Posted by Corbie Dillard
Maybe a bit too simplistic for its own good
We haven't seen a significant amount of apps made available on the DSiWare service to date, but that hasn't stopped Nnooo from tossing a couple into the mix with their ongoing myLifeConnected suite of DSiWare applications. We've already seen the release of myNotebook in various colours and now the company has just released myPostcards onto the service for gamers who like to get creative with their photos.
Much like myNotebook, using myPostcards is fairly simple and intuitive for the most part. When you start the application, you have the choice of making a new postcard or viewing postcards you've already created. Viewing postcards is done via scrolling through a miniature visual representation of your collection of postcards and can be done using either the stylus or the D-Pad. Of course before you can begin viewing your collection of postcards, you'll have to create them first.
The basic makeup of your postcards will consist of two parts: the photos themselves and the text and stamps you'll be adding to them. You can either use the DSi's built-in camera to snap pics or use pics you've already snapped and saved on your DSi system. Once you've chosen a photo to work with, then you'll be able to use the application's basic set of paint program tools to write text or draw doodles on the provided space below the photos. You can even select to use a lined area or a plain white area, depending on your preference. After you've completed the text section, you can then add a unique stamp to your postcard, with new stamps and other goodies being unlocked the more you make use of the application.
After you've saved your creations, you can then use the DSi system's DSi Camera application to either save your postcards to your SD Card or post your creations to Facebook. While the Facebook idea is fun enough, you'll find you have more freedom with the images by importing them onto your computer via the SD Card where you can then use them any way you like or with tons of image-related sites on the net.
There's no denying that myPostcards is a nice little application that will definitely appeal to DSi owners who are looking to toy around with their photos and enjoy the idea of creating their own postcards to share with others, at least as long as they're aware that this is really just a very simple and basic postcard creation tool and little more.
It would have been nice to have seen more diversity in the creation process itself, but it's obvious that the developers were trying to keep things simple, maybe a bit too much so. Overall it's hard to fault the application too much, especially since it will only set you back 200 Nintendo Points, but you can't help but wish the application had a little bit more to offer and in all honesty it ultimately might be easier to just use your computer to make the postcards instead.