It has been over a month since the last Break helper version was released. In the newest 1.3 we have a bit more useful changes, some UX (User eXperience) improvements, hopefully that will make Break Helper a bit easier to use.
Some users requested a feature to reset the timer. It was a great idea, because sometimes you go away from your computer and the application is still going without noticing that the user is gone. Actually this might morph into another feature that checks the state of the user to detect when he is away and to pause the breaks.
Another feature the users requested and I’ve planned to add for a while is a timer, that displays how much time is left until the next break.
About a month ago one of the users complained, that there is no easy way to configure and navigate the extension without digging a bit deeper. That struck me - it was a major UX flaw. The way the popup was designed was not useful in any way, so I threw it away and into that popup I moved the “Time left until next break” timer and a simple navigation. Ah, that’s much better. Thank you Eddy!
One of the more important improvements is in readability. It is a no-brainer that it is hard to read small fonts, but it took me a while and an article to understand how bad it is. Increased font size is just a small step, but it should help. Probably the next step would be to pick text and background colors to get a contrast.
That is pretty much it aside from a few minor bug fixes. If you have any suggestions or complaints - please don’t hesitate to let me know in comments below or in extension’s reviews. I greatly appreciate any user feedback.
You can download Break helper for Google chrome at Chrome web store
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