iSale full review

Putting items for sale on eBay isn’t a problem if you have the time to learn the eBay system. But if you want to put up an auction quickly and easily, Equinux has it covered with iSale 2.0. iSale is an auction-listing program that - with the help of iPhoto - makes auctions simple and easy to handle for the average eBayer.

At the heart of iSale is its slick appearance and ease of use. Similar to iTunes, iCal and iPhoto, iSale’s interface contains a main window with a column on the left to show folders and groups, while the main window shows the auction workspace.

iSale also works with iPhoto to beautify your auction listings. To insert a picture into my auction, I just selected a photo from my iPhoto library. You can also take a new photo with an iSight Web cam and even host the auction photos on your .Mac HomePage.

After entering all the auction information in iSale, you can then preview it to see what it will look like when it’s posted on eBay. From there, iSale will tell you if you forgot any required information and display what the eBay fees will be. This is a great feature that prevents you from having to edit the listing after it’s posted. Once the auction is submitted to eBay, iSale will automatically follow the auction for its duration. This dynamic integration between applications makes the auction process painless.

iSale also benefits from core Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) technologies. There is a Dashboard widget to track auctions and a live Search feature that works like Spotlight to search auction listings.

However, simplifying the auction-listing process isn’t without problems. iSale lacks some features, which may put a wrinkle in your auction plans, so listing directly on eBay has an edge over using iSale in a few key ways. For example, iSale doesn’t have any design templates to spice up listings so you can differentiate your auction from others. And unlike eBay, iSale doesn’t support a one-day auction listing.

This is important for time-sensitive auctions that might require a fast turnaround, such as tickets to sporting events and concerts. For auctions of CDs, video games, DVDs, and books, you can enter the UPC or ISBN number and eBay will fill in all the details and insert the item into the auction. This is a handy feature that saves lots of typing time.

Equinux says that features are constantly being added and that it provides free updates every six weeks or so. (iSale is also distributed by Aspyr.)

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