Time Out
Time Out
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Time Out for Mac

02 December 2020

Break reminder tool with micro-breaks.

What is Time Out for Mac

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 2.7.1:
  • Fixed an issue that caused text for the Text theme to be forgotten.
  • Fixed the Break Preview prematurely stopping.
  • Tweaked the new Ask to Start feature to immediately ask when due, instead of waiting for a natural break.
  • Tweaked the appearance of the status menu.
  • Worked around an issue with displaying a time like 23 hours 45 minutes as "0 seconds".
Version 2.7:
  • New app icon and improvements for Big Sur, and native support for Macs with Apple Silicon
  • New option to ask to start a break when it is due
  • Improved break preview
  • Added several new break themes, including inspirational quotes, random nature pictures, the Dejal blog, and more
  • Plus other improvements. Read the release notes on the Updates page in the app for full details
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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.
James
James
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!
susant-macaddict
susant-macaddict
May 28 2017
2.2.1
5.0
May 28 2017
5.0
Version: 2.2.1
Lots of Flexibility to customize breaks, great for pomodoro technique. Great customize options for break screen
100%MacSince1990
100%MacSince1990
Apr 29 2017
2.2.1
5.0
Apr 29 2017
5.0
Version: 2.2.1
Time Out is one of the most important applications on my computer. I have it set to remind me to stand up ever 20 min and take a 5 min break every hour. I just set it to fade out the screen 100% and display a message saying "Are you working on THE MOST IMPORTANT THING" for one second and then fade back in again. The developer replies fast, is open to suggestions, and is constantly adding features. The new Activity feature has the potential to show me how many hours I've used a particular app in a day. Can't recommend Time Out more highly.
positivelyaligned
positivelyaligned
Mar 29 2017
2.2.1
5.0
Mar 29 2017
5.0
Version: 2.2.1
It's incredibly important for your physical health to not stay in one position for too long. Implementing the micro breaks in this app every 10 minutes or so could literally be life-saving! The reminders are invaluable. I find the interface to be straightforward, and once it's set you just let it run. I love it.
Mr Roger
Mr Roger
Mar 17 2017
2.2
5.0
Mar 17 2017
5.0
Version: 2.2
Very good app! People often forget how little breaks can improve their productivity, so Time Out is a nice idea to remind them. I believe this is the necessary app for every person who works with a mac all day long. Once you try it, you will never regret.
wickedsp1d3r
wickedsp1d3r
Mar 15 2017
2.2
0.0
Mar 15 2017
0.0
Version: 2.2
Complicated and a bit messy experience. I'll pass.
jwritty
jwritty
Jan 6 2017
2.1
5.0
Jan 6 2017
5.0
Version: 2.1
Time Out has totally saved my bacon. I'm an old person working on a PhD dissertation, and it's all too easy for me to forget I have a body until it starts complaining. Time Out reminds me to refocus my eyes, stretch my limbs, twist my spine. When I don't do that, I have to stop working. What's more, any time I've sent in a question about the app, I've gotten an immediate, personal, and helpful response. I can't recommend this app highly enough.
macupdate-439
macupdate-439
Nov 2 2016
2.1
4.5
Nov 2 2016
4.5
Version: 2.1
An indispensable tool to keep me acting in my own best interest. Flexible enough to fine-tune to the type of reminders I'll best tolerate. Every time I've turned it off (to record a podcast, or what have you) and forgotten to turn it back on, my wrists and eyes remind me why it matters; computing doesn't hurt when I use Time Out.
Citizenvern
Citizenvern
Oct 21 2016
2.1
4.5
Oct 21 2016
4.5
Version: 2.1
Well thought out app that helps me take breaks when I need to. I usually get annoyed, but... that's when you know you have a problem. :)
acss21acss
acss21acss
Jul 9 2016
2.0.2
5.0
Jul 9 2016
5.0
Version: 2.0.2
It is really great for improve the health of using computer!
laukur
laukur
May 12 2016
2.0.2
1.0
May 12 2016
1.0
Version: 2.0.2
My clipboard stopped working from time to time after installing this. A restart fixed the issue. A bug report is here http://openradar.appspot.com/25691051 . I would give it 4-5 stars if it wasn't for this bug.
