My grandmother has a Facebook account, and email, but rarely uses either. She isn’t glued to her iPhone like the rest of us. So, I wanted an easy way to share printed photos with her and thought postcards are the simplest solution. In other words, I’d actually do it. I tend to have grand ideas, start a project like a photo book, get overwhelmed by all of the options (should I create one for just this year? Or should I create one for every year since my son was born? Oh – or what about a compilation of all of our Hilton Head photos in one book? Or….) So. The project gets delayed. A postcard takes about 30 seconds to create and send.
I tried several of the postcard apps, and rather than give pros/cons of each one, I’ll just get right to the point: Touchnote is the clear winner based on price, print quality, design options, and app functionality. You can design, send and pay for the postcards right from the app.
While you can choose a lot of different layouts and collages for your design, I’ve opted for the one large photo to fill the entire front of the card each time. No need to upload photos – the app accesses your photo library. I like simple, but you can add captions, artwork, fun frames, etc. The back has room for a message on one side – and a very cool feature if you’re traveling – it will add the location of the photo at the bottom if you’ve taken with a smart phone!! (Mail photos to yourself for a cool vacation memento!)
Adding an address is simple – just choose from your address book – tap on send, and THAT’S IT. Postage and printing are included in the price.
The print quality is superb. I was surprised – the paper stock is substantial, the glossy finish prevents it from looking scratched and beat up upon arrival, and the printing quality is brilliant and clear. I give it an A+ and I am PICKY about print quality.
I love Touchnote! It keeps all of your sent postcards in the app so you can view them later.
- Photo updates to grandparents, of course
- Photos and little stories to capture what your kids are doing (like I wrote one about my daughter discovering ice cream to her great-grandmother)
- Notes from vacation to your friends and family (there is a little location marker if you’ve taken the picture from your phone!)
- Thank you notes
- Travel postcards – to yourself!- so you can create an album when you return, with blurbs about each spot featured in the postcard