“Cooliris: My Little Helper for Organizing Photos”: A user review of Cooliris

Nothing is more inspirational and humbling than reviews posted by our users. Frieda Chung, a Taiwanese user of Cooliris, recently published her experience using Cooliris on her own blog. We are so grateful for her thoughts that we wanted to share them with you.

Here is an excerpt from Frieda’s blog post (translated from the original Chinese version):

There’s a classic quote from the movie Taipei Exchanges: If you had money, would you study or tour the world? My answer is to do both. From 2007 to 2010, I went and got a Master’s degree, lived in three different cities, toured more than thirty countries, and took tens of thousands of photos.

I was super busy. On any given day, if wasn’t spending hours doing homework, I was preparing my next travel plans. As such, records my travels, such as photos taken at the time, would pile up in Picasa and only be categorized by date, or they’d be shared on Facebook with timestamps. By the end of three years, I had 2 Picasa accounts, 187 albums, and another 100 albums on Facebook.

Recently, I’ve been thinking how to sort through those messy photo albums and take out the best photos for my blog. This is when I found out about Cooliris. Cooliris integrates various photo sources, and it allows me to find and switch between different albums, all in one place. Besides, the intuitive, browsable photo wall makes it so easy to find pictures.

For example, I recently needed photos for my new article “Isle of Man”. All the photos were spread across eight different albums on Picasa and Facebook. Cooliris not only helped me collect those photos all in one place but juggle around different web pages. Its intuitive interface allows me to browse photos located in different albums.

Besides browsing photos, organizing photos easily is also super important. For that, I would like to give huge credit to the Conversations feature found in Cooliris. This feature not only lets you share photos with your friends but can also serve as simple photo organizer.

When I was writing this article, I created a conversation named “Isle of Man”, and shared it with myself. After that, I went to Picasa and Facebook, picked out photos, and shared them to the “Isle of Man” conversation. After sharing my selected photos to the conversation, I went back to my laptop, opened my email, and received the invitation to view the conversation. I was able to view all my chosen photos, download them all through the platform, and then post them to my blog. Done!

I wish more of my friends were using Cooliris as it is would be so convenient to collect and view my friends’ travel photos as well. Join me on Cooliris!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Thank you, Frieda, for such a lovely review. We really appreciate it.

We would love to hear more from our users. If you would to share your personal reviews about Cooliris, please email your story to team@cooliris.com.

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Posted on 13th June 2013

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  • A Cooliris Tour of Instagram Photos: Tips & Tricks

    Tired of scrolling through hundreds of Instagram pictures to find that one photo you’re looking for? Catch yourself squinting, taking screenshots, and making awkward crops to save the image you came across? Well, you can say goodbye to these hassles with Cooliris.

    With the Cooliris app, speed through those endless Instagram feeds on a cascading 3D photo wall, and save and share any image with just a couple swipes and taps.

    Here are a few simple steps and tips that will make browsing Instagram photos unlike anything you experienced before.

    Get started

    Step 1: Open the Cooliris app and tap the Instagram icon.

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    Step 2: Tap the “Sign In to Instagram” button to go right into your Instagram account. After logging in, photos from your feed will automagically display.

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    Step 3: To see other photos from Instagram, tap the drop-down menu at the top. There, you can easily access your own Instagram photos, the popular photos page, and even view the profiles and photos of all your followers and those of whom you’re following. You can even browse the profiles of users on the popular page by simply tapping on their user ID.

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    Now for the extra fun stuff

    Continue with the following tricks to extend your discovery of Instagram photos within Cooliris.

    4. Tap any photo to instantly enlarge it. Double tap again and it will fill your entire screen. At the bottom of the screen, tap the share icon, and you’ll find the various ways to share and save in Cooliris.

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    5. Want to see photos from Instagram followers, followers of those followers, and so on and so on? Just tap their profile names as you browse along. Your photo discovery in Cooliris is endless. 

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    6. How about selecting as many photos as you want from any Instagram source and sharing them with friends? Go ahead, pick photos from your newsfeed, another user’s profile, or even your very own. You can share these photos via Facebook or even better via private group conversations within Cooliris.

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    7. Finally, know you can view likes and captions of any photo you come across in Instagram by simply tapping any photo.

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    With these tips and tricks in hand, you’re now fully equipped to browse and share an infinite number of photos from Instagram as fast and beautifully as a cheetah can dash across a Serengeti plain.

    Whether you enjoy applying cool filters to the little moments you’ve captured, or just surfing through others’ squares of art, Cooliris makes your photo sharing and browsing experience more seamless and enjoyable than ever. Give it a try and enjoy endless discovery of Instagram photos in Cooliris.

