Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Firefox 3.0 and PicLens

If you use the Firefox web browser, version 3.0 is now available. It's supposedly 2 to 3 times faster than version 2 and when I first used it I noticed it to be decidedly snappier.

A pretty spiffy plug-in for Firefox is PicLens. It works with many photo or video sites. For example, if you do a search on flickr, you can use the PicLens plug-in to view the results in a cool, 3-D wall of images sorta way. Spiffy.

As a photographer one of my continual quests for learning the craft includes studying other photographer's work. One way I do this is occasionally scanning through flickr photos to find images of which I can reverse engineer the lighting. Now that I've used it, wouldn't want to do this without Piclens.

My wife has an art blog for which she needs example images for the assignment each week. She'll search google images and use the Piclens plugin to scan through them. She loves how much easier and quicker it is to view this way. (Note: her use of the images is legal under fair use laws, as she uses them for a nonprofit educational purpose. Be careful about how you use an image. Just because it's on the internet, doesn't mean it's fair, and legal, and honarable to use.)

Piclens also works on www.heywood-photography.com. So if you have Firefox 3.0 and install the PicLens plug-in, then go to any of the galleries at heywood-photography.com. Just click the PicLens icon in the upper right corner of your browser window, its right next to the search bar. Now you can see the images in the cool, wall of images style that PicLens creates. Nice.

1 comment:

Luna said...

Hi Daniel,

Thanks so much for your post about Cooliris! We really appreciate it. I really liked how you described specific uses of Cooliris to your readers.

Your photography website looks great in Cooliris! Thanks for enabling it. Interested readers can also enable their own site for Cooliris at http://developer.cooliris.com. With our new Cooliris for Developers, enabling your site now takes less than 10 minutes.

Cooliris 1.8 is not only compatible with Firefox, but it's also fully compatible with Safari 3.1 and Internet Explorer. Any of your interested readers can see our visual demo at http://cooliris.com/demo and learn more at http://blog.cooliris.com.

Thanks again for your great post! Hope you and your readers are enjoying Cooliris!

All the best,
Luna and the Cooliris Team