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BumpTop 3D: The Finder/Desktop of the Future

Old 07-10-06, 01:19 PM
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BumpTop 3D: The Finder/Desktop of the Future

http://honeybrown.ca/Pubs/BumpTop.html



BumpTop aims to enrich the desktop metaphor with expressive, lightweight techniques found in the real world.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0ODskdEPnQ (6:49 secs)

Pretty interesting idea of making a real world workspace into a digital file system. I'd love to give it a whirl.
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Old 07-10-06, 01:35 PM
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Looks like it works good with a small number of files but I've got almost 10,000 mp3 files. The whole desktop would be covered. Even with stacks sorted by artist.
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hmmm I'll have an actual messy desk and a messy desk top
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The lack of naming for the files and the absence of space to do so seems to be a downfall.
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Old 07-10-06, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by edstein
Looks like it works good with a small number of files but I've got almost 10,000 mp3 files. The whole desktop would be covered. Even with stacks sorted by artist.
ummm, use folders?
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This is really cool, but not so practical.

Most people spend more time working with a file than organizing or trying to access it. I think the best "finder/desktop" is the one in which you can most quickly access the files you need. While this may be an improvement over the traditional method of clicking through an endless amount of folders - I don't think it's as intuitive as the Finder feature incorporated into that latest Mac OSX.

However, this could have some application for organizing large amounts of files specifically related to one project. For instance, sales reports over a period of time, or photos or video files being used in a presentation or media project. I think this idea has potential as a hybrid for either operating systems in general, or specific applications like the Microsoft Office suite.
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If you can "Delete" files by running through the desktop wielding a shotgun, I'm so there.
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Where is AOL?

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Be patient. If you lose it, a new one comes in the mail the next week.

(side note, but have they stopped doing this? I don't get AOL cd's any more )
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Be patient. If you lose it, a new one comes in the mail the next week.

(side note, but have they stopped doing this? I don't get AOL cd's any more )
Do you know what I get instead of them now (well, more frequently...i still get an AOL Hell disk here and there...though they stopped using DVD cases...so they are TOTALLY useless)....PEOPLE PC. I hate that company. They kept harassing me to 'rejoin'. I joined up for a free trial to fulfill a commitment during the 'free ipod' craze (I got my ipod and sounddock from the deal). I loathe both companies.

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I saw this a few weeks ago. It looked to me like a way of making your desktop unnecessarily more complicated and unwieldy.
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