One of the better Yuletide traditions is the venerable holiday Advent Calendar, in which each day of December leading up to Christmas is marked off on a special calendar by opening its corresponding door to find a small gift, toy or chocolate squirreled away inside.
This year, we here at Cult of Mac decided we wanted to give our readers their very own Apple-themed advent calendar, filled with the year’s best apps, gadgets, stories and other curios. So each day in December, we’re going to lovingly peel back the door on the Cult of Mac 2012 Advent Calendar to reveal another delicious morsel, something really special that came out this year that we think every one of you should enjoy.
We’re running a little behind, so playing catch up today by posting our first and second day picks along with our choice for December 3rd.
Our Day 2 choice? Clear, iOS’s best and most beautiful list-maker.
It really is difficult to keep track of all the incredible apps that the App Store throws up each year, but I’ve got a handful on my iOS devices that I couldn’t be without. Clear from Realmac Software is one of them. I’m sure you’ve already heard of it — we’ve written about it a number of times since its release — but for those who haven’t, Clear is a wonderful todo list manager that’ll change the way you manage your tasks on iOS.
I use Apple’s built-in Reminders app for certain todos, such as those I’d like to recur at certain times. But for everything else, I use Clear. It’s great for making quick lists, such as things to buy from the grocery store, books to read and movies to watch, and jobs you need to complete at home or at work. In recent weeks, I’ve also found that it’s super handy for keeping lists of Christmas gifts I need to buy for friends and family.
The best thing about Clear is how fast it is for everything. Creating a new todo is as easy as pulling down on a list, while completing it requires a simple swipe to the right. Clear’s user interface is entirely gesture-based — there are no buttons — and it works incredibly well. In fact, I wish more iOS apps took this approach.
Just recently, Clear also came to the Mac with iCloud syncing. That means you can edit your todo list on your desktop, and it’ll automatically be updated to reflect the changes on your iPhone.
I’ve become addicted to Clear since it was released back in February, and it’s one of those apps I couldn’t live without. And at just $1.99 on iOS (and $9.99 on Mac), it’s a steal. Use Clear to stay organized this Christmas and you won’t regret it.
Want to see more of our 2012 Advent Calendar goodies? Check out our complete 2012 Advent Calendar archive for more of our picks!