BlackOut is a small utility with mainly one purpose - to paint the screen black,
and keep it that way. It is not a conventional screen saver, which means you
start it manually whenever you want the screen to go black.
You might ask yourself when you would ever need an application that simply paints
the screen black, but there are times when the program comes in handy. I for
example use the program when I'm using the computer as a DVD player. Since I'm
watching the films on a TV, I want the monitor to be blank. However, the DVD
player software prevents the system screen saver from being activated (otherwise
it would be activated when watching films on the monitor), and this is when
BlackOut comes in handy.
Once activated, BlackOut can be minimized by pressing a key on the keyboard or
by clicking a mouse button (exit the program by pressing Esc). When BlackOut
is not minimized, it checks every other second to see if another window has
poped up in front of it, and if so it will force itself to the foreground so that
it will always cover the entire screen. When BlackOut is active it will also
prohibit the system screen saver from running, so if you want stop the screen saver
from running and perhaps steal processing power, you can activate BlackOut instead.
BlackOut is freeware, which means you can distribute it freely as long as
you don't charge anyone for it and as long as it's distributed in an unaltered form.
BlackOut does not come with an installation program. It is stored in a
compressed ZIP archive, which means you'll need a compression program
such as WinZIP to extract the contents of the ZIP file. Once extracted
you can put the executable file anywhere you like (you can also drag it
to the desktop for easy access).
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