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Realmac Software Updates Clear with New Reminders, Sounds Packs, and More

Posted by on April 30th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists has just received an update. The refreshed build adds in all-new reminders that sync across multiple devices, as well as sound packs that can be procured via in-app purchasing.

We had an opportunity to review Clear a while back. It is available for $4.99 on the App Store.

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What’s New in Version 1.4
Kickstart your productivity with all-new reminders. Set a date and time, and Clear takes care of the rest, including syncing it across all your devices.

Want to customize the sounds that Clear uses? Now’s your chance with the 8-bit and Sci-Fi sound packs, available via In-App Purchase.

(If you previously purchased Clear+ on the App Store, these two new sound packs are on us. For details of how to claim your free sound packs, follow our guide at http://j.mp/clearsoundpacks)

via: Our Review source: Realmac Blog

It’s been a bit of a long and bumpy road for Realmac Software after they released Clear+ on the App Store last year. First there was the issue with removing the original version to make way for the universal build, then there was confusion when they put the original back up and users weren’t sure which version they needed. However a plan is in motion to straighten all of this out once and for all.

The details can be found on Realmac’s website, but the gist of it is that they’re going to cut it back to one single universal app – making the original Clear iPad compatible. Current users won’t need to do anything as this will just roll out as a regular update. For users looking to switch over without having to pay for the change, Realmac will be dropping the app’s price to free for a couple of days over the coming weeks. If you’d like to be notified of when you can jump in and grab your free “upgrade” (of a sort), you can sign up to receive an email notification at the bottom of this page.

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Writing has always been a passion of mine because it allows me to express myself. Although while writing is something that I’m passionate about, I also enjoy expressing myself through various other forms like drawing, scrapbooking, and graphic designing. Recently, one area of interest in particular has caught my eye: embroidery. Not just the process of actually embroidering items, but creating digital embroidery designs for others to stitch out with their machines.

Crawl Walk HuntSince I own virtually everything Apple, iOS apps have become a major part of my life. There are many apps that I use for my own personal amusement, but most of the apps that reside on the home screen on my iPhone and iPad are there to help me run my small business online. Not only have these apps helped me to get started in doing what I love, they continue to help my business to grow larger.

My main go-to app is Etsy. I set up an Etsy shop a little over a year ago, and it has helped me to achieve more than I could imagine. Most use the Etsy app to browse for unique and handmade items to buy, but there’s another side to Etsy that few know about. With Etsy, I am able to view the essentials about my shop such as orders, revenue, and views, and I can also communicate with buyers through conversations directly on my iPhone. I receive notifications instantly, which ensures that my customers are always getting quick responses. Etsy even allows me to add new items to my shop, change its appearance, and do virtually everything the website offers. My favorite feature is that the app makes a “cha-ching” sound with each sale that I make, which always brightens my day.

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Tydlig Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Providing a clear workspace for entering calculations and figures, Tydlig is a cut above the rest of the calculator app genre.

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iOS 7: Clear is Getting Updated for iOS 7 and will be Now Universal

Posted by on September 18th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Clear, the gloriously minimal To-Do list, is getting an update today for iOS 7.

The new and improved Clear sports a number of improvements, first and foremost being a universal build that works on both the iPad and now the iPhone. The app will also take advantage of iOS 7′s new dynamic text options that let users select their preferred type size, includes even more themes for users to customize their lists with, and will sync with iCloud across all iOS devices (and even syncs information with Clear on the Mac).

Realmac Software‘s app was pretty handy before, but now it can be handy across all your iOS devices. And don’t fret, current users, reminders are next on the list!

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via: Our Review

Clear Shakes Up A New Update: Email Your Lists

Posted by on May 23rd, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Clear received a new update that allows you to email your lists, one of the biggest requests from fans of the app. All you need to do is simply shake your phone (or do a quick dance and shake) to bring up the new email options.

Emails will then contain your to-do lists, which can be sent to other Clear users via email for them to open up in their own Clear app. If that didn’t shake you up enough, Clear will be coming soon to the iPad.

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via: Our Review source: AppShopper

Clear Update Makes Edge Swipe Becomes Optional

Posted by on February 15th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Clear, the app designed for building and managing personal to-do lists, has received a new update that makes the edge swipe capability completely optional. Also in the update are minor tweaks to improve communication with iCloud.

