While you may need to work at your computer for hours at a time, that doesn’t mean that you need to suffer with muscle pain, eye strain, headaches, CVS, or RSI. Regular brief breaks refresh your body and your mind leading to improved productivity and creativity.
Pace is an intelligent assistant. It ensures you take regular breaks to refresh your mind and body, while not interrupting your meetings, presentations, or screen sharing sessions. No need to be embarrassed by a break appearing in the midst of your presentation or while you’re remotely sharing your screen.
Note: Some features are available through a one-time in-app purchase.
Pace has short and long breaks.
• Short breaks happen frequently and usually last less than a minute each. They are the perfect time to take a deep breath, relax your shoulders, or do a quick stretch.
• Long breaks happen less often, but last longer. When they occur, it's a great time to go on a walk, get something to drink, or clean up your desk.
You can skip or snooze a break if you’re not quite ready to pause typing when the break screen displays.
You determine your level of self-discipline and the support you need from Pace. Advanced features allow you set limits on how many times a day you can skip or snooze a break.
I created Pace because I wanted a break software that was smart enough to know when it is professionally inappropriate for a break. I suffer from repetitive strain injury (RSI). As a software engineer I spend most of my day using a computer. Frequent breaks are essential to avoiding pain. I work remotely and use screen sharing apps frequently. When I forget to turn break software off, I have to explain the break screen to the person I’m working with. It can be embarrassing.
I’m committed to adding user-desired features to Pace. Let me know what would make it work better for you.
STANDARD FEATURES (free)
• Short and long breaks
• Options to skip or snooze a break
• Multi-display support
• Pace appears in your menu bar
ADVANCED FEATURES (available with one-time In-App Purchase)
• Customize the frequency and length of breaks
• Set your own limit on the number of skips you can use each day
• Set your own limit on the number of snoozes you can use each day
• Disable the ability to skip or snooze breaks
• Pause breaks during screen sharing (via GoToMeeting®, Cisco WebEx, TeamViewer, and join.me)
• Pause breaks for meetings scheduled in your calendar
• Pause breaks when presenting in Keynote or PowerPoint
Version 1.2 includes:
- Works with new version of MacOS.
- Allows Resuming breaks override when Pace is paused! I like this one a lot.
- Congratulations for taking breaks without a reminder.
- Resolves issues with recent Gotomeeting changes for pausing of breaks.
- Resolves issue where Pace wouldn't launch if not connected to network.
Ratings and Reviews
Better than the rest and at a great price!
I like this app and use it every day to avoid getting stuck in front of my computer. Other programs offer similar features, but this offering is simple and reasonably priced. I tried several similar apps and this is the best one for my needs. I like how it detects when I take a break voluntarily and rewards me when I come back from a long break. FIVE STARS for sure!
As with any app, there are always a few more features that would be nice. For example, I'd like to be able to customize the notifications. These essential warnings keep me from getting frustrated at the program for interrupting my work. I usually dislike notifications, in this case I need them and want more control. Ideally, I'd set a notification at 20 and 10 seconds before each break. Other fantasy features could include, working with multiple screens, longer fade-in before breaks and a customizable break screen photo. Personally, I'd use a picture from my last vacation to relax me and motivate me to stay healthy and focused during my break.
For anyone seeking a simple way to encourage regular breaks from the computer, this is the best product I could find!
Cuts you off abruptly
I was looking for a way to ensure I wasn’t spending too much time staring at the screen. Pace is nice for that. One major problem: it cuts you off.
If I am typing away at an email, Pace has no mercy. It’s infuriating to have your train of thought abruptly derailed like that. It should wait for a full second of no keyboard/mouse input before beginning the break. It’s unacceptable to cut one off — I end up turning Pace off or skipping/snoozing for most of the day because it happens at really inconvenient times and has no mercy.
OS X 10.11.3 update fixed the crash.
I’m a happy Pace user again. The app hasn’t been updated in a while, and it was crashing on launch in 10.11.2, but the OS update to .3 fixed it. So I’m back to using Pace every day as a reminder to stop slouching and get up and move every once in a while, and it works great.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.