Since the launch of Firefox 3, I’ve been playing around with some of the add-on that are available. I came across one called PicLens. It’s a cool little tool that allows you to view images in a 3D environment. It even saves you from having to click on each individual image to view it.
When I first launched PicLens, I noticed that it looked like a mix of Windows Media Player and something from the iPhone. It allows seamlessly smooth 3D scrolling between the images with a click of the mouse. With a click of the mouse, the images switches from thumbnail view to image view to a full screen view.
At the moment, PicLens supports MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Google, Yahoo! Other sites like mine will require a plugin. I’m in the process of adding that plugin but I have to upgrade to PHP 5 first because of a couple of libraries that’s not include in PHP 4. PicLens will work with PHP 4 but I’ll get error messages when I attempt to make changes to the settings so I’ll just wait and enable the plugin later.
As you can see above, this is the 3D Wall of images where you can scroll through the thumbnails. You can click on an image one by one and view each individually or you can click on a button and watch the slideshow.
When you get bored of the current list of images, you can always search for more. The search bar will perform a keyword search and will allow you to select the search engine you wish to use. In a matter of seconds, the images will show up and you can preview them within PicLens. If you’d like to zoom in and out of the images, it’s as easy as scrolling the mouse wheel.
It’s a nice little add-on to have if you do a lot of things with images. I’m a photographer so I like to view images taken by other photographers. I spend a lot of time on Flickr, viewing their Explore section. But it’s not limited to just viewing images. You can also view videos inside PicLens as well. It’s another added feature that will save you time from having to go to YouTube to search for things. In a way, PicLens is a whole bunch of search engine all in one.