By Mike Riley on Wed, 04/20/2011
Nearly a year ago, I reviewed Early Edition for the iPad so favorably that the application has continued to remain on my iPad home screen dock. The winning combination of RSS reader presented in a traditional newspaper layout made the app a keeper. And yet, one important aspect of the old ink on paper analog was missing - the classified ads section. However, thanks to the arrival of Lifelike Apps' Lifelike Craig HD, this deficiency in my analog reference has been addressed.
Lifelike Craig turns the worlds most popular classified ads service, Craigslist, into a traditional-looking classified ads newspaper section, complete with circled listings and highlighting. Of course, this is the digitally connected age and as such, Lifelike Craig takes full advantage of network connectivity and location awareness to help users quickly find what they're looking for in their vicinity.
Using the program is incredibly intuitive thanks to its near spot-on digital emulation of a printed classified ads section. Scanning through listings for the various categories that Craigslist supplies is a breeze. Listings can be filtered for certain keywords, making Lifelike Craig HD for more useful and time efficient than the old analog counterpart that the program emulates. Items of interest can be tagged as a favorite to comile a favorites list. This list can be accessed at any time by touching the star icon in the program's upper right toolbar. And now with the 2.0 release, Lifelike Craig HD is a Universal application. The transition to the smaller screen works, though iPad owners will still benefit the most from the full classified ads replicated experience. If you already have a Craiglist account, you can manage the items you're selling directly within Lifelike Craig HD - nice and convenient!
Even with the improvements that the recent 2.0 version brings, I still have a few minor criticisms. First, while the keyword filters are a great time saver, there's no way to easily save these as presets for a particular category/location. Instead, users have to drill down to the same section they want to apply the filtered keyword to (keywords are maintained in the search textbook that is used to enter the keyword). I would also like to set up certain criteria such that Lifelike Craig HD can alert me as soon as that criteria is met with each update of data it captures from Craigslist. For example, let's say I'm looking for a 4th generation iPod Touch within 10 miles from where I live and it has to be less than a hundred dollars. Lifelike Craig should allow me to save this criteria so that it can show me what items I'm looking for and rank them accordingly each time I launch the application. Instead, the program presents users with the same general category screen each time the program is launched.
Overall, Lifelike Craig HD is a must for anyone pining for the days of casually reading the classifieds but without the hassles of getting ink on your fingers or the clutter of old stacks of newspapers.
Title: Lifelike Craig HD
Publisher: Lifelike Apps
Rating: 4/5 stars