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By Imacami

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We know that it is not good for the health when spending hour after hour in front of the computer screen.
It might effect our bodies negatively, e.g., stiff, throbbing, ...
Recess is really necessary.
We need to take a short break, e.g., try to look outside a window, stand up, stretch the legs, and walk around a bit ...

Sometime you might forget to relax. 
Recess app will remind regularly you to take breaks.
However, if you want to concentrate on your current work, e.g., you are presenting slides, you can pause the Recess.


- Clear and simple
- Quickly access through status bar item
- Set the work and break period
- Easily postpone breaks
- Automatically start at login

Recess lives in your menu bar!!!

What's New in Version 1.2

- be able to set working time to less than 30 min
- fixed bug which prevents screensaver
- allow to start screensaver by hot-corners
- right click (ctrl + left click) on status bar icon to access the context menu
- ameliorate the status bar icon


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Customer Reviews

Unlike FutureProof’s Awareness, this one works

I shouldn’t complain given that they’re free, and that’s much appreciated. But Awareness never seems to work, despite it’s dead simple design. Recess is the same, but DOES work. It’d be nice to be able to customize the sound played, but again, it’s free and it does 95% of what I was looking for, so thumbs up!

Does what it’s supposed to do

I keep working through the ones that only give audio warnings ‘cause I’d often have sound turned off. This one is simple and effective. I’d like a “snooze” feature in case I’m in the middle of something I can’t stop immediately.

Very useful tool!

Very easy to use and has great benefits!

I would take walk break but they wouldn’t be consistent but with this timer it makes the process 100x easier!

Thanks guys!

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  • Free
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 3.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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