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Cooliris for Internet Explorer

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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.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 29 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 5
  • Current version:

    2.9 stars

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent to view any website w/ pictures incl. Google"

    September 2, 2008  |   By kriazi

    Version: Cooliris for Internet Explorer 1.7.1.3938

    Pros

    It really helps to look at any website and b able to see evrything without opening the photos indivdually

    Cons

    Needs a tutorial. I feel like I there are so much more that I can do with this but I dont have the time to explore.

    Summary

    I love this utility.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Fastastic concept, images still lack crispness"

    August 23, 2008  |   By myriadcreativeconcepts

    Version: Cooliris for Internet Explorer 1.7.1.3938

    Pros

    As the owner of a worldwide graphics arts business with several online photo galleries for my customers, I LOVE PicLens. I use Firefox without crashing.

    PicLens is outside-the-box thinking but the software is admittedly still a bit primitive.

    Cons

    My graphics business creates works with graphics and lots of text. PicLens has some difficulty rendering crisp text. However, PicLens consistently looks pretty good on Picasa and Photobucket. On Flickr, text is very fuzzy.

    Summary

    PicLens has lots of potential for anyone marketing photography or graphic design products online. It's clever and innovative. It provides options to the crude magnification options of online photo sharing websites. However, it is still in its primitive stages. With time and good software designers, PicLens has many possibilites for its future contribution to the web experience.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It wrecked my settings & I had to Restore my System."

    August 22, 2008  |   By J.B.McCracken

    Version: Cooliris for Internet Explorer 1.7.1.3938

    Pros

    I have yet to try it.

    Cons

    This is the first time I had any bother with your software.It would'nt let me open my
    Internet Explorer and I had to stop the power and then restore my system. As a beginner this was a very worrying experience.

    Summary

    I have yet to try it because I am weary of what might happen if I start to use it ?.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "five star"

    August 16, 2008  |   By brianw002

    Version: Cooliris for Internet Explorer 1.7.1.3938

    Pros

    easy to use direct from explorer excelent grafics.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works perfect - Really cool!"

    August 9, 2008  |   By brntbrgs

    Version: Cooliris for Internet Explorer 1.7.1.3938

    Pros

    I have had no problems what so ever to install and use PicLens for IE. It works just fine, and is really cool. You can also use Piclens for viewing pictures when searching pics on Google - gives you a new viewing experience! Also work on YouTube and more.

    Cons

    If you are watching large 3D galleries you need broadband connection for a good experience.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't bother with this! it crashes all browsers."

    August 5, 2008  |   By psyche1

    Version: Cooliris for Internet Explorer 1.7.1.3938

    Pros

    It looked impressive and if you use images a lot makes it easier to find them without constantly clicking links.

    Cons

    The problems with stability are not intermittent as your review suggests. They are constant. I found it constantly crashed Internet Explorer and Firefox to a point that I couldn't even open them.

    I uninstalled this pointless software and everything worked fine. A big thumbs down on this one.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "UNSTABLE"

    August 5, 2008  |   By mrtimdillenbeck

    Version: Cooliris for Internet Explorer 1.7.1.3938

    Pros

    Can't like it until I get it to work.

    Cons

    Completely changed IE7. Had to disable it. Lost my menu bar. Expanded tabs to full screen, all tabs disappeared until mousing to top of screen. Very annoying. I'll try again some other time.I use IE8 emulating IE7 and also have Internet Explorer Pro installed as an add on. Running Vista SP1. Perhaps conflicts arise from these other programs. Also, wouldn't install on Firefox 3.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "question?"

    August 5, 2008  |   By robc461

    Version: Cooliris for Internet Explorer 1.7.1.3938

    Pros

    in the editor's review they say it causes instabilty with IE,what kind of "issues" will i encounter if i use this program?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Use picLens for firefox"

    July 29, 2008  |   By crevelingm

    Version: Cooliris for Internet Explorer 1.7.1.3938

    Pros

    I have no actually tried piclens for IE, because I hate IE and never use it. But the piclens plugin for firefox works like a charm and does not have any such problem described by the editor. Go to www.piclens.com

    Cons

    I have some problems with videos playing too fast on youtube, but some users don't have this problem. Also, you need a decent video card to get good smooth performance out of this program. By decent I mean anything over 64MB AGP should be fine.

    Summary

    GET FIREFOX!

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