Hi, happy to see that you guys started working on the new version of Clear again. Original Clear has been living on my homescreen for more than a decade now, so I care a fair amount about the New Clear since it seems like you are planning to replace the original one with the new version.
Also quick aside before I continue. I consider original Clear to be a perfect example of an app that is done. Sure, it is starting to show its age in some places, mostly lack of haptics and integrations with newer parts of the iOS, but even if it stays like it is I think there is a high chance it would still be on my homescreen another decade later. And it is going to be a real shame if it just disappears. I believe classic Clear deserves to be preserved and accessible to everyone somehow. Everyday apps of such quality don’t come by that often.
Anyways. I’ve been testdriving the beta for some time now, so I’m going to list the things I’m not so keen on here. In no particular order:
Personalisation tweak for the impatient. Switching between lists feels slooooooow. Eyeballing the list zoom out/in animation duration, it’s at like 700-800ms. For reference, in the original Clear I think the list “zoom in” animation only takes about 300ms or so. I would love to have the option to at least halve all animations durations.
Classic Heatmap theme header. Make the headers background in the classic Heatmap theme black as well. Right now the headers look too similar to an active item, which they are not, and the screen looks too top heavy and the list harder to parse if I checked off everything. Basically I think this theme should look like the right one, not the left one:
Thinner strikethrough line for completed items. Why? I have a shopping list where I don’t clear completed items and instead revert items I need to buy this time to active. The items in this list are more or less constant so recreating the list every time is a waste of time. But because the strikethrough line over the completed items is now too thick it is hard to read the text underneath it. I’m using the regular SF font and tiny spacing, though it seems the strikethrough thickness is the same regardless of the font selected.
Switch lists with screen edge swipe gesture. With this gesture switching between lists was a breeze in the classic Clear, in the new one it feels like a chore.
Visible status bar. Please show it, sometimes knowing the time is handy when adding items.
Swipe down to add an item gesture. Another gesture from the old Clear that is missing in the new one is pull down to add an item above the item currently being edited. This one is my favourite gesture when adding items to a list. I know I can tap below or above to add an item, but it is way less fun. Also to add a new item you have to tap above the currently focused item. Awkward even on the smallest screen. And the keyboard spazzes out when you do this.
List item count badge. Bring back active list count for app badge feature from old clear.
Item delete animations seems bugged. For starters, items just seem to disappear halfway thru when deleted. The abruptness of it feels out of place compared to the rest of the animations. Also with Heatmap theme sometimes the background lags behind when quickly checking off items. See:
And a couple of feature suggestions:
- Dictation input where each new word turns into a new list item
- Stronger/longer haptics and louder sfx. Why? When out and about, like grocery shopping, when checking off items I want additional indication that I marked the item
But all in all, good work so far!