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by John F. Braun

Using OS X & Shipping Via USPS? Try SwordfishExpress!
October 28th, 2002

SwordfishExpress 1.0.1 (Freeware)
Buyolympia Corporation

Sure, the Mac is a great tool for creating and viewing all sorts of information online, but sometimes you'll need to venture from the virtual to the physical world to send a package. Unfortunately, none of the major shippers seem to have a Mac-specific software solution at this time. Fortunately, the good folks at Buyolympia have created a nifty piece of software for those using USPS and OS X.

Swordfish Express can generate shipping labels which you just stick on to your package. Just enter your name and address, and the name and address of the recipient. If you'll always be using the same values for any of the fields, you can click on the Standardize From or Standardize To icon, and these values will be remembered. You can, of course, always type over the remembered values if you need to.

Getting Ready to Print a Label
(click for a larger image)

You must also select the proper ship date. The neat part comes where you define the type of confirmation you'd like. You can get delivery confirmation or signature confirmation. Delivery Confirmation comes free with Priority Mail, and costs extra for other classes of parcels, but you get a big discount for printing the label and barcode yourself. As of this writing, the service is 13 cents with an electronic label, and over 40 cents without.

The program magically generates a unique tracking number, and prints a label and receipt. You may want to bring the receipt to the Post Office and get it stamped, just in case. And once your done, you can go to the USPS web site and track your parcel to its destination.

So get shipping with SwordfishExpress!

Have any other cool software that helps you mail or ship? Send an e-mail to John, and he'll check it out.

Monday's Mac Gadget is here to help you with those cool things that we all just have to have on our Macs. Shareware, Freeware, Postcardware, Emailware, and even commercial apps, Monday's Mac Gadget is here to help you find and use the best of these programs.

John is a software engineer who works in the corporate R&D group of a Fortune 500 company, focusing on all aspects of communications technology. He has several degrees that claim he knows what he's doing when it comes to computers. After watching co-workers reinstall Windows, search for device drivers, and experience other horrors during the day, he's glad that he comes home to a Mac (compatible) computer. Have any comments, suggestions, or favorite Gadgets? Drop John a line at

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