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A ‘FF Add-on’ that forced me back to Firefox(from Chrome) : “Cooliris”

In this article we will tell you about cooliris 3d web browsing. Cooliris is basically a firefox add-on that enables much faster image/video/product searching from a bunch of major sources.

“Cooliris is really cooooool !” and there is no exaggeration in it.This is the one(add-on) cooliristhat forced me back to Firefox as I was loyal enough to Chrome since its launch inspite of all its shortcomings .Chrome,worked quite OK for me for a couple of months but then….

Inspite of Chrome’s  regular updates and recent ‘Out of Beta’ announcement,”No FF add-ons”(specially TwitterFox) were adding to my pains every now and then.But when i recently came across a Firefox Add-on,I seriously couldn’t resist myself from going back to Firefox and start using it immediately on a regular basis.It’s actually a pleasure to use Cooliris(again,no exaggeration!).

Cooliris is basically an Add-on that enables much faster image/video/product searching from a bunch of major sources(Google,Yahoo,Flickr,Youtube.Amazon,iTunes and many others) in a 3D environment.It lets you have a thumbnail view of images,videos,products of search results and lets you go directly to the webpage,hosting that particular image,video or product.


I realised it when it won the top award in “Best Design” category in “The Crunchies o8” and I can reaffirm that Cooliris truly deserved it.(Kudus to the folks at Cooliris).

At TechPluto,we keep profiling startups and we love to write about all that stuff that’s ‘strange yet effective’.Cooliris is just one of them.There is one 3D web browser called “Spacetime” which we covered earlier but it had its bunch of limitations which couldn’t make it as ‘useful’ as ‘glossy’ it was.


Cooliris,on the other side is an add-on that simply changes the way you search for images,videos or products and makes things really fast.Cooliris also proves that there’s no need to compromise on ‘speed’ in lieu of  ‘experience’.



  1. Jenny

    January 15, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Thanks so much for posting about us! We're so happy to hear that you're liking the product! We have lots in store, so stay tuned!

    Kindest Regards,
    Jenny & The Cooliris Team

  2. Vaibhavi

    January 21, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Hi all,

    I am working for a software integrator company. My projects includes working on Java and Ruby on Rails and Ajax. I think Web Services is really cool. We also recently have to now work on REST and they are talking about mashups and Struts. Can anyone tell me if there are some good training or conferences so that me and my team members can get to speed with these technologies. Learning from books is not my cup of tea, even not when I was doing engineering 😉

    All the help that group members can provide in this regard is much appreciated.


    • prashant

      January 23, 2009 at 5:14 am

      hey Vaibhavi,you gotta reply below…

  3. Anaz

    January 23, 2009 at 3:35 am

    Hi Vaibhavi,

    There are several online resources available that you just google for. If any of your team like to read then quality books from wiley and oreilly cover such technologies in detail.

    I also highly recommend you could attend the upcoming Great Indian Developer Summit (developersummit dot com) that is covering Java, Agile, REST, JAX-RS, mashups, .NET, Rich Web, JPA, SOA, rich user experiences, Spring, Groovy and more. They have most of the creators of these technologies as speakers. My team is attending this summit 22-25 apr at IISc campus where we are attending the web conference on April 23 and java on April 24. We have been able to get very good discounts. Maybe all those who are interested from your group can sign up together and get a good bargain from them. what say? I also attended last year's conference and had a really cool time.

    In Hyderabad there is Sun Tech Days with some sun speakers.


  4. Vaibhavi

    January 23, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Cool anaz, I will surely like to attend that conference.. Hey Prashant! y dont you too attend that conference?

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