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Be Focused Pro - Focus Timer & Goal Tracker

By Denys Yevenko
Supported Devices : Mac OS

Release Notes

17/01/2017 | Version : 1.6.2 | Size : 10.8 MB
• Fixed "Unable to start timer" issue
• Updated the app icon design
• Multiple fixes and improvements

24/11/2016 | Version : 1.6.1 | Size : 10.9 MB
- Fixed app launch on Mac OS Mavericks (10.9)
- Multiple fixes and improvements

16/05/2016 | Version : 1.3 | Size : 13.0 MB
- The app was moved to the new server. Your account data will be moved automatically when you login.
- Added new completion sounds
- Fixed the issue with "Skip break if idle"
- Added the ability to hide the task "Other"
- Changed the app name
- Improved performance
- Multiple fixes and improvements

Description

Staying on task seems is a real challenge for our screen-bound generation. The Be Focused lets you get things done by breaking up individual tasks among discrete intervals, separated by short breaks. It’s a surprisingly effective way to retain motivation and focus. Create tasks, configure breaks and track your progress throughout the day, week or custom period. Use either your iPhone, iPad or Mac – your devices always stay in sync.

Key features:
- Manage your tasks
- Track your progress throughout the day, week or custom period
- Fast and easy goal tracking
- Customize to maximize productivity:
• Work interval duration
• Short break duration
• Long break duration
• Number of intervals between long breaks
• Target number of intervals per day
- Ability to start, pause, or skip work interval
- Auto-start the next timer (option)
- Ability to edit the number of intervals
- Export to a CSV file
- Ability to paste a task list from other applications
- Global hotkeys
- Optional ticking sound
- Custom alarm sound
- Launch at startup option
- Syncs between iPad, iPhone and Mac*
- Also available for iPhone and iPad

* Sync with iOS devices requires Be Focused Pro for iOS, sold separately.

Rankings

Categories :
#68 : Top Paid Mac Applications [Productivity]
#116 : Top Grossing Mac Applications [Productivity]

Screenshots Mac OSX :

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Category

Business , Productivity


Comments and Ratings for Be Focused Pro - Focus Timer & Goal Tracker

Pomodoro rating (1.6.2)
17/01/2017 05:44:00 4/5 By AshGol
great application!

Good for time focused productivity (1.6.2)
05/01/2017 13:15:00 5/5 By stevenalexbaird
Brilliant app which makes me focus for short periods time and then having breaks. I personally do 25/5 x 3 then 25/30 and repeat that till lunch or I’ve finished. A really good way of studying.

Excellent app (1.6.2)
05/01/2017 10:52:00 5/5 By DigitalSands
Thank you for creating the app, it does its job excellently and works great with the iPad version also. It’d be nicer if it was easier to change totals done for goals as I always forget how to do this and it takes me a while to find out.

really good (1.6.2)
12/12/2016 15:53:00 5/5 By aralap
it was annoying that paying separately to mac os and ios app, but in the end of the day it’s an irraplaceable app for me. it does its job perfectly.

Super Efficient App (1.6.1)
19/11/2016 16:12:00 5/5 By NickBracko
The brilliance of this app is how minimalist it is. It sits quietly in the background, activated by a quick keyboard shortcut, and then you can watch as the timer counts down until your next five minute break. I run my own business and finding ways to focus is essential - this does the job perfectly.

A highly productive application (1.6.1)
17/11/2016 09:30:00 5/5 By Loli1989<3
This is very good for improving productivity. I am currently studying at postgrad level and the pomodoro technique style this application uses helps me focus and get things done systematically. One critique would be that the 4 sessions do not reset by day. What I mean by this is, I may have completed 3 sessions yesterday and taken 5 minute breaks each time but completed fourth today and be given a 20 minute break immediately. I would love if there was an option to reset with each day. Apart from that, flawless.

Does not work on IOS 10.9.5 (1.6)
14/11/2016 09:38:00 1/5 By Rosiepink2
i was enjoying this app but it no longer works on my machine - please advise for users like me who do not want to upgrade their IOS to the very latest version!!!

After the update I can’t even launch it anymore. (1.6)
13/11/2016 15:53:00 1/5 By __FV
Update 1.6 completely broke the app on my system.

Awesome App (1.6)
09/11/2016 11:13:00 5/5 By ivanmauricio
Beautifully designed and increased my productivity no end!

