Apps for Sailors: Postagram
“Wish you were here…” Postagram, an app from Sincerely, is an easy way to send postcards right from your smartphone. This free app uploads photos from your phone, Instagram or Facebook, prints them as high-quality glossy photo postcards and delivers them by mail in the U.S. for $.99 or $1.99 in other countries. This is a great way to chronicle your travels and keep loved ones updated on your adventures.
To use Postagram, simply sign in through Facebook or create a new Sincerely account (sincerely.com). Once signed in, create a Postagram by selecting a photo from your phone’s photo album, Instagram or Facebook account. After selecting the photo, you can move and scale the image, select your profile picture (which appears on the card), add a personalized message and select the recipient from Postagram’s address book or from Facebook. Order confirmation and status are emailed to your email address.
Postagram lets you maintain a separate address book, view order history, buy credits, leave feedback, invite friends and manage settings. For every friend that signs up, both you and that friend receive one free U.S. Postagram. If you card is lost or damaged, Sincerely will send another for free.
One of the recently added features is the ability to scan the “Postagram stamp” or a QR code on the postcard. This allows others to save the image to their phone and reply to the sender.
I give Postagram four stars. When you’re out cruising, the convenience alone is worth the cost, especially when you consider the hassle of finding and sending postcards. The app is convenient, reasonably priced and fun to use. It’s a bit too tightly tied to Facebook and would be better if you didn’t have to manually enter addresses. Overall, however, this is a great app. Once you start using Postagram, you’ll be hooked.