Earlier this year Evanston-based APTE Inc. released an iPhone version of the popular game website Schmixer.com. These personalized games provide a new way to e-mail photo greetings and quick and easy photo games.
APTE CEO Sally deVincentis said that users can turn iPhone photos into photo games to play themselves or to e-mail as personalized games to friends. The free app can be downloaded from the iTunes store, after which games from the app can be matched with photos from one’s personal iPhone photo library.
Ms. deVincentis said that “people love their iPhones because they have “e-mail, games and photos at their fingertips. Schmixer is the only app that puts all three together …”
APTE, which has been in business for 20 years, “is a company that is owned and managed by smart women,” said Ms. deVincentis. She began her career 30 years ago as a teacher of young children and, she says, saw early the need for emotional, psychological and social support for families with disabled children. In 1980 she established the first toy-lending library in the country, she said.
In co-founding APTE ten years later, Ms. deVincentis was able to combine her teaching knowledge with business acumen. The company has developed award-winning software programs, books and web applications for children, families and educators and has provided technology training to schools, corporations and the government.