I got sucked into the photo search / organization tool called Cooliris about a year ago and use it often. I love the look of the tool as well as its many search features. The local computer search feature is especially useful!

Cooliris is a browser plug-in that revolutionizes how you find, view, and share photos and videos. Whether you’re browsing the Web or your desktop, Cooliris presents media on an infinite “3D wall” that lets you enjoy content without clicking page to page. Cooliris works with Firefox, as well as Internet Exporer, Safari (Mac), and Google Chrome (Windows).

And the Cooliris people have now made it even cooler through their Cooliris Express tool. Cooliris Express now allows you to easily and quickly create your own 3-D picture walls using your own images. You can then embed your newly created image wall into almost any web site or blog.[gigya width=”400″ height=”248″ src=”http://apps.cooliris.com/embed/cooliris.swf” quality=”high” flashvars=”feed=api%3A%2F%2Fpicasaweb.google.com%2F%3Fuser%3Dglennwiebe%26album%3DHawaiiScreensavers&backgroundcolor=%23FFFFFF&style=light&glowcolor=%23000000&showsearch=false&showembed=false” wmode=”opaque” ]
What a great way for you or your students to create digital stories or share a variety of images!

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