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Cooliris for Firefox

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Cooliris blows up your Web-surfing experience into a larger-than-life graphical experience. It takes the images it finds on nearly any Web site, expands them to super-extra-large size, and then lets you surf through them in a classy scaling interface that we think we last saw in the Iron Man movie. Or maybe it was The Dark Knight.

Whatever the inspiration, there's no doubt that the cross-platform and cross-browser Cooliris puts the "graphic" back in "graphic user interface". Installing it places a button on the Toolbar. When you're on a Cooliris-enabled Web site, click the Cooliris button to activate the Cooliris interface. Your screen will go black, and all the images on the site will zoom past you as if on a roller-coaster. They stop soon after, and from there you can surf the site using the subtly-placed search bar at the top of your monitor. Click on an image to enlarge it. If it's a still image, it simply enlarges. If it's a video, it enlarges and starts playing.

Currently, the plug-in only supports a handful of the most popular graphics-intensive site, such as Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, and a few others. A WordPress plug-in allows those who use that blogging system to create Cooliris functionality, and there's a Webmaster's guide on the Cooliris site for users who host their own sites. We also noticed occasional stability problems on Internet Explorer, but they were intermittent at best. Installing the add-on is worth it just for the sweeping, futuristic way that images stream by when you browse, even though there might not be much practical application at this point.

Cooliris makes image browsing fun:

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "amazing way to browse pictures and videos!!!"

    February 26, 2011  |   By dirtyvu

    Version: Cooliris for Firefox 1.12.0.36949

    Pros

    - amazing way to browse (stunning graphical interface) pictures and videos. it's so good, you'll dig through all your old photos because it's just so cool how it works.
    - easy way to search multiple websites for media.

    Cons

    - no MP3 player so there's no way to browse your musical library (this is a huge bummer since the interface is so good that you go through your entire library just because the interface makes it so easy to find your stuff)

    Summary

    When I was looking for a media viewer that was tablet friendly to browse pictures, videos, and music, someone recommended Cooliris. I had never heard of this before. But it's just the most amazing app for browsing and searching your media. It works great for a Tablet PC and works even better for a normal computer.
    It was just so easy to browse, find, and play movies online, that I was actually just hopping around and playing movies that I would never play had I been sitting at the main page for Youtube or Hulu.

    The only negative really is that you can't browse or play any music (you can only play music videos). Please add a music browser to this app please!!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Its great!"

    June 9, 2010  |   By mtampion

    Version: Cooliris for Firefox 1.12.0.33689

    Pros

    gives you fantastic viewing,easy to use with perfect picture quality

    Cons

    Not seem any

    Summary

    Give it a try, you will not regret it!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "its awesome"

    January 4, 2010  |   By master_mind413

    Version: Cooliris for Firefox 1.11.1.26925

    Pros

    the tv channel viewer is by far my favorite and since I dont have cable any more it makes it that much more useful I can still watch all my shows just now in more style

    Cons

    it can run a little slow at times and is resource hoggy but that is expected because of the graphics in its interface but could still use a little less I think, on one gig is uses nearly 84% of it

    Summary

    I love it even with the resource hog problems I think it could be the future i would like to see some more features added in like an easier way to view full web pages in this format like browsing facebook but in the iris interface and more tv channels included with better searching and maybe some tabbed browsing included there is so much that could be done and iris is just touching the tip of the ice burg on this one

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  • 4.0 stars

    "i like it easy to use"

    September 2, 2009  |   By joshiharshad

    Version: Cooliris for Firefox 1.11.0.26697

    Pros

    it is vary easy to use.

    Cons

    i like all part of it

    Summary

    do i have to say again thai i like it. give me verson for internet explorer.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great little program.."

    May 15, 2009  |   By OldeFart

    Version: Cooliris for Firefox 1.10.0.24532

    Pros

    Wonderful effects.. Makes me think I actually have multiple monitors.

    Cons

    Sometimes freezes.. Makes normal firefox look dull in comparison..

    Summary

    I use it quite often, for videos of various interests this is super. Add the hulu access to movies and it's nothing short of great entertainment. Why can't IE come up with an innovation like this? Guess they believe what they offer is good 'nuff..

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great little program....no fuss no muss"

    April 30, 2009  |   By jmcclain

    Version: Cooliris for Firefox 1.10.0.24532

    Pros

    it seems to work really great without bogging down my system......
    I love how it makes viewing pictures look the same be it from the web or from
    your hard drive. two thumbs up

    Cons

    I don't see any......

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  • 5.0 stars

    "pleasing viewing experience"

    April 28, 2009  |   By peterdums

    Version: Cooliris for Firefox 1.10.0.24532

    Pros

    the transition/animation effect

    Cons

    no anchor or bookmark for faster viewing of a specific photo or group of photos especially if folder contains plenty of photos. (local search)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Add on for Firefox"

    April 26, 2009  |   By holby

    Version: Cooliris for Firefox 1.10.0.24532

    Pros

    Easy access to everything I want to view

    Cons

    Only con - have to wait for buffering sometimes

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  • 4.0 stars

    "nice program"

    April 2, 2009  |   By mastermaster

    Version: Cooliris for Firefox 1.9.1.17582

    Pros

    very easy to use

    Cons

    why is cooliris Hiding its identity from calling id, make me think what is this program up to

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quick & cool"

    March 6, 2009  |   By swampfinder

    Version: Cooliris for Firefox 1.9.1.17582

    Pros

    This is fast and displays images in a neat manner.

    Cons

    Great for sites with a lot of pics, but, not much use elsewhere.

    Summary

    Worth getting. A lot of fun to use.

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