Simple is better. Less is more. Clear is a bargain. It took awhile for me to bite the bullet, so to speak, and get Clear for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It’s not free. What clear is is drop dead simple to setup and use, therefore, Clear gets used because it’s everywhere, syncs todo items, and does not intimidate with complex features that seldom get used.
If ever the KISS method– keep it simple, stupid– applied, Clear is it; usable minimalist. Clear is a list of todo items, tasks that need to get done, even a shopping list. The stack is the priority, each item easily moved up or down, Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
Create a new item for Clear simply by bringing up Clear and typing. Reminders are built-in so you’ll get a quick notification for todo items (if you need).
Preferences are simple and can be counted on your fingers.
That focus on simplicity is what makes Clear so usable. The learning curve is minutes, not hours. It’s not even On The Job Training. Add a todo or an item to a list. Move up or down to prioritize. Click (or tap) one to add an alert.
Clear syncs between devices with iCloud, though I would prefer a Dropbox sync option. I just don’t trust Apple with iCloud file sync and it’s much slower to sync than Dropbox.
One click brings up Preferences. One click brings up your lists. Another click brings up different colored themes. Even the Tips and Tricks tutorial is a click away. Drag a list out of the Clear window and it becomes a separate list with a separate window. Mac Clear lists can be resized and moved anyone on the screen. Sound effects for each action bring a sense of accomplishment.
You can spend less money and get more features, but that’s not the point of Clear. Instant and familiar usability is the point. Clear does that better than any other todo and task app. If there’s anything missing that I miss it’s sub-tasks. Projects are made of tasks, and Clear would gain more users with that simple capability– create a project, add todo tasks to the project.