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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 2.0.2

* Scheduler improvements

- By popular request, increased the number of digits for the "Break for" duration and "Every" frequency on the Break Schedule page from 2 to 3, so you can enter 150 minutes to have a break every 2.5 hours, for example.
- Also added an option on the Exclusions page to automatically skip breaks that fall due while the screensaver is active, the display is asleep, another user is active, or the Mac is asleep. This defaults to on.
- Tweaked the scheduler to avoid App Nap interfering with idle detection and starting breaks when the window is closed and no status item is shown.
- Scheduler logging (in Advanced preferences) is now off by default for new users.

* Mac App Store fixes

- Fixed another issue that prevented purchases from working for some people with the Mac App Store edition.

Version 2.0 included far too many changes to list here; highlights include:

* Redesigned app icon
* Redesigned Preferences window
* No longer needs to be in the Dock
* New menubar status item
* Assign global keyboard shortcuts to start, defer, pause, etc
* Add any number of breaks
* Rename, label and comment on breaks
* Scheduling improvements
* Limit breaks to a time range
* Support for natural breaks
* Better appearance
* Customizable HTML-based break themes
* Redesigned & movable control panel during breaks
* Add actions to notify of due, starting or finishing breaks
* Enhanced app exclusions
* Several advanced options
* New supporter options
* Optimized for Yosemite and El Capitan

See the full release notes via the Dejal web site for details.


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Customer Reviews

Have Eye Strain? Get this Application

Thanks to the function of this application I have been able to reduce the amount of eyestrain I get from staring into a monitor by a generous amount. Just set the break times and how often they happen and you are set to go.

EDIT: After having gone through an update recently I would have to say the functionality has suffered a bit. Not by much, but still by a noticeable margin. The main thing I’ve noticed is that this application now uses more resources than normal (especially when a break is about to start), and for an app that needs to run consistently throughout the day it really needs to be able to run as light as possible so this is not a good direction for it to go. It still works fine as is, but in order for me to expend the least amount of CPU possible I myself would want to go back to the last version and stick with that until the current version shows some improvements.

Super glad I found this.

I’ve had a real problem with RSI over the years and recently it’s gotten to the point where I’ve had to really change up my practices and take good breaks.

Without something to force me to stop, I’ll just keep going; I lose track of time and suddenly it’s three hours later and my wrists hurt. There are only a few good contenders for applications that force breaks, and Time Out is clearly the best.

First, none of the others I found seemed to support multiple break types. Time Out comes with two by default and more with the IAP. I use the short breaks to get up and stretch, and I use the long breaks to go for a quick walk or fix some lunch. Sometimes I’m in the middle of something and I really can’t stop, so I just tap the “postpone 5 minutes” button.

I really like ability to edit everything about the breaks, including their spacing, duration, timing, and appearance among other things. Several other apps I tried didn’t dim out all of my monitors, just the main one. Time Out dims all of them, though i wish it would also put the images, UI, and animations on all of them instead of just the primary.

I very much recommend this app. I think it’s helped me keep better posture, stay more focused, and stay healthier.

Must have for the ergonomically conscious.

It’s quite easy to lose track of time and get rooted to that sitting posture at your desk when you’re caught up in an immersive project. Time Out was recommended to me by a colleague and after using it for a few days I’ve found it indispensable for reminding me to take those all too valuable mini-breaks to maintain a healthy work lifestyle.

I would love to see an additional feature which is a limit on the total number of times a break can be postponed.

Time Out - Break Reminders
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  • Free
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.0.2
  • Size: 6.5 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German
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You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
  • Unrestricted Web Access

Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor

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