Vitamin-R
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Vitamin-R creates the optimal conditions for your brain to work at its best by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition.

The built-in task logging and statistics features create a positive momentum towards productivity by providing visible feedback on your progress and achievements.

Time Slice Your Work. Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with
What's New
Version 2.12:
  • This release implements a set of new experimental behaviours designed to make it harder to just "forget" about Vitamin-R.
    "Behaviours" were originally scheduled to be released with version 2.0 and allow Vitamin-R to provide situation-aware guidance based on the time of the day, the day of the week, which programs are running, keywords in your objectives, previous concentration levels, etc. While such a feature is potentially of great benefit, it also runs a high risk of being annoying if not done right. The line between helpful and obnoxious is very thin and we decided on a more progressive and experimental roll-out.
    In this first stage, the behaviours are limited to popping up unobstrusive reminders when you appear to have forgotten all about Vitamin-R and it is quite easy to completely miss their existence.
    Just in case, the reminders do start to annoy you, you can easily switch them off in the preferences. Please also do let us know at reiff@publicspace.net. We always appreciate your feedback.
Version 2.12:
  • This release implements a set of new experimental behaviours designed to make it harder to just "forget" about Vitamin-R.
    "Behaviours" were originally scheduled to be released with version 2.0 and allow Vitamin-R to provide situation-aware guidance based on the time of the day, the day of the week, which programs are running, keywords in your objectives, previous more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.8 or later



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Vitamin-R User Discussion (Write a Review)
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+4

Kihoalu reviewed on 11 Apr 2014
Vitamin-R is the germ of a good idea.

No one really multi-tasks, no one does thing rely concurrently. That’s a myth.

People call it “multi-tasking," but no one can capably do many things simultaneously - they are instead good bookmarkers, being able to flip or cycle between different tasks in rapid succession.

There is no real way to apply this tool to that scenario, from my experience.

If you have discrete tasks, or relatively separate tasks & can dedicate bursts of time - that is what Vitamin-R addresses.

To keep you from being over-absorbed in one task line, when others compete for your attention & HAVE to be done.

This is really an alarm clock.
It means recognizing when your time is better spent hitting the alarm & continuing on with the first task, vs assessing whether you are a point of diminishing returns & need to move on to something else that yields more progress.
[Version 2.12]

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burypromote

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Kihoalu replied on 11 Apr 2014
btw, I am not panning the product.

It could be extremely useful in understanding how you work & make you think about re-organizing your process where it applies to this treatment.

Trying to organize helps you understand organization & where the boundaries are.
This may help, though I haven’t been successful in using it.

That depends upon the task.
Many creative tasks do not abide by interruptions well, don’t work in fits & starts.

We live a computer-based fragmented life these days. Grasping how an overloaded computer functions, needs to be applied to people when it comes to “multi-tasking."

I find that sometimes computers hinder the ability to address multiple things nearly concurrently, because one task may bog down the machine & you have to keep checking back to see when that application becomes available again.

Eventually, checking back over & over has you dedicating too much time seeing if application A is available again.
burypromote

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Eric_66ead92c commented on 31 Jan 2014
I purchased this last year and feel it is a great concept. But I'm disappointed to see that even with the latest update it still does not support organizing breadcrumbs and primers by objective. I feel this is a major flaw in this software that bars it from being truly useful. Why does the developer not address?
[Version 2.07]


burypromote

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Wonderv reviewed on 23 Oct 2013
More of a note/remark:

- This app doesn't appear to be signed.
Would it be possible to have it signed, otherwise people get a security warning...thanks.

