No, the title is not a bad TSA joke (are there any good ones?), but a lovingly statement of joy for yet another cool photo tool. Piclens has been around a while but only for Safari on Max OS X, but now it works as an extension for Firefox on Mac or Windows.

piclens5.jpgPiclens turns web pages from many photo services (flickr, Picassa, Facebook, MySpace, and more) into a stunning slide show, like iPhoto in a cool black turtleneck sweater. If you are on a site it supports (Flickr, Picassa, Photobucket, facebook, many more), a small triangle appears on a mouseover of an image.

When you click the triangle, the image (and all linked images from the page) appear in a slideshow format:


And a grid on the bottom lets you swing in more sets of images if you have a lot. When you click a single image, you can examine it in more detail:


or double click to load a slide show, with the desalting present, to launch into a linear slide show. Could turn any flickr set, tag set, into a cool slide show, and one that you could access in either linear or non linear fashion. Might be coming to a presentation screen near you soon.


Piclens is sweet, yes even more sweet than Vegemite (oaky that is not a compliment, but Piclens is very cool)!

The post "Blow Up Your Photos With Piclens" was originally dropped like a smoking hot potato at CogDogBlog ( on January 30, 2008.


  • Jessica

    Thanks so much for posting about PicLens 1.6. We really appreciate it!

    For interested readers, below are links to two videos demos, one by our team and the other by a PicLens fan!

    Thanks, again.
    Alec & The Cooliris Team

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  • David Chi

    Piclens is a very innovative image viewer. It would be great if it can be used as a normal image viewer like Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. Think of all the creative ideas this will spark off.

  • Jenny Lum

    We’ve got some exciting news to announce from Cooliris! Now you can experience Cooliris anywhere and anytime by navigating the mobile web with our brand new iPhone App. Cooliris for the iPhone is the fastest way to browse media-rich web content on the go.

    Searching the Web with the Cooliris iPhone app displays your results in the same intuitive, easy-to-navigate manner you’ve come to expect from the Cooliris web client. The Cooliris iPhone app overcomes the traditional limitations of mobile internet browsing by coupling the breezy, open-ended feel of the 3D Wall with the streamlined hands-on interface of the iPhone touchscreen.

    Cooliris for the iPhone brings you the news and articles relevant to you from across the Web with our Discover feeds. All of the Discover feeds available on our web client have been optimized for the iPhone, so you’ll always have the latest current events at your fingertips.

    No matter where you are in the world, Cooliris delivers content that is relevant to where you are based. Since the iPhone can detect your location through GPS, you’ll get news customized to your locale (UK users will automatically have a UK News feed available to them, for example). This will be a huge boon to our enthusiastic international user base. Discover also allows you to pull up the related story within its web context by clicking the associated metadata. There’s no need to jump out of Cooliris and visit the parent website in order to get the full story!

    This is only the first release for Cooliris on the iPhone, and as such it’s meant to help you navigate the internet’s news and media as simply and easily as possible. As the application grows, you’ll be seeing more features currently only available on the web client, as well as new ones which take advantage of the iPhone’s unique interface – so stay tuned!

    You can check out our app at

    Kindest regards,
    Jenny & The Cooliris Team

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