Being able to multi-task has its advantages. Generally, the ability to juggle several jobs at the same time may prove you to be a very capable person. Although after a while, multi-tasking may be quite taxing, especially if you’re trying to concentrate. This is why most people have found that being a minimalist works. This brings us to the topic of distraction-free apps, and in this case, distraction-free writing.
Meet Grandview. It’s not your average text editor.
Grandview is a full-screen text editor for Mac, and it displays one word at a time as you’re typing. The idea may initially sound a little counterproductive but as you start typing away, you’ll notice that it isn’t so bad. In fact, it’s quite refreshing! Not having to worry about what you’ve typed actually enables you to move forward with your train of thought and as a result, the words just flow out.
It is a menu bar application which is invoked by a hot-key. Once it’s activated, you’ll see every word you type as you enter it.
At every full stop (or as Americans would call it — period), Grandview displays the sentence in its entirety. Continue typing and it reverts to the single word view.
Working with Grandview is awesome. It helps free yourself of distraction and focus on your writing — every single word. That’s great and all but what if you’d like to review your work? Grandview also has a ‘whole writing view’ where it displays the chunk of text entered during the session. Your work is automatically copied to the clipboard and since it’s formatted text-only, you can paste it anywhere.
By default, the Grandview interface is black text on a white background but by diving into its preferences, you can change to your preferred colour scheme. There’s not much else to fiddle with — minimalism here is key.
So the idea is simple — distraction free writing, one word at a time. How well will it work for you?
Grandview is available on the Mac App Store for $4.99.