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Cooliris (formerly PicLens) is a plug-in for Safari that delivers an immersive full-screen experience for viewing photos on the Web.

Cooliris enables you to:

  • View photos and videos in full screen with a single click
  • Glide between photos from within full screen mode
  • Play a slideshow of image search results and photo albums
  • Browse online photos with your Apple(R) remote
  • View your daily news, international sports, entertainment, tech tips, and more via images and videos in Cooliris Discover
To use the software, just visit one of the following Web sites, mouse over an image thumbnail, more...

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  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Safari or Firefox..

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Wile-E. Member IconReview+62

For the longest time I was a big fan of Cooliris but eventually its compatibility updates fell behind the progress of OS X and Safari so I had to let it go. I was pleasantly surprised to see this release today. That is until I saw that there were no release notes and then read a few comments regarding Lion.

I navigated to the Cooliris site to get info from the Developer and see that despite this being suggested as an updated release at MacUpdate that support for current browsers and OS'es has lagged considerably. How hard would it be to include at least one complete release note saying what browsers and OS'es are supported instead of making people dig to simply be disappointed in your efforts due to misleading System Requirements listed here.

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Cooliris Inc., (Developer)

This build is works on OS X10.5 - 10.7 on Firefox 3.6 - 8.0+.

We apologize for the confusion. It looks like MacUpdate automatically grabs our newest release from the Mozilla Firefox Addon site, but does not slip in the release notes.

Mookzmom Member IconReview+40

Disappointed. Attempted to download this new version, thinking they'd made it Lion compatible, but I can't even open the download. (pop up says "no available application to open") I went to the developer's site, and attempted a download there, but get a popup saying my browser is not supported.

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Lion is listed both as "Unsupported" and as "NOT Coming Soon." IMO, CoolIris/PicLens no longer has any intention of continuing support of the Mac. I had no trouble opening this version in Lion, but what I got was random, uncompiled parts. Mac-users should probably kiss this one goodbye.

Cooliris Inc., (Developer)

This build is works on OS X 10.5 - 10.7 on Firefox 3.6 - 8.0+. Due to resource constraints, we unfortunately had to discontinue development of our Safari version. :(

Noraa Member IconReview+57

Used to love this little plug-in - now it's been stuck in 32-bit forever and thus forces Safari to run in 32-bit mode, the interface hasn't been updated in ages, the photos are all low-res. Started with a lot of promise and has since fallen flat on it's face. Honestly, I'd be happy if they just update the plug-in to be 64-bit compatible. I know it's not a big deal for Safari to run in 32-bit mode, but there isn't any reason for it to have to - it's not that difficult to recompile a plug-in for 64-bit compatibility. The developers just seem lazy.

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Hmfwic Member IconReview+17

I have installed , but I can't find it when I open Safari. Anyone know where it is located (i.e. what menu). Thanks.

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Mookzmom Member IconReview+40

I really love the look of Cooliris, and it does what it says it'll do...AND it's free. It does run very slowly on my MacBook, makes the fan run while it's on, and is not yet compatible with Lion in Safari. Still, I have enjoyed browsing through when I have some time to waste.

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It also forces Safari to run in 32-bit mode.

Macsolu Member IconComment+163

Unfortunate change in hardware requirements:
"For Macs, any model with an Intel chip will work. PPC Macs are not supported."

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Version 1.12b
Yaba_daba_do Member IconComment+16

Sounds like trash! You would think by now that everyone knows we apple users expect nothing but the best! They are to use to putting things out for that other OS "Company " Thats expected not to work right! ;-)

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Version 1.12b
Mactraxx Member IconReview+69

Low res images, 32 bit? Pass.

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Version 1.12b
Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3699

Nope!!! Don't put this in Safari or any other browser.Low Res in every way! As soon as you install it you will want to trash it!

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Version 1.12b
Pettifogger0712 Member IconReview+41

I was re-directed to the CoolIris site and (when attempting to download the app) advised that my machine and browser (Safari 4) did not meet the required specifications when they most definitely do! Back to the drawing board guys...

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Version 1.12b
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Date 08 Nov 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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