We've been receiving a lot of questions about the state of Clear! Probably because there’s so little information out there on what’s going on. 🙃 Here’s a long overdue FAQ on our plans for the app:
Is Clear dead?It's alive! We made a deal with our partners on the original Clear to take over development. Work on a reboot began in early 2017 to set the foundations for an exciting new future for the app.
It’s taking serious time in the oven, but really coming along. To start, we'll be launching the new Clear for iOS.
That's cool, but I have a support issue! Where do I email?If you have any support questions for the current version of Clear (including iCloud sync questions) please send any questions firstname.lastname@example.org!
So… no new Mac version?Not initially 😬 We bit off more than we could chew as a tiny team, and the iOS version by itself has taken a lot more time than we thought it would. Think of this as a Casino Royale style reboot – back to basics and distilled to its elements. The Mac version will return in the future. We will include some way of exporting lists from iOS to your Mac in text form, to edit there, and then import back as a temporary measure.
What’s new?We’ll start sharing details soon on twitter. But we did knock off some long standing wishes – yes, you will be able to finally drag items between lists, set up recurring scheduled items, enjoy new edge-to-edge themes for the X, automatically set a darker theme for evenings and some other fun things.
Can you just quickly patch Clear for edge-to-edge on my X??Sadly it’s not a quick patch as Clear is built on an old SDK and things unravel when we build it with current tools… right now we’re trying to focus on getting new Clear out as soon as we can. If you feel the need to try other edge-to-edge todo apps in the meantime, we understand. We'll win you back with the new Clear.
Will it be a free update? Paid? Subscription?Still figuring out final plans, but we’re hoping to strike a balance between being generous to loyal Clear customers who stuck with the app through years without big updates, while accepting money from everyone who wants to support the app. Stay tuned on this one.
When will the new Clear be out?We made the mistake of estimating a release window of fall of last year and consequently blew it. 😅 Being Clear, it feels more important to nail its design than to rush it to meet a release date. But we feel the pressure, and we can at least say that we are in the early stages of locking down new features and getting ready to focus on polish and bug fixing, which means we’re starting to get close!
Can you send me an email as soon as new Clear is out?
Here’s an email signup if you’d like to hear from us as soon as it’s out. Plus you'll score a bonus Early Adopter secret theme 😎
P.S.We’ve really been cranking away on this dream of giving Clear the exciting future it deserves, sometimes at the expense of doing a basic job of communicating development progress to you all. Hopefully this FAQ helps and more importantly… we hope new Clear will live up to the substantial wait, and can't wait to see what you think of it.
Thank you for your interest in the project and patience with us along the way! 🙏