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Clear for Mac: The Best iPhone To-Do List Comes to Your Desktop

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Released last spring, Clear is one of the slickest apps to be released for the iPhone this year. Now the beautiful, intuitive gesture UI that made it a hit on a touchscreen comes to your Mac.

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Clear's UI is still predominantly gesture-based which means it works best if you're using a trackpad. The core functionality of the app remains the same. Pulling down creates a new list or item within a list. You can also simply start typing to create an item. A swipe to the right or a right-click crosses an item off a list. From there, you can simply drag and drop items to reorder your lists according to priority. As you'd expect with an app designed for both your Mac and your iPhone, Clear syncs with iCloud so that your always up to date everywhere you go.

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Clear is one of our favorite iOS apps, and we're very excited that it's available Mac now. After all, your computer is where you get a lot of the items on your to-do list done—you should be able to access your to-do list from your computer. That said, the app doesn't have a lot of advanced functionality. You can't assign due dates to your tasks, and it doesn't integrate with your calendar which are useful features we'd love to see. What you're paying for here is simplicity, and admittedly, some people are going to think the app is too expensive for what it is.

The app is being offered at an introductory price of $7 but it will go up to the expensive and highly unfortunate price of $15. So if you're interested, buy now. Also note that the app requires that you run the latest version of OS X Mountain Lion, so you'll need to upgrade if you're still in the Lion stone age. [iTunes]

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DISCUSSION

Ok, just my 2 cents on Clear.

Why are the gawker websites unabashedly heralding the clear app as the best iOS to-do app?

If I compare it to the in-built reminder app, only the gestures and design come on top (depending on your taste).

But like in any comparison, we shouldn't be comparing an app to a built-in one but rather to its direct competitors, i.e. the commercial ones.

So if we compare it to apps like wunderkit, todo, or my personal favourite "Due" what do we get? We get an app that is stripped bare of features, very little customisation and ends up being barely more useful than a good old .txt file.

Please enlighten me as to how this application is better than Due for both the iOS and osX platforms. I am genuinely curious.