Sunday, October 5, 2008

Cooliris 1.8.3 Released!

Cooliris 1.8.3

Last week we released 1.8.3 of Cooliris (formerly known as PicLens). You can download it here. In addition to Firefox 2 and 3 (Mac and Windows) we now support Safari 3 (Mac) and Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 (Windows), though our IE8 Beta support is itself in Beta. In addition, we have lots of new features. 1.8.3 is one of the biggest releases we've had since we first debuted the 3D view.

More Shopping

A while ago we introduced support for searching Amazon in Cooliris. With 1.8.3 we now support ten different retailers such as eLuxury, Nordstrom,, Macy's, Wal-mart and more, with more stores to be added. (Geeky aside: the client makes a request to our servers for some XML that describes all the stores that we support so we can add more stores without having to publish a new client.) In addition to more stores, we also now have improved UI for browsing the stores and sorting the results by price, popularity, etc.

Flash Support

In addition to various improvements we made to our A\V playback code (A\V sync issues, as well as better buffering logic for slow connections), this release debuts the project I've been hard at work on the last few months: Flash support. We now host the Flash plugin and can render SWF content directly in the wall. The upside for the user is they get the full YouTube player experience when browsing YouTube video, and we will be adding more and more interactive content over time. Right now we only support the Netscape Plugin version of Flash (NPSWF32.dll). So if you've installed Flash for Firefox or other Netscape derivatives, you'll get Flash support. If you only have the IE Active X plugin (flash9f.ocx, or related) you'll need to install the correct version which can be downloaded here.

There are lots of other improvements, fixes, optimizations, etc, such as better Keyboard Input support, but I can't remember all of them right now. I suggest you download the latest Cooliris and explore it for yourself.