updated 11:20 am EDT, Mon April 14, 2008
USPS and Mac support
Mac owners may soon find themselves inconvenienced when trying to ship packages online, a note from the US Postal Service indicates. For some time the USPS has let people pay for shipping online through its web-based Click-N-Ship service, which eliminates the need to buy physical postage. The pay-without-postage service is being discontinued after May 12th however, which will force customers to use the USPS Shipping Assistant software if they want to avoid buying postage separately.
The difficulty is that at present, the only available version of Shipping Assistant runs on Windows 2000 or later, effectively excluding Mac users from pay-without-postage schemes unless they run Boot Camp. In response to inquiries from MacNN, the USPS says that Mac users will still be able to print labels in May, but will have to buy their own postage.