5 ways to use Cooliris during your travels this summer

With the mercury rising and school days winding down, summer is just around the corner. Whether you’ve got a big vacation planned or just doing short trips to the beach or the city, your camera is like an awesome travel mate who helps create an album of memories for you to cherish forever.

Traveling light? You can take advantage of the camera on your iPhone or iPad instead of carrying heavy digital camera equipment, memory cards and cables for connecting to your laptop. As a bonus, you can share pictures instantly, too.

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All you need to do is enjoy taking photos. Cooliris handles the rest for you.

1. View your photos in our 3D wall while enjoying your vacation

As you relax in your hotel room, see all the photos you took from your full day of sightseeing, in a swift and easy manner. With one tap, all your beautiful vacation photos will display on the fluid 3D Wall in Cooliris. You’ll heighten your sensory experience just by viewing your photos in this beautiful, fluid viewing environment.

If you’ve posted photos to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter while sightseeing, you can view those on your Cooliris wall as well. Cooliris aggregates all your photos in one place, making sure no precious moments are lost.

2. Share multiple photos on the go

With a standalone digital camera, you have to wait to get back to your hotel room, connect your camera to your laptop, and download your photos, all in order to share photos with your friends. With your iPhone or iPad, you can simply start a group conversation within the Cooliris app.

From the comfort of your beach lounger, you can choose which photos you want to share with your friends and begin a private conversation. Easily send as many photos as you want and let your friends know how much you’re enjoying your vacation.

3. See what your friends are doing

Want to see what the rest of your friends are up to? You can see their Facebook and Instagram photos via Cooliris. See the vacation spots they are visiting or what cuisine they are enjoying, all in one place through the Cooliris app.

4. Save photos for later

There are always certain photos that you want to save for later, either to print or to use on your laptop. With Cooliris you can save your vacation photos to Dropbox or Google Drive, and access them anywhere, anytime. Cooliris makes sure no photo frame in your house ever stays empty.

5. Share photos on Facebook directly from Cooliris

While viewing your photos on the Cooliris 3D Wall, imagine you spot a photo that you want to share on Facebook.  Know you can share it directly on Facebook from Cooliris in no time, rather than going out of the app. Cooliris saves you the hassle and time, so you can you can go back to enjoying the rest of your photos and sipping your drink.

Happy travels this summer and do not forget to take Cooliris with you.

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Posted on 31st May 2013

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  • How viewing photos can help reduce stress: An interview with Danielle Hark

    The Cooliris experience is all about viewing all your photos in the beautiful and fluid display of our stunning 3D wall. So when we heard about the work Danielle Hark promotes, we just knew we had to interview her for our blog. A mental health advocate, Danielle has written extensively for the Huffington Post about how taking and viewing beautiful photos can help deal with mental illnesses.

    According to Danielle, art therapy is a valuable tool for emotional well-being. Taking and viewing photos can help you de-stress, relax and take your mind off thoughts that cause anxiety.

    In our second in the series of interviews, we asked Danielle how viewing photos on a beautiful display on your smartphone or tablets can reduce stress in your life. Here is an excerpt from the interview.   

    Viewing media on smartphones is increasing rapidly. People of all age groups are joining the bandwagon, even young toddlers. How do you think this affects the mental well-being of these smartphone users?

    I think photography can be a helpful tool for people of all ages who are experiencing mental health issues. Viewing photos can be a hopeful reminder of positive times and memories, which can be inspiring for people who are in dark places. Photos can also create the feeling of a calming oasis even for someone in a stressful situation. On a personal note, I have found that phone photos and videos can calm my toddler at times. She especially loves scrolling through photos on my iPhone, and pointing out vacations, family members, and her friends. I don’t let her play with it all the time, but when I do, it inevitably makes her smile.

    Do you think the way photos are presented on smartphones can have a positive impact on the mind or be inspirational?

    Photos that are viewed in a beautiful fluid display can have a positive impact on mental health. Photos can be used to help people de-stress. One way to do that is by uploading nature photos, and meditating while viewing them. With smartphones, this type of meditation is possible anywhere, even in a bathroom or your car.

    How much of an influence does mobile photography have on your daily life? Has it altered your need for a digital camera?

