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 PostPost subject: Cooliris: Discover More        Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:35 am 
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Wow. That's one of the phrases that came to mind when I stumbled upon Cooliris, a Web browser add-in that displays web pages on a giant interactive wall. Cooliris supports Safari on Mac OS X, Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 and Firefox.

I’ve seen several similar concepts, but this is the first polished, buffed, and piano glossy implementation that I’ve used. It’s also free. I think images give more than words when discussing this product, so here they go.

Here’s an image shown when doing a Google Search for “MSI Wind”
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Search results for “Ubuntu 8.10”
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When you scroll to the edge of the wall thumbnails are quickly retrieved to allow you to continue scrolling across the wall, to an incredible number of photographs.

In the options pane the number of rows can be adjusted, as well as the speed you scroll across the photo wall at, as well as the maximum view angle of the wall. In the above images the default setting of three rows is used.

Earlier this week I was investigating whether to purchase a black or white MSI Wind through Google Search, a route which entailed commanding Google Image Search to show only “Extra Large” images, and right clicking a selection of images, then opening the Image Search results in new tabs and removing the Google frame... a very sensible, but out of date method of browsing images.

Viewing the same results using Cooliris was breathtaking compared to the earlier search. The product’s tag line “Discover More” really shone through here, by quickly showing me a smorgasbord of images of MSI Wind, I can now confidently say that the curves on the white model look so much better than in the black. Try getting *that* from regular text results.

The application can do amazing tricks with Google Search results, but what about the rest of the Web? Cooliris requires an XML file to be uploaded alongside any websites that are to be viewable in Cooliris. Sucks right? Well, truth is you probably wouldn’t have much need to show the whole three photos of each news story on a photograph board.

Cooliris has an easy script generator, so its not hard to make your site Cooliris-compatible. Here's a preview of the blog post of Windows Home Server previewed in Cooliris
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Requiring the added XML limits Cooliris's reach. What Cooliris does support however is still impressive and surprisingly Cooliris also supports YouTube. That’s right; you can search and view YouTube videos from the interactive surface, and you can zoom-in to close to full-screen on the video. The image below shows a video result of a search for the hit movie “Happy Feet”.
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You can also do Image Searches in Flickr, Photobucket, DeviantART, Yahoo Image Search and video searches on Hulu, all from within the Cooliris search box. Outside of the integrated search clients within Cooliris, there are hundreds of websites compatible with Cooliris including Windows Live Images, Getty Images, MySpace Photo Albums, Bebo Photo Albums, and Facebook images. Visit This link for a longer list.

You’ve probably experienced similar montage boards of album cover art in Apple’s iTunes audio player, Microsoft’s Windows Media Centre or any of the assortment of Linux catch-ups, but what sets Cooliris apart is the speed. It honestly feels like a Web 2.0 experience, with zero lag (apart from YouTube and dialup pulling the Web 1.0 struggle into this excitingly fresh application).

There’s also an inbuilt news reader, for displaying images from recent news stories in sidebar of Cooliris. The materials available from the sidebar links are great. Under “Music Video” an array of modern music videos from YouTube is displayed on the wall, cool since most applications of this type have pathetic, outdated or small selections of material accessible via built-in links, a refreshing alternative to the Windows Media Centre music video selection.
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Although not accessible on Linux, Cooliris is my latest favourite Google Image Search client for Windows. I’m sure next time I need to evaluate the aesthetic appearance of a product I will use this viewer. Coolio, give it a go. It’s so much cooler than that last rhyme.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Cooliris: Discover More        Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:45 am 
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Not bad, easy to install, runs fairly well on a low end, low bandwidth machine.
Little impractical given you can't really browse web pages (for me at least, only just tried it, haven't quite got my bearings)

Anyone else experiencing a small bug when using the three menu's on the far left?

ADD: Trying to view images on BA using Cooliris leads to a "Hotlinking Banned"


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 PostPost subject: Re: Cooliris: Discover More        Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:49 am 
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That's because accessing BA images from outside of BA is banned.

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Yeah, just mental blanked the fact that google images count's as hotlinking.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Cooliris: Discover More        Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:23 am 
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This Plug-in is so freaken sweet!

So much easier and better way of searching the Images on Google, wish they made this years ago, would of been so much better when doing my Research.

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Way Cool, reminds me of Longhorn for some reason.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Cooliris: Discover More        Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:21 pm 
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This plugin has actually been around for quite a while in the guise of the Firefox plugin Piclens. is it pretty sweet though, and even works with video.

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