Cooliris is my favorite way to browse through Flickr Pics. Cooliris is a Firefox add-on that enables us to visualize pictures in a wall. You can scroll through the wall seamlessly and zoom into the ones you like. It’s hard to explain but kind of like Apple’s CoverFlow. You can flick with your mouse to scroll through a wall of pictures.
Cooliris works on a lot of sites but Flickr is one of the best sites it works great on.
Now, CoolFlick has taken the Cooliris technology and lays it on top of Flickr and lets you horizontally scroll through Flickr pictures. And this is right within your browser within a need for a Firefox extension.
The panning motion works great in the browser just like you have an add-on installed in your browser. You can also resize the thumbnails in the wall just with the scroll of your mouse button.
You can search for a keyword in CoolFlick and view related pictures in your browser. This can come in handy if you are wanting to view Flickr pictures like you have Cooliris installed. Or it can come in handy if you are trying to convince someone to try out Cooliris.
I like what CoolFlick has to offer at the moment. But, it would be great to have more integration with the Flickr API so we can perform advanced search, etc. It would also be nice if the service expands the pictures to a wider set than the limited content at the moment.
Besides that gripe, I haven’t mentioned the best part of CoolFlick yet. You can embed the CoolFlick pictures in any website with an embed code. [please click over to see the demo]
With CoolFlick, you can bring this cool Flickr visualizing concept to any website by embedding the code in your site. You can see how it works right in this little widget I have embedded in this post.
CoolFlick is a great attempt at bringing the Cooliris way of visualizing pictures right in your browser. I see it as a preview to whats to come and hope the developers at CoolFlick will integrate more features and make this a go to place to explore Flickr without a browser add-on.
I will be keeping a keen eye on this site.
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