- As others mentioned, the possibility to have more than one taks running in parallel (better UI) would be welcome.
[Version 2.05]

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Publicspace.net (developer) replied on 23 Oct 2013
Hi,
- the application is signed with Developer ID
- multi-tasking is a huge productivity killer and much of the gain that you can get from Vitamin-R or other Pomodoro Technique inspired tools is to avoid it at all costs
- Vitamin-R supports Things, OmniFocus and The Hit List which are full featured to-do list applications; just drag a task into the "Define Objective" text box; Vitamin-R will even check it off once the task is done
- Vitamin-R is not a todo list manager.. if you feel you need one, you might as well choose amongst the latest and greatest ones :-)
burypromote

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Wonderv replied on 23 Oct 2013
Thank you.

I got the warning (not signed) on Mavericks 10.9.0 using Vitamin 2.0.5, as I was on 10.6 before I couldn't try Vitamin, maybe this error message wasn't on 10.7/.10.8 (?)

I will try using it Vitamin together with ToDo/GTD apps.
burypromote

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tzoi516 commented on 25 Sep 2013
Vitamin-R would be a great app if it did more than what free apps already do, and those apps do more. The issue for me is I multitask - I have to divide my time between multiple tasks. Vitamin-R only focuses on 1 task at a time until completion, or you have to delete (read: waste time) and start a new task in the app. It would be nice if I could enter a list of tasks for the day and then select the task to start for that moment. This could be the perfect app to use with a task/project management app.
[Version 2.04]

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burypromote

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tzoi516 replied on 25 Sep 2013
According to their site it looks like multiple tasks are possible. However, you have to go into a task, click a button, select task, and then click continue. The flow makes no sense to people familiar with task/project management.
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Publicspace.net (developer) replied on 23 Oct 2013
Hi, Vitamin-R is designed to work with full featured to-do list managers such as Things, OmniFocus or the Hit List rather than trying to replace them. Just drag & drop tasks into the define objective text field.

Defining clear objectives is not a waste of time; the effort you put into creating clear, specific and reachable objectives for a particular time slice is paid back many times if you do it properly. So instead of setting an objective as "Taxes", take a moment and define a more specific, actionable and reachable objective for your next 20 minutes, e.g. "Collect all the phone company receipts, organize them by date and enter them into the expenses spreadsheet". You'll get straight into the task, you'll focus better and you'll feel more motivated at the end of the time slice because you will know you have achieved your objective rather than having just spent 20 minutes "working on taxes" with no end in sight.
burypromote

+4
Kihoalu replied on 11 Apr 2014
Vitamin-R is the germ of a good idea.

No one really multi-tasks. That’s a myth.
burypromote
+2

+10

Cesco reviewed on 19 Jun 2013
I was a customer of the v1.0 and I recently upgraded my license to 2.0; being understood that Vitamin-R is an excellent product and probably the best time-focusing app available, i must say this:

IMHO the new UI is awful.

I still prefer the old UI with the dark gray balloon that was in use on v1.0. This new gray squared window reminds me the nineties and the old days of Windows 98.
[Version 2.0]


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Eric_66ead92c reviewed on 10 Jun 2013
Intrigued by the idea, I went and bought this software on a recent promo. So far I'm pretty happy with it and I do actually feel it helps me to focus a little better and be more productive. I love the OmniFocus integration. I also have found the developer to be very responsive with questions.

There is what I perceive to be a flaw with the software however. The idea of leaving "breadcrumbs" and "priming" yourself for when you resume an objective I think is an excellent productivity tool. However, a critical missing piece is the ability to keep your breadcrumbs and primers organized BY OBJECTIVE. Right now there is a Now & Later board but if you're like me and you bounce from objective to objective based on shifting priorities you will find the now and later board gets muddied up with notes from various different tasks.

Now as much as I would love to focus on a task until it is complete, I just don't have that luxury. However, the very act of bouncing between tasks makes the idea of breadcrumbs and primers all the more crucial. ("What the heck was I last doing with this project again?") What I would like to see is that when I resume an objective I am presented with the notes for that objective and that objective only. I'm hoping that this will be addressed in a future version of the software as I feel it would make it considerably more useful.
[Version 2.0]

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burypromote
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Think Globally replied on 23 Jun 2013
+1
I agree with you, that Vitamin-R would profit from options for organising objectives/tasks a lot (see also my comment below).

