PicLens: The Best Way to View Photos Online

I use Firefox regularly and occasionally use Opera. I only use Internet Explorer at gunpoint. Firefox allows users to download tons of open-source extensions created by an enormous user community. Some of these extensions are developed by your average code happy, pimple-faced kid. Some are developed by firms on the cusp of big things. Enter PicLens. PicLens is actually a new feature from CoolIris. CoolIris creates previews of links to save you the hassle of creating 10,000 tabs during a research project. It saves you the hassle of confirming images by opening new pages or windows (for the tabless IE user). And PicLens takes it all a step further.

I don’t have the specs on the firm (CoolIris) – and I’m not going to look. I just don’t have the time – but I wanted to share what I believe is one the best ways to look at photos online. PicLens has a ton of interesting features that make the typical experience of sifting through pictures much more intriguing than it has been.

When you type in a name that generates images using Google or some other search engine, a small “Play” icon pops up with images. When you click on the play icon, it activates the PicLens app and opens up a wall (like a huge art museum) of images based on your search. You can click for high-res detailed images or you can scroll through images like a film strip.

Check it out. I haven’t used PicLens with Opera or IE so I can’t vouch for the app on those browsers. I highly recommend it for bloggers, sports junkies, photo freaks, travel enthusiasts and porn stars.

And if you’re still using IE, get a life – get a browser.


  1. PicLens v.1.6.3 – Now Supporting 3D Search for YouTube!

    Thanks, again, for your past reviews and for your support for our work
    at Cooliris. We truly appreciate it.

    Now, on to news! I’m excited to let you in on our newest release,
    PicLens v.1.6.3:
    – Added “3D search” for YouTube videos. (You have to try this
    out…It’s fun and lightning fast!)
    – Added support for Firefox 3.0
    – Improved user interface
    – Optimized Media RSS support so webmasters can enable the PicLens
    experience on their site (see piclens.com/lite)

    For details and demo video on this release, please see:

    For more information on PicLens and our free download, please see:

    Thanks, again! We’d very much value your feedback on this release.

    Best regards,
    Jo & The Cooliris Team

  2. Thank you once again for your post on PicLens.

    We thought you’d appreciate an update, as we’ve just launched PicLens 1.7 with three exciting new additions:

    ·Discover — MSNBC, ESPN, movie trailers…Surf the latest media feeds on the 3D Wall.
    ·Shop Amazon — Browse products from Amazon in a new virtual window shopping environment.
    ·Return to PicLens — Easily toggle in and out of PicLens to your browser and desktop!

    Check out http://www.piclens.com or http://blog.cooliris.com to learn more. We hope you and your readers enjoy it!

    Thanks again,
    Luna and The Cooliris Team

  3. We’ve got some exciting news to announce from Cooliris! Now you can experience Cooliris anywhere and anytime by navigating the mobile web with our brand new iPhone App. Cooliris for the iPhone is the fastest way to browse media-rich web content on the go.

    Searching the Web with the Cooliris iPhone app displays your results in the same intuitive, easy-to-navigate manner you’ve come to expect from the Cooliris web client. The Cooliris iPhone app overcomes the traditional limitations of mobile internet browsing by coupling the breezy, open-ended feel of the 3D Wall with the streamlined hands-on interface of the iPhone touchscreen.

    Cooliris for the iPhone brings you the news and articles relevant to you from across the Web with our Discover feeds. All of the Discover feeds available on our web client have been optimized for the iPhone, so you’ll always have the latest current events at your fingertips.

    No matter where you are in the world, Cooliris delivers content that is relevant to where you are based. Since the iPhone can detect your location through GPS, you’ll get news customized to your locale (UK users will automatically have a UK News feed available to them, for example). This will be a huge boon to our enthusiastic international user base. Discover also allows you to pull up the related story within its web context by clicking the associated metadata. There’s no need to jump out of Cooliris and visit the parent website in order to get the full story!

    This is only the first release for Cooliris on the iPhone, and as such it’s meant to help you navigate the internet’s news and media as simply and easily as possible. As the application grows, you’ll be seeing more features currently only available on the web client, as well as new ones which take advantage of the iPhone’s unique interface – so stay tuned!

    You can check out our app at http://blog.cooliris.com/.

    Kindest regards,
    Jenny & The Cooliris Team

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