27 FEB

Clear for iPhone and iPad Goes Free for 24 Hours

by Marianne Schultz

Clear for iOS 7 IconSince Apple doesn’t allow developers to charge additional money for app upgrades, their hands are tied when it comes to deciding how to handle significant changes to an app. Developers can either bite the bullet and just release an upgrade without earning any additional money from those who already purchased the app, or they can make it a completely new app such that even those who had purchased the old app now have to buy it again if they want it. Neither of these are great choices for developers who want to earn money for their time and effort and attempt to keep existing customers happy at the same time.

The original promo video for Clear

Realmac Software, one of the developers behind Clear, a gesture-driven list app released two years ago, ran up against this problem when updating Clear to add iPad support. At that time, Realmac released a new version, dubbed Clear+, so any existing users of the app had to buy it again to get iPad compatibility.

That decision didn’t sit well with those who had purchased the original version of Clear and Realmac is trying to make it right. As described in this letter, Realmac is making Clear free for two 24-hour periods. Realmac is going to return to a single, universal version of Clear and making it free allows those who purchased Clear+ to migrate to the original version, which will be the only one updated going forward, without paying again.

This the first 24-hour period when Clear will be free. It will go back up to $4.99 in the morning tomorrow, February 28, so click that Buy Now button below ASAP to get it for free.

Realmac will be offering Clear for free for 24 hours one more time in the near future, and we’ll let you know when that happens (you can also sign up to get notified via email directly from Realmac at the bottom of this page.)

Clear is still one of my most-used apps to hold my shopping and to do lists and it occupies a precious spot on the first home page of my iPhone. If you haven’t already tried it, now is an excellent time to give it a whirl.

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  1. Glenn David

    Seriously, this is a must have app, Thanks for letting us know about the offer. :)

  2. Cod3rror

    That’s really nice of them and smart.

    I like it when companies and developers aren’t being greedy. Hopefully others follow suite.

  3. shini

    This is amazing to see clear app gone for free….

  4. Nguyen Hung

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  5. par4dox

    How is it better than the native list app from Apple, which I find quite robust and easy to use?

  6. par4dox

    ok i answered my own question. this app is not even kinda as robust as the apple app! Not for me! glad it was free!

  7. Rick C

    I wish app publishers could make donations available as in-app purchases. I have several apps that I got for free, that ended up being really useful, and it would be great if there was an easy way to send them a dollar or five.

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  9. Anirban

    i like this app..very ease to use :)

  10. Master

    Wanna ‘charge additional money for app upgrades’ ? Easy. Why that makes you think to long to find an answer ? Low IQ ? Simply make an IAP for upgrading new features.

  11. Brent

    Awesome app! Use it on both iPhone and iPad and they are always perfectly in sync. The simple drag and drop to set priority is perfect for my uses.

  12. Zaid Niazi

    But why apple don’t allows the developers to do that anyways?

  13. RobG

    I got this last time it went free. Glad I got it free and didn’t pay for it. I left it on my phone for 2 days.
    It’s one of the many apps that get hyped up by many of review sites that make me think developers pay review sites for favourable reviews.
    This is just a simple to do list. By simple I mean extremely simple. Why use is a to do list without reminders? I’d want a refund if I payed 99c for this.

  14. Q

    Clear ….for FREE TY

  15. GSL7508

    It is showing at $4.99 in the app store. It is not free.

  16. WilcoTorson

    @GSL7508 – Didn’t REALLY read the article, did you? The article was published Feb 27. It clearly states the app will be free for 24 hours and then will go back to the purchase price of $4.99 on Feb 28. You’re about a month too late and didn’t actually READ the article.

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