franceska
franceska
Apr 27 2016
2.0.2
5.0
Apr 27 2016
5.0
Version: 2.0.2
wonderful app if you work a lot at the computer!!
krat96
krat96
Apr 20 2016
2.0.2
5.0
Apr 20 2016
5.0
Version: 2.0.2
I rely on break reminder apps to periodically remind me to take a break from computer helping me prevent RSI. I used many different apps to serve this role for as long as I remember, each had its own sets of strengths and weaknesses. Among others was Time Out which I found almost perfect but lacking what I see as core feature for this type of apps - menubar mode. The original version felt neglected for years, so was excited to hear about this update. And I must say, it delivered on all fronts. Not only it brought menubar mode, but also polished the UI as well as many other improvements - too big to list here, and they're conveniently available as part of release notes on developer website anyway... One thing to consider is pricing: v1 was free to use. v2 remains free and you get fully functional break reminder with that. However many of its new features require in-app purchase to unlock. The in-app purchase is subscription based and remains valid for the selected period. However, unlocked features remain available permanently - even after subscription expires. I'm mentioning this here because it wasn't clear to me prior purchasing (the text is not very obvious so it's possible I missed it at the time, also not sure if all purchases unlock the features permanently). You can evaluate all paid-for features before purchasing too, for 1 hour at a time. After that hour, the app returns to the basic free feature set (you can manually switch them back on for another hour, as far as I can tell you can repeat this indefinitely - I think that's nice compromise; these kind of apps require some time to evaluate). All the features that require subscription are clearly marked too, so you should have no trouble evaluating whether you need to purchase or not. With that in mind, I find the price more than fair and would have no hesitation recommending it to anyone. It's obvious a lot of thought and love went into making it and it shows throughout!
nsurrry
nsurrry
Apr 17 2016
2.0.2
5.0
Apr 17 2016
5.0
Version: 2.0.2
nice app, I use it every day.
SiteCR2
SiteCR2
Apr 7 2016
2.0.2
5.0
Apr 7 2016
5.0
Version: 2.0.2
Needed something to remind to worry about myself, eyes and take breaks from using the computer as I do all day. Great reminder and has helped reduce eyestrain. Free is always good if it works well
ATusler
ATusler
Apr 5 2016
2.0.2
5.0
Apr 5 2016
5.0
Version: 2.0.2
Time Out has become invaluable for me. It's the key part of my strategy to not hurt myself while being at the computer all day. Great program!
grechonline
grechonline
Apr 3 2016
2.0.2
5.0
Apr 3 2016
5.0
Version: 2.0.2
Look at the 5-star ratings, the download count, and the positive reviews. Yes, the product is clean, useful, and above all, diligently maintained by the developer.
Diarbyrag
Diarbyrag
Mar 25 2016
2.0.2
5.0
Mar 25 2016
5.0
Version: 2.0.2
I discovered Time Out several years ago and this latest version is excellent. The temptation of computers when you are busy is to stay glued to the screen, which is why so many people complain of eyestrain and tiredness. This app does just what you need to avoid those things and my eyes definitely felt less tired after using it on a recent project. Although it is free a lot of time and effort goes into maintaining this app to work with system changes. The small amount the dev asks is worth every penny compared to optician fees, plus the extras you get to keep are very useful. I did contact the dev to ask a question and received a really fast and polite reply. FYI. I do not know the developer but I like the way he took time to answer my question. The Mac community has gained strength because of caring third party developers and sites like MacUpdate. Honest, unbiased opinions from Macupdate members & visitors have helped me buy some of the most useful addons to my Mac and made my life easier, all Mac users should support them.
