For people who need to quickly print many envelopes, opening a word-processing application for setting them up requires many steps. EasyEnvelopes for Mac creates a widget that can set up a basic envelope and print it on its own, but its complex setup and system effect are problematic.
Available as freeware, EasyEnvelopes for Mac downloads quickly. Its native installer automatically places the program as an inactive widget for use in the Mac dashboard. All of these steps occurred easily and without problems until we attempted to place the widget in the active dashboard. After this happened, the program moved to the active area, but it immediately began slowing the entire Mac system down to a crawl. Other applications, whether full programs or other widgets, began shutting down or locking up. During testing, it took several minutes to even access the System Preferences menu and Activity Monitor to determine what was happening. After a full restart and complete uninstall and reinstall of the widget, it did start to work. The return address automatically filled in on the widget's envelope menu, allowing users to search in their address book for contacts to enter into the main address window. There is a small area showing the active printer and a button to easily print the envelope. Once the installation and activation problems ended, the program worked as intended.
While functional after many attempts, EasyEnvelope for Mac's system effects and problematic installation make it a less useful way to quickly make envelopes.