Bill Atkinson PhotoCard App for iPad

Bill Atkinson PhotoCard is a free app for your iPad that lets you create gorgeous high-resolution postcards and send them via either e-mail or the U.S. Postal Service.Sending postcards by e-mail is free, and so is the app.

Who is Bill Atkinson? He had a hand (or both hands) in the first Macintosh computer as well as the MacPaint and HyperCard Mac applications. Today he’s a world-renowned nature photographer, which brings us to his app.

But the reason you might love this app is that you can have printed postcards sent via USPS for $1.50 and $2.00 per postcard depending on how many print-and-mail credits you purchase. The 8.25-x-5.5-inch postcards are, in a word, stunning. Printed on heavy glossy stock on a state-of-the-art HP Indigo Digital Press, then laminated for protection, they’re as beautiful as any postcard you’ve ever seen.

You can use one of the 200 included Bill Atkinson nature photos, as shown in the figure, or you can use any picture in your Photos library. You can add stickers and stamps, as shown in the figure, and you can even add voice notes to e-mailed cards.

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If you’re still uncertain, download the app (it’s free) and try it. Send an e-mail postcard or two to yourself. After you’ve seen how gorgeous these cards can be and how easy the app is to use, you’ll spring for some print-and-mail credits and take your iPad on your next vacation.

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