No matter how automated my banking, there’s a fear someone will crack my checking account and steal what’s left of my money before I spend it. The second is that, despite email and Facebook and Twitter and digital photos, it’s impossible to leave snail mail and the postal service behind.
And that means sometimes I have to do the unthinkable. Print envelopes. Oy vay, the humanity! Is there a better way?
Use A Time Machine Or Pay Up, Buster!
It’s true that both Apple’s Pages and Microsoft’s Word will print envelopes. Pages is nice because it integrates with Contacts (which used to be Address Book; pre-Mountain Lion).
Open Pages, select Envelopes, add a name and you’re ready to print. What could be easier? Other than not having to print an envelope at all?
Back in the day, there was such a thing as the EasyEnvelopes Dashboard Widget for Mac users. It was the quickest, easiest, simplest and free way to print out an envelope on the Mac.
Book a seat on the nearest time machine, dear Mac user, because EasyEnvelopes for 2012 comes with a hefty, hefty price tag. If you want the Widget, you’ll have to go back in time to get it.
To be fair and balanced, the new EasyEnvelopes does more. It’s an app, not a Dashboard Widget. There are more envelope sizes to choose, but you can create your own using the envelope designer tool.
EasyEnvelopes gives you control over the envelope’s size and design, including fonts, font size, and where the return address gets printed (on the backside, like a classy tramp stamp tat).
On the front side, it’s easier than ever to address an envelope by pulling in contacts from Contacts, or simply letting EasyEnvelopes use the address your copied into the clipboard.
Even better than the Dashboard Widget version of EasyEnvelopes is the option to print a whole mailing list of names and addresses with a click.
Select the envelope size and style. Select the group. Click. Then sit grab a sandwich and a glass of wine and sit by your printer while it mangles envelope after envelope all in the name of productivity.
The only thing missing in EasyEnvelopes (besides a lower price tag) is a way to print the stamps right on the envelope. That would be worth a pretty penny or two. Or, a nickel. Or, even a dollar.
As it is, EasyEnvelopes will print the address from the Contacts list, and even print the USPS barcode which helps the postal service but doesn’t get you much of a discount on the postage.
What’s the price of progress these days? What was once free and much loved, now has a price tag and an attitude. Fear not. EasyEnvelopes is half the price of Apple’s Pages in the Mac App Store, and it does more than envelopes.