The Clear method to complete tasks

The Clear app for iOS is a simple to-do list manager that's making waves in the iTunes App Store. Already at No. 1, the clean interface and gesture-based controls are a hit with list-obsessed users.

Clear

The simple layout doesn't require buttons to make and manage lists.

(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

I wrote my previous app collection about Advanced task managers on iOS, but a new app came to my attention this week that's too good to pass up.

Clear (99 cents) is a to-do list app that lets you use simple gestures to manage your tasks with an interface that's as intuitive as it is easy on the eyes. People seem to like this simple task manager, because it's now No. 1 in the iTunes App Store. This app won't take the place of Reminders or other scheduling apps that offer alarms--Clear sticks to simple list making, and it does a fine job.

The first thing I noticed about the app is the lack of interface buttons. You never hit a button called "menu" or rely on arrows to turn pages (though you will use the iPhone type pad). Instead, you navigate around this to-do list app using swipes and pinching gestures with delightful sounds as you complete each action. While looking at a list, a swipe down creates an empty list item so you can type in your next task. A swipe to the left on an item deletes it from the list. A swipe to the right crosses out an item and puts it at the bottom of the list for when you want to see each completed task. You can touch and hold an item to drag it down the list, or do a pinch gesture to go one level up to see all your current lists. I found that once I got the hang of the various gestures, creating and managing lists became second nature.

Clear

A swipe to the right crosses off an item, but keeps it visible in your list.

(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

You have a few options in settings that are worth noting as well. Different themes are available to give you some variation on the default Heat Map theme. You can also choose Graphite (blue-gray), Pretty Princess (pink), Lucky Clover (Green), or Theme Noir (black and gray). There are even a few hidden themes that take some work to unlock, which Jason Cipriani wrote about today. Unfortunately, you won't be able to make different lists different colors in Clear because you can only change the global theme. Also worth noting in the settings is the Tips and Tricks section, where you'll find many of the common gestures described.

Clear is a fairly simple task manager, but offers an ease of use that makes it convenient for those who like to make exhaustive lists. If you just want a way to make lists and cross off tasks, Clear is an elegant choice.

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