Sending regular postcards to family and friends, through the mail, can be a bit of a hassle when you travel. First you have to buy the postcards, then you have to find a post office to buy stamps and mail them. And then, from some locations, it can be rather iffy if they will ever be received.
I like sending real, old-fashioned postcards. These days it feels like a treat instead of just getting a photo via email or a text message. Well now you can send "real" postcards directly from your iPhone with an app. There are several companies that will mail a postcard for you. I have tested a number of them and my favorite is Pixinote. The quality is good. It's easy to use and your postcard is mailed in an envelope so it will arrive in good shape.
After you download Pixinote you will sign up and fill in your information. I had a bit of a problem with this because I did not have a choice of an address outside of the U.S. I contacted Pixinote and they got back to me in just a few minutes. They said to use their address. So if you are an expat, currently living outside of the U.S. here is the address to use as your own.
14E Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Larkspur, CA 94939
Once you have signed up it's time to create your first postcard. Click on the left side of the card to import one of your favorite images from your iPhone or iPad. Then click on the right side of the card to write a three line message. Click on the "add recipients" blue bar at the bottom of the screen. Once you have added the names and addresses from your contacts, click "done" in the upper right corner. Next click on the "All set?" blue bar. You can choose to make your postcard private and then you buy credits to mail your postcard. One note is $3, five notes are $12 and 20 notes are $40. That's all there is to it!Click on the AppStore button below to download Pixinote. It's free!