Pix Picks


Picnik. Just tried this online image adjuster, useful for those times one doesn’t need an elephant gun to swat a mosquito. Someone had asked me to recommend a small app for sharpening images and I gave Picnic a try–in this case, for color correction to the image above (from 2006 when we actually had snow in winter.) Picnik saved it back to the folder of my choice on my hard drive almost instantly.

And PicLens. Awesome! Mine lives as a FireFox extension and its most impressive use for me so far is to view my Flickr Galleries. To see it in action, load PicLens, use it for starters at my Flickr link and browse my life in full color Fragments!

It works in Google Images and other places as well–great for browsing through large volumes of images in certain locations for just the right match you’re looking for. Very Mac-esque. You really need to take a look, you visually oriented sorts.

Meanwhile back at the ranch…I’ll be taking a pdf on a thumb drive by Kinkos in C’burg later today to get a half dozenfull color copies of some twenty pages of “the book” ready to send off to folks–once I determine who those folks might be other than the definite #1 to whom it will go by Wednesday. Thanks to those who have requested the link to this sample of pages, and especially those who have provided feedback. This is very helpful. And the offer still goes. Just let me know you’d like to take a peek–either in a comment or by email, and be sure I know how to get back to you with the link.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Of course I’d love to get a look at it, but I’m struggling to make a 6 p.m. Friday book edit deadline — too late?

  2. Hi Fred,

    Thanks so much for your thumbs up on PicLens 1.6. We really appreciate it!

    PicLens 1.6 with the 3D Wall is now available for Firefox and IE (Win and Mac). PicLens is also compatible with Safari, with the 1.6 version coming soon. Your readers will automatically be directed to the right version to download based on their browser by simply visiting http://www.piclens.com.

    For interested readers, below are links to two videos demos, one by our team and the other by a PicLens fan!


    Thanks, again.
    Jessica & The Cooliris Team

  3. Hey from the Cooliris Team! Wow, thanks for writing about us 🙂

    We wanted to let you all know PicLens has been selected a FINALIST in the 2008 Webware 100 Awards, out of over 4,600 2.0 Web service nominees! This is a HUGE accomplishment so thanks a TON for your tremendous support in getting us recognition! You can vote for PicLens at
    http://www.webware.com/html/ww/100/2008/vote_browsing.html until 9am on March 31st. If you know anyone else that loves PicLens, make sure to tell them to vote too. Hope you will help us! ☺

    Meg & The Cooliris Team