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Time Out - Break Reminders

By Dejal Systems, LLC

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You deserve a break. Easy break reminders, with flexible customization if you want it.

It is very easy to fall into bad habits when using a computer for hours on end. You care about what you are doing, so can sometimes push yourself too far, or over-strain yourself. The human body isn't built to sit in one position for endless hours, gripping a mouse or typing on the keyboard. Dejal Time Out is here to help. It will gently remind you to take a break on a regular basis.

Time Out comes with two kinds of breaks: a "Normal" break, typically for 10 minutes every hour, so you can move about and relax, plus a "Micro" break: a very brief pause of typically 15 seconds every 15 minutes, so you can remember not to tense up too much for long periods. You can change, disable or remove either kind of break if desired, and add new kinds of breaks, e.g. fixed lunch or afternoon breaks.

You can configure how long each kind of break lasts, and how long between breaks, and the breaks can be set to count backwards when you take a natural break, e.g. when you go away from your computer.

Version 2 features customizable break themes, with several variations to show during breaks. These themes can be edited if desired, using standard HTML.

While in a break, a progress bar shows how long till it is over, and buttons are available to postpone or skip the break if you can't be interrupted right then.

What's more, you can optionally perform various actions before, during or after breaks. You can display a notification, play a sound, speak some text, run a script, and more.

What's New in Version 2.1

* Better Schedule options
* The Status item can now omit Micro breaks
* New menu commands to improve discoverability
* Improved Play Sound action
* Added a Post Tweet action
* Plus Sleep Mac, Start Screensaver and Stop Screensaver actions
* Setup Assistant assistance
* Supporter improvements
* macOS Sierra compatibility and other improvements

See the full release notes via the Dejal web site for details.


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Customer Reviews

Awesome. Lifesaver for work and college!

This app is a lifesaver. It keeps me from staring at my wall of monitors all day, which really helps prevent eye strain and increase productivity. I like the improved features from the older version, which was also really good. I had (or thought I had) an issue when I downloaded the app, which ended up being a simple display setting on my end. I emailed them about it and received a response in less than an hour. I figured out the problem, and it’s working flawlessly. I was even able to customize my own “theme" to use for my office computer with just some basic coding. Overall, I love this app and the outstanding level of customer service (especially when it is still a “free” app) makes it that much better. I highly recommend trying it out! As far as the “supporter fee” goes - this app is well worth the $9.99 (in my opinion), and they should probably just make it a one-time paid app to eliminate any confusion.

An excellent break enforcer

I've used this for years. If you want something to force you to take a break at regular interfals, this is awesome. A full-screen, semi-transparent window appearas at the intervals you specify. If you’re in the middle of something, you can continue typing (if you don’t click), or you can postpone the break if needed. If that’s too obtrusive, you can have a small break window appear (the None theme) that you can ignore until you’re ready. This app is very full-featured and customizable. Love it!

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It says “free”, but if you don’T subscribe you cannot make changes stick. I don’t want the app in the dock. Have to subscribe. I want to change the short term break (every 10 minutes), can’t do it. Fo rthe price of the “subscription The Clock is a much better alternative

Time Out - Break Reminders
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  • Free
  • Category: Health & Fitness
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  • Version: 2.1
  • Size: 6.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor

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