360desktop

360desktop

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 71 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    public beta
  • Total Downloads:
    106,639
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 08, 2008
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Even if you're hard-pressed to care about standard desktop-enhancement software, 360desktop makes some intriguing promises. "Unlimited desktop space" is one, and the ability to save any part of the Web directly to your desktop is another.

Turns out, there's more than screen-saver snake-oil here. When you run 360desktop, you get a panoramic desktop with custom widgets. Quit, and you're back to basic Windows. Switching between the two didn't cause problems when tested, although quitting 360desktop completely required killing the process a few times.

A persistent "QuickNav" area in the upper right of your screen lets you scroll or drag your cursor around. The help guide suggests that arrow key navigation works, too, although it didn't for us. A handy Windows taskbar icon offers a context menu that lets you customize options, such as scrolling speed, how 360desktop focuses multi-window applications, and whether the location of running apps and widgets appear in the QuickNav.

Web widgets are simple to install and work well. Click "Add a widget" in the QuickNav and you'll see a bare-bones dialog with two tabs--Web Widget or Embed Code Widget. The first lets you enter a widget name and a URL, while the second lets you enter a name and a snippet of HTML code. A special 360desktop toolbar appears next a new widget from which you can drag and drop the widget, close it, or click the "i" button for more information.

360desktop runs like any of your other Windows programs and doesn't seem to affect any critical system files, although it does place a shortcut on your regular Windows desktop without asking. It's not essential software, but if you've got the RAM to handle it, 360desktop can be a lot of fun. Be sure to create a System Restore point in case it blows up your Windows installation--it's not a beta for nothing.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.9

    out of 71 votes

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1 stars

"This program could be made so much better"

September 06, 2011  |  By jamieorlando23

 |  Version: 360desktop public beta

Pros

Looks nice

Cons

Way to big and to slow

Summary

Back to the drawing table

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1 stars

"Works soooo sloooowwwww"

July 19, 2011  |  By johnstreeker

 |  Version: 360desktop public beta

Pros

Does what it does.

Cons

Makes my laptop soooooo slooooowwwww

Summary

give this a mis

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2 stars

"360Desktop nowhere to go for support or forum"

January 05, 2011  |  By JPMTJR

 |  Version: 360desktop public beta

Pros

The version that is available for download from CNET is not the latest version. I performed a Google Search and found version there is a version 8.5.2084 and it comes in 32bit and 64bit. It works excellently for multiple monitors

Cons

When something goes wrong there is nowhere to go for support. The Web Site doesn't exist any longer. I even tried to reach them via Twitter and Facebook to no avail.

Summary

Works good but will there ever be any updates. i do not think so since the Web Site has disappeared.

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4 stars

"Why is still a "Beta"?"

January 02, 2011  |  By dpitmanh

 |  Version: 360desktop public beta

Pros

I like how this product gives our "Desktop" back without having to "Delete" all the "Shortcuts" on our "Desktop". You can also view your other apps. very easily, add any part of a web page to your "Desktop" and it is really simple to add Widgets.

Cons

Although I like this product, it does have drawbacks such as not wanting to close and having to use the "Task Manager" in WindowsXP.

Summary

I also wonder why, after being distributed since July of 2008, it is still a "Beta" product that has not been updated, at least by this web site.

If you want this product for fun and amusement then by all means download it. However, remember that it is a "Beta", and not a final version. Therefore, expect "BUGS".

I would also create a "Restore Point" on your computer before installing the product just in case the worse happens to your "System Files" creating havoc for your "OS".

dpitmanh

Updated on Jan 2, 2011

P.S. The web site "www.30desktop.com" is also down at this time. Kind of makes an individual wonder why.

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1 stars

"Are they going to stay in beta forever?"

December 06, 2010  |  By micheal722

 |  Version: 360desktop public beta

Pros

Does work.

Cons

Not efficient and buggy!

Summary

Wast of time: makes thing more complicated!

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1 stars

"Slow and heavy"

September 20, 2010  |  By angelicabon

 |  Version: 360desktop public beta

Pros

Nice idea but works clunky.

Cons

To slow to be useful

Summary

Give it a mis.

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1 stars

"Uses to many system resources"

August 28, 2010  |  By perben

 |  Version: 360desktop public beta

Pros

Does kind of work.

Cons

To slow to use

Summary

Don't use it

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1 stars

"Makes my system much slower"

July 27, 2010  |  By kaiscneider

 |  Version: 360desktop public beta

Pros

Nice concept

Cons

To much load on my system.

Summary

Don't use it.

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1 stars

"To heavy on my system."

July 15, 2010  |  By garmth

 |  Version: 360desktop public beta

Pros

Works ok, but not great.

Cons

slow and useless

Summary

Don't use it.

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1 stars

"Awful waste of time"

July 10, 2010  |  By Supervisor_Aus

 |  Version: 360desktop public beta

Pros

There are no pros

Cons

Just terrible - you are turning your desktop into a billboard, for people to advertise. the desktop should be the one refuge from ads and intrusion - bit this allows ads to pop up on the desktop. the technology is outdated.

Summary

bottom line - it's outdated, a failure and totally irrelevant.

Updated on Jul 10, 2010

Also, a lot of the positive reviews here are probably posted by the company. Evan (owner) hires people to go through websites and post fake positive comments to promote the product.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version public beta
First public beta.
General
Publisher 360desktop
Publisher web site http://www.360desktop.com/
Release Date July 08, 2008
Date Added July 08, 2008
Version public beta
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Virtual Desktop Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows XP/Vista (32-bit)
Download Information
File Size 5.93MB
File Name 360desktop-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 106,639
Downloads Last Week 27
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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