Clear out with a nice 1.1 update (undo, no character cap, new themes)

Clear's minimal, completely one-handed and features a beautiful UI that fades into the background. It's what a list app should be.

Clear out with a nice 1.1 update (undo, no character cap, new themes) - Jason O'Grady
Clear ($0.99, App Store) is a really slick list management app for iOS that's become a front page app on my iPhone.

Clear feels completely natural and is the kind of app that Apple could have released. It's minimal, completely one-handed and features a beautiful UI that fades into the background.

Real Mac Software released Clear 1.1 today (the secret update) which includes a number of new (and user requested) features.

  • Shake to undo
  • Character cap is now voluntary
  • Secret themes
  • Option to display the iOS status bar
  • Improved tap-to-create-item behavior
  • New UI elements
  • Subtle text emboss

I use Clear daily and it's pretty much replaced the paper notebooks that I've carried in my pocket since I was 18. And that's saying a lot.

One feature I'd like to see in Clear 1.2 is a simple form of list sharing and syncing. I'd love to be able to share a handful of lists with my wife (groceries, house projects, a "honey do" list, for example). They could be shared via iCloud or Dropbox and would always be in sync. If she buys eggs and swipes it off the shared grocery list it would automatically come off my list too, and vice-versa.

And list sharing shouldn't be complicated either. Press and hold on a list, touch "share" and enter the email address of the person that you want to share that list with. Once they accept, it would show a small icon to show that it's being shared with someone.

Oh, a hint about those new, "secret" themes in Clear 1.1. To enable them you need to be both generous and socially savvy, but that's all I'm saying.

The best get better, and Clear is $1 well spent. (And yes, I just swiped Clear from my "To blog" list.)