App Review: Clear – A Beautiful & Simple Gesture-Based To-Do List App

Clear aims to make your experience of completing tasks as pleasurable as possible. With gesture commands it is a breeze to create, edit, and cross off tasks from your to-do list. Pull down to add a new task, swipe to the right to mark it completed, and long-press and drag up or down to move a task around based on priority. Because of how simple it is to use you will find yourself putting everything that comes to mind that you need to get done. I’ve tried many other to-do list apps, both free and paid, and the one thing I just couldn’t get over was the fact that it felt like a task in itself just to create a to-do list. Clear takes that pain away. No due dates to set, no sharing options, or other settings that become distracting. This is simple and straight-forward. Make your list, get your work done, then cross it off. That’s it.

I’ve been using this app for over a year now and I have to say it is one of my most used apps. I use it daily for both work and personal life and I definitely get a lot more things done. There are also several color themes to choose from and as you can see from the above screenshot Clear uses the idea of a heat index to show priority.

The developers of Clear, Realmac Software not only wanted to make the app simple but understood that you should feel accomplished when you finish your tasks. So how did they accomplish this? First, its subtle sounds. As you mark a task as complete a soothing chime rings. Complete another one and a similar chime rings a musical note higher. Keep marking tasks complete and the chimes keep ringing a note higher and higher. This gives off a musical melody played to the beat of your own accomplishments. =)

Second, when you finish an entire list of tasks a motivational quote appears. Reading these quotes gives you a further sense of accomplishment. It’s like the app is complementing you for finishing your work while also giving you some food-for-thought. There are quotes from Buddha, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Christopher Columbus, and many others. (If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen screenshots of these quotes I took from this app. @Darryl_Brian) Here are some good ones.


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It’s $1.99 and it’s money well spent. Clear is a beautiful and polished app that will aid you in getting work done. With its intuitive and simple gesture commands the app feels natural as you move through your lists, adding new tasks, and crossing out your completed ones. It is even a joy to use with is soothing sound effects and inspirational quotes.

Clear by Realmac Software
$1.99 – Download Here


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