Scirocco Take a Break

Scirocco Take a Break

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 36 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.1
  • Total Downloads:
    43,170
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 08, 2012
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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This extremely basic but free program helps you avoid repetitive-stress injuries at work by periodically reminding you to take a break. The tiny utility sits in your system tray and pops up a message box or flashes when it's time for you to step away from your computer. You also can set the program to remind you via one of the included sounds or your own WAV files. Although the easily configured interface can't be spruced up with skins or different color schemes, you can at least choose from several different system-tray icons. You simply enter the amount of time before your next break, then press Play. Once the time expires and you begin your break, you can view another timer that tells you how long before you need to get back to work. When you go back to work, the program will automatically begin ticking down to your next break. Though it doesn't do anything particularly special or boast any exciting bonus features, Scirocco Take a Break can be useful to anyone who regulary toils at a computer terminal.
 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Simple and efficient"

December 27, 2012  |  By semtheul

 |  Version: Scirocco Take a Break 3.1

Pros

Easy settings for breaks/notifications
Conveniently minimizes to the task tray
Calculates stats over the working session (breaks vs working)

Cons

Would like more graphs for stats
More options to save my user profile and see my working patterns over long periods of time

Summary

Well, I needed an app to help me make regular breaks when working at my computer. I got it. No extra charges, no extra functionality. Of course, it's not fancy, but it's a fine little tool that does just what it's meant to do and doesn't cost you anything. Give it a try!

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4 stars

"Works but clunky"

October 28, 2012  |  By crosjn

 |  Version: Scirocco Take a Break 3.1

Pros

Does what it says
Multiple Options
Tracks Usage

Cons

Annoying to access options
Multiple steps required to set time

Summary

We use this to make sure our two kids share the computer. You can set the amount of time on the timer via "Options". You can also set how it behaves (just a reminder, lock the screen, etc...) Wish it were quicker to set the timer value/options. But otherwise, I installed on Win7 64bit - it works fine and does what it says. Easy enough now to force the kids to share time. :)
(It's not mommy or daddy, it's the computer saying it's time to share!)

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4 stars

"very very very good for what it does"

August 16, 2012  |  By donnorvell

 |  Version: Scirocco Take a Break 3.1

Pros

works for me. saves me from falling down after a couple house work session

Cons

I don not have any cons

Summary

been using it for years and will continue using it

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5 stars

"Excellent software"

August 09, 2012  |  By h1592913

 |  Version: Scirocco Take a Break 3.1

Pros

I have been using this software for a few years now and it has improved my health. The new statistics form makes it even better. I can keep track of my work/break ratio and try to improve it over time. Thanks again Scirocco for this great utility.

Cons

None that I can think of.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.1
  • Track how your time is spent with the new statistics form. View time spent working, on break as well as averages per hour and total time. Display includes a motivational pie-chart.
  • Additional static and dynamic tray icons to choose from
  • Timer automatically resets when computer comes out of standby or hibernation.
General
Publisher Scirocco
Publisher web site http://www.scirocco.ca
Release Date August 01, 2012
Date Added August 08, 2012
Version 3.1
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Health & Fitness Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows, Windows 2003, Windows NT, Windows 7, Windows Me, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2000, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.1MB
File Name TakeABreakSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 43,170
Downloads Last Week 40
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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