- By popular request the “Edge Swipe” feature is now entirely optional (if you miss it, you can turn it back on in the Settings within Clear).
- We’ve made some minor iCloud tweaks to improve how Clear behaves when iCloud misbehaves.

source: App Shopper

148Apps’ Best Apps of 2012: 20-11

We’re at the middle part of our rundown of 2012′s best apps. Agree or disagree with our choices? Let us know in the comments below!

20. DocuSign Ink: Getting signatures on important documents becomes a lot easier with this extremely handy app, allowing users to sign with their fingers or a stylus to be added to PDF documents or ones captured with the iOS camera. Angela LaFollette says its security and convenience are unparalleled: “What makes DocuSign Ink stand out from other apps similar to it is that documents are secured and protected from being copied, documents can be stored on cloud services like Box, Dropbox and Google Drive and the app converts PDF fields so users can fill them out with ease.”

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-11-01 :: Category: Productivity

19. Hueless: While we now have the ability to take photos with realistic color depth, there’s still something about black-and-white photography and the special composition that it requires that makes it stand out even today. Hueless makes this easy by providing real-time capture in black-and-white, as opposed to post-processing. There’s the ability to adjust color filters, exposure, and contrast while shooting, so that perfect shot is attainable the first time. While it may take old-timey photos, it still provides modern features like sharing to social networks, including Instagram. There’s no filter more hip than to have no color whatsoever.

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-22 :: Category: Photography

18. Next Issue: This app and service combines the all-you-can-consume subscription model of Netflix with magazines, providing the latest issues of many publications available at a flat rate. Monica Stevens loved it: “I don’t have to pick through every stand of the supermarket endcap while my groceries get loaded onto the moving black belt. Next Issue’s mags don’t pile up on my nightstand, either. Next Issue’s offerings are also far more wide-ranging and enjoyable than Apple’s Newstand. Finding viable options for light flight eye-fare is tiresome when the choices are so few.”

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-10 :: Category: News

17. Byword: The Mac text editor jumped to iOS in 2012, bringing with it a fantastic experience for quickly writing in plain text and Markdown. The latter is especially possible with its great keyboard toolbar for quick access to common formatting. The iCloud and Dropbox support means that writing can be taken anywhere, no matter its starting point. I personally type up everything I write in this app’s various permutations, even on the iPhone 5 sometimes.

$4.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-10 :: Category: Productivity

16. Clear: This to-do list app eschews complexity, preferring a simple and stylish experience. Superior to writing things down on paper, for those who just wanted a very easy way to list what they needed to do and mark it off when they were done, Clear is the solution. Later updates provided additional themes and iCloud sync to the Mac version to free up those lists. As well, the app had a decided influence on other productivity apps that tried to mimic its minimalist design.

$4.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-15 :: Category: Productivity

15. Bankr Personal Finance: This finance app makes the list thanks to it being not just handy for tracking expenses and monitoring budgets, but for its steady improvements through updates. For example, an update in October, which won our Editor’s Choice award, added Siri and Reminders integration to the app. Angela LaFollette says “There’s not much that this app can’t do. Honestly, I couldn’t find anything to not like about Bankr Personal Finance. … All in all, it’s powerful, well-designed, refreshing and it just made my life a lot easier. Keep tabs on your money by keeping this app around on the home screen.”

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-06-28 :: Category: Finance

14. Creatorverse: The creators of Second Life jumped on to iOS with a physics sandbox app that impressed our Lisa Caplan: “Creatorverse‘s unique sandbox style may mean it’s more fun for kids (or kids at heart), it’s the creative possibility that makes it so engaging. Whether uses wish to make a simple pinball-style game or a short animation, it’s a neat concept that lets users explore their artistic side.”

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-11-01 :: Category: Games

13. Readability: While it has existed as a web service for some time, the app is a fantastically engrossing experience for quickly and easily reading some of the internet’s best writing. Lisa Caplan praised it in her review: “It’s a pure, simple, and beautiful reading experience, particularly for longer articles and in-depth reports. Yes, Readability’s app was worth the wait. It’s also completely free, so download it.”

