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Time Out Free

By Dejal Systems, LLC

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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 has two kinds of breaks: a "Normal" break, typically for 10 minutes after 50 minutes of work, so you can move about and relax, plus a "Micro" break: a very brief pause of typically 10 seconds every 10 minutes, so you can remember not to tense up too much for long periods. You can disable either kind of break if desired, and the breaks are automatically paused when you go away from your computer, and can be reset when you come back.

You can configure how long each kind of break lasts, and how long between breaks. Each Time Out is announced via the screen slowly dimming, with related graphics materializing, and when the break is complete, it fades out again. You can change the time these transitions take... and you can even change the color and the level of transparency during the break. So if you like, you can make it mostly transparent so you can continue reading while on your break... though it's better for you if you give your eyes a rest during the Time Out.

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. Starting with version 1.5, you can change the number of minutes for the postpone buttons, or even hide them and/or the skip button, if you want to encourage yourself to take the breaks.

What's more, you can optionally play a sound and even run an Automator workflow, AppleScript, Python script, or application at the start and/or end of each break. So you can have it pause iTunes and play a short soothing piece of music at the start of a break, then a buzzer and resume iTunes when the break is over. Some useful scripts are provided built-in, plus updates and user-submitted ones available on the Time Out Extras page.

What's New in Version 1.6.5

- Fixed incorrect display of when the next normal break is due.


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Customer Reviews

Excellent - well designed and easy to use

The best app I’ve found for reminding me to take regular breaks. Timescales are all totally flexible and, best of all, notification can be set to be unobtrusive so if necessary I can work through the break without having to turn anything off. Alternatively, notification could completely block screen if desired. Can be set to stop working when computer is left for more than a specified length of time but then kicks in when I start working again. A lot of thought has gone into this little app - lots of options for a tailored function and all easy to set. The only question is, why is such a high quality app totally free?!

Perfect for workaholics

If you are anything like me and can sit at a computer working all day and bearly notice that you've missed lunch and it is nearerly bed time, then this app will be perfect. It fades out so that you look up from the screen regularly and for the longer breaks you can set it to fade out over a slower time frame so that you have time to finish typing that last sentence before you get up from the computer. This really is saving my life as it is helping me to not get eye strain anymore and I get to take drinks of water in those shorter breaks. I barely use that Skip Break button, but I like that I have the option. best app ever :)


I really can’t fault this little app! Simple but just what I needed to be able to step back from the project I’m working on. I have it setup so every 30mins I have either 1min of mindful meditation or 1min stretches. I’ve only had it a few days but I’m feeling more productive already!

Time Out Free
View in Mac App Store
  • Free
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Updated: 01 May 2012
  • Version: 1.6.5
  • Size: 1.5 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer: Dejal Systems, LLC

Compatibility: OS X 10.5.0 or later

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