Vitamin-R is an application that applies the same principle but takes things to a whole new level: you get to greatly personalize your experience and hide all other windows in an attempt to stay focused.
Unobtrusive user interface
Vitamin-R is designed to stay out of your way most of the time: the app places an icon in your status bar and you can access its main window by clicking the icon. The same area displays a timer for both work and pause periods.
Set up custom time slices
To get started, in the Vitamin-R main window you must set up a new task: define your objective in a text area that includes basic editing tools, associate the time slice to a certain project, decide which applications should be hidden to eliminate all distractions, set up the time length and then simply press the “Start” button.
The next time you try to create a new time slice though, Vitamin-R will make you create a break timer first: the default break timer is set at 5 minutes but you can easily adjust it.
Eliminate distractions to stay focused
Vitamin-R offers you the possibility to hide or quit applications and keep only the ones relevant to the task at hand. However, keep in mind that Vitamin-R does not block you access to those apps in any way.
Various productivity tools
The Focus Now, Focus Later, Focus ScratchPad and Focus Objective panels provided by Vitamin-R offer you the possibility to have an overview upon your current projects so you won’t get lost in details.
At the same time, you can analyze your productivity level by taking a look at the app statistics or logs, or you can use the built in noise machine to stay relaxed while working.
Highly customizable time management application
Vitamin-R provides a plethora of options and personalization possibilities in order to help you discover your rhythm and make the most out of the time you spend working.
Reviewed by Iulia Ivan, last updated on December 9th, 2014
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- We took the unusual step of requiring the latest version of Mac OS X so early in its life cycle because previous versions of Vitamin-R made heavy use of custom drawing and much of its aesthetics clashed with the new "flatter" Yosemite look & feel.
- Custom drawing also comes with a cost in terms of development and maintenance effort, effort that is often better spent on feature development. Previous versions of Mac OS X did not offer any standard controls that were suitable for a HUD-style application such as Vitamin-R, but Yosemite adds its own "vibrant dark" material and controls, which provide a more unified user interface experience, so I am keen to adopt this as early as possible.
- Users of older Mac OS X versions, can obviously still download, use or purchase earlier versions.
Application descriptionVitamin-R is a straightforward and trouble-free Mac OS X productivity application that starts where other tools stop.I...