I'm going to use this tutorial : https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/ShiftOut to make a Nixie Clock. I was asking myself if other components that'll be easier to use existed ?
It doesn't get much easier than a shift register :) Why do you think it's a hard-to-use component?
The tutorial you pointed claims to be a Nixie driver, but omits the hardest part about nixies: driving them at 170V. IN12B nixies are easy to come by, they cost about $3 each on ebay, but you may also want to consider http://www.tayloredge.com/storefront/SmartNixie/index.html
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