    I love taking photos, whether that is with my iPhone, my digital SLR, or even a toy camera, I simply love it. The iPhone has made it easier to take photos every day because it is always with me. I still bring my big camera with me if I am going somewhere fun or to an event, but my iPhone will be there too. The benefit of photography goes beyond the quality of the finished product, so the camera is secondary. It is really about the process of taking the photos and viewing them. For me, photography is a creative outlet, a way to express what is going on inside of me. Sometimes it helps me to be more present in a situation, while other times it can help me escape. Unless I am shooting for a professional job, a smartphone will often do the trick.  

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    Danielle Hark is a wellness writer, professional photographer, and freelance photo editor. She is also a mental health advocate, and founder of BrokenLightCollective.com, the online photography gallery for people living with, or affected by, mental illness. As someone who has struggled with mental health issues, her mission is to help as many other people who are struggling, using photography and creativity whenever possible.  

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    Posted on 17th May 2013

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  • Earth Day 2013: Photos raise awareness about our planet

    As the world celebrates Earth Day 2013 today, Cooliris is excited to spread awareness of its cause with the help of our users.

    Last week we asked our users to submit their #coolearth photos to us via Instagram and Twitter. We received a number of photos that highlight the beauty of our planet and how we personally interact with nature around us.

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    While we marvel at the beauty of our planet, we also need to be mindful of activities that harm the earth. We received a haunting picture from @tosinamida from Ibadan, Nigeria, who caught an image of a drain filled with plastic bottles, akin to a disastrous landfill. The message the user sent with the picture states: “practices like this cannot continue if we are to remain sustainable”.

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    Remember to celebrate the spirit of Earth Day today and every day, and vow to do all as we can to protect the precious planet we live on. 

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    Posted on 22nd April 2013

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  • Robert Scoble and the growing trend in selective sharing.

    “I want people to present something that has value to me. And that means selection,” says Robert Scoble. The renowned tech blogger shared his thoughts with us on the growing importance of selective sharing and keeping one’s public and private profiles in control. Often you end up asking yourself lots of questions before you post to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    What image of yourself are you building when you post personal media to the public? What will people think about it? What will their thoughts be? Will it probably come back to you at some point in the future?

    We posed these questions to Scoble and this is what he had to say.      “For most people, it’s about control. For me, I just want to signal the system who should see that picture. If you want to see my baby photos, you can see them, but I don’t waste your time if you’re not interested… . So, selective sharing matters a lot.”

    With the new Cooliris, the power to choose is with you. You decide who to share your photos and conversations with. The tide is changing and selective sharing is soon becoming the new norm.

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    Posted on 12th April 2013

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  • New features in Google Drive make organizing photos a breeze

    Organizing and viewing your photos in Google Drive is now easier than ever. We added several features with our update yesterday – if you are a Google Drive user, you should check them out!

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    When you think of organizing your photos, you think of being slouched over your computer and tediously dragging and dropping photos into their proper places. Or perhaps, you’re simply too busy to bother. Now, there’s a better way to organize your photos. With the new Cooliris update, you can sit back and relax on your couch with a good cup of coffee and your iPad, and get the job done with ease and flair.

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    In the new version, you can not only bulk save multiple photos from any source to Google Drive, but also easily save them into existing Google Drive folders or create new ones on the fly. Then, when you are viewing Google Drive in the Cooliris app, you can easily find your photos in your folders within seconds.

    With the new Cooliris update, you can finish saving, organizing and sharing all your photos before your coffee gets cold. Get it now in the iTunes App Store!

     

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    Posted on 5th April 2013

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  • Endless Discovery: Cooliris Features Photos From Friends, Followers and Dropbox

    Team Cooliris has been working tirelessly for the last few months to bring you yet another super cool update. For those of you who have been following our journey, this update brings a sublime photo discovery experience with it. Your beautiful 3D wall now not only showcases your own photographs but those of your friends and followers as well. Version 2.6 delivers a host of new features that promise endless discovery.

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    So WHAT’S NEW:

    Endless Discovery of friends’ photos - Deeper integration with friends for enriched and meaningful social discovery.

    Facebook friends’ photos, Instagram followers and following photos, Flickr contacts’ photos, and Renren friends’ photos are all now surfaced in the app for a beautiful experience. Now you can truly see all of your photos in one place - whether it is your own photos or photos from your friends, followers, and so on.

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    And that is not all we have in store for you in this release. We have added yet another useful source to store and share your beautiful treasures: Dropbox. 

