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.