Realmac Software in collaboration with Helftone and Impending have collaborated on a Mac version of the now well-known iPhone application Clear. Popular for its minimalist and gestural interface, Clear succeeds at doing a small amount of features exceedingly well. Suitable for those looking for an alternative to heavy weight GTD systems, such as OmniFocus or Things, or as a sophisticated tool to keep lists.

The Mac application will be familiar to those who have used the iPhone application, but includes some features specifically tailored to OS X. Now using iCloud, Clear syncs with the newly updated 1.2 version of the iPhone application.


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  1. It’s a fantastic app. Both versions. Beautifully designed too. I’d be interested to see what others who have used it think. I’m still a big fan of TeuxDeux, but Clear is certainly up there. Thanks for sharing, Adrian.

  2. You’re welcome! I’ve been using them both, and I find they suit my needs quite well. I understand the use for Things or OmniFocus, but they’re not really applicable to how I work. Similar with Teux Deux. I use this in addition to Due for time specific reminders, and so far haven’t missed a beat. The interface and UX of both these apps are beautiful, it’s quite a shock coming out of them and into the rest of the OS!

  3. I’m on Things from Cultured Code. Its earlier versions were notably minimalist – they had very simple feature set, but the whole app was really polished. They then added several features that are of a very specific usage and provided no way of hiding them from the UI. It’s still a great app, but it bloated away from its minimalist roots.

    Clear is awesome – it is simple, it looks bold, but not obnoxious and it is innovative. What’s not to like? :)

  4. For implementing GTD you can use this application:

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote and Google Calendar, and also comes with mobile version, and Android and iPhone apps.

  5. Now if we could just get rid of those horrid little Mac icons in the dock and replace them with simple Clear-like text.



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