True confessions time. I have to admit there are times when I dive into a new application, try it out for awhile, and still end up wondering what it is and what it does, five star reviews notwithstanding.
Here’s an example. The app is called Break. Use it to schedule tasks, edit tasks on the fly, track time spent on specific tasks, even get reminders for scheduled tasks. Free. Well, free as in free to try. All the good features have a price tag.
Tasks & Breaks
Any Mac to-do list app, task manager, or projects app that offers built-in breaks is alright by me. Breaks are good. Recess was my favorite subject in school, admittedly just ahead of lunch, which, if you think about it, is a break, right?
Break is colorful, packed with useful features to plan tasks and projects (projects are just a bunch of related tasks), schedule tasks and breaks, and all with a colorful report worksheet. The app is simple to setup and use.
The app features a lefthand sidebar for navigation– Dashboard, Breaks, things going on Today or Upcoming, and Completed tasks or projects. The Dashboard is a good visual representation of what is coming, what is ongoing, and what is overdue.
Break adds tasks quickly and easily, with an option to assign it to a project, and provide an approximate amount of time to complete it. Adding a break works the same way.
The basic– free– Break comes with enough to be useful right away. Setting up a Task is simple enough, and tasks can be dropped into projects. Breaks are an option, but as noted, anything that requires a break is fine by me.
Templates help you get started with a minimal learning curve. Basic features are, well, basic.
- Add task from pop up window with a keyboard hotkey (Command+B).
- Keep track on task duration.
- Schedule tasks as Anytime and assign them later to a particular date.
- Add or Customize small breaks in your work schedule from pre-loaded break templates.
- Edit break time intervals and duration.
- Export task data in Print, PDF or share directly via email.
- Automatic prompt from Status menu bar.
- Auto Backup and Manual Backup data
- Security with keychain
- Set working schedule according to your office time
- Do not disturb
- Report and DashboardAutomatic prompt to get data
The upgrade to pro features brings the ability to create multiple projects, sync Break data with iCloud, export files as PDFs, and backup data.
All things considered, Break is nicely done, seems to work well enough to create tasks, move them into projects, and get some reports. User reviews on the Mac App Store seem to be more from family and friends than critical analysis (reviewer names like johnson_145, johnny.14, and laurana.234 are dead giveaways, including all the user reviews coming within days of launch).
Now, add to that the fact that Break has not been updated in MAS since September 2017 and the app starts to border on abandonware (six months without an update is my abandonware limit; your mileage may vary).