Rize Apps v0.16.13 Release - Windows Opera Incognito Fix
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For certain version of Opera on Windows, Rize was incorrectly tracking window titles even while in incognito. Version 0.16.13 fixes that issue.
Rize does its best to not track window titles in browsers while in incognito mode. Rize will never track the window title while in incognito mode on any browser on macOS. On Windows, Rize will never track the window title when in incognito mode on Chrome, Edge, Brave, Firefox, and Opera on Windows.
However, due to technological limitations on Windows, other browser titles may be tracked even while in incognito mode. We highly recommend only using incognito mode with Chrome, Edge, Brave, Firefox, and Opera while running Rize.
Rize Apps v0.16.9 Release - Windows Notification Buttons
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Version 0.16.9 adds notification-specific buttons for Windows notifications. These buttons are already available on MacOS and this version creates parity between the platforms.
Rize Apps v0.16.8 Release
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Version 0.16.8 includes bug fixes and improvements. The primary addition is that upcoming meeting notifications will now link to the video conference link of the meeting, if present.
Improved Calendar Integration for Timeboxing
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We revamped our Google Calendar integration to better support timeboxing. You can now schedule Meetings, Breaks, and Focus Sessions through your calendar. Rize will automatically start and end sessions if specific keywords are present in the title or description.
Previously, Rize automatically created Meeting Sessions based on confirmed calendar events with 2+ attendees. Rize will continue to create Meeting Sessions based on that criteria. However, now you can also:
  • Create a Focus Session by adding
    #rize-focus
    to the title or description.
  • Create a Break Session by adding
    #rize-break
    to the title or description.
  • Create a Meeting Session by adding
    #rize-meeting
    to the title or description. This will create a Meeting Session even if event does not have 2+ attendees.
You'll receive a notification one minute before each scheduled Session is due to start. You can disable this notification by going to
Settings > Notifications > Upcoming Session Notifications
. The notification will link to the Google Meet or Zoom meeting if present in the calendar event.
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We hope this feature will better support timeboxing!
New Apps and Websites Dashboard Card
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We just released a new apps and websites dashboard card for the daily, weekly, and monthly views. You can click on any app or website listed to view the times stats for that day. You can also recategorize different apps or websites from the modal.
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If you need to view your activity log of events, just click on the clock icon in the top right of the card to toggle between the two views.
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The apps and websites card is on the bottom left of the daily, weekly, and monthly dashboards.
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Rize Apps v0.16.6 Release - Refocus notification
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We just released v0.16.6 of Rize for macOS and Windows. The major feature this new build contains is the re-focus notification. When you're a Focus Session, Rize will send you a notification is you start to spend time in any non-focus categories.
You can view and edit your non-focus categories by going to
Settings > General > Exclude from Focus
.
You can disable the notification temporarily or permanently by clicking on the notification options.
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You can disable or re-enable the notification in
Settings > Notifications
or in the Settings tab of the Focus Session Timer.
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Rize Free Tier
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We want to make Rize more accessible to all types of users. To that end, we've just launched a free tier for Rize. On the free tier, you can use the Session Timer but cannot access the daily dashboard.
Additionally, Rize will delete all of your data older than 1 day.
We hope you enjoy the new free tier of Rize!
Rize Apps v0.15.8 Release
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We released a number of bug fixes in v0.15.8. We also added the ability to start and stop Sessions from the menu tray menu.
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Improve Keyboard Shortcuts
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We recently launched a bunch of new keyboard shortcuts to make it easier than ever to use Rize. Just press
CMD K
on macOS or
CTRL K
on Windows to bring up the command palette.
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You can press
CMD S
on macOS or
CTRL S
on Windows to bring up the new shortcuts to start Focus, Break, and Meeting Sessions.
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You can press
G
, to view different navigation options.
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The Rize Session Timer
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We just released a brand new set of features called the
Rize Session Timer
. You can navigate to the Session Timer by clicking on the
Sessions
icon in the top left of the dashboard side navigation.
A few of the features included in the Session Timer are:
  1. Start Focus Sessions, Breaks, and Meetings.
  2. Select the duration of each session and choose specific music to help you focus.
  3. Select guided meditations for breaks.
  4. Rate how focused you were for each Focus Session. This data is being used to train our focus detection ML algorithm.
The Session View
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When you first navigate to the Session tab you'll see a list of upcoming meetings and recent sessions. You'll also find the time since your last break as well as options to pause tracking or start a Break, Meeting, or Focus Session.
You can click on a recent session to view the category breakdown, rate the session, and view your stats. We'll cover that in more detail below.
Start A Focus Session
If you select
Start Focus
, a menu will appear where you can configure the Focus Session. You can enter a goal for your Focus Session in the first tab as well as tag the session with any projects.
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If you click on
Duration
, you can select the duration of the Focus session. The default is 45 minutes.
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If you click on
Music
, you can choose a genre of music specifically designed to improve focus. You can preview each music genre by clicking on the image next to the name of the genre. If you'd prefer to not work with music, you can select the
Silence
option.
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Start A Break Session
Starting a Break Session is similar to a Focus session except you won't be prompted to enter a goal for the session. A Break Session also includes a
Guided
option menu. Here you can select an audio guided break such as meditation.
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Start A Meeting Session
Similar to Focus, you can choose the duration, project, and set a goal for a Meeting Session.
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Work in a Live Session
Once you're in a session, you'll see the Live Session view. Here you can view and edit your overview and project tags on the right sidebar menu. You can also change the music genre. Additionally, you have the option to extend your session or end your session.
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Review and Rate your Focus Sessions
When you click
End Focus
for a Focus Session or select a Focus Session from the recent sessions menu, you have the option to rate and review your session.
The first view you'll see is the categories view. Here you can review how you spent your time in that Session and make any categorization changes.
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Once you click next, you'll be given the option to rate how focused you were during your session. This feedback is used to improve our focus detection machine learning algorithm.
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Finally, you can review your stats for your Focus Session. Here you can view your Focus Quality Score which incorporates over 20 different attributes of how you work to create a custom focus score. You can also view how much you context switched and what apps and websites were most interrupting.
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Have ideas for how we can improve the Session Timer? We'd love to hear them on our feature request board.
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