Questions specific to Time Out.
Yes. I recommend that you always use the latest version if you can, as it has the latest improvements and fixes. But if your Mac isn't using a recent OS version, you're curious what older versions were like, or you have some other reason to want an older version, they are still available. Just download the latest release that supports your OS version.
Yes! Simply become a supporter, if you haven't already, and choose a different break theme in the Break Appearance preferences. You can hide the Dock icon, too.
Sure, check out this blog post, which includes a video showing the steps.
Yes! The duration and frequency controls on the Break Schedule page are like date pickers.
Just click on the units, and you can change it to minutes or whatever else you wish. Click once to select the units, and either type or click again to show a menu.
Yes, the control panel with the progress bar and buttons, that appears during breaks, can be freely moved anywhere on the screen. The position will be remembered for next time.
Having difficulty with self control, skipping breaks too often?
No problem: you can disable the buttons during the break. Simply go to the Break Appearance page, and you'll find checkboxes to enable or disable each button, and change the number of minutes for the two postpone buttons.
No, Time Out automatically pauses the breaks when you aren't using your computer. So when the screensaver is active, or the computer is otherwise sitting there without being used, Time Out won't do anything.
When you return to your Mac, if you've been away for longer than the interval set in the preferences, Time Out will reset the break timers, so the next breaks will be the full work interval from that time. You can change this amount or disable this feature in the preferences.
Time Out will list system sounds, or sounds in the Sounds folder within the data folder. The easiest way to get to that is to choose Reveal Themes in the pop-up menu on the Break Appearance page, then look at the adjacent Sounds folder.
You can then play the sounds via the Play Sound action, and even have them fade out later (e.g. at the end of the break) via the Fadeout Sound action.
See this related blog post for more information.
Simply click the break in the sidebar, to the left of the Start and Options buttons that appear when you hover over it.
The right side of the window will change to multiple pages where you can edit the name, schedule, appearance, and actions.
Firstly, try quitting and relaunching Time Out, and go to the "Support Time Out" page. That might make your purchase be recognized.
Otherwise, please contact me for assistance.
Look in your Dock and menu bar; does Time Out appear more than once?
If it's in the Dock more than once, you can long-click or right-click on the Dock icon to display the Dock menu for the app, then choose Options ▶ Show in Finder to reveal the app in the Finder. Do this for each to find the one that shouldn't be there — it could be in your Downloads folder, or in a subfolder of Applications if you installed both from the Dejal site and the Mac App Store.
Once you find the duplicate, quit that app (by double-clicking the app icon to bring it to the front, then press ⌘Q), then move it to the Trash and empty the trash.
Ah, the trick for people who want to make it hard to change the settings!
With both the Dock icon and status item hidden, the only way to access the preferences is to open the app from the Finder, then press ⌘, — i.e. the Command and Comma keys together; the standard shortcut for displaying preferences.
Thank you! You might be surprised how many people think that $2.99 or even $9.99 is way too cheap for the benefits Time Out gives.
If you want to donate more, to help contribute to development or just express your appreciation, you're certainly welcome to do so. You can purchase multiple 12-month supporter statuses, which will extend your supporter status by a year for each one — there is no limit how long. Buy 20 years or more if you want!
Another way you can give back is to buy other Dejal apps. You might find one or more of them useful.
Contract work is available: if you want a custom feature enhancement to Time Out or another app, or a whole new app that you can sell, David can help you make it.
You could also just give a gift; take a look at David's Amazon.com wish list and buy something nice.
Or buy Dejal merchandise like T-shirts, mugs, bags, stickers, and more.
Finally, if you want to do something else, just get in touch!
Whatever you choose, thank you!
No. You don't have to pay more than once if you don't want to. You can become a supporter at whatever level you feel comfortable with, and not pay again unless you want to show your appreciation (kinda like a tip jar).
After your supporter status expires, all of the advanced features that you had when you were a supporter will remain available permanently.
Of course, I hope that people choose to support at the 12-month level, and choose to renew their support in the future, but there's no need if you don't think it's worth it.
After much investigation with an Apple engineer, this issue appears to have been caused by the break web view not being cleaned up properly, due to an Apple bug. Time Out doesn't do anything with the clipboard, but the Safari WebKit-powered web view was leaving it in an invalid state (technically a lock that was left in place).
Time Out version 2.1 and later include a workaround for this issue. If you experience it while using version 2.1 or later, please contact me.
If no break appears when you manually start one, or as scheduled, there may be a permissions issue.
xattr -d -r -s com.apple.quarantine /Applications/Time\ Out.app
"Natural breaks" are when the Mac is not being used; idle.
By default, Time Out will wait briefly then count backwards when you are having a natural break, to give you credit for not using your computer.
If you do a lot of reading on-screen, that doesn't cause keyboard or mouse activity, you can change the app to disable this behavior by choosing Continue Countdown from the popup menu on the Break Appearance page of the preferences.
Or if you'd prefer to have it just pause the countdown, instead of counting backwards, or reset the timer, those are also options.
The direct edition (available from this site) and the Mac App Store edition are very similar, but there are a few minor differences:
That's about it. None of the differences are all that significant, so you are welcome to use whichever edition you prefer. Downloading and updating are about as easy for each, and purchasing is similar, it just depends on whether you want to buy with your credit card or PayPal account, or your Apple ID. Of course, purchasing is optional; you can use it for free if you don't want to become a supporter.
When you purchase the direct edition of Time Out, a link starting with "timeout://" will be sent via email.
Click this link to automatically update the app with your supporter status.
If it doesn't appear as a link in your email client, you could copy and paste it into Safari.
Alternatively, you can click the Restore Previous Purchases button on the Support Time Out page within the app.
The Time Out 2 data for the direct edition is in the path "~/Library/Group Containers/6Z7QW53WB6.com.dejal.timeout/", where "~" means your home folder.
The Mac App Store data is in a slightly different path: "~/Library/Group Containers/6Z7QW53WB6.com.dejal.timeout.free/".
Tip: you can copy one of these paths into the clipboard, then use the Go ▶ Go to Folder... command in the Finder to navigate to it.
You can also quickly show the data folder from within the app, by using the Reveal Themes item in the Theme pop-up menu on the Break Appearance page.