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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 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:

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    • 3 star: 1
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great program"

    March 29, 2011  |   By dltstoose

    Version: Cooliris for Internet Explorer 1.12.0.33689

    Pros

    love the cool preview feature

    Cons

    not many things wrong

    Summary

    worth the time to install

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Attractive but Slow; Mainstream"

    May 30, 2010  |   By OCX-Daemon

    Version: Cooliris for Internet Explorer 1.12.0.33689

    Pros

    Attractive visual display
    Fun to use
    Great integration with CoolPreviews

    Cons

    Slow
    A bit cantankerous after install
    Only compatible with the four major browsers

    Summary

    Had a great deal of trouble getting it to work in IE; I had to reinstall it before it finally worked. It's attractive and fun but very slow to load. Works a lot better in Firefox than in IE. The display isn't as nice in IE as it is in Firefox. I've yet to try the versions for Google Chrome or Safari.

    I'm also terribly disappointed that there is no version for Opera. I can understand the compatibility issues, but I still wish there were a modified version for Opera and other browsers.

    Updated on Jun 6, 2010

    EDIT-Tried it in Chrome and it nearly killed my graphics card. My system meets all the minimum requirements and I've run it in IE and FF before without any problems. However, I seem to get a BSOD when I try to run it in Chrome.

    I recently ran it in IE and it gave me the blue screen of death, too. It has since been disabled and most likely will be purged unless I can figure out what went wrong. And on a side note, I don't believe there is a version for Safari for Windows, but I didn't know that when I wrote the original review.

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