Cooliris: Get a full-page preview of links with this cool Firefox extension

Cooliris LogoThere are plenty of preview tools sprawled around the vastness of web – Snap Shots, GooglePreview etc. to name a few. Each come with its own set of features and modus operandi. For example, Snap Shots provides small thumbnail previews of a site when you hover your mouse over the link on the site. GooglePreview, which is an extension for Firefox provides automated snap shots of each site listed in a Search Results Page. But such tools have a big limitation. The previews offered are really tiny and are meant to give you a glimpse of the overall look/layout of the site. They don’t provide any real “previews” as such.

You may tend to think that Cooliris is just another preview tool – but that’s where you’ll go wrong. Cooliris has been designed ground up to overcome the limitations found in all such preview tools. Installation is as easy as any other Firefox extension and operation is seamless. Whenever you encounter a link on a page, hover your mouse on it and a small preview icon appears beside the link. Pointing your mouse on the preview icon pops open a small embedded window in the same page with a full-sized preview of the site.

Cooliris Preview Window Screen-shot

Here are some of the noteworthy features:

  • Preview web links, images, and videos without even clicking.

  • The ability to “Stack” previewed items into temporary bookmarks to review.

    Now this is one cool feature. Supposing you’re searching for details on a vacation trip to Hawaii. A standard search result would return you 1000s of pages on this topic. You can easily preview the sites without ever leaving the Search Results page, weed out the seedy looking ones and bookmark all of those which looked good. You can always come back to the bookmarked pile later on and review them.

  • In case you like a site, you’ve the ability to instantly send the link to friends and family with just a single mouse-click.

  • Perform sub-searches in Google, Wikipedia etc. by right-clicking on any selected phrase.

Best of all is that apart from Firefox, Cooliris supports many of the common browsers, e.g. IE, Safari and Flock. This is one tool that really complements your search results and makes you a far more efficient web-surfer.

To sum it all, Cooliris “gives you the power to browse and share the web faster than ever.

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Comments
  • Jessica says:

    Hi Sourjya!

    I wanted to send you a note to say thanks for writing such a great review on Cooliris Previews.

    The reason I’m touching base is to let you in on the new PicLens 1.6, the next generation 3D technology for browsing, viewing (and soon sharing and storing) photos and images on the web. I understand that you’re an avid photographer and PicLens 1.6 works incredibly well with popular photo sites like Flickr, DeviantArt, and many more. It’s also easy for photobloggers to enable the product on your own WordPress site with PicLens Lite (http://www.piclens.com/lite/).

    Here are a couple of videos about PicLens 1.6 to help you see what all the excitement is about.

    http://www.piclens.com/site/firefox/tutorial_pl_ff_16.php. (our video demo)
    http://www.vimeo.com/653047 (video by a professional photographer and apparently a PicLens fan)

    Honestly, you’ll need to try Piclens 1.6 to really feel the euphoria. Since we launched PicLens 1.6, a free browser addon for Firefox (Mac and Windows), a week or so ago, we have received hundreds and hundreds of emails from euphoric users hailing the new PicLens “Wall”, a magical 3D interface where you can drag, zoom, and go full-screen on 1000s of images from popular websites. The 3D Wall is coming soon to our IE and Safari versions also.

    Squinting and clicking through mundane thumbnails is so 1990s. We believe PicLens does for the browser what iPhone does for the mobile phone: it revolutionizes the user experience.

    We hope you and your readers will enjoy and feel the same.

    Best regards,
    Jessica & The Cooliris Team

  • Jenny Lum says:

    Hi Sourjya,

    We’ve got some exciting news to announce from Cooliris! Now you can experience Cooliris anywhere and anytime by navigating the mobile web with our brand new iPhone App. Cooliris for the iPhone is the fastest way to browse media-rich web content on the go.

    Searching the Web with the Cooliris iPhone app displays your results in the same intuitive, easy-to-navigate manner you’ve come to expect from the Cooliris web client. The Cooliris iPhone app overcomes the traditional limitations of mobile internet browsing by coupling the breezy, open-ended feel of the 3D Wall with the streamlined hands-on interface of the iPhone touchscreen.

    Cooliris for the iPhone brings you the news and articles relevant to you from across the Web with our Discover feeds. All of the Discover feeds available on our web client have been optimized for the iPhone, so you’ll always have the latest current events at your fingertips.

    No matter where you are in the world, Cooliris delivers content that is relevant to where you are based. Since the iPhone can detect your location through GPS, you’ll get news customized to your locale (UK users will automatically have a UK News feed available to them, for example). This will be a huge boon to our enthusiastic international user base. Discover also allows you to pull up the related story within its web context by clicking the associated metadata. There’s no need to jump out of Cooliris and visit the parent website in order to get the full story!

    This is only the first release for Cooliris on the iPhone, and as such it’s meant to help you navigate the internet’s news and media as simply and easily as possible. As the application grows, you’ll be seeing more features currently only available on the web client, as well as new ones which take advantage of the iPhone’s unique interface – so stay tuned!

    You can check out our app at http://blog.cooliris.com/.

    Kindest regards,
    Jenny & The Cooliris Team

  • fanhe123 says:

    We’ve got some exciting news to announce from Cooliris! Now you can experience Cooliris anywhere and anytime by navigating the mobile web with our brand new iPhone App. Cooliris for the iPhone is the fastest way to browse media-rich web content on the go.

    Searching the Web with the Cooliris iPhone app displays your results in the same intuitive, easy-to-navigate manner you’ve come to expect from the Cooliris web client. The Cooliris iPhone app overcomes the traditional limitations of mobile internet browsing by coupling the breezy, open-ended feel of the 3D Wall with the streamlined hands-on interface of the iPhone touchscreen.

    Cooliris for the iPhone brings you the news and articles relevant to you from across the Web with our Discover feeds. All of the Discover feeds available on our web client have been optimized for the iPhone, so you’ll always have the latest current events at your fingertips.

    No matter where you are in the world, Cooliris delivers content that is relevant to where you are based. Since the iPhone can detect your location through GPS, you’ll get news customized to your locale (UK users will automatically have a UK News feed available to them, for example). This will be a huge boon to our enthusiastic international user base. Discover also allows you to pull up the related story within its web context by clicking the associated metadata. There’s no need to jump out of Cooliris and visit the parent website in order to get the full story!

    This is only the first release for Cooliris on the iPhone, and as such it’s meant to help you navigate the internet’s news and media as simply and easily as possible. As the application grows, you’ll be seeing more features currently only available on the web client, as well as new ones which take advantage of the iPhone’s unique interface – so stay tuned!

    You can check out our app at http://blog.cooliris.com/.

    Kindest regards,
    Jenny & The Cooliris Team

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