By Dino Angelov
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Make yourself more rested AND more productive.
▸ Tremendous! Helps regain mindfulness, peace of mind, productivity.
▸ Well-thought-out app.
▸ Truly wonderful!
▸ Just what I needed.
Rest is a simple but powerful OS X app that sits in your menubar and reminds you to take a break to improve your productivity and keep your eyes healthy.
Use our hand-picked sounds & images for your breaks or supply your own. Easily postpone your breaks, or just take them early. Everything works beautifully and seamlessly.
◆ Pomodoro support. With custom intervals and an optional longer 4th break, you can use the Pomodoro time management technique with Rest.
◆ An unobtrusive, beautiful menubar indicator.
◆ An advance notice countdown so you can wrap up work before you head for your break. (optional)
◆ Beautiful, full-screen break reminders (optional). What's more, you can use your own!
◆ Simple exercises. Just find the option in the preferences window and do a bit of stretching on your breaks. Office-friendly.
◆ Pause for a set period of time. Never forget to activate Rest again after watching a movie.
◆ Make sure you take your breaks. Just tell Rest to prevent you from working during breaks and you'll have to step away from the computer until your break is over. Warning: Apart from restarting your computer, there will be no way to continue working. All your apps will continue to run as normal in the background.
◆ 13 soothing sounds to pick from - from a decisive gong to a beautiful piano melody. And if that's not enough, just supply your own!
◆ Automatic break detection (optional) - step away from your computer to "take your break", even if it's earlier or later than planned. Rest adjusts automatically.
* Note: images available with the full-screen break notifications vary from system to system. The break exercises shown do not constitute medical advice.
What's New in Version 1.13.1
Playing a sound no longer crashes the app.
Opening the preferences window no longer randomly crashes the app.
Custom sounds now work as intended.
This app is a wonderful way to keep me from sitting at my computer for hours without a break. It strikes the perfect balance between keeping me aware of the time and not being annoying.
Uncommonly good app—many thanks
I’m impressed with this well-concieved, well-crafted app that works. It’s out-of-the-way, light-running and leaves the clipboard and workflow in tact. Clean and easy setup for useful and appropriate features—look at screenshot of preference panels above. Allows me to postpone a break and resume at will using a well-designed interface—like it’s built into the OS.
Yea, I’m ravin’, because after trying several other work-cycle timers, this one splits the arrow.
Wonderful app! Saves my back and neck and brain, when I pay attention to it. Seems rock-solid, too -- doesn’t interfere with sometimes sensitive music-creation applications. Thanks so much. Frequent upgrades appreciated.