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:
- Replaced the use of an undocumented routine to check the idle time with an approved one, to fix compatibility with Snow Leopard.
- Updated the bundled Adium scripts to support the current versions of the Adium instant messaging client, thanks to Nic Munroe. Note: if you used a previous version of Time Out, the scripts won't be replaced, in case you've customized them. You can download the updated scripts from the Time Out Extras site.
- Fixed an issue with the Preference... See all new features
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All versions:4.7 stars
out of 21 votes
Current version:5.0 stars
out of 2 votes
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"Practical and works flawlessly."
Version: Time Out 1.5.4
Great rest reminder
"Pleasant, soothing software to prevent RSI and dry eyes"
Version: Time Out 1.5.4
Simple to set up
- Nice interface and design
- Variety of different settings
- Gradual transition from work to time out and vice versa
- This product will do the basics, do not expect many bells and whistles.
The most pleasant time out reminder software I have been using, whether in the Windows or the Mac universe.
I particularly appreciate the way there is a gently fade in and fade out of work into break and vice-versa. This allows the user to gently go in an out of the different modes.
Other than its use to prevent RSI and dry eyes, or to remind one to adopt a good posture, this software is also useful to reflect on one's current activity. For example, this software can be used to break potentially addicting Internet activities, such as participation in social networks.
This is also the only free alternative I know of for the Mac, and therefore certainly a very good default initial choice.
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