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Break reminder tool with micro-breaks.

4.7
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Time Out overview

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.

What’s new in version 2.9.2

Updated on Aug 24 2023

  • Now uses more modern ways to start the break helper, the automatically start on login option, and access the System Settings.
  • Fixed app icons not appearing for apps with display names that don't match their filename.
  • Fixed a break sometimes stopping too early when using the Ask When to Start option.
  • Fixed a break not being rescheduled past midnight when a natural break occurs.
  • Added themes for the Sinclair Trails blog and YouTube channel, and updated the Tropical Rain theme.
  • Fixed the Speak Time break action script.
  • Can now use a URL of timeout://settings to open the Time Out settings window, in addition to the existing timeout://preferences (useful for scripting and shortcuts).
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Information

License

Free

Size

11.2 MB

Developer’s website

https://www.dejal.com/timeout/

Downloads

29845

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • macOS 10.15 or later
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Value
5.0
Ease of use
5.0
Features
5.0
Reliability
5.0
Customer support
5.0

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gunman-2
gunman-2
Dec 19 2023
2.9.2
0.0
Dec 19 2023
0.0
Version: 2.9.2
I've tried some Pomodoro and Flow apps, which don't match my productivity flow. TimeOut is the most suitable for me, with the main feature "Natural Break" is very flexible, you don't need to stick to the time block. As far as I know TimeOut is one of two apps that have auto break feature based on activities, the other one is Pandan (lack of device/OS support range). Although I love and enjoy being a TimeOut supporter, I wish the app could be more minimal in both appearance and functionality (you can check out Panda as a reference). Nevertheless, I wish you success and hope TimeOut will remain maintained.
GymW
GymW
Oct 23 2021
2.8.1
0.0
Oct 23 2021
0.0
Version: 2.8.1
First of all this is subscription based software. Unless you pay on a regular basis you cannot update the App. I just deleted this App from my MacPro 7.1 2019 Desktop Computer running Big Sur as it has an issue on my machine that if you start in at login, the first time my machine goes to sleep it shuts down my computer. This happened once a day as I shut my machine down each evening. Since I disabled the App from starting up when I log-in this issue has disappeared.
rverrips
rverrips
Dec 30 2020
2.7.1
5.0
Dec 30 2020
5.0
Version: 2.7.1
Works Great - Love this App!
shaungmcpherson
shaungmcpherson
Oct 27 2020
2.6.1
5.0
Oct 27 2020
5.0
Version: 2.6.1
Working from home is much easier with this. Worth the small price to me
mactriguna
mactriguna
Sep 17 2020
2.6.1
5.0
Sep 17 2020
5.0
Version: 2.6.1
Excellent time alert. Just became the full-time supporter for a year and enjoy various themes provided as they do pop up on micro-breaks and normal breaks. Due to work from home situation, this has become even more prominent.
raducanb
raducanb
Jun 19 2020
2.6.1
5.0
Jun 19 2020
5.0
Version: 2.6.1
Great app
kk1320
kk1320
Apr 7 2020
2.6.1
5.0
Apr 7 2020
5.0
Version: 2.6.1
Thank so much
john-brugge
john-brugge
Jan 14 2020
2.6.1
5.0
Jan 14 2020
5.0
Version: 2.6.1
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.
ahmedhatata-ah
ahmedhatata-ah
Nov 22 2019
2.6.1
5.0
Nov 22 2019
5.0
Version: 2.6.1
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
annahass
annahass
Nov 16 2019
2.6.1
5.0
Nov 16 2019
5.0
Version: 2.6.1
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.)
vermeergrange
vermeergrange
Oct 25 2019
2.6.1
5.0
Oct 25 2019
5.0
Version: 2.6.1
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.
barryed
barryed
Oct 13 2019
2.6.1
5.0
Oct 13 2019
5.0
Version: 2.6.1
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
ocanada73
ocanada73
Oct 2 2019
2.6.1
5.0
Oct 2 2019
5.0
Version: 2.6.1
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!
kyrsquir
kyrsquir
Dec 15 2018
2.5
5.0
Dec 15 2018
5.0
Version: 2.5
A very well-made and customizable app. Interesting and flexible payment model.
henry-korman
henry-korman
Dec 13 2018
2.5
5.0
Dec 13 2018
5.0
Version: 2.5
Does exactly what I want. The screen dimming feature is perfect—and the duration is adjustable. And it's easy to use.
goldarthur1
goldarthur1
Apr 25 2018
2.4
5.0
Apr 25 2018
5.0
Version: 2.4
Great app for development using pomodoro technique. It force you to get up and walk or do some eye gymnastic.
GymW
GymW
Feb 19 2018
2.3
0.0
Feb 19 2018
0.0
Version: 2.3
The majority of desired features are subscription base, requiring a monthly or yearly payment. That eliminates it as a consideration for me.
cons-brian-henry1
cons-brian-henry1
Nov 23 2017
2.3
5.0
Nov 23 2017
5.0
Version: 2.3
Great app - flexible, more functionality than I thought I needed. I find this makes a big difference b/w a day ending in an eye strain headache and a good day. Doesn't get in the way, if you need to skip a break (keyboard shortcut or mouse click on a button). Support is responsive and super-helpful, if you should need it. I have this on multiple machines and will install on any future ones. Quality software.
vermeer-grange
vermeer-grange
Nov 9 2017
2.3
5.0
Nov 9 2017
5.0
Version: 2.3
Best pomodoro app for mac IMHO. I've been using it for years already.
Stuckfly
Stuckfly
Sep 15 2017
2.2.1
5.0
Sep 15 2017
5.0
Version: 2.2.1
Excellent software design, full of features yet simple to use and well documented. Does what it says for free with no ads or nags, but the extras are worth the unique in-app purchase options (innovative "subscription" method on that). Instantly one of my favorite Mac menubar apps!
Ervins Strauhmanis
Ervins Strauhmanis
Aug 31 2022
2.9
5.0
Aug 31 2022
5.0
Version: 2.9
far_g
far_g
May 30 2021
2.8
5.0
May 30 2021
5.0
Version: 2.8
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rverrips
Dec 30 2020
5.0
Dec 30 2020
5.0
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shaungmcpherson
shaungmcpherson
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5.0
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5.0
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mactriguna
mactriguna
Sep 17 2020
5.0
Sep 17 2020
5.0
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raducanb
raducanb
Jun 19 2020
5.0
Jun 19 2020
5.0
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kk1320
kk1320
Apr 7 2020
5.0
Apr 7 2020
5.0
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john-brugge
john-brugge
Jan 14 2020
5.0
Jan 14 2020
5.0
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ahmedhatata-ah
ahmedhatata-ah
Nov 22 2019
5.0
Nov 22 2019
5.0
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annahass
annahass
Nov 16 2019
5.0
Nov 16 2019
5.0
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vermeergrange
vermeergrange
Oct 25 2019
5.0
Oct 25 2019
5.0
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barryed
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Oct 13 2019
5.0
Oct 13 2019
5.0
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ocanada73
ocanada73
Oct 2 2019
5.0
Oct 2 2019
5.0
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kyrsquir
kyrsquir
Dec 15 2018
5.0
Dec 15 2018
5.0
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henry-korman
henry-korman
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5.0
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5.0
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kristoffer-risanger
kristoffer-risanger
Nov 21 2018
5.0
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5.0
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cons-brian-henry1
cons-brian-henry1
Nov 23 2017
5.0
Nov 23 2017
5.0
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vermeer-grange
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.5
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4.5
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5.0
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