Matthew Lester

Big Stretch Reminder v2

Big Stretch is a free simple reminder tool that prompts a user to take regular breaks and helps prevent the symptoms of RSI. Alternatively it can be a simple reminder program to tell you when it’s your coffee break!

Big Stretch example popup
Example Reminder

features

  • Set the amount of time between breaks.
  • Choose between predefined or your own message(s).
  • Select the reminder style, balloon, popup or micro-break.
  • Pick the level of intrusiveness (depending on strictness).
  • Optionally pick a sound for your reminder.
  • Increase reminders automatically to suit your work rate.
  • Various other adjustments to suit you.

Comments or suggestions? Please contact me with your feedback or comment below.

(bsrp_setup.exe, 0.6MB)

Big Stretch works on Windows® XP, Vista, 7 and 8 (in Desktop Mode)

Big Stretch is completely free and contains no spyware or crapware, please consider donating. For corporate use the recommended donation is £2 per user. Thank you.

Zip Version (No install, 372KB) Older History

Version History

v2.0 (released January 2013)

  • New Feature: Display multiple custom messages
  • New Feature: Display motivational quote
  • New Feature: Select your own sound / music to play at break time
  • Enhancement: Detect if full screen movie playing or game
  • Enhancement: Complete Interface re-design
  • Enhancement: Manually start break form system tray menu
  • Enhancement: Press ESC to end micro-break

v1.9 (released November 2011)

  • Enhancement: Moved .NET Dependancy to 4.0
  • Enhancement: .NET check and install integration
  • Some interface tweaks

v1.8 (released October 2011)

  • New Feature: Reset timer from system tray menu
  • New Feature: Set variable postpone time for micro-break
  • Enhancement: Improved timer handling
  • Enhancement: Minor interface tweaks

v1.7 (released February 2011)

  • New Feature: Can increase reminders if working intensively
  • New Feature: Can set a custom interval by minutes and hours
  • New Feature: Screen can be locked until break acknowledged
  • Enhancement: Minor interface tweaks

v1.5 (released October 2010)

  • New Feature: Break countdown indicator in icon tray
  • New Feature: Choose a sound with your alert
  • New Feature: User can postpone micro-breaks by 2 mins if busy
  • Enhancement: Added and updated random tips
  • Enhancement: Setup form has been re-organised and simplified
  • Enhancement: Mouse over tray icon to show time till next break

v1.1 (released May 2010)

  • Enhancement: Settings are now user specific
  • New Feature: Added advanced option to disable alerts when idle
  • Other minor Windows 7 related bugs fixed

v1.0 (released March 2009)

  • Enhancement: Timer is inactive while not using the computer
  • New Feature: Optional 'Intrusive' Notifications
  • New Feature: Optional Micro-breaks
  • New Feature: Red icon when alerts are disabled
  • Many other minor bugs fixed

v0.2 (released May 2008)

  • Program completely rewritten
  • Simplified Settings Interface
  • More RSI Tips
  • Setting / Tips now stored in XML documents
  • Enable / Disable button now on settings page.
  • V0.1 (released August 2006)

    • Initial Release
    19410, 2133

    Storage Cupboard

    For your convenience the following is a list of Big Stretch versions. Note that if .NET is required then you will be prompted to download it during installation.

    Version

    Released

    Size

    .NET Version

    Alternative

    v2.0 (Latest)

    January 2013

    627KB

    4.0

    Zip (372KB)

    v1.9

    November 2011

    522KB

    4.0

    Zip (258KB)

    v1.8

    October 2011

    470KB

    2.0

    Zip (258KB)

    v1.7

    February 2011

    467KB

    2.0

    n/a

    v1.5

    October 2010

    431KB

    2.0

    n/a

    v1.1

    May 2010

    314KB

    2.0

    n/a

    v1.0

    March 2009

    305KB

    2.0

    n/a

    v0.2

    August 2006

    300KB

    1.1

    n/a

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