SmartBreak Alternatives

    SmartBreak is described as 'revolutionary ergonomics program that reminds you to look away from your computer screen and enforces you to take regular breaks based on your usage' and is an app in the Sport & Health category. There are more than 25 alternatives to SmartBreak for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and Google Chrome. The best alternative is stretchly, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like SmartBreak are Workrave (Free, Open Source), RSIBreak (Free, Open Source), Eyes Relax (Free) and Eyeleo (Free).

    This page was last updated Aug 23, 2021

    1. We know that it is not good for our health when spending hour after hour in front of the screen. It might effect our bodies negatively, e.g., stiff, throbbing, ... Recess is necessary. We need to take a short break, e.g.
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    2. RestStop sits in your tray and gives you non-intrusive reminders to rest after you’ve worked continuously for awhile. It looks like an hourglass, and it fits right in with the other Windows tray icons.
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    3. Big Stretch is a free simple reminder tool that prompts a user to take regular breaks and helps prevent the symptoms of RSI. Alternatively it can be a simple reminder program to tell you when it’s your coffee break!
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      • 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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    4. Display a full-screen image on your desktop at regular intervals, reminding you to take a break, with this portable app that offers support for multi-monitor setups.
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      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      Break reminder software that reminds you to take breaks at a desired interval. Every reminder includes an illustration of a stretch exercise for inspiration.
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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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      Xwrits reminds you to take wrist breaks, which will hopefully help you prevent repetitive stress injury. It pops up an X window when you should rest; you click on that window, then take a break.
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