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BumpTop Desktop Getting Closer?



Maybe all good things come to those who wait. I’ve been interested in the BumpTop Desktop ever since it came across my radar awhile ago. I see that you can now sign up for the closed Beta, which I’ve done, so here’s hoping. What intrigues me about this is the desktop metaphor which I think would work very well for Tablet PCs and touch devices. At least if you keep your virtual and real desktops as cluttered as I do. Here’s hoping this moves forward soon as I think once we see multi-touch in Windows 7 that BumpTop could become very, very interesting as a desktop metaphor. Check out the video for the possibilities.

Hat tip to LifeHacker



  1. Jonathan

    10/17/2008 at 6:16 am

    That is just superb. As long as it doesn’t bog down the system I want it!

  2. Steven

    10/17/2008 at 6:32 am

    Warner, do you have any invitations to give out? This looks very nice.

  3. Tracy

    10/17/2008 at 7:29 am

    Wow, that plain looks fun!

  4. Warner Crocker

    10/17/2008 at 7:31 am


    I haven’t been accepted into the beta yet. If I do get lucky and have extras I’ll let folks know.

  5. Vyk

    10/17/2008 at 10:24 am

    This is absolutely fascinating.

    It looks like a fun way to use a desktop. Maybe they can add a recycle bin in which we can “throw” crumpled files into ; ).

    This would offer the user so much more control in tablet mode!

    Keep us posted!

  6. archiwiz

    10/17/2008 at 11:05 am

    Wow… I could really use this concept. I hope this would work on portable media like flash/jump drives as well, and for folders, files, drives and more.

  7. Steppenwolf

    10/17/2008 at 12:22 pm

    So, this would be useful…for what exactly?

  8. t lewis

    10/17/2008 at 6:50 pm

    This is actually available right now – with a somewhat more limited option list when it comes to sorting the piles – “Real Desktop”:

    But all the bouncy physics are there. A 3d room metaphor. Tossing files and folders around. Creative clutter and piles. …Three different versions. One is free and fully potent enough to give you a sense of it.

    I’ve played with the full version off and on. Very cool…at least at first. After a while I start missing the straightforward – if boring – layout of the customary desktop.

    Still, the increased manipulation capabilities (gestures, more context-menu options) and tablet-friendly nature of the BumpTop might drive it home. Like you, Warner, I’m intrigued and will be watching.

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