Cardvio, eCards in the mail.

February 20th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Old fashion greeting cards seem to have been replaced by ecards and other digital greeting stuff you can send over the internet. Maybe for cyberjunkies who don't have time to go to the store and post office to send in a good ol' fashion greeting card it really is easier sending ecards.

Cardvio is mixes the old and the new. Real paper greeting cards for delivery without stepping away from the computer. What's more, it's fully customizable. Cardvio is a web service of Greetings Express Inc. based in Malden Maryland. They allow its users to send greeting card within the US all from their web page. It's not free of course but it has the advantage of having the user personalize the card, digitally of course.

Anyway, users are allowed to create cards from scratch or edit an existing template. There are a lot of pre-made templates to choose from and already categorized by occasion. Each can be customized by adding text and pictures. There are also blank templates where users can choose what kind of card they'd like to have printed and sent. There are a couple of layouts to choose from, then pictures and text can be added. Pictures can come from uploads (from the user's machine) or from the stock photos provided by Cardvio.

Editing features for text and pictures in Cardvio is not the best. Layer management is not available so cards must be built from the bottom up. Though the features are limited, the ease of manipulating both text and pictures is very commendable. Cardvio uses a Flash interface to edit cards which provide seamless adjustments to both pictures and text.

Once the card is finished, Cardvio will print it, envelope it and send it to the recipient/s while the bill of course goes to the sender completing the solution to the problem of picking a card from the store rack and buying postage stamps and mailing.

Personally, I still like doing it the old fashion way.