Cooliris (PicLens) for your website in 10 minutes

A few weeks ago I wrote about PicLens - nice 3D tool which ads a new dimension to your browsing experience and viewing website images. There are some small news and one important - anyone can enable his/her website for 3D viewing within 10 minutes. Check the article.

Cooliris, formerly known as PicLens is a nice add-on for your web browser which will turn it into the 3D viewing tool for website images. Currently it works with big sites like Google Images, YouTube (yes, it supports videos too) or Flickr. There are many smaller websites which supports Cooliris too.

I highly recommend to read my previous article PicLens: new dimension for your browsing. The latest news say that the PicLens changed its name to Cooliris. There are some new important features too:

  • sharing - you can share a cool content you find in Cooliris with your friends using their e-mail
  • Cooliris for Developers - enable your website for Cooliris in 10 minutes

Cooliris on your website

There are two ways how to enable your website for the Cooliris. The first is intended for the experienced developers who would like to have Full Featured support of Cooliris (or saying PicLens by Cooliris) on their website. They have to create Media RSS.

Much less complicated is the second way called Quick and Simple. Using this method you can enable your website for Cooliris in 10 minutes. Go the the and click the big Quick and Simple button.

Provide an URL to your website. I recommend to fill up the form with the URL to the article not to the homepage if you would like to add Cooliris support for an article websites like blogs. Then click the blue Load Images button.

Some thumbnail images will appear. Click and select one of them. Then do the same for another of your images.

Now the Cooliris will know all needed information about your page and will provide a green Test Out Your Site button. Click on it.

You will see a link to the test your page. Click on it and check how the Cooliris works with your website. Just remember that you need to have Cooliris installed in your browser prior to testing it.

When testing you should see something like this:

After you close the preview (ESC key) click the Download button and save the generated cooliris-quick.xml file to your computer.

What to do next? Upload this file directly to your website root folder structure. Provide the URL to the uploaded file to the Cooliris, for example, and click the Test link.

Then you will be prompted with a single line of code you have to put to your page in the HEAD section. Do this and point your browser to your website. You should be able to see most of the images on your page using Cooliris.

More complex solution

If you will take a look at the XML file, you will see two important rows within it. The first specify a list of images which will be used for the Cooliris. The second line specify the URL of the page which will be enabled for the Cooliris.

So you can put the link in the HEAD section on all your pages, but the Cooliris will work only for the pages specified in the XML. Which is great and simple. I think that the XML file could be easily edited to support more than only one page.

But if you really needs more comfortable solution, you have to implement Media RSS feed. There are also WordPress plugin or Drupal module. Don't forget to take a look at the PicLens Publisher.