Jan 122009

Microsoft’s Live Mesh was awarded top honors in the “Best Technology Innovation/Achievement” category at the Crunchies Awards on Jan 10, beating out other nominees in the category including Facebook Connect and Google Chrome.  Live Mesh is a file sharing application that enables users to access their data from a variety of devices, while online or […]

Dec 302008

Microsoft’s Live Mesh platform has been nominated for the 2008 Crunchies “Best Technology Innovation/Achievement” award!  The winner will be determined by public vote, so get yourself over to http://crunchies2008.techcrunch.com/votes/ to cast your vote for your favorite technologies of 2008. The Crunchies competition and award ceremony recognizes and celebrates the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations […]

Jul 092008

John and Bronwen of SoulSolutions have completed an RSS upgrade for the Australian government Prints And Printmaking web site, which gives free public access to something like 18,000 images of artwork in the National Gallery of Australia.  With all those images indexed in RSS, you can now browse those works of art in PicLens halfway […]

Jul 022008

The PicLens guys and gals have rolled out a new 1.7 release with quite a few new navigational aides and features.  I’m a little late to the party with this post, as 1.7 went public a few weeks ago while I was distracted with bootstrapping the new job at Microsoft. The three headliners for this […]

YouTube Exec Joins Cooliris

 Posted by at 11:11 am  Work
Jun 042008

Om Malik notes YouTube exec Sashi Seth is now Cooliris chief revenue officer. I’ve had the pleasure of talking with Sashi for the past few weeks at Cooliris, and have been impressed with his knowledge of the online advertising space and his drive to make things happen. Cooliris intends to pay the bills using advertising, but has been hampered […]

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 piclens.com. Look to the Cooliris blog for official company news, events, and happenings.  News like hooking up with freewebs.com 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 Fotki.com 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 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:  […]