Unfortunately for us, and fortunately for the likes of USPS, FedEx, and UPS, we still send out paper and packages. Email, photo uploads, file transfers, and online shopping hasn’t replaced the post office. Yet. As a Mac user who may still buy stamps and ship envelopes and packages, here’s a very good way to manage labels and addresses. The app is cleverly named Labels & Addresses.
It does exactly what you think it does but with a few more features and functions that make it worth keeping on your Mac even if you don’t use it every day (or, every week).
Labels & Addresses integrates with Contacts (formerly Address Book) in OS X to help you manage labels, shipping labels, zip and postal codes, even label layouts and printed labels.
I can’t imagine any small or medium sized business without an Labels & Addresses-like app. This one is simple enough to use without digging into the Help screens, but sufficiently sophisticated to create mass mailings with mail merge options, add postal barcodes to labels, and print out sequential labels by the hundreds or thousands.
Labels & Addresses gets used for seemingly odd tasks such as pricing labels, too.
Jesse has even used Labels & Addresses to setup pricing labels for garage sales.
There’s more going on in Labels & Addresses than just, well, labels and addresses. There’s built-in layout functions for envelopes and labels so they can be customized for business.
While it’s simple enough to setup and print address labels or envelopes, Labels & Addresses can seem complicated with all the other features tacked on the interface.
Importing addresses can be a bit frustrating, too, as incoming data may need to be formatted to match Labels & Addresses’ expectations (from Excel, CSV, FileMaker, Numbers, and other apps).
Along with the layout design tools Labels & Addresses comes with over 1,000 clip art images which can be dropped into any label design.
Here’s the only problem I have with the app. It’s a constant relearning process because we use it less and less. It’s probably great for small businesses or a home office where it’s used frequently. You’ll get the most use from the features then. We’re just not using snail mail as much as we once did.