and it's complitely free! Yes, Iris is better, no doubt! But the price kills it for me, you should not be paying fees this high for a bluelight tool! You should not be feeding greed!

[Edited by EvinKegger, January 22]

[Edited by EvinKegger, January 22]


My name is Daniel. I'm the creator of Iris. Your review is awesome. Thank you for this awesome feedback.

First thing first I want to give you alternative.
I personally want more and more people to use Iris. That's why I keep all Iris versions. Older versions are free. For example:

This version is absolutely, totally free forever :)

Iris is freemium now 4 hours per day. Every day you get 4 hours of Iris usage. This hours expires only when you use your program. You can pause Iris and the timer stops.
This means that you can unpause Iris only in the night for example. It's totally ok for some people and I think it's good model. :) It doesn't cheat you at least

For 10$ you get 31 days of Iris usage and this time expires only when you use the program. Meaning you can use Iris at least 2 or more months. Which is good I think. 0.01$ per hour

About why it's not free. I work on Iris full-time. I think this is important thing and I improve it every day.
The 2 choices was free with ads or paid. I hate ads personally and the truth is I can just never beat the f.lux popularity :D

I'm also not greed. I'm pretty much broke. Several people are paying which is good for the moment.

When I have a chance I will drop the price, but this is the way to bootstrap. Nobody wanted to invest in Iris this was the truth and I pretty much said fuck you I will make it somehow :D

So you actually have totally free versions. Iris was once donation based. Just check older versions :)
And if you are still unsatisfied I can give you activation codes for free. You know I'm a good guy, I just want to create a successful business :)

In the future I will separate most of the eye protection part to be for free, but now I don't have the time.

And again thank you for your review

Dani :)