Zjaaspoer
Zjaaspoer
Mar 23 2016
2.0.1
5.0
Mar 23 2016
5.0
Version: 2.0.1
Does exactly what it should do, with enough options to keep everybody happy.
emechip
emechip
Mar 22 2016
2.0.1
5.0
Mar 22 2016
5.0
Version: 2.0.1
Extend your life -- really! This app makes it so much easier to be a healthy human being and not a time bomb glued to chair and screen.
nick-glab
nick-glab
Mar 21 2016
2.0.1
5.0
Mar 21 2016
5.0
Version: 2.0.1
This is an essential app for anyone who spends lots of time at the computer. Every 5 minutes, I have it custom set to remind me to take a deep breath and be mindful. The options to customize this app are incredible! Customer service is also very quick to respond and help with support. Look no further...this is the best app out there to help bring some calm into your digital life!
fcubitt
fcubitt
Mar 19 2016
2.0.1
5.0
Mar 19 2016
5.0
Version: 2.0.1
Essential
tvdb
tvdb
Mar 17 2016
2.0.1
5.0
Mar 17 2016
5.0
Version: 2.0.1
A great app, I'd mostly like the possibility to continue typing when the break starts. With this you can finish your thinking and know it's time to break for a while.
Max108
Max108
Mar 8 2016
2.0
5.0
Mar 8 2016
5.0
Version: 2.0
This is a great app - I'm one of those people who looks up from my Mac and is surprised to see that it's dark outside, many hours having passed since I last thought about my body, let alone the outside world!

So I am very fond of the original Time Out app gently nudging me to stop for a minute or 10, providing the space to wonder if there's something more important I should be doing, perhaps eat something, or just stand up and stretch to refresh my mind.

I made a couple of enhancement requests to David (the developer of Time Out) and I'm delighted to see that they are all present in Time Out 2.0 and quite a lot more besides. I like to tweak the apps on my Mac so they look and behave exactly as I want them, so I really appreciate Time Out 2.0's many customisation options.
Anotherdesign
Anotherdesign
Mar 4 2016
2.0
3.0
Mar 4 2016
3.0
Version: 2.0
Is this a subscription app as the email I have received shows " Purchase now - 12mo for $5.99 ?
AshBP
AshBP
Dec 3 2015
1.7.1
5.0
Dec 3 2015
5.0
Version: 1.7.1
Great app! Kind of surprised that it still functions fine on Mavericks. Love that it dims the screen and lets you snooze the break. Great for ADHD'rs like me. It's always helpful for my hyperfocus (on non-work stuff) to get up - gets me back on track. Hmm, is the author thinking about updating it?
ralfhum
ralfhum
Jun 17 2015
1.7.1
4.5
Jun 17 2015
4.5
Version: 1.7.1
exccellent app. essential really. i first used it a few years back and was too impatient with it. now i take the breaks and it actually IMPROVES my work and attitude. its called "letting go"! it breaks the work/internet trance, where i get hypnotised. at the same time if i have a deadline i can just skip the break or defer it.... highly recommended.... especially for workaholics and internetaholics... who might initially hate it like i did. someone here suggested "start small" and that is wise! thanks to Dejal.
toinekamps
toinekamps
Dec 5 2014
1.7.1
4.0
Dec 5 2014
4.0
Version: 1.7.1
Great tool to protect your eyes from screen work.
tacierno-jr
tacierno-jr
Aug 29 2014
1.7.1
5.0
Aug 29 2014
5.0
Version: 1.7.1
Time Out is a necessity for anyone spending their days in front of a computer. I use Time Out to follow the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. The trick is to start very small because the "interruptions" will seem jarring. Build the habit slowly by setting a 5 second break every hour. Over time, make the breaks more frequent and longer. Your eyes, body, and mind will thank you for it. BONUS TIP: Set the background to fully opaque or else you will keep typing. The point is to fully pause, breathe, and give yourself a break.
Islandmike
Islandmike
Dec 3 2013
1.7.1
5.0
Dec 3 2013
5.0
Version: 1.7.1
Nothing not to like -- you have two timeouts which you can change for duration, change color (helps me know which is which) and if you happen to need to override it is simple -- or you can postpone it. You can control the pre and exit times as well. I downloaded and thought I'd not like it but find it is very helpful to break up work sessions and remember to flex the eyes (with the short breaks) or get up and walk and get away from desk (with the longer breaks). Well worth a donation in my opinion!
CameronRoss9201
CameronRoss9201
Nov 24 2013
1.7.1
5.0
Nov 24 2013
5.0
Version: 1.7.1
Great app. Everything I want and nothing extraneous. I tried another product but Time Out's Micro and Normal breaks sold me. My optometrist said we should all take a 20 second break from the computer monitor every 20 minutes and Time Out lets me put that in as a Micro break. Then I use my Normal break to get up and move around. The only feature I'd like to see is keyboard shortcuts to Postpone a break.
