When I first opened this app, it was with trepidation due to my memories of trying to create birthday cards with Yahoo Greetings, waiting for graphics to load (often indefinitely), trying to find one that looked decent for a reasonable price, and struggling to get the text to fit just right.
I’m sure Greetings has improved over the years. But if you have an iPhone, you’ll never need to find out.
C@rds Master, created by Hot Chili Apps, claims to be the most sophisticated mobile eCard app out there, and I must say that claim rings true. Within minutes of opening the app, I selected a Halloween card, inserted a cute picture and personalized text, and emailed it to my sister. I checked the email, and it was perfect.
There are a few options with the Hot Chili C@rd apps. You can download templates for specific holidays – Halloween, Christmas, birthdays, etc – for $1.99 each. That two dollars will get you around 50 card templates for that holiday, including a few that allow you to incorporate your own photos from your library.
The best option, however, is to download C@rds Master for $0.99, which gives you access to the following categories:
Each of these come with tons of templates and are available for $0.99 each. Choose which ones you like, and even if you only download two, you’ll have saved money by going with C@rds Master.
The app is extremely easy to use. Choose a category and download the templates from iTunes (you have the option of only downloading one if you wish). You can view all templates before purchasing. The templates are divided into three categories, accessible on the bottom of the screen: pattern, picture, and photo.
The graphics and pictures are incredibly high quality, and range from cute to classy. Tap on a template to select, then tap text. With a simple to use color palette and the ability to drag the text to the desired location on the card, it’s easy to get it looking just right. You can even use pinch and drag to resize and rotate the text.
Once the card is perfect, select share. This gives you the option of saving the card to your photo album, emailing it, and/or putting it out on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr.
And that’s it! You can tweet a beautiful birthday card with a personal message and photo in under a minute. Email several cheerful Christmas cards to your co-workers, or send a mass card to all acquaintances letting them know you’ve moved, quickly and for less than a dollar.
Never send a belated birthday card again! With C@rd Master, sending greetings is fun, cheap, and quick.
C@rd Magic requires the iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch.