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.
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. 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.
A recent update to Clear adds a few feature enhancements and other tweaks that fans of the app will appreciate. You can now shake your phone to undo your last action. There is no longer a character cap for your list entries (be careful with this one lest your list point turn into an essay. RealMac Software has also added new hidden themes (CNET's Jason Cipriani gives you the clues here). Other tweaks include new UI elements, the option to display the iOS status bar, added inspirational quotes, and more.
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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Over 2.5 million people de-clutter their lives with Clear, so stop stalling and start organising your daily routine.Clear is the revolutionary to-do and reminders app that makes you more productive. Its as easy to use as pen and paper, and once you start organising your life with Clear youll wonder how you ever managed without it. - Simple gesture-based design that allows you to focus on your to-dos.- Use separate lists to organize every aspect of your life.- iCloud sync built-in so you can be productive everywhere.- Set reminders so youll never forget important tasks.- Personalize your Clear lists with themes and make them your own.- One universal download for iPhone, iPad and now Apple Watch!- Syncs with Clear for Mac (available separately on the Mac App Store)Since its launch in January 2012 Clear has won numerous awards and continues to receive critical acclaim. Heres just some of the nice things that the press have written about Clear:Clears interface is elegant and clever The New York Times Clear is quick, simple, intuitive, and perfect for busy people Gizmodo If youre regularly turning to a simple to-do list app Clear is definitely going to wow you. TechCrunchClear is built by a small team, dedicated to bringing you frequent free feature updates. Wed love to know how we can make you even more productive, so get in touch via the App Store Support link, or tweet us @UseClear.Clear for iOS and Clear for Mac are not affiliated with or endorsed by CLEAR Wireless.
What's new in this version:
Say hello to the biggest update to Clear, well, ever! Weve packed this update with three huge new features - including Clear for Apple Watch. Clear for Apple WatchClear for Apple Watch is the newest member of the Clear family. Weve brought your favorite to-do and reminders app to Apple Watch, allowing you to complete existing tasks from your wrist, and create tasks and reminders via dictation! Just ask Clear to Remind me to take the cat for a walk tomorrow morning and well make sure you get remi...
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Say hello to the biggest update to Clear, well, ever! Weve packed this update with three huge new features - including Clear for Apple Watch. Clear for Apple WatchClear for Apple Watch is the newest member of the Clear family. Weve brought your favorite to-do and reminders app to Apple Watch, allowing you to complete existing tasks from your wrist, and create tasks and reminders via dictation! Just ask Clear to Remind me to take the cat for a walk tomorrow morning and well make sure you get reminded (if youre not a cat person, its OK - you can set any other reminders). Theres also a Glance, to show your next upcoming Reminder. Even if youre not getting an Apple Watch, youll love this update too. Interactive NotificationsWeve added interactive notifications to reminders - you can complete a task by simply swiping-down on a notification and choosing Complete, or snooze the reminder for 15 minutes. It even works (as if by magic) on your devices lock screen. HandoffTheres also all-new Handoff support in every version of Clear (Watch, iPhone, iPad, Mac - weve been busy) so you can carry on working as you switch between your favorite devices. You can use Handoff via the Lock Screen and App Switcher on iOS, as well as the Dock and App Switcher (Cmd + Tab) on your Mac. Handoff is even supported in Clear for Apple Watchs Glance, allowing you to quickly dive into your next upcoming reminder on your iPhone! A New Theme, and The Return of a Favorite!Oh boy. We were going to keep theme details secret, but weve spilt the beans now. Theres a brand-new Edition theme to unlock, and weve made sure you can still unlock the Vanilla theme too.We hope you love this huge free update to Clear, and send us your feedback. If you do <3 this update please consider taking the time to write a review on the App Store - and be sure to tell your friends about Clear for Apple Watch. Thanks for using Clear. xxx