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PC WorkBreak 1.13 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — PC WorkBreak 1.13

Reduce your RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) risk with PC WorkBreak.
$19.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 145 (25%) 431 (75%) 41 comments

PC WorkBreak 1.13 was available as a giveaway on June 10, 2015!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$14.99
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Completely uninstall programs, Windows apps, and plug-ins from computer.

Reduce your RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) risk with PC WorkBreak. It provides multi-type break reminders such as stretch, micro-break, eye exercises and walk, according to your PC usage mode. If you suffer from body pain because of long sitting and frequent computer usage, this program will help you to set your breaks. All break settings are configurable and provide picture and animation reminders.

Key features:

  • Flexible break settings;
  • Professional stretch demos;
  • Breaks compliance statistics;
  • Supportable Unicode.

New features:

  • New: Fully supports native Español (México);
  • New: Optimized the Polski interfaces;
  • New: Optimized the Italiano and Polski texts.

Please note: the software includes a 1 year of free Upgrades. Today GOTD users can purchase a Single License (1 PC) or a Personal License (3 PCs) with Lifetime Upgrades of PC WorkBreak with 50% OFF.

 

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8 (x32/x64); .NET 2.0 or later

Publisher:

TriSun Software Limited

Homepage:

http://www.trisunsoft.com/pc-work-break/

File Size:

9.5 MB

Price:

$19.99

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#16

After reading the comments here, I decided to try this program. I've been needing something like this to, hopefully, motivate me and remind me to stop working for a few minutes. Although I'm retired and in my 70's, I still spend a lot of time on my computer, doing genealogy research, playing games, learning to use new software, etc. My body pays the toll when I spend too much time sitting.

I haven't played with this much yet, but I don't think the user interface is "funny." I think it's cool. Nice to see something different--especially not the awful MS ribbon. I'm also glad to see that PCWB has a couple of built-in break reminders that I need--take a walk and do eye exercises. I'm looking forward to trying out this tool. Thanks, GOTD and PCWB developers. Also thanks, Karl. I always look forward to your reviews, even if I disagree with them--rarely.

Reply   |   Comment by Laurie Nelson  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

@Nelson

Thank you for your support.
Good luck!

Nosa@TSSI

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

You can try Instant Boss (mentioned in the forum): http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/1423#post-8683

It's freeware, more flexible options, and since it was meant to increase productivity (not just prevent RSI), it will allow you to work longer, skip breaks, extend breaks when you need it, and won't lock your keyboard.

Reply   |   Comment by April  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

Oops! When I reopened the program I'd downloaded from the company, I saw the little logo for entering the key#. It worked fine.

Reply   |   Comment by Ivan Berger  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

@Berger

Thank you for your support.
Good luck!

Nosa@TSSI

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

Was interested, until I read "locks keyboard". No way, not even going to try this. If in the middle of a critical entry or need to start a back up before break, cancelling the break in the program defeats the purpose. I also like to install programs where I want them, not where the program wants to go. I will stick to my little reminder app, Peter's Ultimate Alarm Clock. (I got it here many years ago and paid for it - I use it for everything!)

GAOTD: Thank you for your daily offerings.

Reply   |   Comment by mahaal  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

@mahaal

Thanks for your time.

Nosa@TSSI

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

Not a big deal but I think it should be possible to modify a break setting. Currently you have to copy the name, delete the break setting, create a new one, paste the name.

It would be nice to customize the picture and the sound per break setting.

Also, it would be better to choose the break from the main window, because the way it is done, you have to go to settings, save and close a window. Not intuitive at all.

Fortunately, you don't have the obligation to take a walk right away in a middle of a sentence, thanks to the cancel button, but you do get interrupted.

Interesting and useful program for those tend to get stuck in front of a screen for too long a time.

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

@papin

Thanks for your suggestions.
We will consider them.

Nosa@TSSI

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

@Ootje

Thanks for your detailed opinions.

For the "...Print...other 10 people had also to wait...", PCWB is your own app, no others care about how do you use it, so, if there is a more important thing, just click "Cancel" button to stop the break.

Hope this helps.

Nosa@TSSI

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#10

@Ootje

This is a problem indeed.

So, we will fix it in the next release.

Consider UAC and user's choice both.

