By: Kim Cavanaugh on Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I'm a huge fan of the awesome browser plugin known as CoolIris which can be used to browse news, video sites, and image collections in a 3-dimensional wall of thumbnails that you can zoom through using the scroll wheel on your mouse and navigate by dragging left or right. I find the interface to be one of the freshest new methods to come along in a long time for viewing information online, completely breaking with the familiar drill-down methods that most sites use. Even sites such as Flickr or YouTube look better when seen through the CoolIris interface. The plugin can even be used as a PowerPoint replacement to show a presentation in a dynamic new way, as I previously
wrote about here at Community MX.
One of the more dynamic features of CoolIris are the developer tools that allow you to use the power of CoolIris to embed a wall of images in your own site. In this article you'll learn how to use the first of two methods for embedding images in a page of your own site using the CoolIris developer tools and a feed from Flickr.com.
In the next article of this mini-series you'll learn how to use the free PicLens Publisher program, to make your own media RSS file and display images that are on your web server.
Both of these methods allow you to embed a Flash movie on any page you wish and read an RSS feed from a service such as Flickr, or read from your own custom RSS file. While the idea of mucking around with a bunch of code and Flash variables (what?) to customize your CoolIris wall of images might seem daunting, as you'll learn the process is quite simple.
The Embed a 3-D CoolIris Image Wall in Your Site Series:
Embed a 3-D CoolIris Image Wall in Your Site Using Flickr Feeds
Embed a 3-D CoolIris Image Wall in Your Site Using Media RSS Feeds Coming Soon
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