2Do and Clear for Mac

Two task iOS task managers have recently been adapted for the Mac.

Clear, which sells for $10, specializes in making tasks as easy and fast as is colourfully possible. It syncs with Clear for iPhone over iCloud, and lets you keep different sets of lists, without the extra hassle of setting due dates and tags. Tasks are just tasks, and you swipe on them to complete them.

2Do for Mac has been a long time coming, and it looks like an even handsomer version of the already fetching iOS apps. This is a heavy duty task manager with tags, due dates, categories, and alerts, and it syncs with a large variety of services, including iCloud and Toodledo. The only catch is the price: $30.

Of the two apps, I find Clear a lot more interesting, but simply don’t need it right now because Reminders is doing a very serviceable job. I’ve always been a pretty big fan of 2Do (I own the iOS apps), but at the $30 price range, I don’t see how it differs all that much from big dog task managers like OmniFocus and Things. At $10, Clear makes a very, err, clear stand on affordability and ease-of-use. 2Do is currently available across iPhone, iPad, and Mac, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Clear iPad app in the next few months. I think it’s just a matter of time until both of these apps are full suites across all iOS and OS X devices. However, the thing to remember is that both of these apps started on iOS first and were then adapted for OS X. That’s a pretty big deal, and it shows how influential “mobile” computing has become.

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  • robfuzz

    Considering Things for Mac is $50 and OmniFocus is $80 I don’t consider $30 for 2Do to be unreasonable considering it pretty much matches up in terms of features. I’m enjoying 2Do for Mac(have used the iOS versions) and love me some Things(I can’t quit it), but OF became to tiresome. It felt like an app I had to wrangle with.