I’m always on the lookout for ways technology can help me stay organized and traditionally I’m not a big fan of to-do list apps. You’d think that would be a recipe for lots of sticky notes on my desk (and it is) but there’s a new app making a big stink recently and it just might have what it takes to make a convert out of me.
I think the reason why there are so many to-do list apps in the app store is because the idea of having a list of everything you need to get done with you at all times is so appealing. Let nothing slip through the cracks, eliminate notes taped up everywhere–perfect harmony in your life, right? The problem is, many of these apps are too cumbersome. They bog down a person’s organizational process to the point where it’s not worth the time and effort required to input items or find lists quickly–after all, writing on a sticky note takes just a few seconds in comparison.
Enter Clear, the super simple to-do list app for the iPhone. At first it was hard to believe so many people were talking about a to-do list app, but when I downloaded it and saw it for myself I was pretty blown away. I’d been reading up about the cool interface for a few days and it really is pretty awesome. I absolutely love the color schemes. Most apps are just the way they are “out-of-the-box” with no thought given to personalization, so it’s refreshing to have the ability to match the app to my own personality. The default reds and oranges of “Heatmap” are nice and bright and seem to correctly capture the importance of each item on the list. I’m also a big fan of the grassy green hues of the “Lucky Clover” theme.
Clear is all about ease-of-use and speed. By eliminating traditional buttons and things like check boxes, the developers not only achieved a unique feel for their app but also created a clutter-free interface that is perfectly at home in a touch screen environment. Nice use of pinching and swiping in addition to the defacto tapping action combines for easy navigation between the three levels: the main menu, lists and list items. Simply swipe an item left to ...