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Anki Time (anti-distraction helper)

1.70MB. Updated 2020-09-13. Only supports Anki 2.1.x.
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If you stay away from Anki for some time(30s), a distracting alarm sounds. Inspired from nobrowsertime


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Supported Anki versions:

To download this add-on, please copy and paste the following code into Anki 2.1:


If you were linked to this page from the internet, please open Anki on your computer, go to the Tools menu and then Add-ons>Browse & Install to paste in the code.

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on 1611686116
alarms rings when I AM working.
on 1603697755
Harsh and good
on 1600502161
Any way to set the idle time to 1 min?
on 1595520781
Really good.

Edit: is there any way to turn off the 20.7.14i34 (2020-07-14) change in which the alarm will play on idle? It is a problem because the add-on does not register controller use, so when reviewing using a controller/wireless remote, the alarm plays after 30 seconds.

Edit 2: thank you very much for implementing a change. The add-on, however, is not updating through Anki. Do you recommend downloading from GitHub or do you intend to push an update though AnkiWeb?

Edit 3: thank you, works perfectly again!
Comment from author before post was edited
Fixed. Check the addon settings (Tools → Add-ons → double click Anki Time addon.)
on 1593984853
Anyway to change the sound?
Comment from author
Check out the update. Set 'alarmFile' key to your likings.

Note that absolute paths must be escaped. Windows path separator \ should be written as \\ instead.

(linux) /home/whyaask37/mine.mp3 → "/home/whyask37mine.mp3"
(windows) C:\Users\whyask37\test.mp3 → "C:\\Users\\whyask37\\test.mp3"
on 1593637273
Wow, this is really useful.
It works on Anki 2.1.26 - only sometimes. Sometimes it detects that you switch windows, but it won't play a sound (on Mac), and I don't know why.
on 1593434543
Excellent app. Really enjoy the functionality and the notification upon returning to review. It would be great if there was a way to alter or customize the sounds (volume, type, etc). Looking forward to further updates!