When I first started writing software, I was a teenager in my parent's house, doing it for the challenge and enjoyment of it. I don't want to date myself too much, but that was back in the days of 1200 baud dialup modems and BBSs... and floppy disks.
My problem at the time wasn't the technical hurdle of coding, but rather figuring out what to code. I was a kid, and had little concept of what actual people in the real world did with their computers. So at a family get together, it was natural for me to take advice from a relative who said he really could use an "easy" way to print envelopes.
That direction in hand, I set out to write a program ("Desk Accessory" in the parlance of the day) that would let you print envelopes easily. Being an original and creative kind of guy, I called it "EasyEnvelopes".
It actually turned out to be quite successful (named one of MacUser's top 200 products of 1989!!!), but it never made the transition from MacOS "Classic" to MacOS X. Fast-forward more years than I care to recount, and we had a baffling number of people still contacting us on a regular basis for an updated version of EasyEnvelopes. Sadly, I couldn't even find an old screenshot of the original EasyEnvelopes, despite searching high and low.
So when Apple came out with the concept of "Widgets" for MacOS X, we decided it'd be a natural way to kill two birds with one stone. We'd develop a nice modern version of EasyEnvelopes for the people who continued to desire it, and we'd make it free. Great success!
So is all of this just meandering down memory lane? Nay, dear reader. We have come full circle. With the advent of the MacApp store, iPhones, iPads, and the concept of simple, single-purpose apps, we decided the time was right to take EasyEnvelopes to the next level. This venerable phoenix will rise once more, reborn.
We're working on a full blown modern EasyEnvelopes that handles laying out, formatting, and printing envelopes in a modern, easy to use package. This little Mac App will even do mailing lists, custom envelope sizes, and we plan to bring it to the iPad and maybe even iPhone. That's if hipsters these days can grok the idea of an actual printed envelope.
Here are some screenshots of what we have baking in the oven:
We could use your help. If you're interested in beta testing the new MacOS X version of EasyEnvelopes, and are running MacOS X 10.7 aka "Lion", please click here.
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