Windows 7: Bumptop your desktop

Bumptop for Windows 7 Touchscreen PCs is a 3D desktop organizer that helps you to pile your files along with advanced search and sort capabilities . You can flip through websites, toss your photos up to Twitter or Facebook right from your desktop to share it with your friends or personalize your desktop with custom themes, sticky notes and photo slideshows & pan/zoom images.

Frequently-used files actually appear larger and heavier than lesser-used ones, becoming visually more important. You can also pin up photo frames on the BumpTop walls, cycling through the latest photos from Flickr, Picasa or other photo RSS feeds.

Bumptop is free to download and works even with mouse. Pro version of Bumptop is available at US$29 and offers you additional features as unlimited sticky notes, more piling features and tossing files into USB keys.

Watch the video demonstration below to see Bumptop in action

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Wow you guys are really GUI snobs. The general concept of the GUI and desktop really hasn't changed in a decade if not more. If you do a comparison of advances in hardware vs. advances in the OS/GUI you will see that both MS and Apple, and yes even the almighty opensource, are moving slower then molasses in blow zero weather. We should welcome anything that can give big name software developers ideas to start doing research on.
Bumptop may not be the next generation of an OS GUI. But its trying something....well trying something relatively new. The concept has been around for awhile. Just not as flashy.

Better make a proper Vista/Win7 virtual desktops app. Yes, it's been done and it's old but it's handy.

Why is this listed as a Windows 7 story?

Minimum Requirements

* A 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, with latest service packs
* A Pentium 4/Celeron 1.8GHz or Athlon XP/Sempron 2200+ or desktop/mobile equivalent
* Minimum 1GB system memory
* 15 MB available hard disk space.
* Intel 915 integrated graphics or Nvidia GeForce 6200 or ATI X300 or better with updated drivers
* OpenGL 2.0 driver support required (may require additional drivers available at bumptop.com/drivers)
* Internet connection required for activation

edit: ok, it can take advantage of multitouch on win7... still more a general software piece though.

Looks pretty but I'm not sure if messing around with views and having unlabelled piles of things speeds anything up. However I'll give it a go just in-case.

Just gave it a quick go and the piles don't do anything for me, as I suspected they aren't labelled so you don't know what they are until you expand them. One nice thing is having the ability size individual icons (thinks Amiga) which could be useful.

But all in all seems like nice eye-candy and a good way to show off a touch screen system but can't imagine using.

See I feel the fundamental flaw is that it emulates inefficient methods of organizing or temporary organization. Like when somebody dumps a bunch of files on your desk and you just quickly stack them to get them out of the way. It's takes more time to sort through these piles than it would to browse through some folders or run a search.

Having a database-like organization structure would be much more useful than having a 3D workspace where you dump files in unidentifiable stacks.

When reading about it, and some comments I didn't think it would be too good of an idea. After watching the video, I can see that it isn't actually that bad, altho I won't use it unless it becomes standard or default for desktops, I'm not going to go to the trouble (in time or money) to get this, when I wouldn't use it, because I don't need it.

I got invited into the beta testing, I installed it but my graphics driver was out of date, even though it was a pre-release intel driver for windows 7

I think it definitely looks interesting. I'll try it out. It certainly appears to be have more useful features than all the dock clones out there IMHO.

I didn't try it yet but unlike you people i don't say it's useless. Some while ago i had a clean desktop (just the recycle bin and "my computer") , then Stardock released "Fences" and i have been using it until now even if it introduced some clutter. If this application has some nice functionality and can simplify my interaction with my computer then i will use it, otherwise i would be just stubborn.

Featured on TED years ago, the guy who invented this really needs to stop wasting his time on it. If I don't organise my files "in 3D" in real life, why would I want to do so virtually ?

The idea is a gimmick and a dud. Go do something else, Anand Agarawala.

Why would I want a messy desk instead of organized file structures? There's a reason people organize things on their computer. Because it's better than having a pile of files on your desktop.

Try it out, you'll be pleasantly surprised. It did make me more productive and I had no problem organising things. After you use this you won't want to go back to a normal desktop.

Know what goes on my desktop? The recycling bin and temporary files. Everything else gets stored somewhere else like it should be, shortcuts for programs are in the start menu.

Memnochxx said,
Why would I want a messy desk instead of organized file structures? There's a reason people organize things on their computer. Because it's better than having a pile of files on your desktop.


People work differently.

THIS THING crashed my nevercrashing Windows 7 x64 b.7068.
dammit.
It not even provided uninstall and I couldn't bring the taskmanager. Hard reset only

This might be cool and all, but frankly I don't see the point because it seems a lot more complicated and disorganized. There's a reason that computer desktops have stayed 2D and have not changed much over so many years.

underthebridge said,
This might be cool and all, but frankly I don't see the point because it seems a lot more complicated and disorganized. There's a reason that computer desktops have stayed 2D and have not changed much over so many years.

Indeed.

I like the idea, but yeah, it just seems too flashy for me; form over function, in this case. I imagine it would take longer to use, but then again, I haven't used it personally so I can't make any judgments yet.

I think what the guy did takes an incredible amount of skill however I find the actual implementation a bit too complicated and messy. I like to keep my desktop clean and to see all of those icons that are different sizes is like a disaster to my mind. It just looks so cluttered. I do like how you can just upload files to facebook by putting pictures in the facebook shortcut. With this guy's technology it seems that you could easily do something similar to OS X's spaces. I'm not sure how efficient spaces is but it looks pretty cool.