After a bit of wrestling with the iPhone’s SDK, and an unexpectedly short review period by Apple (way to finally step it up guys), the iPhone version of PadMapper.com is now substantially different (and better, I hope).
If you don’t want to read my ramblings below, and instead want to try it out straightaway, go here to download PadMapper Apartment Search for the iPhone (warning, iTunes link).
Moving on. For those of you who never used the first version of the iPhone app, it was basically a very simple tool for checking out what was available around you, and helping you get in contact with them. It worked pretty well for what it was meant to do, but users complained that it was missing features. I contended that it did what it needed to, and that the rest of the time could be spent on a proper computer, but I’m not the one whose opinion matters in these things.
So there’s this new version, and I think the users were right. This version is the old version plusÂ a mobile replacement for the PadMapper website, and lets you search anywhere that PadMapper.com lets you search, instead of just around you. It’s pretty sweet. And now it’s free!
A few protips:
- The apartment search is centered around a given point marked by the green pin. You set the green pin by either hitting the “Here” button (centers around your current location), or entering an address, city, or zip code in the search box and hitting search.
- You can reset the search area to some arbitrary place by holding and dragging the green pin to a new location.
- The filters will help you get rid of the crap you don’t want. Especially useful is making sure you only get things with phone numbers, so you can schedule appointments immediately.
- The “map” button on the full listing screen takes you to the Google maps application rather than to the pin on the map. You can use to get directions to the place.
- The list is ordered by distance from the green pin location. This is especially useful if the green pin is where you are, you’re on foot, and don’t want to travel far.
That’s all I’ve got for now, comment if you have any questions that you want answered. And go download it! It’s free, and it’ll make your apartment search suck less.