13 years ago, BookPodder
Great idea, flawed execution
The Brickset site is a great resource, and I was really happy to see an iPad optimized app for accessing the database and keeping track of my bricks. However, this app is deeply flawed in several areas. First, it is terribly slow to load at launch, and excruciating to navigate from section to section, particularly when adding an item to your collection. Second, it crashes CONSTANTLY. Crashes when searching, crashes when pulling items from the online database, crashes at launch (frequently will not even launch). Interface-wise, one particularly annoying thing is that, when searching by an item number, the app always defaults back to the alphabet keyboard, requiring the user to have to toggle back to the numeric keyboard after each search. If the user is searching by item number, the app should default to the numeric keyboard. Also, since installation, synching my iPad has become an excruciating process, taking far, far longer than it ever has before, thanks to the "backing up iPad" step that takes forever, compared to before this app was installed. I've also experienced a few failed synchs (iTunes simply hangs when I plug in the iPad) which never happened before I installed the app, and hasn't happened since I uninstalled it. Again, the Brickset databases a great resource, and having an "on the go" app is a great idea... This version just isn't quite there yet. Here's hoping it can be improved to the point of being more practically useful.