macOS: Freedom, the cross-platform app that blocks distracting websites, just got even more powerful. Now on macOS, and soon on Windows, Freedom can block desktop apps.
Instead of a screencap, here's George Michael singing "Freedom" (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
In Freedom 1.6, you can open a list of all your desktop apps, then select the ones you want to block. Then (just like blocking websites) you can block those apps on the fly, or during scheduled hours. So you can block Chrome and TweetDeck while you get an hour of work done in Excel. Or you can block all your games from 10AM to 6PM.
Freedom still can't block iOS apps, only the internet domains they access. So you can only put an app like Twitter into "offline mode", and you can't block an offline app such as an addicting mobile game. It's a huge limitation. And there's still no Freedom Android app; for that, you'll need Offtime, which comes free with a Freedom licence.
Still, blocking desktop apps is a big step forward, especially if you work from home. I used to waste my afternoons playing Mini Metro when I should have been writing. App-blocking would have fixed that.
Right now, Freedom is 40 per cent off with the code FOCUS, bringing a yearly subscription down to $US17.40 ($23), and bringing a "forever" licence down to a still-hefty $US77.40 ($102). (Both licenses include unlimited downloads to all your devices.)
Freedom [Official site]