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Bill Atkinson
Works at Bill Atkinson Photography
Attended University of Washington
Lives in California
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Custom Postcards for the Holidays
Join Apple software pioneer Bill Atkinson as he demonstrates PhotoCard for iOS. Create unique postcards using your own photos or Bill’s nature photos. This is your chance to learn from a legend and take home a new skill just in time for the holidays. 7PM Thursday, December 12 at SF Apple Store, One Stockton Street. Visit, scroll down to 'Upcoming Store Events and Workshops' and choose Filter by 'Events' to register for this event.
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Love using this on vacations to send postcards to non-digerati. 
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Bill Atkinson PhotoCard 5 is now available free from the the iTunes App store. With it you can make custom postcards using my nature photos or your own photos, and send them via email or by post using a print-and-mail service that I run myself. The last three years of my life have been dedicated to saving the tradition of printed postcards. Our emails, text messages, twitter, facebook, and Google+ messages are great for their convenience and immediacy, but they scroll off way too fast. The printed postcard offers a tangible feel, an ongoing presence on a fridge, and a lasting memory in a shoebox. We can use modern mobile technologies to make it easy and convenient for people to create and send high quality one-of-a-kind custom postcards. Runs on any iOS device: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch. No Android version yet.
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Hello Bill.
"Saving the tradition of printed postcards…". I like it.
I take portraits in the streets, and I plan a rendez-vous to give them a printed version. 
Reactions are very interesting, and I can see a light in their eyes when they take it… Mainly old people, and children.

Many people did forget what's a picture outside a smartphone screen…

Just saw the joke about round corners, smart ;)
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Yay! Bill Atkinson PhotoCard 6.0 is now available for free download from the App Store. It supports iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, and includes many new features including sharing postcards to Facebook and Twitter. I have been working on PhotoCard for three years, and each new version gets better and smoother. Enjoy! 
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Nature Photographer
  • Bill Atkinson Photography
    Nature Photographer, 1995 - present
  • General Magic
    Co-founder, 1990 - 1995
  • Apple Inc.
    software engineer, 1978 - 1990
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Software engineer and nature photographer
  • Apple pioneer wrote QuickDraw, MacPaint, HyperCard, Within the Stone, and PhotoCard.
  • nature photos, fine-art prints, color management, neuroscience, inventor, Numenta

  • University of Washington
    Neuroscience, 1974 - 1978
  • University of California, San Diego
    Biochemistry, 1969 - 1974
  • Los Gatos High School
    Chemistry, 1965 - 1969
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