Into the Maelstrom.. Again

 Posted by at 12:44 am  Work
May 282008

Curious title…  ring any bells?  No, not the story by Edgar Allen Poe.  I wrote an article a long time ago (2 years, 1 month, and 12 days) with this title to announce my joining the Windows Live team at Microsoft. I worked from my home in Santa Cruz (California), working with my team in Redmond […]

May 142008

In the recently released Piclens build, we’ve added support for displaying non-English / non-Western language characters in the image titles on the PicLens 3D wall.  You can see the results on mediaRSS photo web sites in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and other languages.  You can also play with this with carefully placed queries to major image search […]

Apr 212008

We’re flattered, delighted, and ecstatic that so many web sites are directing their users to download PicLens.  Great!  The more the merrier. Just one thing:  Web site authors, please be careful how you link to the PicLens downloads.  PicLens supports a wide variety of browsers and operating systems, and different downloads are required for each.  Please don’t […]

Play Videos in PicLens!

 Posted by at 10:49 am  Work
Apr 182008

PicLens 1.6.3 released this week adds support for searching and playing YouTube videos on the PicLens 3D wall!  PicLens displays still image thumbnails for videos on the wall.  When you click on an item in the wall, it plays the video in-place.  Play, Pause, Seek, and Volume controls are displayed at the bottom of the […]

Apr 142008

NVidia recently launched a massive marketing campaign ($30 million estimated by ValleyWag) to educate consumers on the benefits of having a strong GPU inside your computer.  PicLens features prominently in this campaign, as PicLens demonstrates how 3D graphics can enhance the user experience outside of a gaming context.  NVidia is also using PicLens in its performance comparison […]

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Gallery To Support PicLens

 Posted by at 11:35 am  Web, Work
Mar 192008

The Gallery project, perhaps the most widely used open-source photo gallery web server subsystem in the world, is updating their RSS feed generator module to support mediaRSS.  That means you will soon be able to view your Gallery-managed web photos in PicLens!  In this message thread on the Gallery discussion forums, user ‘valiant’ mentions that the new mediaRSS (PicLens!) support […]

Serving RSS on IIS

 Posted by at 3:32 pm  Web, Work
Mar 162008

A couple of website authors out there have had a little difficulty figuring out how to get their web sites set up with mediaRSS feeds to support PicLens browsing.  You can follow our instructions for how to construct a mediaRSS feed and link it into your HTML pages and still get no joy from PicLens […]

PicLens on Gizmos for Geeks

 Posted by at 9:15 pm  Work
Mar 122008

Mr Alex puts in his two cents about PicLens over at Gizmos for Geeks.  Opening: “PicLens Firefox extension is a photo library revolution”.  Closing: “Go download it already.”  Check it out.

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Mar 082008

PicLens is featured in the Business section of the New York Times!  In “Coming Soon: Nothing Between You and Your Machine” John Markoff writes about the emerging trend in the technology field to rethink the way we interact with technology, and cites PicLens as an example of such a rethink.

The Cooliris Blog

 Posted by at 1:09 pm  Work
Mar 082008

Hey, Cooliris has a blog!  When did that happen?  ;>  I just noticed the new blog link in the footer of Look to the Cooliris blog for official company news, events, and happenings.  News like hooking up with to provide PicLens and PicLensLite photo gallery viewing for the 20 million user web sites […]

Fotki -> mediaRSS -> PicLens!

 Posted by at 12:20 pm  Web, Work
Mar 082008
Fotki -> mediaRSS -> PicLens!

Photo sharing site has implemented mediaRSS feeds in their photo albums and image search results, which means you can surf millions of Fotki photos in PicLens! A Fotki search for “butterfly” returns this Fotki page, which looks even better in PicLens: You can also view Fotki photo albums in PicLens. Here’s an album carefully […]

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!

Feb 252008
Colin Powell Visits Cooliris

It was a little after lunch.  The phone rang.  “Who? [Bleep]! I mean, [bleep], yes!  I mean, sure, come on over!”  The email to action:  If you’re anywhere near the office, get over here!  Randy’s bringing General Colin Powell in to see PicLens!! A flurry of activity.  Sweeping away today’s lunch debris.  And yesterday’s lunch debris.  And […]

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  This should help relieve some of the server load on the mother ship, much like having the Firefox xpi’s downloadable from  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 photo galleries on the PicLens 3D wall.  Marcus contacted the CoolIris team, and in fairly short order Marcus had generating mediaRSS feeds for PicLens to consume! Great work, Marcus!

Feb 142008

Erwin Jurschitza dropped us a note to let us know that, 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 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. […]