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    Posted on 5th June 2013

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  • Randy Komisar on selective sharing and the future of personal media

    With the power to connect with people anywhere and anytime at your fingertips, you face the question of what, how and with whom you want to share. This is especially true when sharing private content like photos. You want to be in control. And that’s exactly where selective sharing plays a pivotal role.

    "Pictures are an important way to capture your passions, and share with them other people," says Randy Komisar, general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. “Those people are people who mean something to you, which means they are not everybody….That’s why selectivity is important in sharing.”

    In a recent interview, Komisar talks about the growth of personal media and how it is integrated into our daily lives, and why selective sharing is needed more today then ever.

    According to Komisar, the future of personal media lies in the coming together of media and communications and how we share them.

    Here is an excerpt from the interview:

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    Posted on 24th April 2013

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  • Media meets communication: Cooliris CTO speaks at ChinaBang 2013

    Cooliris CTO Austin Shoemaker was in Beijing last week to speak at ChinaBang 2013, an annual conference on the start-up ecosystem in China.

    To an international audience composed of engineers, business managers, and journalists, Austin spoke about the need to further bridge the gap between media centric apps and broadcast apps, where you take photos, stylize them and broadcast them to a vast audience.

    Today, the need is answered only in part by chat applications, where media can be shared in a private sphere. But the limitation with chat apps is that they are linear, allowing you to only share one thing at a time.

    Austin described how the new Cooliris app provides a solution to fill this divide, where you can share media in smaller groups and in a private context. He explained how Coolris combines media and communication into a unified experience across both private groups and public social networks.

    In his words, “We add a personal layer to social media networks”. Cooliris aggregates all your media into one library, organizes it by context, and helps you share it with your specific audience.

    ChinaBang is organized by Technode, one of the biggest names in tech media in China.

    Media meets Communication - Cooliris CTO speaks at China Bang 2013 from CoolirisSlides

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    Posted on 19th April 2013

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  • Share the love this Valentines Day with Cooliris

    Cupid strikes again this year as the world celebrates Valentine’s Day today. Walk through malls, restaurants, coffee shops and stores, all you will see is a blanket of red color. From tiny nuances to large drapery, all shades of red will be the order of the day. As you make your way throughout the day, visiting different parts of your city or town, make sure to snap these beautiful adornments to add to your photo collection. Who knows, at some point when you need décor ideas, you could always access these photos via Cooliris and thank your lucky stars that you didn’t miss the opportunity to take these momentous snaps.

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    Celebrating Valentine’s Day has become a norm on the 14th of February ever year, whether you are single or attached. Couples surprise each other by making breakfast in bed, spoiling their spouse with chocolates, filling the house with aromatic red roses and ending the day with a candle light dinner. These are moments you want to treasure forever and the best way to do so is to capture them in your phone. These moments turn into precious treasures as time goes by, with the tap of the Cooliris button, you can relive what you did on Valentine’s Day, every day of the year. Look through all your wonderful pictures in our amazing 3D wall and bring a smile to your face. For those who are unattached, celebrate your singledom by having a crazy night out with your friends. Don’t forget to click and record those memories, who knows you might look at those photos a few years down the road and laugh at the crazy times you had.

    We, here at Cooliris plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day together with our whole crew and embed those memories forever in our minds and of course our iPhones. Make memories this year with Cooliris and share the love with us as well. Send your special photographs to your family and friends to celebrate this day with them too.

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    From all of us at Cooliris, help spread the love and a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    Posted on 14th February 2013

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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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  • Some Cooliris press coverage from the last days

    Since we have gotten a lot of press coverage in the last few days, we want to share the amazing feedback with you here:

    With 250m+ photos viewed, Cooliris updates iOS app, grabs pics from Google Drive, Flickr, others - The Next Web

    Cooliris hits 250M photos viewed, introduces integration with Google Drive - SG Entrepreneurs

    "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 - Cooliris expands photo sources to include Picasa, Google+, Google Drive and Flickr

    "Cooliris is already well on its way to being a household name." TUAW - Cooliris passes 250 million photo views, adds more sharing options

    "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 - CoolIris App Adds New Photo Sources, Boasts 1.5M Installs

    And we loved the description in this blog:  "This free app was a life-saver, all my pictures were found in just a click of a button."     "The soothing movement of the wall is akin to the pictures swaying to the tunes of Mozart; creative genius."  Chattering Kitchen  Food & Travel Photography Tips: Share Your Treasures via Cooliris

    Have a blog and want to share something about Cooliris? Let us know at team@cooliris.com and we will get in touch with you to provide you with material.

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    Posted on 3rd December 2012

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