BumpTop

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 112 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0
  • Total Downloads:
    825,384
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 07, 2009
  • Price:
    Free; Paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    407
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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BumpTop replaces your desktop with a visual environment unlike any you've used. It's a bit like a futuristic gesture-based interface, but it's tied to your mouse. Were it capable of simultaneous Web browsing, its utility would be much more apparent.

BumpTop makes the items on your computer's desktop more like their real-world counterparts. Icons and folders are assigned a virtual weight based on the amount of memory they take up and their importance to you. You can move them by click-and-drag, or fling them across the BumpTop space. The program determines their importance based on how often you use them, but you can also alter that by hand. In a way, BumpTop takes the "Cover Flow" concept to the next level. Stack items to keep them organized, flip through them as you would a photo album, sprawl them across the desktop arbitrarily, or order them in staid grids. Circular wheel pie menus make options a mouse flick away, and the 3D "walls" make for fast posting to Facebook, e-mailing, and Twittering.

To alter a group of items, you lasso them--but you probably haven't used a lasso like this before. Unlike the square-edged standard Windows lasso, this one lets you select objects by drawing circles around them. Icons can be more scattered without it slowing your work flow because factors like angle, size changing, proximity, and icon flipping all impact on how you interact with your desktop. There's a built-in photo viewer, and although it doesn't allow for user interactions yet, the Safari and Chrome browsing engine WebKit is baked in, too.

If WebKit moves toward integrating browsing with your desktop in a customizable manner, and more gesture-based hardware support becomes commonplace, it could push how we use our computers into a whole new dimension.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.0

    out of 57 votes

    • 5 star 14
    • 4 star 10
    • 3 star 11
    • 2 star 8
    • 1 star 14
  • All Versions

    3.0

    out of 112 votes

    • 5 star 26
    • 4 star 23
    • 3 star 18
    • 2 star 17
    • 1 star 28
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1 stars

"Did not work properly"

April 27, 2009  |  By MyChoochiFace

 |  Version: BumpTop 1.0

Pros

Did not work properly

Cons

Did not work properly

Summary

Did not work properly

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5 stars

"Wicked awesome. Worth downloading 100%."

April 25, 2009  |  By JSchilli1

 |  Version: BumpTop 1.0

Pros

Amazing graphics, cool physics, 3D functionality, stacking, productive, widgets, automatic printing, USB key, flipping through items.

Cons

If you don't have a decent graphics driver, that could be a problem. I did not, however. experience any CPU lags or slowdowns, and my computer is an IBM ThinkPad. Very slow computer. Performance works great, though.

Summary

GREAT PRODUCT! Buy the pro, if you have extra money! Wait, no. BUY THE PRO EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO MONEY! Great, great, great!

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4 stars

"AWESOME but NOT AWESOME"

April 25, 2009  |  By star11scream

 |  Version: BumpTop 1.0

Pros

You can waste time by grabbing and flicking items, can pile up stuff, 3D looks awesome

Cons

You miss your old desktop, sometimes the graphics get to your head

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3 stars

"Interesting piece of s/ware BUT slows down the system"

April 24, 2009  |  By ashugandhi

 |  Version: BumpTop 1.0

Pros

Novel and innovative, easy to learn and use, and fun to experiment and learn , even for kids

Cons

Uses up a lot of memory to the extent it slows down the system till it is disabled

Summary

Would love to learn more uses of the same product and share as I get more familiar with the system. As of now I had to disable it at startup as it was getting my system memory eaten up in laps.

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5 stars

"absolutely amazing!"

April 23, 2009  |  By darkGDI

 |  Version: BumpTop 1.0

Pros

fancy graphics, cool features, amazing new way to look at the desktop; easy to organize, more natural feel than a flat desktop

Cons

slow to load, could be graphics and CPU/RAM intensive on slower computers

Summary

One of the best desktop enhancing pieces of software I have ever used. I have never been exposed to any form of non-normal desktops, but I have used dock apps before, particularly RocketDock. I liked it, but it was just like having a flat desktop. This is like having your desk on your screen. It is amazing and, while not perfect, is pretty good. Why are people giving it low scores?

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1 stars

"totally unnecessary, unhelpful"

April 23, 2009  |  By JMB1984

 |  Version: BumpTop 1.0

Pros

fancy graphics

Cons

do you really want your computer to look like your messy desk?

Summary

good in concept, but this idea just does not play out. maybe once we all have tablet pcs.

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5 stars

"its fantstatic"

April 23, 2009  |  By dgariany

 |  Version: BumpTop 1.0

Pros

easy to use reminds me of my office desk

Cons

i cant find anything that i dont like

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4 stars

"I dont know why users rate this low. This is fantastic!"

April 22, 2009  |  By BryanK

 |  Version: BumpTop 1.0

Pros

I love this program. I love the 3d effects! I love the changing frames, the variety of themes, the animation of the icons, the ease of use. THANK YOU!!!!!!! I am installing it on both computers in the house.

Cons

Nothing! It used to crash when it went into sleep mode, but I wrote to the company and within days they fixed it.

Summary

This does NOT slow down my system, you can right click & rename icons on the desktop, you CAN remove the facebook & twitter icons so who cares if its preloaded, etc. There's nothing wrong with it!

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3 stars

"Could be good, needs a few improvements"

April 22, 2009  |  By dwanhalla

 |  Version: BumpTop 1.0

Pros

Interesting, idea good.

Cons

Very slow to load and only loads sometimes.

Summary

Would like to choose what I like instead of having Facebook etc preloaded

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1 stars

"no earthly use"

April 22, 2009  |  By canda99

 |  Version: BumpTop 1.0

Pros

I don't like anything

Cons

totally un necesary

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General
Publisher BumpTop
Publisher web site http://www.BumpTop.com/
Release Date April 07, 2009
Date Added April 07, 2009
Version 1.0
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows 7, Windows, Windows XP 32-bit, Windows XP 64-bit
Additional Requirements OpenGL 2.0
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name Not available
Popularity
Total Downloads 825,384
Downloads Last Week 407
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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