Jwex
Jwex
Aug 9 2013
1.7.1
4.0
Aug 9 2013
4.0
Version: 1.7.1
This is a very useful little app. It reminds you that a work break is due, but it allows you to postpone or skip a scheduled break ea-ily. It is a good app, and when it gets the improvements promised in version 2, should rate a full 5 stars.
Godfatha
Godfatha
Mar 31 2013
1.7.1
4.5
Mar 31 2013
4.5
Version: 1.7.1
Great app. I just donated to help keep up with development. I've been testing Time Out for a week or so and am very happy with the much needed reminders to take breaks. I like that it has setting for frequent short breaks for things like looking away from your screen or stretching, and then longer less frequent breaks like taking a walk or lunch break. You can set the time between breaks to however you prefer and you can choose to ignore the reminders at any time.
cemil-alyanak
cemil-alyanak
Jan 15 2013
1.7.1
4.5
Jan 15 2013
4.5
Version: 1.7.1
Sitting too long is NOT GOOD for you. Timeout IS GOOD for you. Looking forward to V2.
citizenearth
citizenearth
Dec 30 2012
1.7.1
4.5
Dec 30 2012
4.5
Version: 1.7.1
Function-wise, Time Out is very good, and free too. The only annoying part is the big icon which comes out when the scheduled break is activated. Besides that, the icon cannot be changed! Not many people like the 'a person in meditation pose' picture. Hope Time Out will be improved in this aspect in near future.
Fking
Fking
Nov 26 2012
1.7.1
0.0
Nov 26 2012
0.0
Version: 1.7.1
i downloaded this new version, wanted to see what "transparent' looked like; i expected it to at least show the icon, and/or the postpone or skip buttons. instead, NOTHING showed, but i was in a 10-minute break. tried to force-quit. i could bring up that window, but could not force-quit the app. force quit NEEDS to work!
Garlicbreath
Garlicbreath
Jul 19 2012
1.7b2
0.0
Jul 19 2012
0.0
Version: 1.7b2
Only 10.7 & up now : - (
Aydin-Habibi
Aydin-Habibi
May 13 2012
1.6.5
4.0
May 13 2012
4.0
Version: 1.6.5
I have found TimeOut useful between many others which meant for this task. Customization is easy and you can work around with your timings. There are couple of features such as adding custom workout, keeping track of active session and others which developer said is in process and will be available in version 2.
astechman
astechman
Apr 24 2012
1.6.5
5.0
Apr 24 2012
5.0
Version: 1.6.5
I have used 'Time-Out' for years now and I appreciate everything about it: easy to set up to your own preferences; can skip the scheduled break if you are 'into' something and does what it is supposed to do, i.e., get you to take a break! Great support and the developer is responsive to suggestions and recommendations. Hi "Fives" across the board!
Nikihayami
Nikihayami
Jan 24 2012
1.6.3
5.0
Jan 24 2012
5.0
Version: 1.6.3
I'm very happy with Time out since the first day! The paradox and value of TO not only in saving your eyes, but also in increasing self-discipline factor. Thanks to micro time out option. Now i can feel how the time flies and don't let myself be distracted at work. Highly recommend!
kpublik
kpublik
Dec 5 2011
1.6.3
4.0
Dec 5 2011
4.0
Version: 1.6.3
Nice app and shouldn't complain when it's free, but there are a couple of minor annoyances. First, I agree with others that have posted here about making the app faceless or, preferably, have a menu icon so that it doesn't take up dock space. One thing that bothers me is that there is absolutely no indication, nor way of determining, how close you are to your next break. Similar apps use different techniques to do this in a subtle and unobtrusive way.
Uncoy
Uncoy
Apr 24 2011
1.5.7
0.0
Apr 24 2011
0.0
Version: 1.5.7
Where is the other Dejal software? Simon 3 for instance is junk. I'd like to review it for the piece of trash it is.
Dorkypants
Dorkypants
Feb 24 2011
1.5.7
4.0
Feb 24 2011
4.0
Version: 1.5.7
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).
iminlalaland
iminlalaland
Jan 14 2011
1.5.7
5.0
Jan 14 2011
5.0
Version: 1.5.7
Awesome app. I have tried Harmony but Dejal seems to be better. I like it that it allows me 30 seconds(you can change this value) before each break so that I can save any important documents, etc. I can also postpone or skip the break. And the countdown of course. Everything is just the way I want it to be. And what's more? It's for free!
Dorkypants
Dorkypants
Nov 7 2010
1.5.6
4.0
Nov 7 2010
4.0
Version: 1.5.6
Great app. Would be better as a (faceless app) Preference Pane, so it doesn't take up any dock space or menubar space, the only reason why I'm rating it 4 stars rather than 5.
Dnwittenberg
Dnwittenberg
Mar 2 2010
1.5.6
5.0
Mar 2 2010
5.0
Version: 1.5.6
Fantastic app! Developer has gone the extra mile to ensure this free application is polished. Alright, so it executes the promise of the description without any flaws. But, not only does it work without any bugs or sketchy goings-on, but "Time Out" makes it easy to adjust settings and include Apple Scripts into the app. I'm always excited when applications give the option of triggering Apple Scripts, because that pretty much means I can make them function however I want.
Gprovan
Gprovan
Jun 15 2009
1.5.4
5.0
Jun 15 2009
5.0
Version: 1.5.4
I suffer from sciatica and have to sit no longer than 15 minutes at a time without taking a break. It's very easy to forget, so I started looking for some kind of timed alert. Little did I realise that there were quite a few applications which catered for this kind of thing. After trying a few and being a little disappointed with the crudeness and lack of options, I stumbled across Time Out. Instantly, it struck a chord with me. It's elegant, sophisticated, and has the right amount of configurability for me. I've been using it for several months now without a problem. It feels comfortably integrated into my system and pleasantly reminds me when I need to take a time out. The author has mentioned that he is working on a new version which will integrate most of the features requested by users. To be honest, I can't see much that needs added.
Macpug
Macpug
Jun 8 2008
1.5.2
5.0
Jun 8 2008
5.0
Version: 1.5.2
Dejal's Time Out helps you combat RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury) and encourages you to take frequent breaks while working or playing at your computer. It's easy to get involved in something and, before you know it, you realize that your neck, shoulders, and back are aching! That's where Time Out comes into play. It reminds you to take regular breaks. There are several customization options via the preferences menu. There is also a button that allows you to postpone the break or to skip it altogether. Many new features, some that are now available by running Automator actions or scripts, will be included when v. 2.0 is released. For now, Time Out is free. Use it, love it, and get attached to it. Consider making a donation to further Time Out's development. Anyone who makes a donation in any amount prior to the upgrade being released will receive a free license for Version 2. You can't beat that!
Pat2004
Pat2004
Mar 20 2008
1.5.2
5.0
Mar 20 2008
5.0
Version: 1.5.2
This program was recommended to me. I have chronic dry eye and am nearsighted and being at my iMac all day aggravates both of these. Time Out has two different kinds of breaks.There's a short break - I use that to just look away from my computer every 10 minutes for 10 seconds. The main break is long enough to get out from my chair and away from my iMac to stretch for 10 minutes. You can set either of the short or long break to take place at any interval you want FOR any time you want. Sometimes if I'm working on an article I choose to "skip" the break not to lose my train of thought. This has greatly reduced my eyestrain and helped improve my dry eyes.
Musubana
Musubana
Feb 6 2008
1.5.2
0.0
Feb 6 2008
0.0
Version: 1.5.2
Thank you so much that this is still available for Tiger users!
Slob
Slob
Jul 30 2007
1.5
5.0
Jul 30 2007
5.0
Version: 1.5
Couldn't agree more. Best break timer I've ever used, in every way. My shoulders say 'thank you!'
Bmeguy
Bmeguy
Jul 30 2007
1.5
5.0
Jul 30 2007
5.0
Version: 1.5
I want to thank the developer for making this great software available for free. It's very useful for avoiding the pain of repetitive stress and screen staring; but also just as useful for avoiding the frustration of wasting time browsing around. Use the breaks to "wake up"!
