Search Craigslist from your desktop

Efficiently sort through Craigslist's many listings with a free desktop reader offering a bundle of ways to narrow your search.

If you've ever hunted for a job, housing, furniture, or love on Craigslist.com, you'll appreciate the focus that Craigslist Reader Pro brings to your search. The desktop reader isn't pretty to look at, but it quickly lets you hone your search in Craigslist's key cities and categories, even displaying negative search terms and appropriate variables like your need for images, price ranges, and, for housing, the allowance of pets.

For each search, Craigslist Reader Pro took a few seconds to load results into the top of four panels. The panel below displays the contents of each entry in an in-app browser. You'll be able to scroll to read contents and can reply to posters by clicking the address shown in the reader. The filter menu was also useful in narrowing an expansive field of results.

With a stripped-down look, Craigslist Reader Pro sure isn't pretty, and a few settings could benefit from a short Help menu. However, neither of these, nor the eyesore panel of ads, is what hampers the program's efficacy. What blunts it is the lack of e-mail-like management for deleting discarded entries and flagging favorites one-by-one. You can click a button to save all old results, but it won't weed any out. Of course, Craigslist Reader Pro delivers on its promises to display Craigslist content, but better management tops our wish list for this useful desktop reader.

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