Thanks for your suggestion.

Nosa@TSSI

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#9

@Nosa Lee

I understand the problem with UAC and the data that will be written.
Maybe use for the data a personal user-folder and for the program "Program files".
So every user of the PC will have its own settings.

Or don't give the option to choose a installation-folder.
That's a bit misleading.

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#8

Strange:
during the Setup I choose "Program Files" as destination.
After reading the comment from Karl I decided the install the programm again under Win8.1.
Again I choose "Program Files"
After installation, the short-cut pointed to Appdata in a personal user-map:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10366431/_GOTD/PCWorkBreak11320150610/InstallatieWin8.1.png

So the choice I make, will be ignored.
The program will be installed somewhere else.
Not nice.

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

@Ootje

I'm very sorry for this.

Because PCWB will write data in its folder, so made it to locate at AppData to avoid the UAC prompt. Because it need to start automatically, if there is UAC prompt, it cannot work automatically.

Hope you can understand this.

Thank you.

Nosa@TSSI

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#7

This is a joke right twenty bucks for a cute timer. Come on developers, you too giveawayoftheday this used to be a great site to check out daily and now it is a waste of time. No wonder the good ones like Giovanni have left the discussions. Maybe the software is from Mrs. O'Grady's first grade programmers course, of course. Please be a little more discretionary with the quality that once was presented on this site and you will get serious about the reason this site is here to help developers to improve and troubleshoot software.

Reply   |   Comment by Oldfart  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-25)

@Oldfart

Thanks for your comment.

Only the 4 domos already cost us $1,500.
We also spent a lot of time to develop it, and recently, supported multi-language, opened the translation interface to let more users use their native version.

And, more important, today, it is 100% OFF.

P.S. I think our programmers should learn harder, hope you can see the second grade programmer's work in the future.
Good luck :)

Nosa@TSSI

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#6

to Thomas Roberts from an ex-pat fellow Canadian:

Try WorkRave (www.workrave.org). It's free and has a postpone button.

Reply   |   Comment by Wayne  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

@Wayne

Thanks, we already scheduled the "postpone" function in the next version.

Nosa@TSSI

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

I've been using workrave for quite some time and every time I get a new computer I put it on. It's free, works great, easy to set up and the postpone button is my main reason for it because sometimes I just need that extra 5 or 10 minutes before I can take the break I so need or I lose my train of thought. Locking up the keyboard is a definite game changer for me in regards to today's offer.

Reply   |   Comment by Debra Meyer  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

looks like a keeper
Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Tony  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

Hey Dual-boot here! Installed & registered without problem on both of my dual boot partitions (Win8.1.3 & Win10 Build 10130) tried a short timer on both, seems to be just fine, since I am an englishman (Canadian, to be precise) I have no problem with the days of the week or the language so far in the program. One suggestion from me (or rather two) 1: work-breaks that are within a period of time BUT not static (ie: Surprize, take a break now!) 2: a sort-of "snooze-button" that you can click on, just in case you are in the middle of something that will only take a moment or two longer. (I didn't see either of those options). Well, there's my long 2 cents worth, thanks Trisun, Nosa Lee, & GOTD for today's offering - c u tomorrow, & HAGD!

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Roberts  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)

@Thomas Roberts

Thanks for your support.

We will consider your suggestions.

Nosa@TSSI

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

I agree with both of those suggestions by Thomas Roberts.

Reply   |   Comment by HJB  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

By coincidence, I've been using version 1.10 for a few weeks. Much of the time I click on "Skip" or "Cancel" but often I just let the time or blocking run out while I go make coffee or take a brief walk outside. I've also got WorkRave working (coincidentally also version 1.10), which has more detailed exercise instructions.

The blocking can be annoying, but the reminders are quite beneficial---and the "Skip/Cancel" button makes it easy to ignore. The only problem occurs when I'm playing Solitaire accessed from the Metro UI: the game continues normally but the minimize and off buttons disappear so I can't get to the desktop until the blocking period is over. Very distressing when I've decided I've avoided work long enough and want to go back to work on something or browsing the web. The keyboard Windows button just alternates between the Metro UI and the game, no other action seems possible.