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12. Things 2.0: A free update to the existing Things app, the new Things Cloud feature freed to-do lists from an individual device and made them available anywhere a user used the app. Ruairi O’Gallochoir says “…my love for Things was only reaffirmed with the 2.0 update. Users are sure to appreciate the Cloud Sync features, its amazing interface and its powerful task management tools. Although some may be deterred by its fairly expensive price tag, once you see past it and realise you are paying for an extremely well designed app you might be able to justify the decision with yourself.”

$19.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-04-01 :: Category: Productivity

11. Jasmine: iOS 6 stripping out Google services entirely made for a great entry point for third-party developers to jump in with apps that improve on the official experience. Jasmine would be notable if only thanks to its sleek interface, but for two killer features: one, it can play videos that are otherwise made unavailable on mobile. Two, it can play the audio from videos after the app is minimized. The app’s core features are available for free in a universal app. It’s the best way to check out YouTube on iOS.

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Clear Adds New Features, Hidden Gamification Easter Eggs

Posted by on November 7th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Productivity app Clear is one of the most talked about to-do apps of the last year, and has just released an update that brings features like iCloud storage for to-do lists, easy quotation sharing on Facebook and Twitter, Clear for Mac OS, list pasting abilities, and an API that will let other apps send lists to Clear.

In a more interesting blog post over at TouchArcade, however, it seems as if the developers of Clear have hidden some pretty cool gamification features as well. In addition to the achievements already present in Clear, like unlocking a special theme for completing 100 tasks, there are some extra unlocks that only happen if you have other apps installed.

Now here’s the cool part, the part that reveals Clear’s affinity for games. Today’s update has within it the seeds of three other unlocks. Each one ties into a game: The Heist, Temple Run and Bumpy Road. Those games will need to update before this works (The Heist’s update should come mid-week, and the others are on the way), but once they do we’ll get new themes in Clear for each of those games we have installed.

This is the kind of innovation that made Clear such a huge hit when it released. Well, that and the amazing user interface. Clear is available in the App Store now for $1.99. Check it out if this intrigues you as much as it does us.

via: Touch Arcade

Phones are expensive. Not only are we paying for limited data plans, but we’re paying for voice and messaging on top of it, even if we don’t actually call anyone on our phones that much. And then there’s the long-term contracts on top of that. Well, what if it were possible to ditch voice and messaging service and going data-only, using apps to provide those services instead at a much lower cost? Well, it is. There are some hoops to jump through, but for those willing to do it, lower prices and more freedom lie on the other side.

Choose your device carefully.

For the iOS user looking to go data-only, the obvious choice may be the iPod touch, especially the 5th generation model coming in October. While the A5 processor is a year old, it should be able to run many games and applications capably for a couple of years. And of course, it’s $299 versus at least a couple hundred more for an unlocked iPhone 4S of similar capability, not to mention $350 less than an unlocked iPhone 5. However, there’s no integrated phone calling so that means no emergency calls, as any phone can call 911 even if it doesn’t have active service. Having an actual phone is just safer, as VOIP services do not have 911 access at this time. As well, with no speaker on top, there’s no holding the iPod touch to your ear to make a call, so have a headset handy or be prepared to talk on speakerphone frequently. Thus, while going with the iPod touch may save some money, it loses a lot as well. Choose wisely.

Of course, if having phone capability at a low price is a necessity, then I’m going to suggest something rather blasphemous for an iOS site: go Android. The Galaxy Nexus from Google and Samsung goes for $349 unlocked, runs the latest version of Android, and is an actual phone. There’s always someone selling a recent Android phone on eBay or Craigslist for a fair price as well, and Android phones as a generality are fairly easy to hack and unlock. Stone me if you will, but hey – Jelly Bean is impressively smooth, it’s got a great feature set, and the apps market is improving every day. And if you make the switch, then you can check out our great content at Android Rundown as well.

Find a way to get mobile data.

Just because you do not have a phone plan doesn’t mean that you have to go without data on the go. There are several ways to do this. A 4G/LTE-capable iPad is a great choice, and it may come with Hotspot options depending on the carrier. However, it may be awkward to always bring along an iPad when going out to a bar or walking around the city at night. After all, if you can’t upload pictures of your food and drink to Instagram, what’s the point of going out, anyway? The carriers all offer their own hotspots with LTE capability, but are pricey without commitments and come with data tiers. Still, they’re cheaper than phone plans with similar data limits.

