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Concentrate promises to help you get work done

John Burke

It's crunch time and that big project has to get done. Next thing you know, you're on your favorite website, tinkering with Garageband or tweeting up a storm. We've all been there, but Roobasoft's Concentrate for the Mac is here to help!

Concentrate is designed to help you "work and study more productively by eliminating distractions." The simple application offers a number of options to help you get down to business. With it you can:
  • Quit applications that distract you such as games or web browsers.
  • Run applications, and only the ones you need for your task.
  • Open websites you need to use for work.
  • Block websites that you know will distract you (ahem, Facebook)
In addition to helping keep you on task by eliminating distractions, Concentrate takes it a step further to help keep you on the right track.
  • Record spoken messages that help to keep you going.
  • Play sounds to let you know how far you've gone.
  • Alter your iChat/Skype status to keep friends from bugging you.
The application supports Growl notifications and easily allows you to incorporate scripts to control almost anything. Additionally, you can customize different setups for different tasks. For example, I can set up a "Study" task that will block social networking sites and keep me on task with spoken messages while having another task called "Design" that keeps me working within applications like Photoshop or Dreamweaver.

Concentrate sports an elegant interface and an intuitive system to set times and tasks. The developer promises that he has "big plans [for] a few updates to make it even better".

Roobasoft offers a 60-hour free trial and the full applications sells for $29 with a money-back guarantee if you're not happy.

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