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How to upload a picture from your iPad to Craigslist

It never ceases to amaze me what great questions I get asked when I make my monthly visit to some of the senior homes in the community. The stereotype tells me I should only get easy questions from seniors, right? Wrong.

Take for instance my latest visit. The first question a resident asked me was how he could take a picture on his iPad 2 and upload it to Craigslist to create a listing 100% from his iPad without the use of a digital camera or computer.

Sounds easy enough but it isn’t. The iPad 2 does not natively support the ability to take a picture and upload it to a web site and that’s exactly what this gentleman wanted to do.

Cliché but true, there’s an app for that!

Spurred on by the fact that there’s just about an app for everything these days, I started by searching the App Store for Craigslist apps. I had no trouble finding apps but I did have trouble finding one that allowed uploading of pictures straight from the iPad and one that was also free.

Craigslist Free App - Classifieds, Personals  Free AdsI know it sounds stingy to only look for a free app but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money purchasing paid apps if there was one that did the same thing for free. Plus, the person asking me the question didn’t want to pay for an app in the first place.

I struck out on the first page of apps on the search results but moving on to page two I found a little gem called Craigslist Free App – Classifieds, Personals Free Ads from Lifelike Apps, Inc. Right there in the description of this free app were the words I was looking for: Use your iPhone or iPad 2 camera to add photos to your postings or add photos from your photo library.

A touch here and touch there and the app was on my own iPad, ready for a test drive.

Perfect app. Perfect solution

Besides being able to upload photos straight from the iPad, the Craigslist Free App wowed me with a beautiful interface. All of the ads are laid out on the screen like a classifieds page in the newspaper. See one you like? Just circle it with your finger and a red circle appears around the ad just as if you had used a Sharpie in a real newspaper.

Perfect app. Perfect solution. And I think the resident and I both learned something that day.