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 2.2.1
- Fixed schedule adjustments after waking from sleep (it was incorrectly adding the sleep duration to the due time).
- Fixed handling of an Available range when the frequency is daily or longer (e.g. for a daily lunchtime break).
I recently had some kind of bug that kept Time Out from automatically logging in on one of my computers. I soon found out that I had to stop working after a couple of hours; my body wouldn’t keep functioning without the regular stretching and eye resting that Time Out prompts. I contacted David, the developer, and he not only responded immediately, but continued corresponding with me to sort out the problem. This app is a gem, far more valuable than the negligible (and entirely optional) amount David suggests users contribute.
I’ll echo the other reviews singing the praises of Time Out. It is a simple concept done exceptionally well.
One of the great things is all of the custimization options. Be sure to explore all the settings. For example, you can make it run as a menu bar icon instead of full app (requires minimal one-time payment), it can trigger scripts- I have it take a screenshot every hour so I can look back at what I was working on, and so much more.
I like it
I like the flexibility of this app. I can choose how often to take a break, how long the breaks should be, and whether or not I can skip a break. The only negative is that if I leave my desk for a time, I can’t figure out how to make the system reset to make all the breaks start from 0 when I return.
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Updated: Mar 18, 2017
- Version: 2.2.1
- Size: 9.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Dejal Systems, LLC
- © 2017 Dejal Systems, LLC
Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor
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