As Mother’s Day is fast approaching, many of us are scrambling to get our gift ideas and expressions of adoration out there in time to show our wonderful Moms how much they are loved, hopefully in the nick of time. With Build A Card Mother’s Edition (by ISBX) there is a quick and simple option to save the day — at least partially, should you forget the gift. Truth be told, most mothers are just happy to be acknowledged, but a card from the heart is even better. With this no frills card making application you won’t be bogged down with a million choices and will be able to quickly get right down to your custom card making.
Immediately upon opening the application you will be presented with 3 options: Camera, Facebook, or Photo Album, so select a photo to get started. There are no introductions or instructions and you’ll find that you land right smack dab into the action, but it’s all pretty easy to understand — just a bit sterile. I chose to take a photo from my camera roll to get started. The next screen (Pick a Design) takes the selected photo and places it in each of the 20 photo card templates (that scroll along the left side of the screen), giving you a nice view of how your photo looks placed in each of the 20 templates.
Everything was super simple and great up to this point, but from this point on is where some of the frustration set in for me as I tried to “add stuff” to the card and write a message. There are 40 cute cartoon-type items to give your card some more personality with images like a cup of coffee, chocolates, jewels, flowers, hearts, teddy bears, and dogs, all to customize your card with. You can add as many images as you like to your heart’s content filling the card up in no time (pinching in our out to re-size). However, as you place additional items to the card, you can no longer change any of the previously added items unless you use the Undo feature, which gets rid of every item (in the order it was added) along the way.
The undo button can be a long process and it made me a little impatient. The ability to tap on an any item and adjust it or remove it would be a wonderful feature/function update to this app. Another source of frustration for me was that I couldn’t fully see the whole card while I was decorating it. I could move the photo around freely, but not the actual card, so I could only see half of my card as I was trying to customize it — see a problem? Okay, once I got past that I moved on to the “Write Something” part which comes with a nice standard heartfelt greeting — if you don’t know quite what you want to say. You can also make changes to these text areas for further customization and added sentiment.
I thought it was pretty cool how the message over-layed on top of the added items, but depending on the template that you use, it can be a bit of a distraction and the message (at times) was hard to see due to the added items visible underneath, and/or due to the (predetermined) color choice and/or font (thickness) that was specific to that card template. I also discovered in the message writing that if you decide you want to add another image to your card at the last minute, you have to go back and tap the “add stuff” arrow to do so, but beware because if you create your message before doing this, your message will disappear and has to be re-entered again — bummer.
Now comes the Send It! options (e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, or save). I liked how easy it was to send through these methods, but was unpleasantly surprised by the “save” function, which saved to my photo album — sounds like a good idea, but when I wanted to go back and tweak a card I completed earlier from my album, instead of letting me edit or work on my finished card again, I could only see the finished card placed inside each of the 20 card templates (a card within a card) — not was I was expecting at all and quite disappointing.
I know it all sounds like doom and gloom for this $0.99 app, but it does have some positives to it like how quickly you can create some really attractive cards, add cute items and message customization, as well as the capability to send out in a snap — if you know what to expect beforehand. But, in all honesty, when I downloaded a “handful” of other Mother’s Day apps (mostly free) to test out with the high hopes of presenting some great apps for our readers, they all fell short in one way or another — at first glance many had great concepts but upon further testing, I found a lot of oversights in each that missed the mark for me. So, all things considering, this app is looking even better than before. If you know of any great Mother’s Day card making apps out there with a nice variety of content, are easy to use, have intuitive navigations, and are priced right, please clue us all in. Check out all of our iPad app reviews. Crazy Mike
Build A Card Mother’s Edition iPad App Download
Title: Build A Card Mother’s Edition
Size: 5.9 MB
Store: iTunes App Store
Build A Card Mother’s Edition iPad App Download
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Build A Card Mother’s Edition iPad App Developer Description
Limited time offer! Mothers Day Edition for only $0.99 (original price $1.99).
It’s that one special day for the one you call Mom! Show how much you care by creating a customized Mothers Day card just for her! The Build-a-Card: Mothers Edition HD is our latest creation with a wonderful new set of features. Create cards with your photo and customize the card the way you like it then send it off to your Mother through e-mail, twitter, or facebook.
Now with iPad 2 Camera Support!
This app is suitable for everyone that has a mother or has friends that have children. One of the sweetest things you can do is send a card.
In our latest Build-a-Card app we also have even more facebook integrated features like getting photos from your facebook friend profiles and adding photo tagging to all the cards you publish to facebook.