Has really helped my focus (1.3)
28/10/2016 15:03:00 5/5 By Saxham22
Rather than thinking to myself “I’ve got a mass of things to do today” and then getting little done, this really helps me. I remember hearing an England batsman saying that you don’t walk out thinking “I’m going to score 100 today” they aim to get to 10, then look at getting to 20 etc. This has really helped me. I’ll pick a task which might take an hour but do it in two ‘bites” and force myself to take the break - and my things-done-in-a-day list has really improved. Good app.

Simple to use (1.3)
25/10/2016 17:48:00 4/5 By Mega_Bubbles
The developer needs to sort out the issues preventing the iOS version being sold, as integration to the phone would be very helpful (often take my breaks away from my desktop, so need reminding when time’s up - otherwise there’s not too much point in the app). It does integrate across multiple desktops, though the time is slighly out of sync. The key for me with Pomodoro technique is something that is simple and easy to integrate in to everyday working. This app does that - it’s interface is simple and it sits unobtrusively on the top bar. Would be good to be able to designate different types of break not just different lengths - exercise break, hydration break, social media catch-up etc

Good, but annoying (1.3)
20/10/2016 16:16:00 3/5 By arias.sp
The app does what you expect, however every day it fails to notify that a pomodoro finishes because it asks you to rate the app before playing the notification sound. That’s the main reason why it’s not a 5-stars app.

Excellent (1.3)
06/10/2016 16:03:00 5/5 By FleetsR
Easy to use and does what it says- helps keep you focused.

Good but could use some minor improvements.. (1.3)
06/10/2016 01:13:00 3/5 By Dimensional bloop
The app works as promised. No problems there. Occasionally, I have lost all my completed tasks halfway through the day which is annoying. Think it has something to do with the old free version creeping along and messing things up. Space bar starts/stops the timer which is very very very annoying when using any audio app!! I press play in logic nly to find that I’ve stopped the timer two hours ago! Did I mention the space bar shortcut was annoying? The option to induce a long break would be good too. Sometimes a friend might come to see me so I need half an hour one interval earlier. Still I’m splitting hairs really, its a functional little app. One thing that a piad app SHOULD NEVER DO, it repeatedly ask for reviews and try to sell other apps, I find that really annoying, especailly in a productivity app, and the main reason for only three stars. I do not want to be sold stuff while I’m trying to work thanks.

How to save a life (1.3)
29/09/2016 13:08:00 5/5 By Macspac
Going back to study after 25 years, while working full time and raising a family requires a lot of careful time management and it’s easy to give up when you feel overwhelmed. By organising my study time into manageable chunks I am more effective and efficient, I don’t feel stressed or overwhelmed and I seem to have more time, if that’s possible. (This review took 1/2 a Pomodoro)

It does the job. (1.3)
12/09/2016 15:36:00 3/5 By dmh650
It works well, some of the sounds could be improved but it works. It only gets three stars because it keeps nagging me to rate it. Please remove the alert, I’m trying to get some work done.

Failed - Sync data lost for last 2 months (1.3)
29/08/2016 11:13:00 1/5 By Dgsaville
I have just discovered that the last 2 months of my sync data is missing, this represents around 100 hours of work. I have also discovered that cross device syncing is unreliable - finding that the counter resets inexplicably on occasion, which I suspect is a database / sync error. I do not appreciate being harrassed for reviews, disrupting productivity. I have found, several times a week, that I have worked past a timing interval because the developer’s need to be loved interrupts the program’s timing alert. I have paid for this ‘full’ version so please accept that I will review in my own time. At the very least don’t interrupt the programme’s principle function. The ability to add amend the database entries is also frustrating. The desktop app ideally needs the option to be allowed to float in a frame on the desktop.

Very useful to focus (1.3)
22/08/2016 13:42:00 4/5 By Emfortee
I am a contractor that often works from an office at home. I find this a simple but really effective way to keep focused on the job in hand - I can literally power through things when I use this useful timer. Like others - I used the non pro version first - and really liked the alarm sound at the end of the timer….I wish this had it…if it did I would give it 5 stars! Although my settings show that it is on - it doesn’t actually work. Please fix it so it does!

Good - but stop bugging me (1.3)
12/08/2016 11:33:00 2/5 By Moriarty2302
It has limited capacity to change things (e.g. why not allow system sounds rather than the limited choice of alarm sounds in the app; setting number of pomodoros for a task is hidden (right-click) - why not make it part of the process of setting a task list; allow me to change colour of menu bar icon to b/w (the non-pro version allowed this). But the WORST thing by far is the constant nagging for ratings. This is UNACCEPTABLE in a paid-for app. It breaks the workflow, it’s annoying - more so than the adverts on the free version - and it’s tantamount to desperation on the part of the developers. If I want to rate it, I will. Don’t nag. PLEASE STOP THIS. UNTIL THIS IS REMOVED, I RECOMMEND YOU STICK WITH THE FREE VERSION - adverts are far less annoying.

