‘Distraction free’ applies to many new lightweight word processor apps which hide everything on the screen but what your writing at the moment. Here’s the story of a free Mac utility which kinda sort mashes up fullscreen mode to distraction free mode.
Hocus Pocus Focus
The advantage of fullscreen mode means an app takes over the Mac’s entire screen. Why? So you can focus on using just that app and not be distracted by anything else.
The advantage of distraction free writing apps is to let you focus only on writing, and not be visually distracted by toolbars, sidebars, or other apps.
Hocus Focus mashes both together to hide other apps in the background so you can focus only on what you want to work on for the moment.
All the app windows and screen clutter that floats around what you’re working on at the moment is gone. Apps that are not being used are relegated to the background, hidden, but available with a click.
Hocus Focus makes the Mac’s screen distraction free, but with useful controls. For example, apps can be set to be hidden after a period of time. Or, they’ll hide as soon as you move to another app.
The app resides in the Mac’s Menubar so controls are easily accessed with a click. You decide which apps are visible and for how long. All other apps running will be hidden in the background until you switch from a visible app to a hidden app. The profiles let you change Hocus Focus hiding behavior to match what you’re doing.
What’s the benefit?
Productivity, efficiency, and peace of mind are enhanced. By focusing only on one app at a time you’re not distracted by anything else, not enticed to switch over to Mail or Calendar or Messages or whatever. Focus is the way to get things done and the Hocus Focus Focus Mode is the profile I prefer. It’s free to use but officially classified as donationware, and it requires OS X 10.10.x Yosemite.