It seems that every writing tool these days comes with a so-called ‘distraction free‘ option. Think of distraction free as a highly focused fullscreen app with limited visible features. A good example is the Grandview app I reviewed recently.
It’s all the rage these days so why not take distraction free into other applications?
After all, the Mac’s screen is a clutter magnet of Finder windows, application windows, Dock icons, Notification Center, icon badges, and tacked on features all vying for your attention, deliberately distracting you from your work.
Hmmm. Distraction free applications? How? FocusMask.
This may be the most productive 99-cents you can spend on your Mac. What FocusMask does is incredibly elegant and useful. It hides everything else but what you’re working on at the moment. Move the Mac’s screen pointer to an app window, press a keyboard shortcut, and everything else fades behind an onscreen mask– except what you’re working on.
Here’s an example of a typical Mac Desktop with plenty of open windows, apps, and folders, vs. FocusMask which hides all but the frontmost app– the one you want to focus on.
And yet another comparative example.
Opacity of the mask is adjustable. The keyboard shortcuts to invoke the mask are customizable. FocusMask works on most Mac applications, supports multiple displays, and hides everything– even the Menubar and the Dock– while letting you focus on the app you want without distractions.
Not bad for 99-cents.