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TakeYourBreak

By Usethank Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
This application helps enforce scheduled breaks during computer sessions, but its busy interface may be a bit daunting initially. TakeYourBreak's small interface is crammed with numerous controls to set break intervals and duration and specify what happens during the break. A digital display shows the time until the next break with controls to stop, pause, or reset it. The program is preset to offer ten-minute breaks each hour, alerting you 30 seconds before they begin. By default, you'll see a screensaver that displays text direction for simple stretching exercises. While the interface would benefit from a cleaner design, each of the settings could be changed in a single step and we were impressed by the wide array of options. In addition to the screensaver, you can place your computer in standby or hibernate mode or opt to log off or power off completely during a break. User-defined hot keys open the main window, initiate a break, lock the computer, or pause the timer, and you can password-protect your screen during breaks. This freeware app doesn't offer the range of exercises found in similar programs, but it is an inexpensive and effective way to schedule much-needed breaks.

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General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added May 26, 2006
Version 1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server

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Total Downloads 4,477
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Developer's Description

TakeYourBreak is the first software from collection Use&Thank. It is an ergonomic software, or break reminder software, designed to prevent or minimize Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and other computer related health problems. It has a friendly interface and a tray icon status indicator. It runs quietly in the background, monitoring your activity and reminding you to take regular breaks.

Features: Settings customizable to suit each individual user; Work Time statistics; Announce Break Time beginning by message or sound; Sounds informs you when Break Time start and finish; Multiple computer states for Break Time: Screen Saver, Stand By Monitor, Stand By Computer, Hibernate, Log Off, Power Off.; Flexible for choosing to enter in Break Time (Just Remind MeOption); Automatically wake up from Hibernate; Power saving features; Break Time protection by password; Customizable hot keys.

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