Almost Humor Quickies: Cooliris
On this edition of Almost Humor’s “Quickies” : Cooliris www.cooliris.com
In an increasingly connected multi-device world, all things cloud-based are getting lots of attention. For the same underlying reasons, social sharing is hot. That includes everything from Tweets and status updates to photo sharing apps like LiveShare and Instagram.
I would like to share with you Coolirisas the cool item of the day! Its LiveShare app lets users share almost every form of digital media in real time.
Streams can be set up so that all kinds of stuff can be shared with designated group members. That includes maps, photos, videos, written notes, etc. It’s almost like what Google Wave was trying to be, but with a much simpler interface based on mobile media sharing. Here is how it works & you use it in a fast visual explanation ( http://www.cooliris.com/desktop/how-to-launch-and-use/ )
And it makes more sense with the growth of smartphones and tablets where people want to not only share existing media like YouTube & Veimo, but also with dynamic media like video you just shot of your nephew’s graduation on your iPhone. So you see how this could make sense as a shared travel log, or a messaging tool for any group activity.
Things are moving in that direction with group messaging apps like Beluga, and again with social sharing apps like Instagram, LiveShare, and Color. This is the uber version of those things mashed together.
Firefox Add-Ons ( https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cooliris/ )
CoolIris comes in many different useful forms, but I find the browser plug-in that lets me surf images and videos in a cool, new way best of all!
Browser plugs-in are small pieces of software that extend the capabilities of your Web browser. In this case, I downloaded the CoolIris plug-in for Firefox, installed it, restarted, and I was good to go.
Cooliris lets you scroll through images and videos on your computer and sites that support Cooliris. For example, if I want to browse photos from your sister’s birthday party, Just point Cooliris to the proper directory and the photos will appear as a wall of photos in my browser. You can scroll through the images by using your mouse to drag images, or you can use the Cooliris scroll tool.
It turns out that many of our favorite sites support Cooliris, like Flickr, Facebook, Hulu, and images from Google, etc.. you can tell if a site supports Cooliris if you hover an image and the double squares appear in the left corner of the image. You can then click on the double squares to launch the photo album, collection of photos or RSS of images and videos in Cooliris.
It’s alot more fun to browse friends’ albums in Facebook in Cooliris without having to press Next, Next etc. And I love being able to surf hundreds of
images in one long wall of photos. It’s like your some kind of matrix operator of media zooming thru images like in some sci-fi movie.
It’s free, it’s cool, it’s convenient and it’s fun to play with. So check it out and let me know what you think guys! www.cooliris.com
Whats New In Cooliris 1.12?
Easily find and subscribe to content you want to see most on your Cooliris Wall, all on a spiffy new interface.
Subscribe to your favorite Wall feeds.
Favorite an entire stream of content, whether it be the Family Guy or 24 television series, photo albums of your best friends on Facebook, or your news sources like CBS News or The New York Times. Once you subscribe, your feeds will automatically update and show up on your Home Screen and favorites menu for quick and easy access.
Find things faster.
Effortlessly browse a newly streamlined library of premium content from over 70 providers. We’ve added subcategory navigation and improved search capabilities to help you quickly find your favorite Television, Movie, Sports, News, Games and Entertainment content. Our brand new interface automatically minimizes the menu of the library when you mouse off, leaving you more open space to enjoy your favorite content.
Filters to see only what matters to you.
Take advantage of the new drop-down filter and get only content you want. For any TV episode, see only episodes or only individual clips, or both. Want to see only news video clips? Or, perhaps, only articles? No problem. It’s all under your control.