    Furthermore, we have added folder navigation into the menu, so you can select any folder in Google Drive and Dropbox and explore them with delight. You can also save photos from any other source, whether it’s your mobile library, Facebook, Instagram, Renren, Picasa, Flickr, directly into a specific Google Drive or Dropbox Folder. This gives you an easy way to organize and save photo collections from your mobile device. 

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    In short, there’s no other app that does it like we do. It’s a fast and fluid experience with selective sharing. With the launch of this new version, Cooliris is the “one-stop app” for all of your photos. We’re creating a better experience for you to connect, discover and selectively share your photos the way you want, from any source of your choice.

    So what are you waiting for? Download version 2.6 from the iTunes App Store for free. Time to begin your endless discovery.

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    Posted on 4th April 2013

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  • 5 tips to help you take better photos with your phone’s camera

    Everyone is taking photos with their mobile phones these days, especially now that the camera quality has gotten so great!

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    Being a photo app company means that we’re constantly taking photos everyday. Here are 5 questions that you can ask yourself when you are capturing photo memories to make them even better, before you share them in Cooliris afterwards! ;)

    1. What story are you telling? 

    Before you take your photo, it is very important that you have a clear idea what you want to show in the photo. What is your goal with the shot? What do you want to capture and deliver to people viewing the photo? Is there something that you want to discuss while showing the photo? Keep this in mind and it will help you with the right framing and composition of the photo.

    2. What is the background and foreground?

    This is important for your composition. If you want to point out an object in the foreground, like in a portrait shot, make sure your background is not distracting from that. If your background is very colorful or attention-grabbing, a tilt-shift or depth of field filter may help in defocusing the background. Here is how to do it with Instagram.

    3. Do you have enough light?

    With phone cameras, this can be especially tricky when there is not enough light. Make sure you have a main source of light that is strong enough to light up your subject. In low light situations, stabilize your camera to make sure your shot doesn’t get blurry.

    4. What is the best time for an outdoor shot? 

    The best outdoor shots with phone cameras are usually taken during sunrise or sunset. Since the light is smoother during that time, it gives your subject the best exposure. During noon the sun is very high, so your subjects will look washed out and flat. Also, the shadows will have high contrast.  

    5. Are the lines straight?

    If you are taking landscape shots, make sure the horizon is not sloping. With the iPhone camera you can activate grid view to help, which you find in the camera screen under “Options”. 

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    Once you take your great shot, you’ll probably want to share it with people who share your passion or the memories you captured. For that, we can provide you the best solution – the Cooliris app. :)

    Let us know if you have other tips for taking better photos to share with the community. We might even feature you on a guest post!

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    Posted on 5th March 2013

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  • BID FAREWELL TO 2012 THE ‘COOLIRIS’ WAY

    Bringing the signature Cooliris 3D wall to the iPhone/iPad, partnering up with more sources for your photo aggregation and finally the biggest leap to end 2012 in true Cooliris Style.

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    This high-jump was not just across borders but across the Pacific Ocean to the West or across many continents and oceans towards the East; landing Cooliris successfully in the World’s biggest market, China. And, wait for it, it gets even bigger.

    This recap isn’t about the last one year, but only the past 5 months. Because once we start, there is no stopping us from bringing the best experience forward for our users. With each step, we want to revolutionize your photo-viewing moments, turning them into some of the best times of your life.

    As Cooliris took off on its journey, its first stop was bringing the browser version of its app to the tips of your fingers. And yes you can think to yourself and say ‘finally’; that what Techcrunch felt too when we launched. It aptly titled its article “Cooliris brings its 3D Photo Wall to the Ipad. Finally!”. There was no stopping us then.

    The popularity of the app spread like wildfire. Apple termed it Editor’s Choice and it reached a #1 iPad app ranking in 75 countries.

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    With the amount of traction, installs and photo views soaring, user comments and words of encouragement egged us on. We began with Facebook, Instagram and iOS camera roll photos in July 2012 and by November we had added on Picasa, Google+ and Flickr. Our amazing dedication to our users didn’t end there; version 2.2 had an integration with Google Drive. All your picture perfect moments could now be saved and accessed from anywhere on your Google Drive via Cooliris. Curation of all your photos was never this easy, now all you need is to tap your fingers and you are on your way.

