App Review: Postman by Freeverse, Inc.
There are many ways to keep in touch with friends and family. You can send an email or a text, write in a blog, or even send a Tweet. Postman by Freeverse, Inc. makes use of many of these avenues of communication under the guise of sending an old fashioned postcard. Now you can make your own picture postcard with your iPhone camera and send it out to all your friends and family without having to find a Post Office. Because these postcards are not sent through the mail system, your friends and family don’t have to wait for them to be delivered.
The Postman app is quick and easy to use. The first step is to choose a photo. You can use one from your Photo Library that you have taken, or you can use one of the 13 templates that are there in the app. You cannot make any major changes to your photo, but you can make minor adjustments such as changing the photo to black and white or sepia. You can also adjust the lighting in the picture up or down a notch. Once you have your picture chosen, you can add a line of text to the cover of your postcard. You can choose from 9 fonts in 9 colors. However, you cannot adjust the position of the text. The app automatically places it right in the middle of your picture. This is one major complaint I have seen with this app. If the placement of the text bothers you, you might try leaving the text blank and use the back of the postcard for text. You can also tap on the circle at the top of the screen to attach your current location to the postcard.
On the back of the postcard, you can type in your message. At the top, the app displays the weather so that you can let people know what the weather is where you are. You can choose the weather from a pop-up list by tapping on the weather at the top. Then, type your message for the back of the postcard. When you are done entering your message, you can move on to the Share tab.
Postman allows you to share your postcard in many ways. You can post it on your Facebook wall, post it to your blog using Tumblr, Tweet it to your friends, Upload it to a special URL on the Postman website, email it out, or save it to your Photo Library for later viewing. I tried emailing it, saving it, and uploading it to the Postman website. All three seemed to work very well. The postcard was attractive and easy to read. To me, it didn’t seem that much different from sending someone a picture message, but the app was fun to play with. Postman would be a fun app to have on a summer vacation to provide instant updates on your trip.
Postman is $0.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Developer’s Website: http://freeverse.com/iphone-os/product/?id=9004