Postman for IPhone

Anyone can snap a picture of the trip to the beach with a camera phone and e-mail it to the parents just for kicks. But you want to stand out, be fun and different. Postman from Freeverse Software lets you create a unique postcard on your iPhone to send home to the loved ones and show them you really care.

To get started, just take a photo with the iPhone's built-in camera or get one from your photo library. Then choose one of the included themes to make the "front" of your postcard--Postman offers 11 stylish themes to pick from, and you can also add text. If you're looking for real evidence that you are where you say you are, use a Google Maps image of your location. There is also a collection of images, if your shot of the Great Wall didn't turn out as breath-taking as you had hoped. On the "back" of the card, you enter a message to go along with your picture from the front, complete with a little postmark.

So what can you do with the little treasure you create? Upload it to the Web, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, or send an e-mail of your postcard to your less socially-networked friends and family. You can also save your postcard as a photo to your phone. Then you can sync it to your computer and do whatever you want; like print it out and mail it to Timbuktu, where internet service might be, well, spotty.

The recent 2.0 update overhauled the interface, improved stability, and added a host of other new features like shaking your phone to start a fresh postcard and adding a new slider for text resizing. Postman 2.0 also adds compatibility with the iPhone OS 3.0 software update.

The $1 Postman is a lot of fun, and, like the similarly-featured Postage ( Macworld rated 5 out of 5 mice ) handles its task with an ease-of-use befitting the iPhone. Postman places more of an emphasis on social-networking aspects, giving you another way to update friends and family about your life. Mom and dad like to know what's going on with the kids, and I get to play with a cool iPhone app. It's a win-win for everybody.

Postman is compatible with any iPhone or iPod touch running the iPhone 3.0 software update.

[Jeff Phillips is an educator, podcaster, father, blogger, husband, photographer and general technology pundit. He has also been known to give the occasional Feng Shui consultation.]

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