With Christmas right around the corner, tech-savvy kids in your house may want to get their last minute wish list in to Santa Claus before it’s too late using e-mail.
now offers eSanta 1.0, a Mac OS X application that provides a safe and quick way of getting that list to the North Pole.
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Using a simple menu-driven interface, kids can specify their names and five items on their wish list, along with an indication of whether they’ve been “very good,” “somewhat good” or “naughty” this year. There’s also room for a few comments to Santa.
Once kids click on the “Send eMail” button, eSanta pretends to connect directly to Santa’s Santaputer at the North Pole to exchange e-mail with the jolly elf himself, who then “responds” with an e-mail of his own, thanking the youngster for their letter, reiterating what’s on their wish list, and encouraging them to show good behavior. The whole exchange happens without any actual information going on the Internet — it’s all inside the app — so parents can rest assured that it’s a safe and secure exchange.
Once the exchange is done, kids can print the letter or even have their Macs “speak” the letter back to them using voice synthesis — handy for pre-readers or visually impaired users.
Like If/Then Software’s other tools, eSanta is offered for free, but users who find it useful or fun are asked to make a donation online. Details are available on the Web site.