Time Out
Time Out


Time Out free download for Mac

Time Out

04 September 2019

Break reminder tool with micro-breaks.


Time Out helps remind you to take work breaks throughout the day. It 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, optionally playing a sound. 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.

Note: This application contains in-app and/or external module purchases.

What's new in Time Out

Version 2.6.1:
  • Fixed some situations where the new Fixed Time option didn't calculate the best time.
  • When the Break Appearance page was selected then you choose a break with a duration of zero, the Actions page is now selected instead.
  • Now automatically shows the Learn More information when first displaying the Support Time Out page, to help answer common questions.
  • Improved the auto-start option to avoid showing the Preferences window when starting up the Mac.

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24 February 2011

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This would REALLY be much better as a Pref Pane!!! I've inadvertently quit the app lots of times by hitting cmd-Q when another app appeared to be in the foreground but it was really Time Out that was frontmost (I'm looking at what window is "on top" on the screen, not what app name is next to the Apple icon in the menubar).
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Version 1.5.7
14 January 2020
This is really about the gentlest way that you can help remind yourself to be a better and healthier you. And if you don't feel like it in the moment, there's no shaming you if you tell it to go away. Simple, effective.
Version 2.6.1
22 November 2019
One of the most powerful and convenient application to handle breaks . I have been using this application since 2 years and it worked fine and I donot have any other app on my Mac . It features many awesome options for breaks , themes and how much do I spent on a certain project. Very brilliant app and highly recommend
Version 2.6.1
16 November 2019
Best app for ADHD! It is the only way I've found, to make my brain stop running after the last squirrel, long enough to reconnect to my plan for the day, and make a conscious decision. I set it to fully cover my screen, several times a day. Most breaks are 5 seconds, or 22 seconds to look at the horizon and stretch. I have a couple of 5 minute ones, too, when I get out of my chair. I have the screen in a happy color, and the text saying my goal for the day, or the question "Are you spending this time on the task you want?". I thought I would hate being interrupted mid-thought, but since the thing I was doing, reappears on the screen a few seconds later, I can just keep on running – but now as a choice. This app has so many options to personalize. It's simply amazing. (Like, there is an option to get a small sound a few seconds before the break starts, if you prefer a heads-up.)
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Version 2.6.1
25 October 2019
I have been using Time Out for years to implement pomodoros breaks in my daily work. I use very high volume voice to tell me to come back once a break is over, this way I can go have my break anywhere in the flat instead of staying near the computer room. Awesome. Have saved me from burnout for sure.
Version 2.6.1
13 October 2019
Excellent, highly recommended. A free app worth supporting, which is entirely optional. Just today [Sunday) had a nice email correspondence with the developer, during which he diagnosed and solved an issue I had; even said he’ll add it to the FAQ. (I’m trying to remember the last time I had that degree of support from Apple, or Adobe, or Intuit
Version 2.6.1
02 October 2019
This app does Exactly what I want it to do, exactly how I want it to do it. I can choose the frequency and duration of my 'stand up and move' times, I can postpone a session if I'm in the middle of something, I can skip a session if I need to. I can tell it which sites I don't want interrupted at all. How perfect is that!
Version 2.6.1
15 December 2018
A very well-made and customizable app. Interesting and flexible payment model.
Version 2.5
13 December 2018
Does exactly what I want. The screen dimming feature is perfect—and the duration is adjustable. And it's easy to use.
Version 2.5
25 April 2018
Great app for development using pomodoro technique. It force you to get up and walk or do some eye gymnastic.
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Version 2.4
19 February 2018
The majority of desired features are subscription base, requiring a monthly or yearly payment. That eliminates it as a consideration for me.
Version 2.3
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21 November 2018
That's inaccurate. It has a unusual payment model (no wonder you were confused) where you pay for a set amount of time where you get access to all previous and new features. It's not a subscription at all. If you for example become a "2 month supporter" for $2.99 you get the full app with all features currently and the next two months, forever. $2.99 is basically the price of the full app. However, if they release a new feature in 3 months you won't get access to that feature unless you support it again. If you support it for 12 months you get the full app + all features released in the next 12 months forever.

Basically the app is extremely cheap unless you decide to support its development.
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