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    Its success in the photo-app world was unstoppable. The tech world was abuzz with chatter about Cooliris:

    “Cooliris is already well on its way to being a household name.” TUAW

    Tech circles from outside the US too were excited about the app, helping Cooliris to spread its wings globally, mapping its name and popularity across the world

    “What do you get when you combine an immersive visual experience with an increasing number of visual sources? Cooliris is just the app you need.” e27

    “For promiscuous photo uploaders who have their images scattered all over the web, the new Cooliris looks like a great way to bring them all together for quick viewing on an iPhone or iPad.” Tech in Asia

    As the melee of comments trickled in from across the world, prompting us to think out of the box, literally, Cooliris began to gear up for its first and biggest ever international localisation. The market chosen was the biggest in terms of smartphone users but the toughest too. December 18, 2012, was epic at the Cooliris HQ. Cooliris successfully launched its integration with Renren, China’s leading real-name social networking service. It came packed with a local language capability for our Chinese users, making their experience truly emphatic. And what a great feat that was! And what a way to usher in the holidays and the new year. The global media went into a frenzy with this launch:

    Social photo discovery just got better in #China with Cooliris’ launch of localised app with #renren integration e27

    Wow what a rollercoaster ride it has been for the past few month. There was a lot to do but we still took out time to have fun, of course in true “Cooliris Style”. The party took us from the Pacific coast all the way to Germany for Oktoberfest.

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    And if you think 2012 has been a big year for us, wait for it, 2013 will be even bigger. As we bid farewell to 2012 with a heavy heart, we look forward to 2013 with much excitement and fervor. The holiday cheer seems to have gotten us in the mood to do something even bigger and better for our users who have given us their constant support throughout our eventful journey.

    While you wait for the tricks Cooliris has up its sleeve to unfold in 2013, enjoy this festive season. From the whole Cooliris team, we wish you a very Happy New Year and stay awesome!

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    PS. Take lots of photos with ease; you know Cooliris will do the rest of the tedious work for you ;)

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    Posted on 31st December 2012

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  • How do I add Flickr Albums to Cooliris on iPad/iPhone

    Hundreds of geographical miles, thousands of snapshots and millions of memories - all carefully guarded like treasures in your Flickr account. With the new Cooliris app, you can share the love, spread your message and save all those picturesque gems with the click of a few buttons. The Cooliris app now makes life much easier for you; it allows you to share and save photos from your Flickr account onto your phone and/or tablet. No more rummaging through your vast Flickr collection to find your perfect shot or a photo that you have been meaning to save on your desktop: the cascading Cooliris 3D Wall encapsulates all your Flickr photos in one large, easy to maneuver space. So get your phone or tablet out and follow these 6 simple steps to make your life a whole lot easier.

    Step 1: Open the Cooliris app and tap the “+” sign to add a new source.

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    Step 2: A list of sources will open up before you. Tap on “Flickr” to add as a source. Note: Step 1 and 2 are only required the first time. Once the source has been added, it will always appear as soon as you open the Cooliris app.

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    Step 3: Congrats! You have successfully managed to add Flickr to your sources. It should now be visible on your Cooliris Home Screen.

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    Step 4: Tap on the newly added Flickr icon. Lo and behold, all your spectacular Flickr photos will be right in front of your eyes on the Cooliris 3D Wall.

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    Step 5: To save or share any of the photos from the 3D wall, simply tap on the photo. It will give you 3 options; share, save to Camera Roll and save to Google Drive. Click on share to send the photo to a conversation in Cooliris or to Facebook, save to Camera Roll to save the photo to your mobile device, or save to Google Drive to back up your photos and access them from any computer.

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    Step 6: To save or share multiple photos at one time, tap and hold to select photos from the 3D Wall. Once you are done selecting, tap on the save or share icon in the top right hand corner. Voila! All your selected snapshots are shared or saved in seconds.

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    Once you have completed these 6 easy steps, you would have mastered the art of saving and sharing your hard work stored on Flickr. Whether you are a novice photographer, master lensman or just someone who enjoys the good things in life, Cooliris has made your photo sharing experience a whole lot simpler. With just a few taps you are on your way to spreading your magic. Don’t wait - use Cooliris to turn your ideas into a visual slideshow. 

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    Posted on 14th December 2012

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  • This is the way we keep and share our memories. You should try it too!

    This is the way we keep and share our memories. You should try it too!

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    Posted on 15th November 2012

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