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  • Clear: minimal list app now for mac

    For those who might be interested, Clear for iOS has been updated with iCloud sync, and a mac version has been released. It's on sale today in the Mac app store. For those who don't know, Clear is a minimal list tool with a very clean design. No dates, reminders, notes, not even checkboxes. It's surprisingly seductive. For those who are firmly planted in the Apple ecosystem desiring a simple, beautiful and inexpensive checklist tool, it's worth considering. Probably not most people's choice for project and context lists, though.

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    interesting

    It looks pretty interesting and, yes, I can see how its clean lines are seductive. The price (50% off and still $6.99), though, is not. If they can get that, good on them! For me, I would be looking at it seriously at $1.99 max. (oh, maybe I'm just cheap... wait, I'm thrifty, that's it!)

    Thanks for posting though!

    Dena

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    • #3
      Hurting the mobile software business.

      Originally posted by artsinaction View Post
      It looks pretty interesting and, yes, I can see how its clean lines are seductive. The price (50% off and still $6.99), though, is not. If they can get that, good on them! For me, I would be looking at it seriously at $1.99 max.
      I think that $0 - $0.99 - $1.99 application price expectation will hurt the mobile software business in the long term.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TesTeq View Post
        I think that $0 - $0.99 - $1.99 application price expectation will hurt the mobile software business in the long term.
        Probably. I've seen an analysis that suggests that there are only two ways for a start-up to succeed in mobile software: write a popular game or have something that a larger company wants to acquire and be bought up.

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        • #5
          value = price

          I agree with both of you, actually, but the problem with so much app store software out there is that the user is deluged with so many similar products that distinguishing the wheat from the chaff is almost impossible.

          And for the developer, even if a product is reviewed on a top review site or tech podcast, those numbers might not even be enough to pay the developer's electric bill.

          But as a consumer, I've purchased and tried out hundreds of dollars of apps that are now sitting in binary limbo. It's like buying that fabulous pair of heels that go with that slinky thing you've only worn once - and they go with nothing else. There they sit on the shelf.

          So these days I really have to have a dramatic need for a piece of productivity (or other) software - something that fills a specific niche - to spend more than a couple of dollars. I have no problem paying for software I value.

          Dena

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          • #6
            No third-party app in my iPhone 4S.

            Originally posted by artsinaction View Post
            So these days I really have to have a dramatic need for a piece of productivity (or other) software - something that fills a specific niche - to spend more than a couple of dollars. I have no problem paying for software I value.
            I totally agree. And I am a real weirdo in that matter - I've installed no third-party app in my iPhone 4S which I am using since July.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by TesTeq View Post
              I totally agree. And I am a real weirdo in that matter - I've installed no third-party app in my iPhone 4S which I am using since July.
              OK, Tes, you have my attention. Are you using the Calendars, Reminders, and Notes apps that Apple includes in iOS, or just forgoing functionality?

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              • #8
                TesTeq's iPhone 4S guide (no third-party apps).

                Originally posted by mcogilvie View Post
                OK, Tes, you have my attention. Are you using the Calendars, Reminders, and Notes apps that Apple includes in iOS, or just forgoing functionality?
                TesTeq's iPhone 4S guide (no third-party apps):
                • Calendar - GTD hard landscape
                • Reminders - non-GTD idea inbox (maybe I will use this feature for lists in the future)
                • Notes - non-GTD idea inbox (experimental)
                • Contacts - contacts, birthdays, anniversaries, namedays (namedays are more important in Poland than birthdays so for each first name I create a separate contact item (for example Last Name: "€ Christopher", First Name: "Nameday", Birthday: "2012-07-25" - a little confusing but works for me because it displays "€ Christopher Nameday has birthday" event in the Calendar)
                • Photos, Camera and Mail - taking photos (inbox) and getting them out of the iPhone (I don't know any way to send photos via Bluetooth - like in all Nokia and Samsung phones - to a Windows computer)
                • Voice Recorder - voice inbox
                • Clock - 4:46 alarm (in case my main 4:44 alarm clock fails), timer
                • Google Maps with great street view of main Polish cities that hosted Euro 2012 soccer championship
                • Messages - SMS, MMS
                • Safari - Web Browsing (traffic info for Warsaw!)
                • Phone - phone
                Backup on my iMac.

                And what about GTD lists? Paper!

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