Vote for PicLens!

 Posted by at 11:58 pm  Web, Work
Feb 272008
Vote for PicLens!

PicLens has been nominated for the CNET 2008 WebWare 100 Awards! Voting is now open to the general public determine the final 100 honorees. If you’re a PicLens fan, get over there and vote for your favorite plugin!

PicLens 1.6.1 IE on CNET

 Posted by at 1:12 pm  Web, Work
Feb 212008

PicLens 1.6.1 for Internet Explorer is now available for download from CNET’s download.com.  This should help relieve some of the server load on the PicLens.com mother ship, much like having the Firefox xpi’s downloadable from Mozilla.com.  Note that if you do a search for PicLens on CNET, you’ll get two items in the search results:  […]

Feb 142008

James Corbett of EirePreneur discovered PicLens, and quickly twittered his fellow Irish entrepreneur Marcus Mac Innes to ask about viewing Pix.ie photo galleries on the PicLens 3D wall.  Marcus contacted the CoolIris team, and in fairly short order Marcus had Pix.ie generating mediaRSS feeds for PicLens to consume! Great work, Marcus!

Feb 142008

Erwin Jurschitza dropped us a note to let us know that Zeno.org, the German-language online library, has recently implemented mediaRSS feeds for several of its photo collections, such as this van Gogh collection.  It looks great in PicLens!  (I had no idea van Gogh was so prolific!) Erwin also mentioned that the entire zeno.org site is implemented […]

Wired on PicLens

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Web, Work
Feb 142008

Scott Gilbertson over at Wired picked up on the ReadWriteWeb article on PicLens and did a write up of his own for Wired’s MonkeyBites blog.  (Or is it Wired’s Compiler blog?  The title says one thing, but the URL disagrees) Scott writes: Piclens is a fun and addictive way to browse Flickr and other image sites. […]

Feb 132008

Jan discovers PicLens.  He thinks it’s pretty cool, and he tells his friend Michael.  Michael says “Wow, I gotta have this on my site!” and proceeds to implement a mediaRSS feed for his daily photo community site, DailyFratze.de (“Daily Faces”).  Poof!  Just like that, 3500+ DailyFratze photos materialize in PicLens space.  Täglich frische! Total elapsed time:  a matter of hours.  (Including time […]

Feb 062008

Last night we pushed out an all new PicLens for Internet Explorer with the full PicLens 1.6.1 feature set:  3D picture wall, keyword search against multiple photo sites (Flickr, DeviantArt, SmugMug, Photobucket) and search engines (Google, Yahoo), support for multipage mediaRSS feeds (like StanfordDaily) , and more. Now all you IE7 and IE6 folks can have as much fun browsing photos on […]

Feb 042008

This just popped up on radar:  Shack Dougall has made some modifications to our PicLens WordPress plugin module to add support for images in WordPress pages (not just blog posts) and images dynamically injected by a gallery plugin. It’s available as a download called “WP-Piclens-Plus“.  Cool! We found Dougall’s liferain.com via Boilr.net, which also links […]

Jan 312008

Stanford’s campus newspaper, The Stanford Daily, has added mediaRSS feeds for photos published with news articles on their site. PicLens autodetects these mediaRSS feeds and displays those same photos in full-screen mode. What’s more, the Stanford Daily’s mediaRSS is also paginated – notice the images load on demand to the left in PicLens.  They’ve set up […]

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PicLens 1.6.1 Adds Search

 Posted by at 1:43 pm  Web, Work
Jan 292008
PicLens 1.6.1 Adds Search

We’ve just pushed out a PicLens 1.6 update that adds web search to the immersive 3D PicLens media experience.  This release runs in Firefox Mac and Firefox Windows. While zooming around in images on the 3D wall, hit Tab to select the Search box in the top right corner of the screen (or mouse click on […]

Dec 132007

We get a lot of great feedback from our PicLens user community, and by far the most common comment/question we get looks something like “Wow! PicLens is awesome!  How can I get PicLens to display the photos I’ve posted on my own web site?” The answer is simple:  Implement a mediaRSS feed for the photos […]

Classmates.com Cancels IPO

 Posted by at 11:57 am  Web
Dec 132007

The New York Times reports that United Media has withdrawn its proposal to IPO its Classmates.com unit. United Media cited “unfavorable market conditions” for the withdrawal, but Cowen & Co. analyst Jim Friedland puts it more bluntly: “We expect the Classmates.com subscriber base to peak in the first half of 2008, followed by a steady […]

Nov 052007

Although Google’s recently announced OpenSocial APIs are described as presenting a unified API for developers to tap into a variety of disparate social networks, the truth is the only unification is that the different vendors use a similar set of function verbs and response schemas. OpenSocial is a pattern that a social network vendor can […]

Nov 022007

Here are a few observations from my first 10 minutes of surfing around in the Google OpenSocial API docs. Google OpenSocial has two sets of APIs: JavaScript for web pages, and ATOM / REST style APIs for server apps or “installed client” (non-browser, presumably native code) apps. The ATOM/REST APIs are collectively called the OpenSocial […]

Google OpenSocial

 Posted by at 4:35 pm  Web
Nov 012007

TechCrunch reports that Google is set to announce and reveal a new web API called OpenSocial today, Nov 1. This API is supposed to enable developers to build applications that can leverage an end user’s social network, but without requiring the developer to choose which of the many silo’d social networks to support. The OpenSocial […]

Oct 222007

The Register reports that UK authorities arrested the owner of the TV-links web site, not because the site contained unauthorized copyrighted material, but because it contained links to unauthorized copyrighted material stored elsewhere on the internet. This case is worrisome because it heads down the slippery slope of guilt by association. If the UK authorities […]

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Dec 182006

If you’ve been following the progress of the Windows Live Contacts Control since its launch this past summer, you may recall that in the second beta release we shifted from a programmatic constructor call style of instantiating the control on the web page to a declarative html element with attributes style.  On page load, our […]

Nov 072006

Two words:  No debugger. Part of our charter here in the Windows Live team is to support as many browsers as practical.  I’d received reports that our Windows Live Contacts control doesn’t do much in an Opera browser, so in the calm following the signing off our most recent “sprint” I indulged in a diversion to trek off […]

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