Awareness Alternatives

    Awareness is described as 'helps you become more aware of time spent on the computer'. There are more than 10 alternatives to Awareness for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and BSD. The best alternative is stretchly, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Awareness are Workrave (Free, Open Source), Eyes Relax (Free), Time Out (Free) and Eyeleo (Free).

    This page was last updated May 18, 2018

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      EyeDefender is a freeware rest reminder designed to prevent Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) resulting from working on a computer for hours.

      Discontinued

      The official website is no longer available. Last version, 1.09, released in 2008, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine.

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      • Mac
      AntiRSI is a program for Mac OS X that helps prevent RSI (repetitive strain injury) and other computer related stress. It does so by forcing you to take regular breaks, yet without getting in the way. It also detects natural breaks so it wont force too many breaks on you.


      • Mac
      • Windows
      Rest is an app for your computer that keeps you productive and healthy throughout the day. It does so by reminding you to take a break every now and then, optionally suggesting great mini exercises that you can do right there in your office chair.
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      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Windows
      It is very easy to fall into bad habits when using a computer for hours on end. You care about what you are doing, so can sometimes push yourself too far, or over-strain yourself.

      Discontinued

      The project is no longer developed. Last version, 3.2, released in May 2015, can be still downloaded from Codeplex.

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    1. The Vision Defense Software provides you with reminder prompts to briefly look away from the screen at specific time intervals that you select. You may choose to display the prompts in any one of the four corners of your screen.

      Discontinued

      Website/app unavailable.



      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      eyeBreak is a tiny app designed to sit in the Windows tray and provide a non-ignorable message reminding you to take a break from what you are working on.

      Discontinued

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    2. WorkPace is one of the most sophisticated computer ergonomics packages available. WorkPace monitors your mouse and keyboard
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      WristSaver is a free and open source rest reminder application for Mac OS X. WristSaver is written in Cocoa and takes advantage of all the advanced features of that environment on Mac OS X.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Breaker is a handy and easy to use program that will remind you that you need to take a break. Working for a lot of hours in a row is not good, but sometimes you do that, without noticing how much you stood in front of your computer and how tired you are.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      EyeCare4US is a free program for Windows, aimed at protecting eyes from computers, it shows us a window to remind us to take a break after a period of staying working in a computer.
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