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Freedom for Mac

Editors' Review


Freedom is a free, ironically named application that's designed to increase productivity by temporarily disabling networking on your computer so you won't be able to visit Web sites, send or receive e-mail, or get distracted by anything else over the Internet.

In Freedom's simple, spare interface, you set the number of minutes that you want your computer to be offline (totaling anywhere between 5 minutes and 8 hours), and you decide whether you want to allow access to your local network (for tasks like printing and file sharing) or completely disable all networking. In recent updates, Freedom now saves the time you select as the default, and it also better handles apps that require network access (such as apps that use your network for antipiracy safeguards).

The only way to circumvent the time limit and restore networking is by restarting your computer. Overall, this is a seemingly silly app--it's trivial to turn off networking on your computer manually--but many users may find that Freedom is a useful tool for limiting tempting distractions. For the truly inspired, the developer will even create a custom version of the app (with a five-seat license) for $250--if, for example, you absolutely need e-mail and while you're working.

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3 stars

"Freedom is NOT Free"

October 11, 2010  |  By regedanzter

 |  Version: Freedom 0.5.2


It does what it says it does


Although I dont mind paying for a program that I find useful and I will probably pay for this one, it is NOT FREE at all. You get 10 free uses which makes it shareware not freeware.

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3 stars

"strange implementation"

April 23, 2009  |  By bernie90210

 |  Version: Freedom 0.4.1


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This has the potential to be a very useful program, but its fundamental operational principles are not well-documented: when you specify the amount of time you want to be internet-free, you are not specifying a countdown, but rather the actual amount of time your computer will be used before networking is restored. In other words, if it is 2pm when you specify 2 hours, your computer will only have networking restored at 4pm if you've actually used your computer for 2 hours during that time. Since sleep does not count toward computer usage, you never know exactly when networking will return.

When I inquired about this, the developer replied that this was a design decision and would not be changed. The program should accommodate both the current approach and a simpler one, where the user specifies a time interval during which networking isn't available (say 2-4pm). Since the developer is not responsive to this need, I would not contribute money to this project.

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Full Specifications

Publisher Fred Stutzman
Publisher web site
Release Date August 24, 2015
Date Added August 24, 2015
Version 1.1
Category Networking Software
Subcategory Internet Operations
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.11MB
File Name FreedomSetup.dmg
Total Downloads 10,622
Downloads Last Week 18
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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