Meanwhile I found 2 other apps, which seem to be more, what I was looking for and maybe are of interest for others too:

1. tomatoes http://www.dollaropath.com/tomatoes/
and
2. Tomato Timer http://www.jiritichy.com/ or MAS

Maybe it wouldn't be fair to directly compare them with Vitamin-R, but maybe one of the two (or another app with a pomodoro approach AND task organisation) is what could help you? ;)

@ MacUpdate:
I wanted to add
1. tomatoes http://www.dollaropath.com/tomatoes/
and
2. Tomato Timer http://www.jiritichy.com/ or MAS
in the "Suggest more similar software" field, but the apps "were not found".
Could you please add them or is there a reason why they are not listed? Thanks in advance :)
burypromote

+4
Kihoalu replied on 11 Apr 2014
The “Now & Later” scratchboards is useful.

Also being able to designate which apps are blocked during a focused time slice.

It doesn’t block my telephone, however.

The idea that you can write little “mission statements” (man, I hate that phrase) to clarify task objectives - so that there is no question what your intent was if you have to come back to one later, is nice.

It gives a place to write cues, so that you don’t have to reassess a stalled task from the ground up, assuming you can write the synopsis well.

Getting a grasp on small tasks & real feedback on how much time it takes to perform a task - IS useful for assessing how much time you need to allocate in the future for very similar tasks. This helps make you a better estimator.
burypromote

+7
Think Globally commented on 05 Jun 2013
This app is a very interesting idea and worth to try it out, when you feel you have a need... ;-)

@ publicspace
I have version 1 and thanks to today's MU promo just learned, that version 2 is out (which I do _not_ know already).

Actually I had stopped using Vitamin-R (version1), because it missed a feature that is crucial IMHO:
I would want to define many different objectives (= tasks) IN ADVANCE _and_ while creating this simple to-do list I would want to define the needed time (or a time slice of a defined amount of minutes, that I would want to work on that very task).
Yes, I did see the "Now & Later" Board, but that is not exactly what I was looking for.

So, now I wonder whether such a simple to-do list is implemented in version 2 now? If it's not, what do you think about this idea?

Thanks in advance :)
[Version 2.0]

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edee replied on 28 Aug 2013
I checked out the sites you mentioned jiritchy's app led me to http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/ The Pomodoro Technique looks like something that might actually work for. Thanks for the suggestion and hope you see the link.
burypromote
+1

+1

ThierryJo reviewed on 10 Sep 2012
Good for starters if they can't organize their big tasks themselves. Interface little outdated. Anyway, worth money if you have little problems with organization process.
[Version 1.88]


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+251

Jimblue reviewed on 04 Jan 2012
i hope i'm not making any waves here, but i'm wondering... i have aquired about 10 softwares i don't really use but are still really nice softwares -- it just that i don't need them and won't ever use them. Vitamin-R is one of those softwares. i just hate to see stuff go to waste when it might be a use to someone else. i wonder if it would be ok to give softwares like this one away to one person without wanting any gain for myself other than the good feeling one gets from giving? i'm sure not wanting to cause any problems most of all though.
[Version 1.76]

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Noivad replied on 05 Jan 2012
It depends on the licensing agreement. I'm about to download the trial version to see if it suits me. I hope the dev doesn't get upset.
burypromote
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Jimblue replied on 06 Jan 2012
that's really good advice about the licensing agreement. the extra apps i got that i decided weren't for me i got from mu promo bundles. most of them are nice apps for what they do, it's just i won't use them. vitamin-r and concentrate are two i won't use because i have other ways to focus.

i know when mu promos are bought they ask what apps if any you would like to gift, so any gifting would probably have to be done when a bundle is bought. i forgot the exact tos for mu promo bundles and macupdate.com backslash support didn't have info on giving away certain bundle-bought apps you tried and decided you wouldn't use.

since the correct answer is hard to find on mu and since giving away apps would take money out of mu's pocket, i'm thinking it's probably not all right. my frugally caused me to go off on a tangent i probably shouldn't have.
burypromote
+3
Publicspace.net (developer) replied on 24 Jan 2012
Hi Jimblue,

I'm afraid all our licenses are non-transferrable, so giving them away to somebody else is not an option.

