PicLens

PicLens is a free download that transforms your browser into a full-screen 3D experience for online images and videos. With their recent update, they’ve included metadata such as image title labels of Flickr photo captions, while you surf through the images.

They’ve also integrated a new UI, which further streamlines navigation with a more obvious Jump to Page button and an improved full-screen mode. You can get a true full-screen zoom for both images and video (YouTube) alike.

PicLens is available for Firefox 2.0 and above, Internet Explorer on Windows Vista, XP, and Mac OSX. Download your free copy of PicLens.

Use of crowd intelligence to tag your Posts – “TagThis” Plugin

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TagThisAn effort to allow collective crowd tagging

Ever since the first public beta of WordPress 2.3, a nagging itch had kept me worried — “How and who the hell will tag my old articles?” Tags are awesome but ‘are you sure you have tagged your post effectively?’, ‘will you go back and be able to tag all your older articles?’

Well, I searched for a similar or near-similar plugins which can accomplish this feat of tagging by your reader, and blog visitors. Unfortunately, Google was unable to find me anything I can use. I went ahead and drafted a plan for a custom plugin. I approached few ‘awesome’ WordPress Plugin developers and about five of them agreed to collaborate with me to come up with a plugin which we can release to the public under the GPL license. The good part was that most the developer were ready to do it for free. With schedule clashes and mis-timings with the other developers; I finally ended up with a kick-ass developer — Anirudh Sanjeev.

The development took way longer than anticipated due to many timeline hurdles, project clashes and yes, we got a bit lazy along the way. Fortunately, with a refreshed iteration of the project, a WordPress Plugin to allow your blog readers and visitors to tag your posts (articles) is ready — “TagThis”.

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UPDATES

  • 2008 1st Feb: Code updated to work with PHP 4 and so you can start adding your favorite and appropriate tags to this and other articles on this site.

Sidenotes aka Asides

I’ve decided to add a Sidenotes aka Asides section to my site powered by the WordPress Plugin – Sideblog. Many a times, I came across articles that are good which I’d love to point others to it so they can be read and enjoyed. They, however, do not fit into the realm of a blog article and thus have avoided blogging about them unless they are big, interesting and within the paradigm of my Technical interest.
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Tiny Link – a WordPress plugin to create a TinyURL for your articles

I was in search of a way to automagically get an alternate short link for the lengthy URL of my articles. I tried a plugin but somehow went kaput and never worked for me. I decided to write one for myself and came up with a very simple solution. – Tiny Link.

Well, Tiny Link is a WordPress plugin that creates an alternate TinyURL link to your article or post permalink.

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