This is the kind of service I would pay for in a heartbeat, because tracing manually is a major pain. But a subscription? No way.
5 tokens is $14.05 ($2.81/image), 10 tokens is $26.65 ($2.67/image), and 20 tokens is $48.60 ($2.43/image).
Also, the execution is really slick, not only in the app, but also in the actual landing page. It took me longer to choose an image than it did for me to figure out what to do. You must have an amazing UI designer.
Also, there are freelancers and companies that manually create vector art from any supplied format. So these guys can use this as a streamlining/base-lining tool as well.
The 'no signup' to try is also great.
So needless to say, we had a monthly subscription to Vectormagic while I worked there...
Having said that, I love what this says about the software industry. That you can do a tool like this as a web service, charge for it, and use the web as a vector to take on a massively entrenched competitor --- a great sign. There must be thousands of businesses just like this, waiting to be started.
Lots of design shops reportedly kept running old hardware w/ Mac OS 9 as dedicated Streamline machines for years.
Try Illustrator’s tracing out sometime. It’s pretty useful/fun.
Vector Magic: A commercial tracing tool that
is available through a web interface, for a
fee. Unlike Potrace, Vector Magic works for
* It works in color
* You get to pay for it, so you know it's Serious Business.
My only objection is I can't see how much the token-based version costs without signing up ;)
Edit: it used to run only on a cluster of servers, the client-side program is new I think.