Many years ago, I used to buy cards for the holidays, take the time to write meaningful messages, look up the postal addresses and send them out to friends and family. As I grew up and time became scarce because of classes in university or work, there was a period of time when I stopped doing it. It was just too time consuming and other things had higher priority.
I was not the only one suffering from lack of time. But then, one day, I got my first eCard by email. It was not a very elaborated card but the idea was great! I loved it. Soon the eCards started replacing (partially) the mail cards. It was just too convenient, fast and yes of course, cheaper.
The thing is, our world seems to be spinning faster and faster. It looks like we spend less time on our laptops or desktops and more time on the go. Whether waiting in line at the supermarket, commuting on the bus or waiting at the doctor’s office our iPods, iPhones and iPads are the devices we have at hand.
Since the holidays are around the corner I thought it would be very useful to discuss about eCard Apps for iPad that we can use anytime to reach our friends and family and send them our best wishes.
My Stationary (Blue Mountain)
This App lets you choose a stationary design, write a letter choosing different fonts or colors, decorate with “embellishments”, add pictures from your camera roll and even add a handwritten signature!
Once you are done writing your letter you can send your letter by email or post it on Facebook. The App comes with a tutorial and it’s very easy to use.
This is a very basic App. It lets you choose a frame template, add a picture and then export the card to your Camera roll, send by email or Print. Some of the templates let you add a brief text.
American Greetings eCards
This App was designed for the iPhone. I haven’t found (yet) a version for the iPad. American Greetings eCards have been around for a long time and I’m including the App in the review because their eCards usually have videos and are of very good quality.
On the iPad, you can make the App bigger by tapping on the “2x” circle that appears on the lower right corner of the screen. When you do this, the quality of the image gets a bit degraded though.
The App lets you choose the cards by category, add a message and a handwritten signature. Once you are done creating the card you can send the card by email or post it on Facebook.
This is an interesting App. It lets you create virtual paper snowflakes that you can use afterwards on your greeting cards.
You can add decorations, messages, snowflakes and different backgrounds on your cards. You can also buy more sets of decorations, messages, etc and get rid of the ads with the purchase.
Once you are done composing your card, you can save it to the Camera roll, send it by email, tweet it on Twitter or post it on Facebook.
This App lets you choose eCards from different categories and send them by email. All the eCards I have seen so far include a video. The eCard can be customized with your own personalized message.
I liked the app, I just felt that it was missing a preview step after including the addresses and message to see how the eCard would look like before sending it out.
Which eCard App do you like the most?
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