Goodbye Polaroid, Hello Rollip


I was playing around with Rollip today. Rollip is a Web 2.0 application, but I like to think of it as a Gen X app because the web service will appeal to Generation X moms and dads. My mom used a Polaroid camera when I was a kid and I thought it was so cool when the photos magically developed right before my eyes. It will be a sad day for Gen X dads and moms when Polaroid stop selling their instant film (I think this is the last year). You can buy a Polaroid PoGo Instant Digital Camera with a built-in mobile printer. The Polaroid PoGo is neat and offers instant gratification, but the prints doesn’t have the classic look and feel of a vintage Polaroid picture.

Now thanks to, you can transformed your digital photos into an old Polaroid. The GenX app gives your photo a vintage look. However, the converted photo doesn’t magically develop right before your eyes. And of course, you don’t get the instant gratification of the classic Polaroid cameras.

Original Photo
my four year-old tomboy

Rollip Polaroid Photos
my four year-old daughter - effect #1four year-old tomboy - Rollip effect #1
four year-old daughter - effect #3my four year-old gitl - Rollip effect #4
my four year-old tomboy - effect #5my four year-old daughter - Rollip effect #6

(note: my little girl claimed she was a boy after her recent hair cut)

I like the Rollip photo app, but there’s a problem with the flow of the application. In the current process, you select the Polaroid effect first. Then you select the template (decoration and text). And in the final step, you upload your photo. Question: How do you know what you want to write if you have not selected a photo? In my opinion, it makes more sense to upload the photo before you type in the text for the photo.

The other change that is needed is the ability to make changes without starting completely over. For example, in the six Rollip Polaroid examples shown above, I had to upload the same photo six times and type the exact same text six times. Once I’ve uploaded a photo, I should be able to easily change effect, template, or text. Dads and moms don’t have time to start over every time they want to make a change.

Another improvement I would like to see is the ability to crop manually. As you can see in the Rollip photos, part of my daughter’s head was cropped off. If it was up to me, I would cropped the bottom of the photo.

BTW, the text caption is limited to 26 characters but Rollip doesn’t tell you that. In fact, the app lets you enter as many characters as you want and then truncates the text during the final processing. Then you have to start the whole process from the beginning if you don’t like the truncated text.

In summary, I don’t like the process for creating the finished photos, but I do like the vintage Polaroid photos at the end of the process. Rollip is a free web service and is worth trying out.


12 thoughts on “Goodbye Polaroid, Hello Rollip

  1. df:

    Great photo. i didn’t realized how you can AMBILIFY such media. She looks like like a tough sweetie. Right up my ally (like A). you have such beautiful babies – k

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