If you have ever had to buy or sell furniture, used socks or MP3 players online, you are probably familiar with the now ubiquitous Craigslist. The Peer to Peer sales market consists of many entries but Craigslist makes a great blanket for everything and brings relative safety to both buyer and seller and does not incur extra expenses. Now, CraigsHarvest for the iPhone has arrived to make the best use of your searching powers.
The current 1.0 version of Craigsharvest is an excellently designed app that interfaces with Craigslist USA but 1.1 will also bring other countries and languages besides English. Fortunately for this Canadian, there is no region lockout and I was able to browse, save favourites and in general, devastate Craigslist with my trolling powers.
CraigsHarvest is a great app that stands out from its peers with not only access to your account but full Craigslist utility as prescribed by Apple’s strict (sic) developer guidelines. Firstly, Another Roadside Attraction have wisely chosen to allow multiple searches; you are not limited to one city, nor one subcategory of item. For instance, in the same search, you can choose Chico, California, Denver Colorado and Washington DC when looking for the items: bike, job, resume and housing.
Setting up default searches is the key to making CraigsHarvest work for you as a time-saving application. If you want to search the whole USA for a bloody table top strategy game like Warhammer, there is an app for that. In other words, its search implementation is second to none and is in fact, often easier to use than your computer.
Fortunately, the interface does not lose out to a great search engine. Everything is set up by tapping on familiar icons and well-placed menus. Saving favourites and watched items takes only a click and finding them again is just as easy. Setting keyword parameters for often used searches brings you back to the latest and most relevant search in an instant. A final nice touch is that saved items change colour when bookmarked – this helps often searched items harder to confuse.
In my personal search for the perfect Craigs app, I have gone through a few but none have stayed my interest as much as CraigsHarvest. In a vast peer to peer sales ring like Craigslist, fine tuning a search is essential and CraigsHarvest have an excellent type interface that aids tweaking. All is not well, however, as not only I but many have reported crashes. Fortunately, 1.1 is just around the corner which will hopefully bring stability as well as infiltration to other countries. Some have also complained that personal listings and other fields are not selectable, but that is more of an App Store limitation rather than a CraigHarvest problem. Remember, with Apple, all is arbitrary and developers have to contend with limitations placed on them.
2.99$ may seem steep to some, but for the true Craigslist aficionado, it is well worth the returns. Among the myriad Craigslist apps in the App Store, it stands tall. Sleek, quick and ultimately, powerful, CraigsHarvest is brilliant. It is unfortunate that the first iteration did not include support for other countries and languages as much of Another Roadside Attraction’s market were alienated. No matter the oversights, CraigsHarvest is a worthy Grab and a very helpful tool for the wheeler dealer.
|Title:||CraigsHarvest (v.1.0)||Developer:||Another Roadside Attraction|
|Price:||$2.99||App Size:||0.2 MB|