I am possibly more than a bit slow these days at learning a new program (I have a cell phone just for calls and not a smart phone and a desktop PC, so the last thing I swiped was a carton of cigarettes from a corner store in 1953), but I've found the help pages on the website to be a complete mystery. Is it possible to get a list of basic settings?

As far as I can tell, I got the program (1.10) in a zip file for free on May 17, not from GOTD, and the UI says "Single License, 1 PC," which I assume is a permanent state; however, I can't find where my key is shown or stored. If I upgrade by installing today's offer, what will happen to my license?

In any case, if like me you are semi-addicted to browsing or working without interruption for hours at a time (e.g., copy editing), this is actually a useful program to have. It's certainly worth a try.

Reply   |   Comment by Wayne  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

@Wayne

Thanks for your support.

For your question:
"...If I upgrade by installing today’s offer, what will happen to my license?"

First, see this page (GOTD), the original price is US $19.99, and the editor said "Please note: the software includes a 1 year of free Upgrades.", so, compare with PCWB's price of each license and upgrades package, and the licenses introduction, you will found that: You got a Single License (1 PC) with 1 Year Upgrades, which is exact on GTOD's promotion page.

That is, if you got the license key today, you can upgrade your copy (software version) without cost until Jun 09, 2016.
How we can decide which users can upgrade their copy?
Easy, our internal system will record the upgrade period for every purchased users, if their copies can be upgraded, we will send the new license key for the new version to them, one by one.

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#3

I've been looking for something exactly like this. I'm a writer, on the computer all day long, and I need to get up and do exercises every hour so I don't turn into a marshmallow or something. The user interface is a little different, but not difficult to use, I like it. I can program the break time, what it's for etc. looks perfect. Where do I enter the license key though? It's still showing a 16 day trial.

Reply   |   Comment by Rick Sittel  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

I found where to input the license, you click on the tools icon, bottom left corner. The key is case sensitive, got to be capitals.

Reply   |   Comment by Rick Sittel  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

@Rick Sittel
Thank you for your support.
Good luck!

@Karl @Rick Sittel

You have mentioned the different main interface both.

I explain this for you, hope you can understand our design:
As you know, we said that "PCWB Cares for Your Health While You Use PC" on its homepage.
On the whole, the main interface is a + symbol, and + is the hygiene, health logo.

So, I think you know why it is not a regular rectangle, and instead by a circle with + now.

Thanks you again.

Nosa@TSSI

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

Same thing here, Rick. I got a deep vein thrombosis in the leg for 6 months ago, and while I heal, I don't sit with my legs in the same position for an extended period of time. This program can be usefull for some of us - if not for life - then for a period. I'll give it a try. Thanks for the opportunity to, Trisun Software and GAOTD.

PS. You could add a feature for parents, who want a bit of control over, hvow much time their kids spends at the computer. A kind of an extented parental control ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Allan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#2

Hello everyone,

To know all our software products, please visit our homepage at
http://www.trisunsoft.com/

And you can find other 5 sites on the bottom of this page. Just visit them to know more detail if you are interested in them.

Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+41)

Is there a way to just have the sound and visual break without locking of the keyboard?

Reply   |   Comment by freecat  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

@freecat

Sorry, cannot, this is the best important design of PCWB: when break, don't work.
If you have some more important things need to do during break, just click Cancel button.

Hope this helps.

Nosa@TSSI

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

OK. Makes sense. So, my break can be only 1 minute. Good Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by freecat  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

Installed and registered without problems on a Win 8.1.3 Pro 64 bit system. It installs in my case into the user/xxx/appdata/roaming/ directory. Not the best place to store the program itself.

A (Chinese?) company without name and address and software from many areas:
"TriSun Software Inc. (TSSI) is committed to provide professional and useful software, we have engaged in English software development and sales since 2001. As the company grows, we will provide you with more professional and stronger software products. "

A funny interface opens. One of the unusual - something different. Why not?
In the options you can define language, path, time and startup place. When changing the language, the program should not take the system default values for the day names.

http://i.imgur.com/3Z0SISM.png

You define a break, could be "eye exercise" or a "walk", define the length and the time and this little program wakes you up from your daily work you to take a break.
Nothing bad about this.

Hmmm, when the time to break comes, this program locks the keyboard - with some side effects. I could not take a screenshot, due to the locked keyboard. You have to cancel the break to gain again access to your computer.