Clear is what I use, and it’s a particularly sweet deal. Their service costs $49.99 per month, their hotspot costs $24.99 right now, and there’s no contract. The recently-launched Voyager hotspot is tiny, and lasts for over 6 hours on its battery. It fits nimbly into a small pants pocket, which is something many of the hotspots from the carriers can’t say. Depending on connection strength, the data sits around 3-5 Mpbs in real-world tests with sub-1 Mpbs upload rates. However, the latency is acceptable with Game Center multiplayer games I’ve tried, and the data is unlimited with no caveats that I’ve found. I’ve streamed hours and hours of MLB.tv games on it, used OnLive Desktop, and made VoIP calls with it. It’s actually not bad for a primary internet connection in a pinch, either. Clear uses Sprint’s WiMAX network, which does not have the best coverage and there’s no 3G fallback, but the unlimited data with quality mobile performance is hard to pass up.

NetZero offers the same WiMAX service with similar hardware as Clear, but with options including free limited data. Going wifi-only is a choice too, considering how many places offer it now. Of course, the drawback there is that where there’s no wifi, there’s no way to get on the internet. For those with unlocked phones who want some kind of traditional-yet-limited phone service plan as a fallback, T-Mobile offers a plan where by paying $3 on the day you use it, you can get up to 200 MB of data at 4G speeds with unlimited calling and messaging. This is great for the iPhone 4S, which T-Mobile will soon support at full 4G (HSDPA) speed.

Get a phone number, send some texts, make some calls

Since you’re ditching your phone number, you’ll probably want something that people can use to call you. Not everyone has iMessage and FaceTime, after all. For the budget-conscious (and if you’re doing this, that describes you), then Google Voice is probably the best choice. It’s very cross-platform with support for texting from web browsers, and it comes with a good iPhone/iPod touch app for texting. Note that there’s no official iPad app, Google Voice can’t receive MMS messages, and while the web supports calling through Google Talk, there’s no official way to do this. Also, some SMS services do not work with Google Voice, like Uber’s notifications.

Now, the emphasis is on ‘official’. Talkatone can log in as a Google Talk client with phone calling capability, can receive calls in the background with push notifications, and it can receive SMS notifications. Your mileage may vary on getting it working with some internet connections, though. It is free to use the basic features, with premium subscriptions available for up to $19.99 per year.

Other options for calling and texting? Textie provides free texting, and was designed in part by Loren Brichter of Tweetie fame. Skype offers texting and calling from their app as well. It’s $3/month for calling to the US and Canada, which then allows for a $30 per year Online Number that can be used for direct calling. SMS is possible, but only through Skype Credit, so get $10 of credit and use that for texting, or combine with another service like Google Voice. Still, this all works out to be about $6-$7 per month.

By doing all this, you’re kind of trying to hack the system that wants you to pay a lot of money for voice, messaging, and data. And the system loves getting your money for all that, and there will be spots where it will be frustrating. But there are just enough holes in the system that can be exploited for the savvy consumer looking to do everything over data connections. That’s what I’m trying to do, and I wish you all luck in trying to get it to work. Are you attempting the same thing? Let us know your experience in the comments below.

Gluddle Review

Gluddle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Guide a cute, bouncy race called Gluddles in a physics-based war against the tyranny of The Supervision.

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Back in February, we were pretty impressed by the simplicity of To-Do list app Clear. It might have lacked a few complex features such as timers or alerts but that’s precisely what worked so well for the app.

So the news of an update for Clear might make a few fans nervous. Fortunately, it’s simply been improved upon without getting too complicated for minimalist fans.

The best new feature is the ability to shake to undo, allowing users to quickly retrieve anything they may have accidentally removed. There’s also no more character limit so users can type as much as they want for each entry.

More intriguingly comes news that there are secret themes to discover and more inspirational quotes to be displayed once the user has cleared everything from their list.

It’s the ideal time to give Clear a shot, all the more so as it’s currently on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.

$4.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-15 :: Category: Productivity

Clear Review

Clear Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Clear is a basic to-do list app for iPhone and iPod touch that features an easy-to-use and crisp interface.

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Quadra Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Matching four blocks is no easy task in this frenzied block matching game.

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