October 18, 2011 in Software (E)
[prMac.com] Luxembourg City, Luxembourg - publicspace today is pleased to announce version 1.70 of Vitamin-R, its productivity tool designed to let you recapture the lost art of joyful concentration. Vitamin-R uses the latest insights from neuroscience to overcome procrastination, retain focus and maintain motivation.
Vitamin-R creates a brain-friendly environment with short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition. The built-in task logging and statistics features create a positive momentum towards productivity by providing visible feedback on your progress and achievements.
Version 1.70 introduces experimental support for NeuroSky's $99 MindWave brainwave sensor. This wireless headset based on proven electroencephalography (EEG) technology is capable of measuring brainwaves and extrapolate the wearer's current attention and meditation levels.
Vitamin-R 1.70 allows this data to be recorded and visualized in real time and uses it to pre-select the appropriate focus level in the "Rate your time slice" screen. Further MindWave-specific features will be added over time depending on user feedback and interest in this functionality.
Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, easily reachable and actionable objectives. The objective, time frame, concentration level and completion status of each time slice is logged automatically to the user log. Furthermore, the Vitamin-R Log Book also maintain hyperlinks to tasks in Cultured Code's Things and OmniGroup's OmniFocus to do list managers.
During a time slice Vitamin-R keeps you focused on accomplishing only this one objective and provides you with mechanisms for dealing with interruptions, poor concentration, etc.
Vitamin-R concentrates on getting started which allows you to break through the resistance of procrastination and creates a positive feedback loop of small achievements that get you closer to your ultimate aims. This greatly reduces the stress caused by looming deadlines and a lack of a clear direction, thus enabling you to enjoy guilt-free breaks in which you can pursue other interests.
Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board", complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allows to get back to the task at hand. While Vitamin-R assists you in getting on with your work, it also keeps a customizable record of your progress that can help you detect positive, os well as negative work patterns thus allowing you find the way that suits you best.
Vitamin-R plugs into your life rather than trying to take it over. You can use it occasionally to overcome procrastination or mental blocks or re-organize your entire working life around the concepts that it embodies. It integrates with rather than trying to replace traditional to-do list managers, such as Things or OmniFocus.
* Mac OS X 10.6 Leopard or later
* 8 MB Hard Drive space
Pricing and Availability:
The single user version of Vitamin-R is available for $14.99 (USD) from the Mac App Store and for $14.95 (USD) from the publicspace web store. The web store also offers Family, Business and Enterprise licensing and customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase. Each Vitamin-R web store purchase includes a free license for its companion product, Noise Machine, which is also available separately starting at $4.95 (USD).
publicspace was founded by Frank Reiff in 1996 with the aim of producing affordable best-of-breed software for the Macintosh. In the past decade, our A Better Finder series of file utilities and our MacBreakZ personal ergonomic assistant have become familiar fixtures of the Macintosh community. publicspace is also produces "The Big Mean Folder Machine" and Vitamin-R. Copyright (C) 2011 publicspace. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.