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Author Topic: IDEA: A Work Break Timer with a Particular Appearance  (Read 2026 times)


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IDEA: A Work Break Timer with a Particular Appearance
« on: July 15, 2010, 07:33:24 AM »
I've been looking for a work break timer with a particular interface or one that could be customized to get the desired result, but I haven't found one.

The basic functionality and customization of intervals common to break reminder programs is fine, but I would like to see the following:
In a chosen portion of the screen, at set intervals, the countdown clock would appear briefly with a simple opaque rectangle with the clock numbers counting down.  It would appear for about 5 seconds, fading in and fading out.  Fade-In-5:03...5:02...5:01...5:00...4:59...4:58-Fade-Out
It would fade in near the desired times; perhaps, if counting down from 45:00, at 10:00, 5:00, 1:00, and down from :15 to 0.

When the timer hit 0, the screen would go shaded black; in the center of the screen would be a timer counting down the duration of the break.  There would be a button to postpone the break by 1 or 2 minutes only, and one to resume work.

Additionally, but less important: mousing over the countdown timer would reveal a button to "Break Now."

Most everything I'm addressing is obviously aesthetic, I know, but I think breaks from sitting are extremely important and people are more likely to embrace the shiny and new.
And if I'm ignorant and there is a program that can accomplish this appearance, please let me know.  Thanks.


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Re: IDEA: A Work Break Timer with a Particular Appearance
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2010, 12:51:51 PM »
This isn't exactly what you are asking for, but InstantBoss by dc member app103 comes pretty close:


And maybe app would be interested in hearing your ideas; here's the thread where InstantBoss was born:

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Re: IDEA: A Work Break Timer with a Particular Appearance
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2010, 01:01:51 PM »
Hm... Time has not been on my side lately (so I'm not commiting to anything) but that does sound like a good fit as a T-Clock feature.