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Freedom is the amazing little app that locks you away from the 'Net for up to eight hours at a time. At the end of your time offline, Freedom allows you back on the Internet.

Freedom enforces freedom; you'll need to reboot if you want to get back online while Freedom's running. The hassle of rebooting means you're less likely to cheat, letting you focus on work.

Note: The trial version of Freedom is limited to five uses.

What's New

Version 1.0 (0.7): Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

Note: Although Finder indicates that this is version 1.0, the developer refers to it as version 0.7.

Requirements

OS X 10.4 or later

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Xenophon Member IconComment+26
Xenophon
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Sorry, but why on earth would you pay for this? This is mind-boggling!
Please consider sending a $4.99 donation to some charitable organization instead.
Again, I apologize if anyone is offended by my remarks.
Xen

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Version 1.0
Turquoise
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@Xenophon
Addiction comes in many forms. I threw away my TV set to stop wasting time watching all the incredible series available on different channels. But I cannot get rid of my computer, I need it for work.

Turquoise Member IconComment+99
Turquoise
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$4.99 wuld be a fairer price, imho. Also, recent update failed to make it retina display friendly. Other than that, the app does its simple task well.

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Version 0.6.1
Gazman Member IconComment+189
Gazman
+2

I own Freedom and love the concept behind it. However, I also want the opposite of this - where, for example, I can set myself a twenty minute window to surf the internet and at the end of the twenty minutes my internet gets cut off. Anyone know if this is possible?

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Version 0.5.2
Turquoise
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Never heard about such an application. Eventually, if you have an Airport Extreme, you can enable Access Control on the device and set wireless time limits.

Detlevski Member IconComment+84
Detlevski
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Good plan, but not really suitable for a webdesigner.
I want my freedom too (and use Concentrate..)

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Version 0.5.2
Gazman Member IconReview+189
Gazman
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I really like the concept behind this app. The one thing it needs to add to get 5 stars from me is the ability to just run it as a system preference or menubar app.

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Version 0.5.1
Alexiusca Member IconReview+128
Alexiusca
+5

Works as advertised. Anything more complicated and the procrastinators would spend an hour fiddling with it instead of working!

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Version 0.5
Odysseus Member IconReview+121
Odysseus
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This has the potential to be a very useful program, but its fundamental operational principles are not well-documented: when you specify the amount of time you want to be internet-free, you are not specifying a countdown, but rather the actual amount of time your computer will be used before networking is restored. In other words, if it is 2pm when you specify 2 hours, your computer will only have networking restored at 4pm if you've actually used your computer for 2 hours during that time. Since sleep does not count toward computer usage, you never know exactly when networking will return.

When I inquired about this, the developer replied that this was a design decision and would not be changed. The program should accommodate both the current approach and a simpler one, where the user specifies a time interval during which networking isn't available (say 2-4pm). Since the developer is not responsive to this need, I would not contribute money this project.

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Version 0.4.1
Alexiusca
+6

"Since that man did not give me his sandwich, I shall not be his friend"

John Locke Member IconComment+6
John Locke
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I think this could be useful with kids..."No internet till homework is done!" Maybe it needs to go up to 8 or 9 hours so parents can say "No internet while I'm gone," since it's nice to be able to supervise internet use.

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Version 0.3
Odysseus Member IconComment+121
Odysseus
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This only temporarily affects networking and doesn't permanently alter any files, does it?

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Version 0.3
MacUpdate-Lon
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The description states:

"Freedom is an application that disables wireless and ethernet networking on an Apple computer for up to three hours at a time. Freedom will free you from the distractions of the internet, allowing you time to code, write, or create. At the end of your selected offline period, Freedom re-enables your network, restoring everything as normal." (emphasis added)

lessig Member IconComment+0
lessig
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Fantastic idea. A bit flakey in its implementation (better to have a count down till when the lock is removed). But lots of psych data supports the idea that tiny blocks can change behavior significantly.

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Version 0.3
Odysseus
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Exactly. Better to have a countdown. How does it work? I launched Freedom 0.4.1 at 2pm and told it stop all networking for 150 minutes (2 1/2 hours). Just before 4pm, I put my MacBook Pro (late 2008) to sleep. I woke it up at 5:45, expecting to have networking restored. It was not restored, and I had to restart.

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Version 0.5.2
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Downloads 5,556
Version Downloads 139
License Demo
Date 25 Dec 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $10.00
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