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BreakTime reminds you to take breaks from your work.

Every day, most of us spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer. Sadly, that probably means you're at a higher risk for an earlier death. That's why you need BreakTime.

Let BreakTime remind you to take regular breaks to stand up, stretch and get away from your computer.


  • Clean, simple and attractive interface.
  • Set the length and time between breaks.
  • Easily postpone breaks if you're in the middle of something important.
  • Get guaranteed breaks by enforcement.
  • Uses no CPU or more...

What's New

Version 2.4:
  • Fixed an issue with popover animation on different resolution monitors.
  • Fixed an issue where screen wouldn't always be covered with multiple monitors.
  • Improved menu item animation.
  • Improved popup time granularity.
  • Improved accessibility.


OS X 10.7 or later

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hzlzh Member IconReview+1

Very nice, a must have app

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Version 2.2.1
kpublik Member IconReview+29

Initially I had held off on a review because there was a memory usage issue that I reported with version 2.1.0. That report and follow-up can be seen on the "Troubleshooting" tab.

Now that the memory problem is corrected, I'm happy to say that this is an excellent application. It delivers a great mix of functionality, ease of use, and aesthetics. It has one purpose and it serves it well; Timed breaks.

Personally, I'm using it to remind me to "take five" after every hour sitting in front of the computer. Just a five minute break every hour is making a significant difference to the way I feel while working. Prior to "Break Time", I could spend 10 hours in my chair, maybe getting up only once during that time.

The program itself is unobtrusive and has some nice touches that are missing from others in this category, such as: menu icon changes subtlety to let you know how much time before your next break, screen fade/lockout works across spaces, time remaining before next break can be adjusted on the fly, optional inactivity detection, plus others.

Finally, the author is a developer from a very well respected Mac application development company. I don't know if they know about this product venture, so I won't mention the company name, but it certainly made me feel confident in his abilities.

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Version 2.1.1
kpublik Member IconComment+29

Memory leaks?

I've been using the trial for 2 hours and it's chewed-up almost 70MB of real memory. Seems like a lot for such a simple app. It must be leaking memory. When first launched, it uses just under 9MB.

I think it's a great app and was just about to buy it, but not if its going to suck-up so many resources.

I'm using OSX 10.6.8.

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Version 2.1

Ok. A little more info. The program starts off using only about 9MB of real memory according to Activity Monitor. However, the first time a break comes up and it fades the screen, the memory jumps to around 70MB and is never released.

Fortunately, it never uses any more than that. However, to me, this amount of memory use for a simply utility is unacceptable. Furthermore, I have a free timer app that is essentially the same in how it fades the screen, etc., and it never uses more than 12MB of memory. I would buy Break Time if this memory usage issue is resolved.


Author replied quickly to my report of memory usage and an update was released that corrected the issue.

I'm very happy with both this product and the level of customer service.

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Version 2.4
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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 3,012
Version Downloads 335
License Commercial
Date 02 Jan 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $4.99
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