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Macs are definitely not all-work and no-play machines, and this fact is made even more evident via a nifty little application called Poladroid. With holidays coming up, nostalgia will most likely be at an all-time high and Poladroid helps you inject some into your modern pictures […]

Macs are definitely not all-work and no-play machines, and this fact is made even more evident via a nifty little application called Poladroid. With holidays coming up, nostalgia will most likely be at an all-time high and Poladroid helps you inject some into your modern pictures in a very slick way.

Not content to just provide a Photoshop (or PhotoBooth) filter, the makers of Poladroid came up with a way to electronically “develop” your photos into Polaroid-like snaps, complete with the ability to shake the film while you wait!

Simply drag an existing photo onto the application, sit back and watch the results appear – slowly – right before your eyes. The process is done when the red mark appears and you’ll find a full-size JPEG, complete with oversized white border, in your “Pictures” folder ready to add to your online or in-print collection. You can save a copy of the photo during any stage in the “developing” process by right-clicking on the film and choosing “I want a sample now”. But there is one catch…you only get to process ten photos per application launch as that was the limitation in the original Polaroid film cartridges.

I have made the full size before and after images available, but the actual source photo was much larger. Poladroid auto-crops the images, so make sure you are working with what you want your end result to be. For those that make holiday DVDs through iMovie, you could save a photo at various points during the developing process to make for a very nice transition element or just use the resultant image to mark special moments on a timeline.

If you are inclined to share outside your normal circles, Poladroid has its own Flickr group and encourages you to add your own “new nostalgia” to the mix. If you are more of a DIY-type person, right click on the Poladroid application itself, “Show Package Contents”, and drill down into “Contents/MacOS/stuff” to find a Polaroid-style frame you can use in your own creations.

Poladroid is free, and available for download and is a great example of the fun one can have with REALBasic.

  1. “Poladroid Adds 1940’s Flare to Your Modern Snaps”

    You are about 30 years too early!

    FYI, the type of image that Poladroid creates, SX-70/600 series, were introduced in the early 1970′s. The first color Polaroids were from the mid 1960′s and did not have the large white space on the bottom.

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  2. One cool Mac app for doing something different.

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  3. Interesting app, I’ll play with it. Odd to see that “shaking” thing about Polaroid photos. You never had to shake them, however you did have a “cold clip” which was a little aluminum wallet you put the photos in, and put it in your pocket, or under your arm to add heat in cold weather, and insure proper development.

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  4. AWESOME app! I love the idea of functionality (giving us the Polaroid looking pictures) paired up with sheer pointlessness (the realism [or possible lack thereof] of the development process).

    Here are a few more examples if anyone is interested:

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=83169&l=171e3&id=608911092

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  5. This app will complement my collection of useless, but fun appls, like the electronic stapler or the picture shredder. Lovely!

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  6. Feldwebel Wolfenstool Monday, November 17, 2008

    FORWARD INTO THE PAST!

    How about software for some “cool” devices, like Portable Field Analyzers and such instead?

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  7. I used to love polaroid cameras back in the day, they were truly the only wway to go.

    jess
    http://www.privacy.cz.tc

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  8. In the mid 1950s (I am guessing 1954-55) at Christmas time, my father, older brother and I went to Sears Roebuck and Co (as it was named at the time) to visit their great and extensive toy department and the huge Christmas Lionel train layout. There was a demo of the Polaroid camera and the salesperson took a photo of me and gave it to me. I still have it. Other than some minor orange streaks across the photo (the magic all-in-one developer/fixer goop) the photo looks like anyother photo in size and shape (about 3.5 x 3.5 inches). It even has a border and jaggy edges to it. The photo produced by this app is from the SX-70s model, I think in the 1970s? just like the image shown for the drag n drop.

    I still love the app though. Very nicely done.

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  9. very jewish

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  10. This is a pet peeve of mine, but the proper term is “1940s _flair_.”

    _Flair_ refers to a bit of style. _Flare_ refers to a light source, like a signal flare. Or, in another context, “lens flare,” where a light source is reflected in the lenses of the camera.

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  11. This is rediculuous, do you really need a whole post devoted to this trivial Mac app?

    You Mac fanboys are getting weird…

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  12. Great, what’s the next retro-app going to be? A word processor that only writes line by line and to edit, you have to re-type the whole page again. It’s called MANUAL TYPEWRIGHTER!

    This has to be the dumbest thing I’ve seen all year.

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  13. graphicartist2k5 Monday, November 17, 2008

    you know what? this is one lame ass app. why? because ANY person can do the same exact thing in PHOTOSHOP. you don’t need a stupid app to do that for you, unless you’re just a complete dumbass when it comes to graphic design. if that’s the case, then PLEASE get ahold of your friendly neighborhood graphic designer, and ask them if they can make your pictures look like they’re from the 70′s, which is all the whole “polaroid” thing does.

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  14. Graphicartistk2k5:
    Poladroid=Free, Photoshop CS4=$699usd

    Plus you make it sound like everyone should be knowledgeable about photo editing (because that what this is, not graphic design).

    My only issues with this app are that the images are more reminiscent of something like a Holga, rather than a Polaroid, and that it continues to perpetuate that inane myth about shaking Polaroids to make them develop faster. Otherwise, it’s all just a bit of fun.

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  15. Nicer than all the other lame Polaroid mimicking software/apps/ect I’ve seen. However I’ll stick to making REAL Polaroids.

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  16. [...] its older counterparts. Project Polaroid (free) The Apple Blog covered a cute desktop app called Poladroid a couple of weeks back. Chuck in a normal photo and it spits out a Polaroid-style processed [...]

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  17. I have no idea why anyone would want to do this. It sounds like one of the most useless applications of all time.

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