Email, texting, web browsing, and the plethora of apps have changed how we communication with each other. Even postal services around the world have been impacted by the change. Yet, we still need snail mail and here’s how to use your Mac to tame the aging beast.
Thanks to some clever Mac app developers, Mac users can do easier what the 20th century did best. Communicate slowly. That’s right. If you have names and address, you’ll need labels, and here’s a look at the premier Mac label and address app.
Taming Labels & Addresses
Using the Mac for email, messages, creating PDFs, or even sending the occasional fax has become mostly child’s play which cuts down on our need to send letters or packages.
That’s a distinct change over the past few decades (the public internet is about 20 years old), but it hasn’t eliminated the need for labels and addresses.
Enter the Mac app Labels & Addresses. Yes, it does exactly what you think it does and what the app’s name suggests.
This is one of the Mac’s hallmark do-it-yourself productivity tools for the home or small office which still needs to print addresses on labels.
If you have a list of names and addresses and you need labels, this is the Mac app to use. It imports addresses from Contacts, Outlook, or Numbers and Excel spreadsheet files, and it can merge the mailing list and print out a complete batch of labels.
The interface is pure Mac. The Assitant’s tabs take you to the basic functions you need to design, add labels, print envelopes, create postcards. Simply select what you want to do and walk through the setup.
Labels & Addresses isn’t limited to labels, though it prints great on pre-formatted and cut labels of nearly any size. It does business cards, too. Select a design, add the name and address, and you’re good to go. Print as many cards as you need.
Labels & Addresses handle postal barcodes, most popular label stock for cards and labels, and the design toolkit starts with hundreds of templates, each customizable to your needs. The app can be setup to print labels, cards, addresses using standard card or label stock.
Labels & Addresses goes beyond mere labels with Google Maps integration, options for hundreds of additional fonts, hundreds of templates, and an option for tens of thousands of compatible clip art to drop into cards and labels to completely customize the experience.
That said, this app takes some time to master, even printing a sheet of labels takes some effort to pull the addresses from Contacts or another source, then select the proper label, and make sure everything fits as it should. But Labels & Addresses works, and works well– if you’re willing to devote a little time to the effort.