Thursday, April 9, 2009

BumpTop desktop released

While ago, in 2007 I wrote a short post about BumTop desktop with the video show how intuitive and entertaining it can be. Now BumTop has released it as a product. BumpTop comes as Free and Pro version. Pro version costs USD$29 and offers four extra features compared to Free version.
The best way to get familiar with the features is to watch the video.

Main feature is definitely a 3D representation of desktop and fully physics engine. All elements on the desktop can be manipulated, moved, piled up and tossed around.
Another great feature is support for multitouch screens. If you are not sure what this means have a read over here.
Gestures are used to manipulate icons/files in certain ways. To assist you with gestures there is a Pie Menu available.
Piles – stack your documents and files into piles. They can be grouped by type so all MP3 files in one corner and PDFs in another.
Sticky note – just like sticky note that you can pin onto desktop or on the wall.
Search as you type – ability to search for any item on your desktop
Toss files –  files can be tossed to a printer, USB drive, recycle bin or e-mail.
Icon size – files used more frequently are bigger in size and heavier.
Facebook and Twitter – share your pictures with friends by simply tossing images to Facebook or Twitter widgets.

BumpTop comes with 3 themes installed Blue (Vista like), Next and Classic. If that is not to your liking then go to and download one or more themes. At the moment there are 65 available for download.

Free and Pro version differences are listed here but here they are in compact form.
Sticky Note
Max 2
Toss files to USB
Autogrow of files
Flip through piles
Customer support

In terms of hardware requirements they are on the lower side of scale.
  • A 32-bit and 64-bit versions 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
  • Internet connection required for activation
So go and download it from download page (only 12.1 MB) and give it a spin, or toss or pile them up.
Just a thought for the end. If you are anything like me (for PC desktop that is) then it may be arguable if you need BumTop. Why? Because I have only 5 (five) icons on my desktop: shortcut to the user files, network, my computer, one remote desktop connection, recycle bin and Fallout 3. That’s it.
Here it is how it looks as BumTop.
On the other hand, if BumpTop supports some sort of tags or can use a file description of some sort I may reconsider putting files on desktop grouped by current work. I’ll let you know after testing.

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