Spoiler alert! Lifelike Cards allows users to select high quality digital photographs from Flicker and convert them into ePostcards or two-sided eGreeting Cards. I didn’t think it was possible to send two-sided eCards and after I paid for this program I realized you can’t. The idea counts right?
No, but for an iPad app Lifelike Cards comes close to being purr worthy.
It’s too bad I already did my April Fools blog (and that it’s no longer April Fools) because I would have a great blog announcing the iUterus. The iUterus is both an app and a device to censor public debate invoking words referring to male or female… (oh, there it would have gone to stop me from saying one of those offensive words), especially in the Florida House of Representatives.
Oh, wait, the Florida House didn’t ban references to male reproductive anatomy—just the word “uterus.” And not the House, the Republicans in the House. This makes them not only insane, but sexist as well.
It seems that Florida House Republicans object to the use of the word uterus because those crafty Democrats (one of them anyway) said that if his wife could incorporate her uterus, Republicans would back off abortion legislation. Rather than going on with the debate, the House voted to ban the word “uterus.”
This led to the word “uterus” being used in newspapers, posts, blogs and comments all over the word. The Florida House made the word “uterus” a household word.
How are they going to enforce that ruling? Fine the offending Democrat? Charge him with contempt? Then the press will be repeating the word all over again. Everywhere. What if a Republican accidentally slips up and utters it in public debate? It could happen in the heat of a rant. But what would the Republicans do then?
That’s why we need a device like iUterus, or at least the Republicans anyway. But if you happen to support the uterus, incorporated or not,
iUterus would also allow you to support the new Uterus fan site devoted to the issue. But April Fools is over, there is no such app, so you have to click on the link yourself.
We have passed the point of real holidays and moved firmly into the territory of promolidays. Promolidays are those fake holidays that were pretty much created to sell gifts and gift cards. Actually, when you get right down to it, all holidays are promolidays but Valentine’s, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day probably wouldn’t exist without the advertising industry.
But what about Easter, you say. Easter is a real holy day (for Christians anyway) that only merits a half-day from work and has no justification whatever for exchanging gifts. Hence, easter eggs, candy and cards. That’s the first thing Jesus thought of when they rolled away the stone of his tomb. He said, “For God’s sake, Mary, did you remember the paint for the eggs? And chicks? I love those spongy delectables.”
And Mary said, “No, but I bought you a Hallmark Card.”
I’m probably the last person who should be writing about eCards. I don’t even remember to post birthday notes to my mother and sisters on Facebook, even when Carol reminds me. I could say I hate Facebook, but then I would be using the truth to cover up a lie. I simply don’t remember birthdays, even when I’m reminded.
So when I stumbled across Lifelike Cards, I thought, “this will give me an excuse to send an eCard to Beth for her birthday last week, even though Carol pestered me several times to do it.” And I certainly hope Beth doesn’t read this blog because then she’ll know I didn’t really send her a card for her birthday, I was just using her to test some software for a review.
Lifelike Cards basically delivers Flickr photos to users to incorporate into eCard format. The interface is little more than a card turnstile that loads images based on a predefined search (holidays, cats, art). You rotate the turnstile until you find the image you want or load a different set of images.
Lifelike Cards searches for cards on Flickr using predefined categories like “cats.” You can swipe to turn the rack and load a different set of images or swipe back to see what you’ve loaded before.
Once you select your card you can format it as a one-sided post card or more formal greeting card. The front carries the image, and the backside can be customized to convey your message, a color theme and a number of borders and illustrations.
I created this belated birthday card for my sister Beth in about two minutes using a wide variety of design elements.
Once you finish the card you can email it to one or more senders. This means you can also create party and wedding invitations as well. Unfortunately, once you press send, you discover the only method of mailing is email. Lifelike Cards breaks your greeting card into two separate .jpg images, which somehow diminishes the charm.
You will also need to turn your keyboard off before you add text. Lifelike Cards will recognize the text but can’t incorporate it into the card. Keyboard text won’t crash the app, but will lock it up.
Nor can you save your cards as templates or to edit later. Once you send the card, it’s saved as pixel data. Even if you change your mind (and could recall the email) you have to start again from scratch.
Beyond these small flaws, the app works pretty well. The interface is gorgeous even though the turnstile is a little gimmicky for my taste, and easy to figure without help files. For two dollars you can create some nice, if ultimately incomplete cards.
Jenny Manytoes rates Lifelike Cards
Jenny Manytoes would purr next to Lifelike Cards. It really does follow the model of an ideal tablet or phone app. It’s cheap and does one or two things reasonably well.