Shoot It! is an awesome BlackBerry application I discovered a few months ago. It provides a simple and inexpensive way to send photos from your BlackBerry through the mail in the form of a real postcard, from anywhere in the world.
I know, I know… It’s 2010, who sends real mail anymore? With all the convenience technology has brought us, it has also taken away the personal touch that is sometimes necessary. I use Shoot It! to send pictures of my children to my mother, 5000 miles away. She gets a nice glossy photo, a personal message, and a reminder that we love and miss her, and all it costs me is about $1 and a few minutes of my time.
So, how does it work?
It’s actually very simple. Shoot It! can be downloaded for free from their website or BlackBerry App World. Once installed you need to register for a user account on the website. You can choose from a variety of pre-paid packages, or choose pay-as-you-go. The packages give the advantage of additional free credits, for example buy 20 credits and get 5 free (25 credits total) for $19.80. If you don’t want to buy credits up front, each postcard will cost you as little as $.99 each, depending on where the recipient is.
Once you’re registered on the site, log in to the app on your BlackBerry, and the main menu screen will pop up.
Choose one of the options depending on if you have a picture already on your device or memory card, or if you want to take a new picture. You can also enter a promo code if you have one and access your account information from this screen. I typically select a picture I have already taken, which I imagine is the most common choice. Navigate to the folder that has the picture you want to send, highlight, and select.
After you have your picture selected, Shoot It! prompts you to choose a recipient from your address book. You can choose to send your postcard to more than one contact, which is a nice feature. The next step is to add your message – up to 300 characters, maximum 15 lines. When you’re all done typing your message, a review screen pops up so you can double check everything and make sure your photo and text are how you want them.
If everything looks ok, confirm by pressing the “shoot it!” button at the bottom of the screen. That’s it! The app will confirm that you have sent the postcard, and an email will be sent to you with all the details of your purchase. Since all of the postcards destined for a particular region/country are printed locally, they are mailed out in a matter of days, not weeks. You don’t even need a cellular connection or international calling plan to use Shoot It! as the information can be sent over wifi. And, as an added bonus, your first postcard is FREE!
So what are you waiting for? Dig out those vacation photos, the cute pictures of your kids and the dog, or that beautiful sunset you captured and make someones mailbox happy!
Full details about the application, credits, customer support, and FAQs can be found on the Shoot It! website.