Rollip.com is a site that allows the user to create what looks like an old Polaroid photograph out of any image file. The original image file needs to be in JPG, GIF, PNG or BMP format. The site allows users to choose from among several different effects to apply to their photos. In addition, users can choose from among several different styles with different borders and text styles for the text that can be added as a caption to the photo. The site returns the file as a JPG image file ready for download, and provides the user with a URL to share so others can download the image.
There are a number of different text styles that can be added to the user’s photo, including computer like text and handwriting or hand-printing style text. The result is a photo that does indeed look like an old, somewhat blurry, off-color Polaroid photo. The site is very easy to use. First, you click on one of several effects you want to apply to the picture. Second, you choose the style that you would like for the border, which includes the text style for the caption. And third, you upload the file. In about 10 seconds, the site returns with a link to download the file, along with a URL to for users to share with their friends.
Rollip.com has undergone steady growth since launch. The site has an active Flickr users group as well, containing photos created with the application and uploaded by members.
Competition to Rollip comes from sites like Poladroid.net. Poladroid creates a more lifelike Polaroid style image than Rollip. At Poladroid, the bottom text area of the photo is much thicker, which is more like an actual Polaroid photograph. In addition, the user interface is easier to use at Poladroid, as you can drag and drop the photo from your computer to the application. However, Rollip offers more effects that can be applied to the image.
The Rolllip.com site has a clean and uncluttered look and feel. Navigation is intuitive and the site is very easy to use. There is a convenient top menu bar with entries to subscribe to the site's newsletter, leave feedback about the site, or visit the site's Flickr group. The Polaroid conversion application is very easy to use and self-explanatory. The site is quite responsive, and page loads as well as the image conversion process happen quickly. Advertising is displayed at the top of the site, but it is relatively unobtrusive.
You simply click the Start Here button and use the application. In order for the user to keep track of their images hosted by the site, they need to make a note of the URL for download provided at the end of the conversion process.
Rollip Pro offers more filters and retains original image sizes. Rollip Pro costs USD 2.99 for 15 photos.
Rollip.com is recommended to anyone who is feeling nostalgic and would like to convert a modern, well-exposed, sharp color photo into an old Polaroid-style photograph. The site is very easy to use, and the results are much like a real Polaroid photograph.