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Concentrate gives you a simple workflow solution: Fewer distractions, more productivity.

Concentrate helps you work and study more productively by eliminating distractions.

To start, create an activity (study, write, design, etc) and choose actions (described below) to run every time you concentrate. When ready, just click "concentrate." All your distractions will dissappear and a timer will appear to help you stay focused.

Actions that can be run include:

  • Launch Applications: Choose apps needed to complete your activity
  • Quit Applications: Quit any distracting or unnecessary apps more...

What's New

Version 1.2.2:
  • This is a minor release to fix the problem where Concentrate would not launch on OS X 10.5

Requirements

OS X 10.5 or later

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Wow! I'm impressed. The authors are giving away a free license on the purchase link store.madebyrocket.com
with the message:

"Hi, until we're able to give Concentrate some needed love, 1.0 is free to use with the more...

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Version 1.2.2
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Mikael B Member IconReview+415
Mikael B
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Wow! I'm impressed. The authors are giving away a free license on the purchase link store.madebyrocket.com
with the message:

"Hi, until we're able to give Concentrate some needed love, 1.0 is free to use with the following information"

What a nice gesture!

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Version 1.2.2
Wonderv
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What about performance on ML and Mavericks since it was last updated in mid-2012?

Anyone have experience?

Thank you.

GranadoMJ
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Actually, I just tried Concentrate in Mavericks today and it doesn't seem to be blocking the designated websites anymore. It's too bad as I really think there is a need for an application like this. I've already spoken with the developer and he has no plans of updating the application any further. It's too bad!

At this point, I'm going to try Parental Controls in Mavericks to see if I can reproduce some of the things that Concentrate did (so easily). Otherwise, there doesn't seem to be any other application that does this, as easily and conveniently as Concentrate did. SelfControl is too invasive and Isolater or Vitamin R2 do not really get specific enough to block websites. Again, it's too bad.

Bowlerboy_jmb Member IconComment+212
Bowlerboy_jmb
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The system requirements say:

REQUIREMENTS
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.5 or later

but version 1.2.2 is Intel only, according to the Get Info window on a PowerPC-based Mac, where the application will not run.

The Developer's web site is quite sparse: there appears to be no way to download a legacy version that runs on a PPC Mac.

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Version 1.2.2
Mikael B
+0

Cnet have version 1.1.5 here: http://download.cnet.com/Concentrate/3000-18509_4-75218390.html

I think it's universal.

Sonnendeck Member IconReview+36
Sonnendeck
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Great. Works perfectly good and is a big help.

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Version 1.2.2
Mikael B Member IconComment+415
Mikael B
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Concentrate crashes for me on OS X 10.6.8 at the stage of adding any action by dragging it to the activity area. At the drag there is a crash:

Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGSEGV)
Exception Codes: KERN_INVALID_ADDRESS at 0x0000000000000030
Crashed Thread: 0

It seems to me Concentrate isn't really compatible with OS X 10.6.8.

What are your experiences under 10.6?

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Version 1.2.2
Mikael B
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And then for whatever reason it just works. Very strange, but possibly something to do with some permission error or so.

signorinadaniellegmailcom8447
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It simply crashes over and over again. It's so frustrating!! Every time I drag a new item it crashes...

Mikael B
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What OS X version are you on? It works now on OS X 10.6.8 for me. The drag and drop crashes are no more. Unfortunately I have no idea how I resolved this. I do recommend you repair your permissions though, while booted from the main system disk.

I use:
sudo diskutil repairPermissions /
, in the Terminal usually.

signorinadaniellegmailcom8447
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Same: OS X 10.6.8

I'll try the permissions thing in the terminal... hope it works... thanks...

Mikael B Member IconComment+415
Mikael B
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Crashes for me on OS X 10.6.8 at the stage of adding an open app part. At the drag there is a crash. See troubleshooting for more.

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Version 1.2.2
Mikael B
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It started working for unknown reasons. See Troubleshooting.

Mikael B Member IconReview+415
Mikael B
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Concentrate works really well, albeit a bit slow executing its tasks. Unfortunately I feel it's overpriced and not adjusted to prices in the Macworld of 2013. I'd pay $8-10 or so for this functionality.

At $29 I'm contemplating a subscription to something like Rescuetime http://www.rescuetime.com which at $72 / year of course costs more, but also give much much more than Concentrate.

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Version 1.2.2
Mikael B
+0

With still 54 free hours to go I must confess this app grows on me. It's very simple and fast to set up.

I do find the open web sites to be immature and limited as it doesn't stop to check if the page is already loaded. And Concentrate doesn't send an "open" event but rather just writes out the URK in the location bar. Besides this nuisance I'm finding this somewhat useful.

I've started to use "Self Control" for blocking web sites also when I have a break. It's free and a nice effective complement. I could certainly make do with that and Macbreakz that I already own. I'll see what I choose when my free hours run out.

Mikael B Member IconComment+415
Mikael B
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The macupdate link is too old. This is the current: http://www.getconcentrating.com/builds/concentrate.1.2.2.zip

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Version 1.2.1
Mikael B
+0

Well, link is updated.

Chester W Member IconReview+6
Chester W
+1

Two problems:
1. When adding blocked websites, you can't add "google.com/reader", because the program changes it into "google.com"
2. If you are using Firefox, you will find that the blacklisted websites will be kept blocked even when you finish the concentrate activity. And you have to restart FF to be able to visit those websites.

In fact, when I first opened the program and tried the example activity. It displayed the remaining time as some millions of minutes, and I couldn't stop the activity. I clicked on "Done" and it did not respond. Although I could click on Quit to terminate the program, the first impression was really bad, making me feel that it was not a reliable program.

In addition, $29 is way too high. Websites like twitter and Facebook are the main distraction to me, and I can install some free addon/extension on my Firefox, Safari, and Chrome do block them (Leechblock on FF, WasteNoTime on Safari, and StayFocused on Chrome). Isolator can help me block distracting applications, though not so completely.
The real value is that it can open the applications or documents that related to your work by just one click, which sometimes makes a big difference, when you are too lazy to open them.

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Version 1.2.1
Lumac52 Member IconReview+102
Lumac52
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This app is great. It appears that all the existing reviews are out of date (based on older versions). The app is helping me get into a more productive mode, so I'm not going to spend more time writing this review. All I can say is that the product description is accurate and I find the product useful. I started the free trial and now I'm buying. Thanks!

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Version 1.2.1
GeoProf Member IconComment+889
GeoProf
+3

I see many comments about features and mechanics of this app, but isn't anyone shocked at the price for this? To me, $29 is delusional.

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Downloads 20,221
Version Downloads 3,235
License Shareware
Date 21 Jul 2012
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $29.00
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