Every program is helpful, which tells you to do something different. It could be a clock, it could be a Windows build in remainder, it could be your kid, cat, dog at home. I am afraid, that this little program will not be the big hit.

Take a look!

Uninstalled via reboot

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+60)

@Karl

Thanks for your test and review.

It looks like you do not like it, we're very sorry for this, and thanks for your time.

Nosa@TSSI

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+53)

@Karl

I think I need to explain "the day names do not change when change the language":

The day names are relied on your system settings.
If you use Spain system, the day names display in Spain, etc.
That is, the users will see the day names in their native language.
So, we think it is better than rudely changing them to the unreadable strings. Such as a normal Japanese user changed the language to Polish, she/he will see some unreadable strings, this is a big confused for him/her.

Also, "locks the keyboard".
Yes, this is PCWB's design, the break settings are made by yourself, you should follow them as far as possible. So, PCWB do not allow you continue to work, if you have a more important thing, just it.

Hope this helps.

Nosa@TSSI

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+67)

@Nosa Lee

Nice to see the developer here.

It looks like you do not like it, we’re very sorry for this, and thanks for your time.
A misunderstanding. I do not like, love or hate a program. A program is a program without special feelings for me. I gave a in my eyes positive review.


The day names are relied on your system settings.
I think you should rethink that. If I want to switch the language of the user interface, why should I keep names in the system language? If a native Polish speaker runs an English windows version (quite often), why should he use a Polish interface but have the English day names. This makes no sense for me.

Greetings from Germany
Karl

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+36)

@Karl

Thanks for your reply.

I understood that. I said "Very sorry", just for your test, review and time, because you uninstalled it, so, we wasted your time.
Say sorry for this again.

About the day names, your opinion is also good in some cases, we will consider it again, and make it finer:
Such as, determine the OS language first, if it's not English (indicate that this use can fully read the day names that provides by his/her OS), then keep the day names with OS settings.

If OS language is English, then change the day names when user changed the language in PCWB.

Thanks again.

Nosa@TSSI

Reply   |   Comment by Nosa Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+59)

Nosa - if you looked through previous reviews for a couple of months, you'd see Karl rarely leaves anything installed that he has "tried".

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

Daynames: I agree with Karl.
Use the language, that is chosen for the program-interface.
Then the whole screen of the program is in the same language.
And not a bit of English and a bit of Dutch.
One of the other.

I also install every day the programs, given by GOTD. Just to see: interesting or not.
Nowadays I have a new PC and I protect my working Windows.
After investigation of the GOTD-program I also reboot and loose the program.
Otherwise I have to install Windows every week.
And sometimes I install the GOTD-program again without protection for keep.

For me personal: today is not a program for me. The idea is good, but I am not a person, who will stop working when a program says so.
I have read: “locks the keyboard”.
I have used such a program a few years ago.
And I was in a hurry: I had to print some papers and had to run to the classroom to hand it out. And the break-time kick in, just before I could hit the button "Print": I had to wait 5 minutes and the other 10 people had also to wait.

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Now, now don't get all in a huff over Karl (a poster without a stated full name, country of origin, address, etc). I find his comments very uplifting and I get a huge smile reading his posts, no matter how trivial or immaterial. In fact the more immaterial, the better! Today I think Karl knocked his post right out of the proverbial ballpark with the statement, “A funny interface opens.” A “funny” interface. There’s definitely something funny here but, its got nothing to do with this program. This developer is doing more than just talking the talk. There’s nothing funny about a condition that can literally become disabling. After devoting years in an office career, you may find yourself in a world of hurt that might have been avoided with a program like the one offered today by GOTD.

Does this sound familiar? You’ve been so caught up doing a job in front of a PC, that by the time you decide to take a break you notice that several marathon hours have just flown by. And when you get out of your office chair you can’t help but notice that your lower back aches, or your hands are stiff, or you have a crushing headache, your near sight is a blur, or you’ve all the above. And after that kind of work day you get up the very next morning and start all over again. A person’s body can only take so much abuse and by the time many, many, people figure that out, it just might be past the tipping point. So I think I’ll try today’s GOTD before I get to the tipping point, if it already isn’t too late.

Reply   |   Comment by Renegade  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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