If you think snail mail and collecting postcards are things of the past, think again – because of course, there’s an app for that. And instead of choosing someone else’s photography and mailing it off, now you can create a real postcard with your own photos.
Mail a Postcard, an app by Centro Consulting, allows you to make a quick postcard that they will in turn print and mail to the recipient of your choice. Because they stamp and mail the postcard for you, a fee of $2.99 is charged to your PayPal account each time you send one.
When you open the app, you’ll set up a profile with your address, so be sure to use the address you want as the return address on the postcard, along with your full name. Tap “Create” at the bottom and either take a photo from your camera, or choose one from your photo library. Once the photo is taken, you can crop (if you take the picture horizontally you can only crop side to side, and if you take it vertically you can only crop up and down). You can also zoom in or out a little bit to adjust.
The next step is to enter a message that will appear on the back of the postcard. One thing that would be nice to see is the ability to put a title, like maybe the location of the shot, on the actual picture, just to personalize it a bit more.
Next, you can either enter the recipient’s address in the form, or import it directly from your contacts. You’ll get a preview of your postcard (both sides) before entering your PayPal information.
I do love the idea of personal, customizable postcards – they do still seem so much more personal than an e-card. This app is very easy to use, and for the price of a real postcard plus postage, I’d say it’s a pretty convenient deal.
Mail a Postcard requires iPhone OS 3.1.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.