Guest
Guest
Mar 2 2007
1.4.1
0.0
Mar 2 2007
0.0
Version: 1.4.1
After 5 months spent staring at a screen for more than 7 hours a day, I realised that my productivity wasn't optimum, and my eyes were taking strain. I did a Google search and found Time Out! I've only been using this product for a day, but already my productivity and concentration has improved dramatically. Being reminded to take breaks, both short and long, helps me to focus on the task at hand and avoids me 'not seeing the forest for the trees' by getting too focussed on insignificant details. The software works well, and the customer support is fantastic - I sent feedback about the product and was contacted by the developer within a few hours. This is a great product that I'm sure will yield health and productivity benefits for years to come. Get it!
Psykologik
Psykologik
Jun 5 2006
1.4.1
0.0
Jun 5 2006
0.0
Version: 1.4.1
I love computing, but I have a classic ADHD mind that can get lost for hours in work or browsing, only to find myself tired and frustrated, eyes totally fried and wrists numb. Time Out! really helps jolt me back into reality and help keep me from getting lost in unhealthy states of hyperfocus. I absolutely love Time Out! I have needed something like this for years. I've even tried other anti-RSI programs, but this is the best yet, and as I understand it, the next release will include every one of the little features that are lacking in this one, such as a mandatory break mode! If you ever struggle with keeping a balance between living in your real and cyber worlds, definitely give Time Out! a try.
Sail
Sail
Apr 12 2006
1.4
0.0
Apr 12 2006
0.0
Version: 1.4
Works like a dream on Panther. Very useful for those like me who's mind (and fingers) wonder when they are supposed to be working instead of surfing! Works as a reminder to get back to work, but also as a way to split chucks of work into manageable sections of time, all completely configurable! Great that you can set sounds for when your break comes and when it's up! If nothing else, you should give this a try!
schmelding
schmelding
Mar 18 2006
1.4
4.0
Mar 18 2006
4.0
Version: 1.4
Very handy application. I recommend it highly especially for designers who spend a lot of screen time. Dog-ugly icon, though. 5 stars for when you get a new one. In the meantime, I've hacked my Time Out with my own icon selection.
Guest
Guest
Jan 24 2006
1.3.2
4.3
Jan 24 2006
4.3
Version: 1.3.2
Never a conflict on my iMac G5/17 and OS 10.3.9 through 10.4.4 I've used every take-a-break application I can find (after the one I wrote in Excel starting crash my Mac in 8.6.) Constantly monitoring my keyboard/mouse activity -- which allows for highly-configurable breaks and "counting backwards" when you take an informal break -- slows down my Mac and seems to encourage crashes. For me TimeOut!'s simplicity has meant I actually use it. Blanks the entire screen to hide the temptation of a recent email. Can't beat the price! Quick support from responsive developer.
Guest
Guest
Jun 29 2005
1.3
4.5
Jun 29 2005
4.5
Version: 1.3
Won't launch on my G4 dual 1.25Ghz MDD running 10.3.5 - and I got 1.5Gb RAM too. I won't rate in case its my computer, its not fair. Good app good idea though.
Guest
Guest
Nov 28 2004
1.1
4.5
Nov 28 2004
4.5
Version: 1.1
I found this to be an invaluable program when working continuously at the screen doing film editing work. However, in the timer section it would be nice to have a preference for adding half hour or 45 minute lunch breaks on top of the other break features.
Guest
Guest
Nov 12 2004
1.1
4.5
Nov 12 2004
4.5
Version: 1.1
Nice application. The only thing I would change is allowing me to adjust the times of the various things numerically instead of with sliders. I always found the slider thing to be a waste of space for most applications. The way it is, it takes far longer to figure out how much time you have allocated toward something than if I could just type '5' in a box. For instance, I like working in 45 minute blocks, but it seems difficult to get the slider right on 45 minutes.
Guest
Guest
Jul 11 2004
1.0
4.5
Jul 11 2004
4.5
Version: 1.0
Does what it's supposed to do pretty well, and not much more. Big memory leak, though. After a week without quitting, it balloons to using over 200MB of RAM!
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