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Scirocco Take a Break

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.7
  • Total Downloads:
    41,140
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 11, 2005
  • 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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5 stars

"Very simple to use computer timer."

February 20, 2012  |  By Rackmani

 |  Version: Scirocco Take a Break 2.7

Pros

Simple to use.
Aids not spending too long at your machine.

Cons

No help page although don't really need it.

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5 stars

"Perfect usability, saved my health"

January 29, 2012  |  By cMurdoch111

 |  Version: Scirocco Take a Break 2.7

Pros

Easy to use. As customizable as you want from a break timer. Can be configured to be unobtrusive. Will save your life (seriously, google "sitting is killing you")

Cons

There isn't a Mac version

Summary

The best of 9 timers I've downloaded and tried.

Without a reminder I would lose track of time and sit for hours in front of computer. I developed shoulder problems because of it. With this program I am able to work 12 hours without problem. It also works great as a Pomodoro timer.

The best way I found to configure is to do task tray balloon and sound notification (instead of the pop-up, which steals window focus and gets annoying). Then I have reminder set to same length as break time (3 minutes for me). I take a break without clicking take a break--I just get up and I can hear the chime when the reminder hits, then I just click the icon and restart time. This minimizes the number of pop-ups and clicks. It's easy and I've stuck to it for the past year.

Can specify count time duration. Can set break duration. Can set reminders duration. Can set number of reminders. Can set sound on/off. Can specify sound (chimes work best for me). Can select from icon for task tray (traffic lights are best--are static during countdown then will flash when time up). Can specify alert--pop up or less obtrusive task tray bubble. Can set to auto start minimized when Windows starts up--or to not.

All this for free! If for whatever reason Take A Break program doesn't work on my next OS, I would pay up to $50 for a similar program (anything more than that and I would write my own).

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5 stars

"A pleasant to the ear invitation to take a break"

December 31, 2011  |  By marelro

 |  Version: Scirocco Take a Break 2.7

Pros

It is so geniously simple. And it gives me 3 3-minute chances to end the task I am working at. I spend so many hours on the computer and I do not care because I cannot feel that I am suffering from it during the work (but my neck, shoulders and lower back do!) This helps me to do something now for my health later (I have the suspicion that some of my migraine attacks have their origin int cramped muscles in the neck.
PS: you can set the times as you like: I try to take a 10 minute break every hour.

Cons

Could not find any. Due to another user's warning I would not remove it from my system - in any case this is for keeping

Summary

Best free-of-charge tool I ever found

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3 stars

"Ok timer app"

October 25, 2011  |  By jmcmunn

 |  Version: Scirocco Take a Break 2.7

Pros

simple, easy to use

Cons

not extremely flexible

Summary

would be nice to have a few more scheduling features available, but it does what it advertises and is not hard to understand.

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5 stars

"Simple is all I need. EXCELLENT program!"

May 24, 2011  |  By Oldilocks

 |  Version: Scirocco Take a Break 2.7

Pros

Easy on PC resources; easy to use.

Cons

None at all.

Summary

Set mine to MAKE me take a 10-minute break every 50 minutes and I feel better already. I really hadn't realized how many hours on end I sit in front of my computer. Definite health and mind benefits to getting up and moving via a schedule. Very glad to have found this!

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2 stars

"it works but cant choose your break times"

January 02, 2011  |  By EmmaJBrowning

 |  Version: Scirocco Take a Break 2.7

Pros

cant choose your break times ! automatically startars down to 1 hour !

Cons

non that i'm awear off

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5 stars

"Nice design and very user friendly"

December 16, 2010  |  By MapleStudios

 |  Version: Scirocco Take a Break 2.7

Pros

You can adjust work-time, break-time, how you want to be reminded (sound, pop-up, lock of workstation), snooze time and on/off, and you have the option to let it start automatically every time you switch on your computer (so you can't forget)

Cons

No options that I miss, no confusion, no ugly buttons... cant' find any complaints. And all free. Great job! Thanks!

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4 stars

"A nice, lghtweight timer to remind yo to take a break"

December 03, 2010  |  By Monkles

 |  Version: Scirocco Take a Break 2.7

Pros

Simple, timings can be customised

Cons

It's just based on time - not mouseclicks or antyhing

Summary

Good.

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2 stars

"it's just an alarm clock"

February 11, 2010

 |  Version: Scirocco Take a Break 2.7

Pros

it's simple, just some timers that go off, no more, but it does the job

Cons

it's simple, just some timers that go off, no extra features, no key-board presses calculations

Summary

it's a simple timer program

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1 stars

"Terrible! Don't download this app!"

July 13, 2009  |  By golfer58

 |  Version: Scirocco Take a Break 2.7

Pros

Simple clock feature, but doesn't have enough features.

Cons

The uninstall process was horrendous! The uninstall deleted the boot.ini file. Had to reinstall WinXP OS which is not the way to spend your week.

Summary

I hope CNET discontinues the availability of this app.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.7
Version 2.7
  • Adds the ability to activate the screen saver when on break, the choice of a variety of tray icons for more discretion at work and the main modify timer button on the main screen becomes a one-time change modification.
  • The installer has been updated to work with Win7 and above.
General
Publisher Scirocco
Publisher web site http://www.scirocco.ca
Release Date May 29, 2011
Date Added February 11, 2005
Version 2.7
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Alarms & Clock Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.1MB
File Name TakeABreakSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 41,140
Downloads Last Week 58
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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