I don't know of any non-boxed software that is sold under a license that would allow this and bundles would quickly disappear if it was..

I'd recommend instead giving Vitamin-R a real go and hopefully get (more than) your money's worth that way :-)

Take care,

Frank
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Jimblue replied on 27 Jan 2012
ok

i had seriously always wondered about this so thanks for the reply and clarification..
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Djq reviewed on 30 Jul 2011
I was using a free Pomodoro app but switched to Vitamin-R. I use this app every day and find it is very helpful in keeping me on track! I use the statistics feature quite often to see how much concentrated work I've done for the day and the week. One issue I've had crop up a couple of times is a glitch where the app does not record time I've extended onto a time slice and I've lost the logging of a couple of hours. In the main window it shows the correct time slice but the log and statistics does not. It's frustrating because I rely on the app to tell me how many hours I've put into a project. Other than that glitch, GREAT app and I recommend it.
[Version 1.66]


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KerlynOrellana2305 rated on 21 Feb 2014

[Version 2.08]



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ErvinsS rated on 10 Oct 2013

[Version 2.04]



rderisman rated on 09 Oct 2013

[Version 2.04]



massing rated on 28 Sep 2013

[Version 2.04]



Pmu8158 rated on 18 Sep 2013

[Version 2.04]



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Eric_66ead92c rated on 10 Jun 2013

[Version 2.0]



jTux rated on 24 Apr 2013

[Version 1.97]



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Widber rated on 19 Nov 2012

[Version 1.91]



Anna_kettner rated on 15 Nov 2012

[Version 1.90]



robwest rated on 12 Nov 2012

[Version 1.90]


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Vitamin-R creates the optimal conditions for your brain to work at its best by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition.

The built-in task logging and statistics features create a positive momentum towards productivity by providing visible feedback on your progress and achievements.

Time Slice Your Work. Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, easily reachable and actionable objectives. During these time slices it keeps you focused on accomplishing only this one objective and provides you with mechanisms for dealing with interruptions, poor concentration, etc.

Get Started. Vitamin-R concentrates on getting you started allowing you to break through the resistance of procrastination and create a positive feedback loop of small achievements that get you closer to your ultimate aims. You will experience less stress caused by looming deadlines and a lack of clear direction, thus enabling you to enjoy guilt-free breaks that allow your intuition and creativity to emerge.

Find Your Rhythm. Each one of us is different. Finding out what works best for you is the key to true productivity. Vitamin-R helps you by giving you the tools to gain more awareness of how you spend your time, what works for you and what does not. Armed with this new knowledge, you can eliminate unproductive work patterns and discover the work rhythm that suits you best.

Get It Out of Your Head Quickly. Did you know that your short term memory can only hold 4-6 "chunks" of information? The slightest interruption and it's all gone and you have to start from scratch. That's why Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now and Later Board", complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allow you to quickly return to your task.

Make It Your Own. Vitamin-R plugs into your life rather than trying to take it over. You can use it occasionally to overcome procrastination or mental blocks or re-organize your entire working life around the concepts that it embodies. It complements rather than replaces traditional to-do list managers, such as Things or OmniFocus for which direct integrations exist.

Now With Cloud Synching! If you routinely work on multiple Macs, you will love Vitamin-R's new ability to effortlessly synch your time slice log across the cloud using the free Dropbox service. Setup is as easy as ticking a checkbox.

Recapture the lost of art of joyful concentration. Overcome procrastination. Rediscover the motivation within yourself.


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