Grandview - Focus Your Writing And Eliminate Writer's Block

Developer: Dark Heartfelt

Current Version: 1.8

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 2.1 MB - Download


Big. Bold. Clear. Forget your usual text editing apps, Grandview is different, stripping back words to show each letter in large format as you write.

For those that struggle to write, Grandview helps you analyze words one letter at a time. Experienced writers also benefit from its paucity of features while helping to unblock writer’s block by eliminating blank white screens.

An exercise in simplicity, Grandview has no unnecessary features. No distractions. No gizmos. Just the tools to write easily and enjoy each letter up close. And read and reflect on words by changing the color of the background and text.

On finishing the sentence, a full stop reveals the completed sentence, but the beauty is in the writing process. Not just the finished piece.


"Grandview is a running start to writing."

-Thomas Wong at

"As close to stream of consciousness writing as I have ever experienced in a software environment."

-David Ozab at ATPM

Grandview Features:

• One word at a time
• Review each sentence upon punctuation
• Normal text editing
• Ten recent notes saved to menubar
• Focus On Horizon Mode - cursor stays in center of screen
• Margin Settings
• Word View Word Size Setting
• Customize everything - fonts, colors, sizes
• Hot Key Activated/Hidden
• Clipboard Autosave Option
• Choose Which Display for Multiple Displays*
• Works with TextExpander
• "No Reverse" Option - (@*&#y Rough Drafts)
• Save/Load as .txt


Press ⌘ + ⌥ + 5 to enter full screen writing from any application you’re in.

Once inside you can toggle between

1.viewing words one at a time as you write them or
2.viewing as simple text in whatever size you want
(⌘+⌥+ =)

No dock icon. Just a little guy, in the menu bar.

You can configure your hot keys however you like them.

And YES, there's a hotkey so you can quickly enter REGULAR VIEW. If you aren't a believer in the Grandview method ;)

Oh and you can configure it to only take up one of your screens if you have multiple displays, leaving the other active for you to continue using.


Release Notes:

New Icon
Some "tweaks"


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0
Review by Bee Cee El

Hooked - I am writing this in Grandview now. I was very skeptical to begin with. Off the bat, I was not that interested in the idea of each letter and word being flashed in my face as I type. If anything it sounded a little silly, distracting, or just kind of pointless, but after more than several tries with it, I have found the program to be extremely beneficial. I am addicted. I am not a writer by trade, but I do write, and I try to write often. It was not until recently that I decided I do so better on a keyboard than with pen and paper. It allows me to move more quickly and fluidly, getting my ideas out in a more efficient manner. Now, with Grandview I have found that efficiency is amplified. I am wildly focused, gaining ground and speed quickly from not looking back. I am not constantly re-reading, I am moving forward at a good pace until I make a conscious decision to move out of “grand” “view”. There is something quite mesmerizing about this uninterrupted full screen word view, and it keeps me typing away. I have found I am producing longer and more coherent chunks of writing. This app won’t suit everyone, but it’s well worth the try. It might be just the right fit for you, and if it fits, it feels good!

Found helpful by 10 out of 10 people
Version 1.8
Review by larryw09

the icon is hideous - I'd give the old version about a 4. considering the only major thing that changed between that version and this version was the icon, the icon is hideous. just hideous.

Found helpful by 11 out of 16 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.8
Review by Noah10025

great for stream of thought writing - I was having issues writing fiction for my writing class. I spent too much time looking back at what I'd written before and editing it than moving forward with the story. Grandview solved this problem. Also, I really don't care about whether the icon is nice or not. I love this app. Why would you give an app one star for just an icon? Try rating apps on their merit. One improvement they can make is to allow you to save your notes in Evernote from within Grandview.

Found helpful by 5 out of 6 people
Version 1.8
Review by HomeworkGuy

Horrible Icon. - Two ugly icons in a row.

Found helpful by 4 out of 8 people
Version 1.8
Review by MacPeep7894

Grandview - I've owned this for over a year now, and it's amazing. It does EXACTLY what it says it does. I can't really put this into words, but, it is GREAT! :D Get it!

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 1.8
Review by JSWeathers

AWESOME app. AWEFUL icon. - I love this app, it looks incredible. The biggest thing it's missing is spellcheck. Also, sharing integration with Facebook, Twitter, etc. would be awesome too. But the only that that is horrible about this app is the ICON! It's almost enough to make me want to uninstall it just so I don't have to see that icon in my menu bar.

Found helpful by 2 out of 3 people
Version 1.8
Review by

World's worst icon—and that's a very competitive title - It's more of a gimmick. If anything, it makes writing a bit more difficult because it is difficult to focus when letters flash onto the screen. It would make more sense if sentences rather than words were displayed. As a person who's taught writing, I can also say that most people need to spend more time, not less, on editing. And the icon is criminally ugly to boot. Thank you, but no thank you.

Found helpful by 1 out of 3 people