Cooliris (plugin)

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Initial releaseJanuary 2008; 14 years ago (2008-01)[1]
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
TypeWeb Application framework

Cooliris (for Desktop), formerly known as PicLens, was a web browser extension developed by Cooliris, Inc, and later acquired by Yahoo. The plugin provides an interactive 3D-like experience for viewing digital images and videos from the web and from desktop applications. The software places a small icon atop image thumbnails that appear on a webpage. Clicking on the icon loads the Cooliris 3D Wall, a browsing environment that gives the user the effect of flying through a three-dimensional space.[2]

Released to the public in January 2008, The New York Times described Cooliris as the "new immersive approach to Web navigation".[1] Cooliris went out to win the 2008 Crunchies Award for Best Design.[3] The plugin has received over 50 million downloads.[4]

As of May 2014 browser plugins are unavailable from the official website. There are only links to tablet apps - for iOS and Android.


  1. ^ a b John Markoff (March 9, 2008). "Coming Soon: Nothing Between You and Your Machine". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Lim Yung-Hui (July 26, 2012). "Cooliris Repurposes Its 3D Wall Technology For Social". Forbes.
  3. ^ Crunchies 2008 Award Winners Archived April 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Ken Yeung (November 28, 2012). "With 250m+ photos viewed, Cooliris updates iOS app, grabs pics from Google Drive, Flickr, others". TheNextWeb.

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