TURN SMARTPHONE PHOTOS INTO POSTCARDS

“Postly,” free for Android and iPhone, turns smartphone photos into postcards. Take a picture, click to upload and send it. Each postcard has a special stamp made to look like it came from your location. Worldwide delivery is $2. The only odd thing: The app wouldn’t take either of our credit cards. We had to use PayPal.

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ARM CHAIR TRAVEL

Why go anywhere when a drone can soar over the landscape providing views you could never get on the ground? (Especially useful for buying castles in Spain.) Go to YouTube.com/user/Egawauemon for some amazing drone panoramas. They mainly cover Japan, but also India, San Francisco and Hong Kong. And there is no danger of food poisoning. Another great site for armchair traveling is FullScreen360.com. We looked at the Louvre, the Trevi Fountain, Machu Picchu and Yosemite. (No extra charge for side trips.) As you click a left or right arrow, the view opens in that direction and can ultimately give you a full 360 degrees. It feels like you’re there, and of course you’re walking on air. There are dozens of […]

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FUN WITH PHOTOS

“Fotojet” is a free online program for turning photos into magazine covers, greeting cards, and exotic prints or digital art without the bother of a learning curve (like the long one in figuring out Photoshop).

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TURN YOUR PHOTOS INTO PAINTINGS

“Pikazo,” a $3 iPhone app, turns ordinary photos into works of art automatically, in seconds.  One might look like an Old Master, another a modern abstract.

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“#WhereIdrone” is a page on Instagram with remarkable photos taken by drones. We especially liked the aerial shot of Castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, Germany. The fantasy castle was one of three built by Mad King Ludwig, who bankrupted his country in the process.

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AN AWESOME BOX

Awesomebox.com lets you create  a box full of cards for friends in honor of a birthday, anniversary or special occasion. Each one will have a photo on one side and a nice note on the other, perhaps sharing your favorite moment with that person. We found out about it when we got an email asking us to contribute a photo and/or comment for a friend’s Awesomebox. There were 73 cards  from 69 friends for our friend’s 50th birthday. You can invite a group to create one with you or do it all yourself. Photos can come from Facebook or your computer; they’re planning to add Shutterfly and other photo sites. A box of 25 cards are $49 on up to […]

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FREE WINDOWS PROGRAMS

A reader reminded us of a great website for software freebies: NiNite.

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PRINTING PHOTOS FROM YOUR PHONE, FACEBOOK, ETC.

“Printicular” is a free app for iPhone and Android that lets users print photos from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Dropbox, or their phones’ photo galleries for local pick up at one of 9,000 Walgreen drugstores.

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PHOTOS ON YOUR TV

Watching your photos in a slideshow on your TV is fun. When we have guests from out of town, we can hardly wait to bore them. (This leads to earlier departures.) If you’ve bought a TV within the last five years or so, watching your photos is as easy pressing the Internet button on your TV remote control, finding the Flickr app and clicking “slideshow.” If you don’t have an account on Flickr.com, you can sign up for free. The free Flickr upload tool automatically loads any photos it finds on your computer, phone or tablet. High-end Android phones purchased within the last two years have the ability to plug in directly into the TV’s HDMI port. The $47 Roku […]

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BECOMING A PHOTO COMMANDER

We use the free Google Picasa photo editor to touch up photos taken with our phone’s camera. It’s nice that it’s free, but sometimes a free program isn’t enough. With that in mind, we tried the new Photo Commander 14, $60 from ashampoo.com. It has a 30-day free trial. (Ashampoo? Odd name. Explanation later.)

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