This Week's Sponsor:


Ensure that if a device isn’t secure it can’t access your apps.  It’s Device Trust for Okta.

Postagram: Print Postcards From Your Instagram Photos

A few days after Instagram launched its official API, web services and third-party applications promising integration with the popular photo sharing platform started popping up on the Internet and, as it usually happens, most of them were just cool experimentations not meant for massive usage on a large scale. That’s why we called Instaprint, a device that plugged into Instagram to print Polaroid-like photos, the coolest use of Instagram’s API we had seen. In the past weeks, you might have noticed we covered other interesting apps that rely on the API to deliver photos from Instagram on otherwise unsupported platforms like, for example, the Mac.

Clearly inspired by what Instaprint did with the mini-printer, Postagram is an actually working service and app available in the App Store that allows you to turn your Instagram photos into physical glossy postcards at 300 dpi. The concept is simple: you download the free app, log in with your Instagram account and grant authorization to Postagram. Once logged in, all you have to do is pick a photo from your Instagram stream, and choose to make it a postcard that will be sent to you in 2-5 business days (if you live in the United States). Printing a postcard costs $0.99 right now – the price will likely go up in the next weeks once this initial promotion is over – but users who sign up now can print a photo for free. I did, and I should receive it next week. The process is really super-easy, and you can also enter a personal message if you want – by default, the app picks the description from an Instagram photo (see screenshot above).

Postagram lets you send an Instagram postcard to any recipient, and if you’re planning on sending multiple ones the app will be able to remember previous choices so you don’t have to re-enter an address every time. You can enter credit card information in-app, but there’s no interface to track the status of a shipment – likely because it happens through regular postage. Furthermore, if you don’t like having your photo inside a postcard you can pop it out and end up with a single square in your hands, perfect for – say – your desk.

You can download Postagram from the App Store now and start ordering prints right away. We think this is a great idea – it’ll be huge for vacations this summer, if only the service will start offering discounts on large sets of photos – and I look forward to getting my postcard next week. Check out more screenshots below.


Unlock More with Club MacStories

Founded in 2015, Club MacStories has delivered exclusive content every week for over six years.

In that time, members have enjoyed nearly 400 weekly and monthly newsletters packed with more of your favorite MacStories writing as well as Club-only podcasts, eBooks, discounts on apps, icons, and services. Join today, and you’ll get everything new that we publish every week, plus access to our entire archive of back issues and downloadable perks.

The Club expanded in 2021 with Club MacStories+ and Club Premier. Club MacStories+ members enjoy even more exclusive stories, a vibrant Discord community, a rotating roster of app discounts, and more. And, with Club Premier, you get everything we offer at every Club level plus an extended, ad-free version of our podcast AppStories that is delivered early each week in high-bitrate audio.

Choose the Club plan that’s right for you:

  • Club MacStories: Weekly and monthly newsletters via email and the web that are brimming with app collections, tips, automation workflows, longform writing, a Club-only podcast, periodic giveaways, and more;
  • Club MacStories+: Everything that Club MacStories offers, plus exclusive content like Federico’s Automation Academy and John’s Macintosh Desktop Experience, a powerful web app for searching and exploring over 6 years of content and creating custom RSS feeds of Club content, an active Discord community, and a rotating collection of discounts, and more;
  • Club Premier: Everything in from our other plans and AppStories+, an extended version of our flagship podcast that’s delivered early, ad-free, and in high-bitrate audio.