Grandview typifies the minimalist text editor

So-called “distraction-free” writing tools are popular on the Mac. Apps like WriteRoom, Byword and OmmWriter offer a full-screen UI that lets a writer ignore icons, desktop pictures, etc. and focus on his or her words.

Grandview from Dark Heartfelt takes that to an extreme by presenting your text one word at a time.

This $4.99 app takes some getting used to. Once installed, a small menu bar item lets open an existing text file and designate a hotkey combination for jumping in and out. The text color and background color are customizable, and your work can be auto-saved to the clipboard.

If you find the single-word view jarring (I do), you can switch to sentence view or whole writing view, which is what most people are used to. Even while in word view, a final punctuation mark (period, question mark or exclamation point) briefly displays the completed sentence.

Grandview certainly is not for everyone. I guess it depends on what kind of writing you’re doing. I couldn’t write a blog post or article with Grandview, as I’ll need to refer back to previous paragraphs and ideas. Perhaps a quick note or other non-crucial file would be applicable.

If you’re into an ultra fine-grained writing experience, give Grandview a try.