Concentrate
Concentrate
1.2.2

3.8

Concentrate free download for Mac

Concentrate

1.2.2
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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Gazman
12 April 2010

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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Version 1.1.4
Fiscalwise
07 December 2016
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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Version 1.2.2
1 answer(s)
Therealzenmonkey
Therealzenmonkey
31 August 2017
it's dead, mate. The developer is giving his attention to focus (heyfocus.com) and stopped working on concentrate. I'm in your corner, I wish this app would come back since I found nothing that can replace it. Very sad to see this app dissapear, but nothing to do about it. (besides sending a few suitcases of money to the dev)
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Therealzenmonkey
26 September 2015
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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Version 1.2.2
5 answer(s)
steelie
steelie
20 October 2015
Just curious, what did Concentrate do for you that Focus doesn’t?

I’ve been using Focus for a while now and and ever since it added application blocking in version 1.2.X it seems to have covered off (most) everything Concentrate did for me.

Like I said, just curious.
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Therealzenmonkey
Therealzenmonkey
22 October 2015
Hi Steelie,

What Concentrate did for me was more then just blocking the apps I selected. I suppose Focus does that part very well. I'm not disrespecting focus in any way for what it does.

I can only describe my workflow and how concentrate helped me. With just one click I had the apps open that I wanted (four or five apps I use for this particular task), close all the other apps that I didn't need, blocked the distractions (apps, internet, social media) and (this is important for me, but I can understand that it's not that important for other people) it changed my desktop picture so I could get in the right mindset (yeah, pavlov is wringing his hands just around the corner ^_^)

if focus can give me
- change desktop image
- open selected apps
- close selected apps
on top of blocking selected websites, apps, social media, then that's a sale. But as far as I can see from the trial version, it is just strong on the blocking and not on the desktop image and opening apps. Or have I missed something? I do really hope that I missed the part above, I want to very much buy an app that does what concentrate did.

cheers

monkey
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Therealzenmonkey
Therealzenmonkey
22 October 2015
oh, and if someone smarter than me can detail a workflow to do all this (open apps, change desktop image, close apps, block apps/sites) via multiple desktops (on mac) or apps like Alfred or vitamine-R or if there are other apps out there that can do all of the above, I would be very interested in learning how to do that.
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Dellu
Dellu
07 December 2015
God, I wish I can get this app back. It was amazing for managing projects.
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Therealzenmonkey
Therealzenmonkey
27 December 2015
Is it possible to replace this app with some other apps? Or some terminal commands?
I tried Alfred, but it was a jungle to me and couldn't get the thing working as I wanted to. (I really miss concentrate)

Thanx in advance.
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tadpole-angel
13 February 2015
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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Version 1.2.2
Rick-gladwin
06 January 2015
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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Version 1.2.2
steelie
20 October 2014
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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Version 1.2.2
3 answer(s)
ngko
ngko
22 October 2014
Same thing that happens to me! No solution from me yet, I can't even find a way to contact the people who made Concentrate...
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steelie
steelie
27 October 2014
Actually, I just discovered a new replacement, called Focus: http://www.heyfocus.com

It’s basically a lightweight version of what Concentrate offered. It doesn’t block or suppress apps from launching, but it blocks websites which has always been my main distraction.

I’ve been chatting back and forth with the developer a bit on Twitter and GitHub, and he says he hopes to have a “more polished release” (v1.0 ?) out sometime very soon—possible even this week. The version linked on the official site is a bit behind but the developer has his latest version on GitHub here: https://github.com/bradjasper/Focus/issues/13#issuecomment-60189363

Looks extremely promising. :)
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steelie
steelie
06 November 2014
Alright, thankfully, Concentrate still works for blocking distracting apps in Yosemite. So, any Yosemite users looking to replicating Concentrate’s full functionality could try using a combination of Focus (linked above) and Concentrate.

Not that I expect a huge number of people to care, but I find it works really well for me—it’s just one extra click to activate both—so I figured I share.
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pamelakdouglas
14 September 2014
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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Version 1.2.2
Mikael-B
01 July 2013
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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Version 1.2.2
4 answer(s)
Wonderv
Wonderv
25 October 2013
What about performance on ML and Mavericks since it was last updated in mid-2012? Anyone have experience? Thank you.
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GranadoMJ
GranadoMJ
26 October 2013
Actually, I just tried Concentrate in Mavericks today and it doesn't seem to be blocking the designated websites anymore. It's too bad as I really think there is a need for an application like this. I've already spoken with the developer and he has no plans of updating the application any further. It's too bad! At this point, I'm going to try Parental Controls in Mavericks to see if I can reproduce some of the things that Concentrate did (so easily). Otherwise, there doesn't seem to be any other application that does this, as easily and conveniently as Concentrate did. SelfControl is too invasive and Isolater or Vitamin R2 do not really get specific enough to block websites. Again, it's too bad.
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Rick-gladwin
Rick-gladwin
16 December 2014
It's a nice gesture to attract new users, but it does nothing for existing users who have paid for an app that doesn't work.

The appropriate gesture would be to fix the app.
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Mikael-B
Mikael-B
16 December 2014
Concentrate is working with blocking domains in Mavericks for me and Performance is very acceptable. I don't feel I have to upgrade to Yosemite just because I can. I have a working system and all my main software will continue ot support Mavericks. Lion especially and Mountain Lion were badly executed, so I'm in no rush.
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bowlerboy-jmb
29 June 2013
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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Version 1.2.2
1 answer(s)
Mikael-B
Mikael-B
01 July 2013
Cnet have version 1.1.5 here: http://download.cnet.com/Concentrate/3000-18509_4-75218390.html I think it's universal.
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Sonnendeck
25 May 2013
Great. Works perfectly good and is a big help.
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Version 1.2.2
Mikael-B
25 February 2013
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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Version 1.2.2
4 answer(s)
Mikael-B
Mikael-B
19 May 2013
And then for whatever reason it just works. Very strange, but possibly something to do with some permission error or so.
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signorinadaniellegmailcom8447
signorinadaniellegmailcom8447
01 July 2013
It simply crashes over and over again. It's so frustrating!! Every time I drag a new item it crashes...
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Mikael-B
Mikael-B
01 July 2013
What OS X version are you on? It works now on OS X 10.6.8 for me. The drag and drop crashes are no more. Unfortunately I have no idea how I resolved this. I do recommend you repair your permissions though, while booted from the main system disk. I use: sudo diskutil repairPermissions / , in the Terminal usually.
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signorinadaniellegmailcom8447
signorinadaniellegmailcom8447
02 July 2013
Same: OS X 10.6.8 I'll try the permissions thing in the terminal... hope it works... thanks...
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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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