Concentrate
Concentrate
1.2.2

3.8

Concentrate free download for Mac

Concentrate1.2.2

21 July 2012

Eliminate distractions by blocking Web sites and apps.

Overview

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
  • Open Websites: Open any sites needed for your current activity
  • Block Websites: Keep yourself from distracting sites like Twitter or Facebook
  • Open Documents: Open any pertinent documents in their default applications
  • Set Chat Status: Set your iChat, Adium or Skype status to away
  • Speak a Message: Set up spoken messages to alert you to stay on task
  • Play a Sound: Add a sound alert to notify you of progress along the way
  • Run Scripts: Run scripts to remove any unique distractions not already eliminated
  • Growl: Remind yourself to stay on track with Growl notifications

What's new in Concentrate

Version 1.2.2:

Note: Concentrate is no longer under development, and it is no longer available for sale.

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

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23 Reviews of Concentrate

Gazman
12 April 2010
Version: 1.1.4

Most helpful

A couple of observations having just tried this out. 1) For the quit/block applications it would be good if it just blacklist all other applications by default. It would be tedious to have to go and add each application individually. 2) For me the quit applications feature doesn't seem to be working. Safari and Mail were both supposed to quit but neither did. 3) It would be good to have this running in the background as a menubar app rather than it still showing in the application switcher etc. I will try this further because it's an interesting concept if I can get it to work the way I want to.
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4.5
Fiscalwise
07 December 2016
Version: 1.2.2
I want a Concentrate update for the newest MacOS, and am quite frustrated that it's not available. I loved the prior versions but the updates are overdue. PLEASE get with it! I'm rating the older version below-- with hope that the developers will resuscitate Concentrate.
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5
Therealzenmonkey
26 September 2015
Version: 1.2.2
I'm devastated. This was my productivity companion. This little app did all the right tricks for me to get me in a creative mood. I used it to block unwanted distractions, I used it to launch apps at one go, to get that inspiring background going, etc ... Now it's deceased. r.i.p. And there is no alternative. I tried a plethora of productivity apps, but none comes even close. Focus? yeah, blocking sites is nice and all, but they all do that and none of them does what concentrate does. Can't we just get concentrate back please, the working version. I'd pay up, I'd donate. 29$ for concentrate is a price I am willing to pay.
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tadpole-angel
13 February 2015
Version: 1.2.2
This just crashes for me and is pretty useless as you can just stop it when you want. I've also just discovered Focus (see steelie below) - http://www.heyfocus.com. It now blocks apps as well as websites. The developer is responsive and the app is under active development. Not as many options as Concentrate, but a very good alternative
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0.5
Rick-gladwin
06 January 2015
Version: 1.2.2
I purchased this app while running Mavericks and it worked well, but not anymore. The app crashes 100% of the time when trying to use it to block websites on OS X Yosemite, the developer is unreachable, and the developer's webstore's domain is expired. This app is dead in the water. DO NOT download this app. Find an up-to-date alternative.
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steelie
20 October 2014
Version: 1.2.2
Ever since upgrading to Yosemite, Concentrate crashes every time I try to authenticate “Admin Privileges” to block domains. If I choose “Don’t block Domains” it launches just fine but then doesn’t do what I need it to do. :( Anyone else experiencing this have a solution?
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pamelakdouglas
14 September 2014
Version: 1.2.2
Amazing! Downloaded the trial .. and now I want to buy it ... but what's up with that link? store.madebyrocket.com It doesn't seem to be working. Any News?
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4
Mikael-B
01 July 2013
Version: 1.2.2
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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bowlerboy-jmb
29 June 2013
Version: 1.2.2
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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5
Sonnendeck
25 May 2013
Version: 1.2.2
Great. Works perfectly good and is a big help.
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Mikael-B
25 February 2013
Version: 1.2.2
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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Mikael-B
25 February 2013
Version: 1.2.2
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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3.5
Mikael-B
30 January 2013
Version: 1.2.2
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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Mikael-B
29 January 2013
Version: 1.2.1
The macupdate link is too old. This is the current: http://www.getconcentrating.com/builds/concentrate.1.2.2.zip
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Chester-W
25 February 2012
Version: 1.2.1
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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5
Lumac52
19 October 2011
Version: 1.2.1
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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GeogProf
18 April 2011
Version: 1.2.1
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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anonymous-gerbil-5319
08 May 2010
Version: 1.1.4
I would love to use the block URL's function, but it also blocks FTP access in BBEdit which makes it useless for me. The developer states this feature is difficult to implement as so many websites us different IP's, but I didn't know my webserver is hosting Social Networks sites. Without this feature $29 is way too much, for an application launcher ? For quitting programs?
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Gazman
12 April 2010
Version: 1.1.4
