Christmas Cards were “invented” in 1846 by artist John Callcot Horsely of Britain’s Royal Academy on a commission from Sir Henry Cole, who wanted a greeting card he could send to friends and acquaintances, and also hoped to boost usage volume for the Penny Post he had helped three years earlier. According to Wikipedia, in 1875 printer Louis Prang introduced Chrsitmas Cards in America, but cheap imitations eventually drove him from the market.
Hard copy greeting cards are now the exception rather than the rule, due to the cost of postage and the proliferation of computers, but surveys indicate most people still prefer receiving greeting cards in the mail hand-delivered in preference over e-cards, regarding a physical card as more meaningful than the electronic alternative.
Your Mac or iOS device can be a big help in buying or creating physical greeting cards as well as e-cards.
OS X Apps
Ohanaware’s Fun Greetings application is a card printing program, where your photos are the star. And unlike store-bought cards, the emphasis of these Photo Greetings Cards can be photos of your family, kids, pets and other photos you may have taken. Fun Greetings enables you to print your own Photo Greetings Cards at home on your Mac and printer.
Using Fun Greetings is a simple “1, 2, 3″ process:
- Choose the style of your card.
- Add a photo.
- Print your card.
No need to read any help documents before you begin, although Ohanaware does provide a getting started guide and help if you want it.
Fun Greetings has a clever print engine that can compensate for printer margins (so you don’t get huge gaps down one side), and can print to a variety of card sizes with support for custom sizes. You can even print a card to fit a spare envelope that may be lying around.
Fun Greetings costs $9.99, but you can try it for free to decide if Photo Greetings Cards are for you. Simply download the free trial. During the trial period, Export and auto resume are disabled. Watermarks will be placed on the back of the user’s greetings card.
- 10.6.6, 10.7 (Lion) & 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
- Intel Processor
- 2 GB of RAM (Memory)
- 1024 x 768 or larger display.
Product [Fun Greetings]
Photoshop Elements 11
Creating holiday cards is easy with Adobe Photoshop Elements 11, which offers a variety of fun, fresh templates for greeting cards and other photo gifts. Check out the video tutorial lessons linked below to learn how to turn your everyday snapshots into sensational card illustrations.
Create Perfect Family Photos - Combine the best facial expressions and body language from a series of group photos into one perfect shot.
Make Portraits Look Amazing - With Guided Edits, you can turn snapshots into professional-quality portraits that look amazing on your holiday cards.
See how to turn your photos into greeting cards using great-looking templates and customized text.
A free, 30-day trial version of Photoshop Elements is available.
Amazon Video Gift Cards
Amazon.com, Inc. has announced the launch of Amazon Video Gift Cards, a new gift card experience where customers can create free, personalized JibJab Starring You videos featuring a photo of their own face or faces of their friends and family. From the “Elf Snowball Fight” to the “Roller-skating Disco Birthday,” customers can personalize a video gift card for over a dozen occasions. Additionally, customers who receive Amazon Video Gift Cards can easily share their JibJab videos through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and email, while keeping their gift card details private.
Sending Amazon Video Gift Cards is fun and easy. To start, customers simply choose from the more than 50 JibJab Starring You videos, upload a photo of their own face or the faces of their friends and family, select a gift card amount of up to $2,000, then email or post it to a friend’s Facebook Wall. Customers who receive a video gift card can use it to shop for the millions of items available on Amazon at their convenience – Amazon Video Gift Cards are delivered instantly or can be scheduled for a future date and never, ever expire.
For more information, visit amazon.com.
Christmas C@rds HD
Turning to iOS Christmas card apps, after their success with Christmas C@rds for the iPhone, Hot Chili Apps expanded to Christmas C@rds HD, offering HD quality and a complete new look.
Christmas C@rds HD are e-cards. The user has a choice of various graphic elements for designing his own Christmas card to his individual taste. 36 brilliant C@rd templates are available in HD. They can be decorated on the iPad with personal photos or texts as well as one from 18 stickers. The application is very easy to use because its functions are supported by iPad’s ingenious features.
Christmas C@rds HD combines latest technology standards with classic design style in high-definition picture quality. The app offers ideal conditions for an atmospheric Christmas card design like a traditional paper postcard with postage stamp and patina or a luxurious writing desk top made of cherry wood. Another novelty is an easily manageable overview of the templates at one glance apart from many other innovative design templates.
New in Version 1.3.1:
- Memory usage optimized
- Photo orientation optimized
- Color gradient tool
Christmas C@rds HD 1.3 1 is $3.99 USD and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.
Product [Christmas C@rds HD]
Leicester, U.K. Web Designer has released Christmas InstaBooth 1.0, a new app to help consumers save money by being able to post personalised or pre-designed digital cards to friends, family and colleagues, via Facebook, Twitter, Email or MMS. You can create personalised cards by using your iPhone camera, adding your message, and then simply posting it to the recipient. It’s that simple. The added bonus is that it won’t cost you a penny.
- Use your iPhone camera to take personalized photos
- Super-impose photos with personalized designs
- Save results to your photo library for sending out at a later date
- Send pre-designed digital cards, from a wide selection of designs
- Scroll photos in app gallery and post directly from the app
- Send digital cards to friends, family and colleagues via FaceBook, Twitter, Email or MMS
- Free Updates of new designs
- No hidden costs and no in-app purchases
Christmas InstaBooth 1.0 is $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store.
Product [Christmas InstaBooth for iPhone]
Budge Studios Unveils Free Strawberry Shortcake Card Maker DressUp App on iOS For Kids
Join Strawberry Shortcake and her friends in her first ever Dress Up Card Maker app by mixing and matching fresh-and-fruity outfits, endless accessories and animated stickers, borders and backgrounds. The custom creation can then be saved and turned into a digital greeting card to send to friends and family.
Dress up Strawberry Shortcake, her berry best friends or even upload a photo to dress up in full outfits, endless accessories, animated stickers, borders and backgrounds. The custom creation can then be saved and turned into a digital greeting card to send to friends and family.
Joining Strawberry Shortcake are her friends Cherry Jam, Lemon Meringue and Orange Blossom. Players can stop by the dress shop to find additional packs for each character with loads of new exciting outfits and accessories. As a special holiday treat, Budge Studios has also included a Christmas pack to help get the characters ready for the holiday season. With unlimited combinations of how Strawberry Shortcake can be dressed up, the app brings endless entertainment to the brand’s newest generation of fans.
Strawberry Shortcake Card Maker Dress Up is a universal app available for free with in-app purchases from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.