Startup offer ‘iCards’ for Apple iPhone, iPod touch

Young German startup company HOT CHILI APPS brings iCard-style functionality to the iPhone and iPod touch. The C@rds concept also seems to have won the Apple seal of approval. On Monday of this week, “Birthday C@rds” put in a first appearance on the welcome page of the US/Canadian App Store.

Who doesn’t have happy memories of iCards, those inventive electronic postcards from Apple that could be individually personalised? iCards acquired something of a cult status. A cult, in fact, that the young German start-up company HOT CHILI APPS aim to revive with their C@rds collection. And this time, HOT CHILI APPS are making them available for people on the move. Because with their iCard-style functionality, C@rds can be sent from your iPhone or iPod touch wherever you may be in the world.

Send Love C@rds to your sweetheart(s) as you travel around the country. Or as you sit in the airport departure lounge, use one of the Birthday C@rd templates to design that (almost) forgotten birthday greeting. You can do all of this with a few fingertip touches any time, any place. For each collection, there are over 30 individually adaptable templates to which you can add text, a colour scheme and a photo (from an existing file or taken with your iPhone camera) to create your very own personal greeting.

“When Apple stopped doing iCards, this left a gap in the market,” says Farid Zendagui, one of the two founding directors of HOT CHILI APPS, in the press release. “It seemed to us that this was a gap that needed plugging, only this time with similar functionality but flexible enough to be operated by people on the move.”

The C@rds available from HOT CHILI APPS can be sent directly by e-mail, though users also have the option of waiting until they come within range of a free or low-cost wi-fi connection. “We know that public acceptance is very high from the sheer number of downloads and also the positive feedback we get via e-mail.”

In order to get as many users familiar with the C@rds product line as possible, the new collection of Halloween C@rds due to be released soon will be available for a limited period free of charge. And Holiday C@rds are now at an advanced design stage.

More info here.

Birthday C@rds (US$1.99) via iTunes’ App Store here.

Love C@rds ($1.99) via iTunes App Store here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]

23 Comments

  1. There is a app called Greetings that works really well on iTunes for only 99¢. I’ve been using it for some time and it has over 5,000 greetings available.

    I’m not affiliated in any way, just like the app.

  2. I have greetings as well and like it (and….I somehow got it for free)…esp that you can record custom audio to go along with the card…pretty nifty.

    I’m not affiliated either, just find it pretty useful, esp compared to 2 bucks

  3. Wrong concept to try to sell you separate app for birthday cards, another one for Love and yet another for Anniversaries. Just make a damn C@rds app and give it for free and make money on adds. What a great clickthrough rate for ads for possible presents you must have when offering app people use to congratulate someone.

  4. The “cult” status of Apple iCards, beyond the Apple part, was due to there being ONE template and HUNDREDS of Apple’s beautiful and ingenious images to choose from.

    I still resent Apple’s axing iCards, which I subsidized as a .Mac subscriber. I doubly resent Apple’s subsequent nod to iPhone opportunists charging even more money for what we’ve already paid for and aren’t getting!

  5. iCards service was discontinued with the release of MobileMe on July 9, 2008.The removal of the feature was announced on June 9, 2008 as part of the Mac to MobileMe Transtion FAQ. This article provides information about some alternatives to iCards that you may wish to use.As you said, cards can be send from i phone or i pod,not only this but there are so many advantages of cards.

  6. iCards service was discontinued with the release of MobileMe on July 9, 2008.The removal of the feature was announced on June 9, 2008 as part of the Mac to MobileMe Transtion FAQ. This article provides information about some alternatives to iCards that you may wish to use.As you said, cards can be send from i phone or i pod,not only this but there are so many advantages of cards.

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