August 18, 2009

PicWing – Move from Digital to Physical Photos Via Email


There’s just something about actual photographs that social networking sites can’t compete with. If your daughter just gave birth to your first grandchild, you don’t want to have to log on to Facebook or MySpace just to see that beautiful baby. You want to be able to hang up their pictures for everyone to see.

But even your daughter can’t mail you hard copies of the photos because she doesn’t even have hard copies. See, in today’s technological world people very rarely use anything but a digital camera. Photo printers, paper and ink can get expensive, as could sending all those photos. So what to do?

PicWing to the rescue: with PicWing, sending pictures has never been easier. Sign up for an account, add names and addresses into your recipients list and send your pictures to your personal email address. It’s that easy.

PicWing will automatically print your pictures out on high-quality 4×6 photo paper and mail them off to your recipient list. And don’t worry: if you don’t have enough pictures to meet your monthly quota, you won’t lose that money as it will be carried over to next month.

Practical Uses:

  • Send regular baby photos to far away relatives
  • Maintain your long-distance romance with regular photo updates
  • Keep in touch with friends around the world

Insider Tips:

  • Try out the service for free beforehand
  • Set the privacy settings to determine who can access your photos online
  • Consider adding personal messages to all of your photos

What we liked:

  • The simplicity, allowing folks of all ages to use by just creating a new email and attaching a photo
  • You can personalize a photo by adding a message in the “Subject” line which will be printed on the back of the picture
  • The plans are reasonably priced compared to what you would pay if you did this yourself

What we didn’t like:

  • Photo quality may suffer a bit, since PicWing forces each picture to fit onto their 4×6 paper
  • Personalizing photos is a great idea, but we would love for the message to be optionally printed on the front
  • It’s a seven dollar jump per month to get copies of the pictures yourself; it would be cheaper to just use the pay-per-use plan


Company Info:

  • Launched: August 2008
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
  • Founded by: Enrique Rodriguez and Edward Kim
  • Web site:


  • Monthly plans starting at $4.95 per month
  • Monthly plans for $6.95, $11.95 or $16.95 per month
  • Pay as you go for $0.19 per print and $2.45 per shipment


  1. Mike Go

    Wow! Neat service! I have to get this for my grandparents. They keep bugging me for pics!

  2. So is his intention of intensifying the war. ,

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