RSI-Shield

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 8 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.5.14.0
File Size:
16.51MB
Date Added:
March 11, 2009
Price:
Free to try (60-day trial); $37.74 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: Download.com has removed the direct-download link following the publisher's request and offers this page for informational purposes only.

Editors' review

This feature-rich application prompts you to take breaks and offers useful tools to help you avoid repetitive strain injuries, but it will cost you some disk space. After questions about your computer habits, RSI-Shield quickly creates a break schedule for you. The intuitive interface presents several icons that include options to view schedule settings, usage graphs, and macros. The program is preset to disable your mouse and keyboard during breaks, but you can change these options and adjust break intervals and duration. RSI-Shield does more than simply prompt you to take a break. It offers exercises to help reduce upper body and eye strain with step-by-step instructions and an animated demonstration. RSI-Shield also has tools to create macros and use the keyboard in lieu of the mouse. Though some may be put off by the hefty 16MB of memory it requires, this comprehensive app can help any user avoid RSI and it offers a generous 60-day trial.

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  • 2 stars

    "Never got to use it - install/update problem"

    May 16, 2007   |   By slheider

    Version: RSI-Shield 4.5.1

    Pros

    don't know; never got to use it.

    Cons

    When I first opened this program to use it, it said there was an update which I ok'd to download. I was then put into a never ending loop; had to take down the computer hard to stop and regain control of my computer. Since this was only a 30 day free trial (versus a freeware program) and I had the looping problem, I opted to uninstall this and use the Scirocco Take a Break 2.7 (available here on CNet.com) which I like.

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  • 1 stars

    "Clumsy UI and bad stretches."

    November 04, 2006   |   By Julia1153

    Version: RSI-Shield 4.5.1

    Pros

    Contains lots of features

    Cons

    User-interface is clumsy. Stretches are not very good at all.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great health product"

    June 25, 2006   |   By wisedriver

    Version: RSI-Shield 4.5.1

    Pros

    I've spent 30 to 40 years sitting on my can at a typewriter then a PC. My body/spine/musculature system is wrecked. I've been doing physical rehab exercises and found this. Been using it two days. At first I resented its intrusion into my valuable PC time but now I like it a lot. The time breaks (default) feel about right and movies pop up leading me through different stretches. I had another timer but it felt punishing, depriving. I value RSI because of the 'companionship' of the little movie and for helping me to remember that what's important is not knocking my work out for hour and hours but my physical well being. It comes with about 15 exercises and the speed can be controlled. This is a really nice program and I haven't yet explored the macro possibilites.

    Cons

    CNET says its a 60 day trial; the RSI download says 30 days. The settings controls seem a bit daunting, probably because I always feel busy.

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  • 5 stars

    "Me like"

    February 25, 2005   |   By IHaveRSI

    Version: RSI-Shield 4.5.0.5

    Pros

    My like it a lot! It packs a bundle of features! And it is cheap!

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  • 5 stars

    "It's better than the others, believe me"

    December 26, 2004   |   By joycebasel

    Version: RSI-Shield 4.5.0.5

    Summary

    I've tried many of these CTL/RSI programs, but this one really adds something! It looks very good, and it has (by far) the most features of them all.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent program"

    December 12, 2004   |   By MaxImum

    Version: RSI-Shield 4.5.0.5

    Summary

    Great program with lots of features! I especially love the macro's. They are easy to use and very powerful! No more repetitive tasks for me.

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  • 5 stars

    "In one word: GREAT"

    December 11, 2004

    Version: RSI-Shield 4.5.0.5

    Summary

    I came across this tool about a few months ago, and I have to say! I love it! I can't imagine my life without, really. It cured me of my pain! And I can now work normally for the entire day!

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  • 5 stars

    "It's absolutely amazing"

    December 10, 2004   |   By TomSweet

    Version: RSI-Shield 4.5.0.5

    Summary

    It ACTUALLY does operate my PC for me! It's like magic! I've simply recorded things I do a lot on my pc, and now this program does it for me, everytime! And it does it much faster than I ever did! By the way I like the pause stuff too!

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