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 has two kinds of breaks: a "Normal" break, typically for 10 minutes after 50 minutes of work, so you can move about and relax, plus a "Micro" break: a very brief pause of typically 10 seconds every 10 minutes, so you can remember not to tense up too much for long periods.
You can configure how long each kind of break lasts, and how long between breaks, or disable each kind. Each Time Out is announced via the screen slowly dimming, with related graphics materializing, and when the break is complete, it fades out again. You can change the time these transitions take... and you can even change the color and the level of transparency during the break. So if you like, you can make it mostly transparent so you can continue reading while on your break... though it's better for you if you give your eyes a rest during the Time Out.
At the start and/or end of the break, you can optionally play a sound, and even run an Automator workflow, AppleScript, or application.
Time Out is released as Freeware. You are welcome to use it at no cost.
What's new in this version: The break screen now isn't hidden if the Time Out application is hidden.
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All versions:4.7 stars
out of 21 votes
Current version:4.5 stars
out of 2 votes
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"Exactly what I was looking for"
Version: Dejal Time Out 1.5.6
Simple interface, does exactly what it's supposed to do.
There was a slight bug at start up and I had to restart it. Haven't had any bugs since.
I needed a simple program to remind and require me to look away from my computer every few minutes and to get up and stretch every hour. This program does exactly that. It's perfect in that it temporarily blocks access to your computer while you're in a time out, but you are able to cancel or delay each break if needed. The zen imagery is a good reminder that a little time out is restorative.
I have no complaints! It does exactly what I hoped it would do, is uncomplicated, and easy to use.
"Reminds you to TAKE A BREAK. Get up and stretch, etc."
Version: Dejal Time Out 1.5.6
Been using it for years. Does what it advertises.
Easy to use interface
Would like it to provide daily reminders - maybe a link to iCal events?
App icon takes up space in Dock
I love this app. Been using it for years now.
First... I do wish there was some way of hiding the application icon instead of it sitting in my Dock taking up space. I have the program running all the time, and set to take a 15 second break every 20 minutes so it isn't like I'm going to forget the application is running.
Second... link it to my iCal so it reminds me of special events. Hey, it is your sister's birthday today... it's your anniversary, etc. etc. Yes, I am a forgetful geek, and having a little help to remind me of this stuff never hurts!
I can't complain since it is free though ... ^_^ Add the link to iCal and it would be worth charging a couple bucks for it.
I highly recommend this little application. Everyone should have it.
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