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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Clear - App Review

There's no need to repeat my view on lists... so here is another contender for your attention.

'Clear' is based on gestures which will either be right up your street, or you will seem like a complication. Fortunately, we are not all the same so, it's worth a try.

Now for the ACIDS test:

On an iPad, your lists are down the left and the items in your chosen list on the right.

Whether you are dealing with list, or an item on a list, the gestures are identical:

Pull down to create an item/list
Swipe right to mark complete
Swipe left to delete (if you are dealing with a list, there is a reminder to check that you really ant to delete the whole list)
Tap and hold to move the item/list up or down in the pecking order
Pinching two rows apart allows you to enter an item directly between 2 others (beautiful graphical implementation); you might find it easiest to use two thumbs.
Pinching together collapses the list so that only the list is shown (on an iPhone)
Swiping right from beyond the screen opens up a whole other bag of tricks on an iPad.

There is a very useful 'Welcome Guide' with the App. This is very useful as, unless you are a confirmed 'I'll try anything and see what happen' type of person, you might not otherwise guess all the neat tricks this App offers. this, together with the settings, is accessed by a swipe to the right from the edge.

The App is in the premium price range at $5.

A list manger of some sort is indispensable. Clear could be the one for you if you prefer gestures to commands.

Being gesture driven takes a little getting used to but, once you have got the hang of it, it's very easy to use.

The App behaves differently on an iPad to an iPhone (where only one list is shown). On the smaller screen you need to 'pull down' to switch lists, which is pulling down to the 'pull/release to create an item', and keep going.

You can choose to synchronise your lists through iCloud.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Possibly the list maker for those who don't like lists.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.

You can get Clear here and support for the App here.


  1. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.4.3 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    This update fixes a problem that prevented consecutive notifications appearing, and fixes a problem that caused some emailed lists to not import.

  2. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.5 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Meet Clear for iOS 8 - the most useful version of Clear yet! Head to the Today view in Notification Center, and add Clear: you’ll get a handy view of your upcoming reminders, and with a single-tap you can view them in Clear.

    Thanks for your support of Clear: we’ve got plenty more in store for you this year, and would love an App Store review if you <3 Clear too!

    P.S. Clear now requires iOS 8 - if you need to sync with Clear for Mac be sure to choose *not* to upgrade to iCloud Drive when updating to iOS 8. Upgrading to iCloud Drive today means that you will not be able to sync with Clear for Mac on OS X Mavericks. This is an Apple limitation, so please make sure you check the upgrade notices in iOS 8!


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