What is not to like about a free app for your Mac? Now, add useful, and easy-to-use to the list and the resulting combination is almost an unbeatable app for your Mac; an app that everyone needs and can use immediately.
Satisfied? Uh oh. What’s wrong? What’s on my list of Free App of the Week is a Mac app for printing envelopes. Actually, it’s a Dashboard Widget that prints envelopes. Still, usability doesn’t get much better than this. The US Postal Service might stop next day delivery, close post offices, maybe go belly up, but this is a worthy and valuable addition to the list of free Widgets on your Mac.
Great App, But Change The Name
The guys who make EasyEnvelopes work at Ambrosia Software, a make of a few games and some audio and video apps for Mac users.
Why would they make a Dashboard Widget that prints envelopes, and why name it EasyEnvelopes?
I suppose they wanted to figure out what all the hullabaloo was back in the day when we all thought Widgets were cool.
Or, it was raining one Friday afternoon and the developers didn’t want to get wet walking to their cars, so they all sat around and dreamed up EasyEnvelopes while munching pizza and drinking beer.
Or, not. Regardless, EasyEnvelopes needs a new name. I vote for EasierEnvelopes. EasiestEnvelopes should be reserved for an app that reads your mind and prints envelopes without even a point and click.
Otherwise, EasyEnvelopes is about as easy as an app can get when it comes to envelope printing.
First, it pulls your return address from Address Book (but you can enter any address you want, or even hide it from view). Second, it lets you search Address Book to point and click the address you need.
EasyEnvelope tells you which printer you have selected as default. Click the Information button and the Widget’s backside flips around and gives you a few more options.
Choose a specific return address, select an option to print the USPS postal code in barcode format (5 digit and 9 digit zip codes), change fonts as needed, even select to print the return address on the back.
Plus, EasyEnvelope lets you adjust the size of the envelope to whatever size you have that your printer won’t chew up four or five times before it prints.
The integration with Address Book makes using EasyEnvelopes a pure no-brainer.
One feature I like adds to the level of classiness that exceeds free– it detects if you’ve copied an address on your Mac’s clipboard so you can use that instead of digging through Address Book.
Don’t think it’s a US only
app Widget. It works with English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Swedish, Dutch, Traditional Chinese, and Japanese.
Nice, huh? And it’s free. See what clever folks can do on a Friday afternoon when it’s raining? A hot pizza and cold beer make for the value app of the week.