Wow! What a great new plug-in for WordPress. It will basically work with Flash, but to see the great effects you have to install the Piclens plug-in into your browser. You will be given an opportunity to install the plug-in when you first start viewing the gallery, then click on the view in 3-D icon on the top right of the page. After clicking on the install button close the thank you for installing Piclens window and your browser back button will start the show. I installed it into Firefox with no problem and it is only a 1 Mb download. It also works on major web sites like Fickr, and makes looking at photo galleries a gas. The menus disappear when you move your mouse away from the bottom of the page, click on the thumb nail to view, use your mouse wheel to zoom in and out, and you can watch a full screen slide show. This is a beta thing yet and has a way to go but it can go a long way also. The only problem I encountered was when you go to view the show a second time it displayed at a to high a resolution for my screen, and I have to close Firefox and restart it again to view the show again. (I just tried this on my PC running XP and no problem, it only seems to happen on my laptop running Vista (surprise!)). You can hit the escape key at any time to get back to this page. I hate to say it but it makes my Lightroom and Next Gen galleries look lame.
For all you WordPress bloggers, it seams that every photo that is on your front page after you install the plug-in will be included and every photo uploaded and posted after will be added to the slideshow.
After you install the PicLens plug-in to your browser, an icon will appear when you mouse over thumb nail. Click on it to start the slide show.
Click on the link www.piclens.com to be taken to the PicLens site, see a demo movie and install the plug-in.
Update March 7, 2008. – The PicLens team sent me an email with a link to the latest test version of the plugin. I downloaded an installed to my lap top that is running Vista. Both Firefox and IE plugins now are working on my Vista machine just fine. They fixed it! I wish I could put the link here but they asked me not to. Still working on it I guess, but the release must be soon.
Update March 9, 2008 – The new plugin is released.
Update April 10, 2008 – The plugin only works on the first page of the blog. To Bad.
Update April 23, 2008 – I installed a flash gallery with the same pics as PicLens only works on the main page.
Do not get me wrong though, I still love PicLens for my galleries on my main site. It is the best.
Update Sept 26, 2008 – The Piclens plugin for Woordpress has stopped working since WordPress 2.6, and no update yet. A few plugins have had issues since WP 2.6.
Update Dec 28, 2008 – CoolIris (the old PicLens) works on WordPress still (V 2.7), it is the Podpress plugin that I am using that messes up the CoolIris plugin. Podpress also messes up the Gallery feature in WordPress. Something to do with the WordPress Data Base. Alas I think Podpress died.