Seeing upcoming breaks in Time Out 2

Time Out, my free break reminder tool, remains my most popular app, despite the slowness in getting the promised version 2 completed.

As I've bemoaned before, I have too much to do, and not enough time. But I keep trying. I will get Time Out 2 released eventually, though I can't say when.

Anyway, one of the most popular feature requests from the current versions is a way to see when upcoming breaks are due. Some people suggest an indicator on the Dock icon, others would like a display in the system menus (like the battery indicator on laptops). Some would prefer a floating window, or perhaps a Growl notification.

When I get such requests, I have the pleasure of telling those people that their wish will be granted: I currently plan to include all of those options in Time Out 2. You'll be able to see upcoming breaks in the Dock icon, in a system menu, in a floating window, and/or via a Growl notification... or any combination or none of those.

For the Dock icon, I'm thinking of drawing live clock hands and wedges indicating when the breaks are due, so you can see that you have a micro break in a few minutes, and a normal break in about half an hour, for example. But another much-requested feature will be that Time Out will continue without the icon in the Dock, so other indicators are also useful.

The system menu would display the number of minutes until the next break, or perhaps the time of the next break (as an option). The floating window would likely display a clock and wedges like the Dock icon. And Growl notifications could be added to alert you a specified number of minutes before a break is due, along with other kinds of notifications, like in Simon.

Those are just a few of the features planned... there's lots more too. Now I just need to find the time to implement them!

Thank you to all the kind people who have provided helpful feedback and donations to support this project. I appreciate it!