A couple of observations having just tried this out. 1) For the quit/block applications it would be good if it just blacklist all other applications by default. It would be tedious to have to go and add each application individually. 2) For me the quit applications feature doesn't seem to be working. Safari and Mail were both supposed to quit but neither did. 3) It would be good to have this running in the background as a menubar app rather than it still showing in the application switcher etc. I will try this further because it's an interesting concept if I can get it to work the way I want to.
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4
Dameian
11 January 2010
Version: 1.1.3
I've just spent the day using Concentrate in conjunction with Isolator as a couple of people here suggested. My verdict is that this is, indeed, a useful and effective combo to help you stay focused. Concentrate helps eliminate distractions and keep you motivated while Isolator keeps your attention where it needs to be at any given moment. The Concentrate UI is simple, easy to work with, and over all pretty well done. As others mentioned, the ability to log/track time spent on any given activity would be extremely useful. One thing that I would add to that request would be a pause feature. As Concentrate is currently structured, you only have the ability to either press "Done" and completely exit the session or walk away from a ticking clock if you ever need to use the restroom, have lunch, take a 10 minute stretch break, etc. Other than those two items, well done and worth checking out if your mind tends to wander while you work.
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No-One
17 December 2009
Version: 1.1.2
This is a very good app. It allows me to get stuff done, and I really like the timer feature. Here are a few thing I wish this app included. 1. An option to hide the dock 2. The ability to disable certain apps, so you cannot open them until done. 3. I also agree with one comment about all options being already checked, and you chose which one to deselect.
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info-857
15 October 2009
Version: 1.1.1
Nice app in conjunction with Isolator as someone has already said. What IMHO this app is still lacking are some of these features: * Log the time spent concentrating, so you could know exactly how much time you have spent on a particular project; since Concentrate have already a built-in timer, I think that it would quite easy to write this time on a text file / CSV file / XML file. It would be a useful feature for any worker that makes invoices and bill in hours of work. * The ability to import and export all the preferences and the blacklists * (If possible) the ability to show a customized message when I try to visit a blocked website, something like: "Concentrate is actually blocking this website"
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Jackv
14 October 2009
Version: 1.1
I think concentrate lives up to its full power when combined with Isolator (IMHO better than things), and SelfControl or Freedom for blocking websites. Freedom blocks everything, SelfControl allows you to edit a blacklist which can be easily expanded. I don´t think that it is a bad thing that it takes some time to setup: People that need that kind of app (like me) really don´t think about their workflows. this app pushes you to think what you really need for a given task. If you don´t take the time to do that, you can save the money as you won´t be satisfied with the app. But that´s not the apps fault. EDIT: I forgot to rate my review earlier.
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Still-sparkling
02 September 2009
Version: 1.0.2
Concentrate has a clean and simple UI, but there are a few problems that keep it from reaching its true potential. -Setting up blocked apps and websites can be a chore because you can only pick one app/site at a time. When choosing websites to block, you must manually enter the names of each site from memory(!), one at a time, rather than multi-selecting a group from your bookmarks. A program such as this really should have a streamlined selection process; as of this version, Concentrate does not. -The same annoyance is true of blocking unwanted apps: you must add them one at a time from a dropdown list and every time you finish one, the window closes and you must start over again. The window is also annoyingly small (so you have to scroll to see all of your installed apps); you can resize it, but it doesn't remember the larger size, so why bother? A better solution would be to have an open window showing all installed apps and letting the user put a check mark by the apps s/he would like to have open. - A default group containing frequently used apps like TextEdit, Dictionary, and the user's default music playing app would be nice to have setup immediately after install. You can make such a group yourself, name it "Default" or whatever, and duplicate it repeatedly from within the app, but it's a tedious process due to the abovementioned annoyances. -There should be an option to block all websites completely instead of just individually. Such an option would come in handy when you want to work with files on the network, but also want to prevent the distractions of browsing online. -If you run Little Snitch, there will be interruptions every time Concentrate asks permission to access the network. This is especially irritating if you have apps that insist on phoning home to check for updates every time you open them, like the satanic Adobe updater. -The desktop is not blocked out; Writeroom and Think perform this function automatically. -When the timer finishes, an eye-searing white screen drops down to inform you that you are done. There is no way to change the color of this white background window, so the interruption is abrupt and unpleasant. -GUI is too small for users running high resolutions on large monitors. Non-adjustable font sizes. -Too expensive, especially when apps like Think and J-Dark are free. Despite all, I think Concentrate has real potential, especially if it fixes the problems I mentioned above. One area where it could be useful is as a program that forces you to take breaks (by locking down the entire computer for a few minutes), or as an app that keeps you on task when you need to do a single activity, like exercise. Concentrate could play your pre-loaded dvd and prevent you from doing anything else until your 30 minutes of working out is complete. For multi-task activities though, I prefer Think; it's more elegant and seems to flow more smoothly than Concentrate when switching between apps. However, I do really like the timer implementation in Concentrate, so I'll be keeping an eye on it to see how it develops (and if the price drops).
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$29.00

3.8

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.0 or later
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