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, (“Daily Faces”).  Poof!  Just like that, 3500+ DailyFratze photos materialize in PicLens space.  Täglich frische! Total elapsed time:  a matter of hours.  (Including time […]

PicLens Primordial Ooze

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Feb 112008

Nick Cody sums up his PicLens experience as “Say goodbye to life as you knew it…” on his Primordial Ooze blog.  Thanks, Nick!  Say, he’s got a lot of videos embedded in the Primordial Ooze.  I wonder what we could do with that…?

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 via, 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

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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 […]

PicLens 1.6 Released!

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Jan 152008
PicLens 1.6 Released!

After many weeks and months of frenzied labor by the CoolIris crew, I’m pleased to announce the release of PicLens 1.6 Beta for Firefox Mac and Firefox Windows! The headline feature for the 1.6 release is “The Wall” – a 3D scrolling infinite wall of images for viewing your favorite photo sites and image search results.  […]

PicLens WordPress Plugin

 Posted by at 8:20 pm  Work
Dec 182007

In the last post I described the steps required build a mediaRSS feed for your web photo content, as well as tools we’ve built to automate that process for you. Today I’m pleased to announce that if you have a blog running on the WordPress blog engine, you don’t need any of that! We’ve created […]

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 […]

PicLens for IE!

 Posted by at 11:20 pm  Work
Dec 062007

The CoolIris elves have been hard at work creating a plugin to bring the PicLens photo experience to the IE browser. After many weeks of coding, tweaking, and testing, our first IE beta plugin is now available for download! Just go to with your IE 6 or 7 browser and click on the Download […]

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Nov 172007

The latest PicLens .xpi for Firefox is now downloadable from Mozilla. The flood of downloads (thanks to Firefox’s automatic updates for plugins) has already begun. I’m sure this will provide hours of entertainment for our server guys. To say they’re huddled around the file server console at this very moment watching the download rates and […]

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Nov 122007

When I returned from lunch today I learned that I’ve got a new boss! (sort of) Former U.S Vice President Al Gore has joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner. KPCB is the financial backer underwriting CoolIris, and therefore indirectly responsible for my paycheck. So, does this mean a change of signage at […]

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PicLens 1.5.15 Update

 Posted by at 11:56 am  Work
Nov 062007

We posted an update to the PicLens plugin for Firefox and Safari browsers last night, version 1.5.15. The Firefox update fixes a handful of niggling buglets but otherwise no visible changes. The Safari update gets PicLens working with Safari in the new Leopard release of OSX. The technique for loading a plugin into the Safari […]

The Conspiracy of Coincidence

 Posted by at 12:51 pm  Work
Oct 302007

When I announced my departure from Microsoft, observed that I wasn’t alone in my decision to make a change, nor in my timing. LiveSide noted a few other Microsofties exiting in late September/early October, as did Mary Jo Foley in her ZDNet column. Both articles were professional and well-written and stayed away from speculation, […]

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Oct 222007

The cool cats over at Karelia Software have released an update to their award-winning website creation software, Sandvox, which among other things adds support for PicLens presentations. Sandvox now embeds mediaRSS feeds in photo albums and photoblogs, which is all that PicLens needs to present that web content in a full-screen immersive presentation. PicLens: Your […]

On Leaving Borland

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Oct 212007

A recent post to the borland.public.delphi.non-tech newsgroup asserts that as a compiler guy, I shouldn’t be wasting my time doing anything else. This is my reply. m. Th. wrote: First of all, Danny, I’m very glad to see you here… :-) …but let’s start a little ‘short story’ (dunno if you remember them) ;-)… Danny […]

Oct 162007
PicLens Plugin Makes the Firefox Recommended List

The CoolIris PicLens plugin for Firefox has made it to the official Firefox browser recommended plugins list! Woohoo! PicLens is a browser plugin that delivers an immersive full-screen experience for viewing photos on the Web. It’s currently available in beta for Firefox 2.0 on Windows and for Safari on Mac OSX. Support for more browser […]

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