No reliable alarm, hateful rating nags (1.3)
02/08/2016 11:29:00 1/5 By ep1965
Since this simply WILL NOT sound an alarm reliably it’s completely useless for the stated purpose. Plus - as others have pointed out - the contstant ratings nags are completely unacceptable.

Great app (1.3)
21/07/2016 16:52:00 4/5 By IzzyFlo41
I’ve been using this app for a while now. Much handier than the kitchen timer I keep on my desk, as it comes with me even when I’m out and about. Love being able to see the seconds count down on the menu bar and know I’ve almost finished another chunk of work. The only improvement I would suggest is an easier way to set the work intervals to different lengths, rather than having to go in through settings. I mostly work in 30 min chunks, but often I want to do just 15 or 20, depending on my schedule or my inspiration level! Also, I hate being constatnly bugged to rate the app - especially when I’ve already rated it!

Very disappointed with the PRO version. (1.3)
20/07/2016 17:34:00 1/5 By __FV
I just updated to the PRO version. For some reason the alarm sounds don’t work anymore (they were fine in the free version) and I get notifications asking me to rate the app. As other reviewers have pointed out, this is simply unacceptable for a paid productivity app whose sole purpose is to keep me focused on what I’m doing. These are two major issues that make an otherwise good application almost useless.

STOP BUGGING ME FOR RATINGS!! (1.3)
08/07/2016 09:03:00 1/5 By Dgsaville
For a productivity app, which I have paid for, to repeatedly ask for ratings and interrupting the app and consquently my work flow is poor and contrary to it’s purpose. Also, can the application be allowed to float in a normal window rather than only being in the application bar only as I’d prefer this. The synching between devices is not without flaws but works most of the time. Also to be able to edit the database such as move events between lists would be very useful as I have often chosen the wrong list. It is a good application however the interruptions in both OSX and iOS versions ruins it for me.

Excellent app destroyed by update (1.3)
05/07/2016 13:12:00 1/5 By GardenerK
I used to love using this app to maintain focus whilst working on tasks and I paid for it to reward to developer. Two things have completely ruined it: 1. The latest update has replaced the work completed sounds to those which nearly give you a heart attack if you’re wearing headphones. What was wrong the timer sounds before? 2. Constantly interrupting my workflow to ask for a rating - this is really distracting and an anathema to what the app is designed to do. Until the developer fixes these two issues I don’t recommend you buy it.

Simple and useful (1.3)
04/07/2016 12:39:00 4/5 By Yibble
The premise of this technique is simple. Work is broken down into time chunks with short breaks. This app is quick and easy to use. If you struggle sometimes with procrastination before getting down to work, or getting distracted, then this can be a useful way of getting you focused. The reporting feature adds a bit of motivation too.

Yep, effective… when I remember to use it. (1.3)
29/06/2016 09:57:00 5/5 By Aitch2000
Effective bit of software that does what I need it to do. My biggest problems are forgetting to use it (slightly ironic) and the interrupt driven nature of my work sometimes. If I work at home without disturbances it is highly effective! But this is not a problem of the software, which I have had no problems with.

A good app that does what it needs to. (1.3)
21/06/2016 11:44:00 4/5 By DigSea
I find this app really handy. Can’t say it’s perfect. For example, i would like the option for the timer to pop out so that I can see it larger and position somewhere on the screen rather than in the menu bar where I don’t notice it. But overall, a worthwhile investment in my productivity.

Paid app that bugs me to rate it (1.3)
09/06/2016 11:30:00 1/5 By Tom Gilder
Sure, I’ll write you a review: totally unacceptable for me to pay for an app which then spams me with constant pop-ups to rate it or sign up to a mailing list.

Constantly bugs me for a rating (1.3)
26/05/2016 12:07:00 1/5 By Matt–J
While nagging users for a review seems to be an accepted practice for free applications, it is simply inexcusible for a paid one. Doing so with a modal dialogue which interupts what I’m currently doing is annoying and completely antithetical to the intended purpose of this application (improving productivity).

Love it! (1.3)
17/05/2016 12:19:00 5/5 By MrZakk
Really simple, but really effective. Helps me to be far more productive than I would otherwise.


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