3DOSX is a fully functional, 3D file system browser. It allows you to open multiple folder and disk hierarchies and move about them in three dimensions.Almost everything you do in the finder can be done in the same way using 3DOSX. (To open a file or expand a folder, double-click it. To Get Info, hit Command-I.) As you browse your file system, folders will expand into "platters" containing all items within that folder. To scroll through a large list of items, click and hold on the platter and move your mouse to the left or right. If the platter is not big enough to display every item, it hides some of them in a "magic box" in back. As you scroll, items will disappear into the magic box and reappear as you scroll in the other direction.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I'm running a dual 867 G4 with a Gig of RAM. Clicking on a favorite that takes me 5 palettes deep takes about 90-120 seconds to render. Selecting the root of the drive then takes another 30-60 seconds to render the "tunneling" effect to get to the main platter. Opening another platter? Forget about it I was waiting for the thing to draw for well over 2 inutes when I quit the app.
Also, there should be an easy way to get to the main platter when only 1 platter is open, and <b>not</b> by using the menu. A single platter so completely occupies the interface as to make it unusable.
I remember trying this app quite a while back (first release maybe?). This is not an improvement on that earlier iteration.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. This is surely the most bizarrely daft application I've ever downloaded. This is not really a 3d finder - it's a nested set of 2 dimensional spaces viewed from an oblique angle.
The idea of 3d file management is intrinsically a good one. But there are two concepts which are confused here. There is the logical 3d of a spreadsheet system like Excel, or the multi-dimensions of a relational database like Filemaker Pro. Then there is perspective display, which can be used to create the impression of 3d space visually.
There is a great prize waiting for whoever it is who can marry up relationality with a display type that makes sense of it to the user. This would take us truly into Neuromancer territory. Unfortunately, this application offers a confusing perspective approach, but doesn't sort out the underlying logical problem. And it's also slow and ugly.