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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Enhancing the Web 2.0 experience!

Social networking sites and many Web 2.0 websites are more and more looking like applications and much less like websites. You can browse photos on many of these websites such as Flickr and Facebook, but the photo browsing experience is not always the best. I think Apple really showed what photo browsing online should be with the dotMac photo galleries. I didn't know a Safari and Firefox add-on called PicLens existed to make such a good photo browsing experience on many major websites such as Facebook, Flickr, Google Images and Picasa. Once it is installed, it works seamlessly without any additional application running in the background. When you are on a supported website and you mouse over a picture, the following play button appears:

The great thing is that it is not limited to Safari or even to the Mac. It is cross-platform and it works in IE, Safari and Firefox. Safari is the only browser that will let you use this with the Apple remote. It worked for Facebook in Safari, but I didn't seem to be able to get it working for Flickr. Everything was perfect in Firefox and the interface looked a lot better in Firefox. I would actually recommend using Firefox for this. It looks even better than the dotMac photo galleries. You can learn more about PicLens and download it here from the developer's website.


Blogger Dan said...

how do you get the apple remote to work?

March 15, 2008 at 12:01 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Their site says it is only compatible with Safari 2.0.

March 15, 2008 at 12:10 AM  
Blogger ggszego said...

I've been using Piclens with Firefox. I didn't know that it also worked with Safari. I am just a bit disappointed that the coolest feature of all, the 3D interface, does not work with Safari yet.
Thanks for all the great daily tips... I love them.

March 15, 2008 at 1:41 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've been using it for a few weeks now with Safari 3, work great

March 15, 2008 at 4:06 AM  
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March 15, 2008 at 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't click on Kalar's comment! especially if you're windows.

thanks for the tip though, i've installed it and i'll see how it pans out.

March 15, 2008 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Yeah, please remove kalar's comment (or link)!
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March 15, 2008 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Zeviet said...

It says on the developers website that it works with Flicker

March 15, 2008 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger jasonpoon said...

Thanks for the tip. Hope they release the 3D Wall feature in the next Safari version, it's just awesome.

March 15, 2008 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger AndrésV said...

Thanx for the tip. It even works with the mighty mouse scroll wheel!!!

March 18, 2008 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey guys!

Thanks for blogging on PicLens — we’re glad to hear you all have decided to try it!

We newest platforms for Safari 2 and FireFox 2 have enhanced website coverage, including flickr. Our version for FF3 is in beta, and we are releasing another for Safari 3.1 with the Wall (our 3D interface) very soon. Email us at for more information, or if you would like to try these betas :)

It’s hard to really capture the awesomeness of PicLens in words (after all…ONE picture is worth a thousand, and we have a whole wall of them!), so here are links to two videos demos that give you an idea of what all the PicLens excitement is about. The first is by our team and the other by a PicLens fan.

Thanks, again.
Meg & The Cooliris Team

March 24, 2008 at 7:23 PM  
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