Break Reminder is designed to prevent and assist convalescence of OOS/RSI. Runs in the background monitoring computer use, giving appropriate pause and/or break reminders. Highly user configurable. Settings customizable to suit each individual user, including advance warnings, screen black-out, sounds, ignoring or enforcing pauses and/or breaks, variable timings and operational modes, auto run etc. Optional micropause reminders after user preset times.
Optional Rest Breaks to user preset times, after user preset number of Micropauses. Detection of user input to automatically modify times depending on use. A log file for each user to record most events, including ignored pauses and breaks. System Tray icon right-click menu to access necessary functions and status. Options to ignore or enforce breaks. Sounds to indicate when breaks start and finish. Options for Micropauses only, Rest Breaks only, or both. Optional password protection. Multiple user versions available. Many users around the World wouldn't be without it.
OOS (Occupational Overuse Syndrome) is also known as RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury - USA) and MSD (Musculoskeletal Disorders - Europe). CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) and CVS (Computer vision syndrome) also are associated with computer use. These injuries are becoming more and more common in today's computer intensive world. OOS, RSI, MSD, CTS and CVS can become very painful and debilitating if not treated early. With this in mind, the best cure is prevention. If injuries already exists, strict work methods are required to facilitate recovery. Break Reminder is designed to both prevent and assist convalescence of these debilitating computer terminal associated conditions. It has numerous other benefits also. Whilst we have many anecdotal reports of the value of this software, there is also research that supports the value this type of software provides to PC users. Break Reminder has a small program interface that discretely runs in the background. It can monitor your computer use, and reminds (or can force) you to take a break to user chosen settings.
Highly configurable to each users circumstance, whether an OOS sufferer, having good or bad days or desiring OOS / RSI / MSD prevention.
Break Reminder settings window.
Break Reminder allows quick settings as shown with the red surround
- or customise and personalise Break Reminder to suit yourself.
Micropause reminders. (seconds)
Rest Breaks reminders. (minutes)
Whole screen "Black out" option during pauses and breaks.
Break Reminder in action.
Choose this small Break Reminder window
- or have Break Reminder enforce your breaks by complete screen black outs.
Enforce or ignore break options.
MicroPauses and/or Rest Breaks options
Choose the number of Micropauses between Breaks.
3 operational modes:
(i) Basic timed reminders - set times
(ii) Key/Mouse sensing - computer use influencing break times
(iii) Key/mouse triggering of each successive timed period. (resumption of timing on return to PC use)
Three preset configurations offered, however over 3 billion user choice options available
Pause Break Reminder at any time, without resetting timers and counters (manage interruptions)
Shortcut key access
Administrator version downloadable here
Password protection option for the Settings, Options, Stopping and Exiting.1
Auto startup option for every time your computer boots.
Log files recording Break Reminder use events.
Reports summarizing use statistics.
Tray icon menu - right click to access functions and status.
Ctrl-Alt or Ctrl-Shift Hot Call Recall from System Tray
Small program interface that discretely runs in the background.
Small program runtime conserves PC resources.
Sound options to indicate when breaks start and finish
Internal or external or no speakers setting options.
Sound scheme options.
Easy Install and full uninstall option.
Set-up Wizard to assist settings selection.