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Big Stretch Reminder Program

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If you're reading this, there's a very high probability that you're what's known as a computer user, which Webster defines as "an individual at elevated risk for repetitive stress injuries (RSI)" such as carpal tunnel syndrome, not to mention other physiological stresses like eyestrain and neck pain. Your doctor and your mother will both tell you the same thing: you're spending way too much time in front of that computer, and you should take regular stretch breaks. That's where a tool like Big Stretch Reminder comes in. This simple, free utility interrupts you at regular, predetermined intervals, prompting you to take a break and offering random RSI-prevention messages like "Have a Tea Break!" or a message of your own. You can set a sound alert and a countdown reminder in the system tray.

Big Stretch's general settings begin with configuring the time between breaks, either from a drop-down list of predefined regular intervals or by clicking Custom and scrolling to an exact time. We could enter a custom message under Message Content or check Show random tip and configure reminder as a balloon, pop-up, or a micro-break lasting from a minute to an hour. We set a 2-minute Micro Break and pressed Show Example, which previewed our break. The small dialog showed a random tip, a green progress bar, and our break's remaining time in minutes and seconds. We could click buttons labeled Postpone 2 mins to accommodate unexpected interruptions or Skip Break to just get back to work. The audible reminders somewhat betray the software's U.K. origins: Beep, Ding Dong, Pipes, and Tea Time. We could set various other options such as stopping reminders when the computer is idle. Once it's set, though, Big Stretch does its thing automatically and on cue.

It's only fair that software should help mitigate some of the physical stress hardware inflicts on peopleware. Tools like Big Stretch can help maximize your ergonomic health and efficiency, reducing injuries and aggravation, too. Frequent short breaks can make a difference, if you could only remember them and bring yourself to take them. Take our advice: take a big leap and download Big Stretch Reminder.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great program!"

    March 23, 2014  |   By Pianxx

    Version: Big Stretch Reminder Program 2.0

    Pros

    This app is not just geared to remind you to take a break of one hour. I lately discovered that you can also include that mini-break of 5 minutes along with the message reminder! That's why I just felt compelled to say that this app is perfect for me, ie to take a break after an hour and that break should last 5 minutes. Simply wonderful.

    Cons

    Although I got tricked initially as not all the buttons displaying the download would give you this app. Initially I downloaded something which added a toolbar. Kinda tricky!
    And I just found out that this works only if you're using the desktop and not if you're using other apps in the start screen for Windows 8.1.

    Summary

    But then, thanks for this wonderful program! Really much appreciated! I hope you would have the version suited for Windows 8.1.

    Updated on Mar 23, 2014

    I meant it reminds you to take a break AFTER an hour.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "For me it's unusable, but it's okay."

    March 10, 2013  |   By duffany2

    Version: Big Stretch Reminder Program 2.0

    Pros

    It does what it's supposed to do.

    Cons

    It places a handle on your audio driver. I can't use any of my music software (e.g. FL Studio) because this program does not close its connection with the audio driver when it's not using it. Even if you turn the sound effect off, this program still keeps a handle on your audio driver. For me, this is a dealbreaker.

    Summary

    Okay, but poorly programmed.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Comes loaded with crap ware"

    February 20, 2013  |   By Anon222222222

    Version: Big Stretch Reminder Program 2.0

    Pros

    Might do what it says.

    Cons

    Loaded my browsers with add ons, including something called Info Atoms that I can't even seem to uninstall via add/remove programs. Also changed my default search to Bing :(

    Summary

    Do not use.

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