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For those of you looking for a different desktop experience, BumpTop Mac is now available for public consumption. Almost four years ago we got a glimpse of the BumpTop prototype, and the application of physics to desktop-based files looked great. Since then, the Windows version has […]

For those of you looking for a different desktop experience, BumpTop Mac is now available for public consumption.

Almost four years ago we got a glimpse of the BumpTop prototype, and the application of physics to desktop-based files looked great. Since then, the Windows version has been made available, and the Mac version has been in closed beta (as I’ve mentioned previously). I still like the concept, and it definitely feels like it was made for OS X (versus just a Windows port) which is ideal. To find out more about what BumpTop Mac does, and why (or why not) it may be useful for you, read on.

The good folks at BumpTop brand it as, “Your Mac Desktop, Reinvented,” which I believe is a fair statement. Though I look at it more as what Path Finder did for the Finder — it adds a bunch of features, and makes the standard OS X desktop prettier (in some ways).

Essentially, BumpTop works to make your computer desktop more like your physical desktop. It adds walls around the flat space that allow you to pin things up ‘out of the way’, it lets you click and fling files across the space using physics characteristics (so if one file is represented as larger, it will crash through a group of smaller files), and more. The best, and most useful feature, in my opinion, is the Piles concept. Clicking and dragging a circle around several files allows you to group them together into a pile, signifying relevance to one another. Of course, all of this is great, but assumes that you keep lots of files and ‘stuff’ on your desktop — which goes against my Desktop Zero concept, but to each his/her own!

Does all of this sound interesting to you? If so, you can download BumpTop Mac for free. Should you decide you want to upgrade to the Pro version, it will cost you $29. The Pro price tag brings with it some extra bling features like unlimited sticky notes and the ability to flip through your Piles, as well as ‘Find-as-you-type’ search, multi-touch gestures, and preferred support. (As a note, the multi-touch gestures currently support the MacBook line’s trackpads — there is no mention of the Magic Mouse.) Are those things worth the price to you? It’s very possible that they are, and who are we kidding, it’s a very cool concept to play with. But try the free version first and see if this alternate way of handling your desktop jives with your workflow.

  1. It looks pretty and all that but I can’t see it being practical for everyday use. In my opinion the desktop/OS should be as invisible as possible to allow you to get where you want to quickly and get on with what you are doing. E.g. browsing, coding, authoring, photoshopping, etc.

    What does this do to help you do that?

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  2. also.. you should defo host that video on vimeo or something. youtube looks tacky on the website.

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    1. Then send an email to BumpTop. It’s their video and that’s where they posted it. :)

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  3. I meant on there website is were it looks tacky.. not on theappleblog. I fully understand that is were they hosted it and its totally fine looking in this article.

    Their website looks pretty well designed I just think the youtube lets it down a bit. A higher quality vimeo hosted one or something would look nicer. I’m sure they will be looking at these comments.

    you guys are great :)

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  4. Tried it out, but the Mac version seems to be missing a bunch of the features of the Windows version… you can’t put different wallpapers on each “wall”/floor, the icons aren’t dragged around with momentum, they don’t bump into each other, etc.

    That said, I think it’d be a fantastically useful app for people who like to keep a billion things on their desktop and are looking to get organized.

    I’d probably use the Windows version at work, but I have two monitors, and BumpTop on Windows only seems to work for one monitor at a time. Ah well.

    - chrish

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  5. Does any one have an performance specs? Interested in using this, but would like to know if it drags down the RAM, CPU, or spins up the fans in any way.

    Thanks

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  6. [...] BumpTop Mac is Now Available – The Apple Blog, Jan 21, 2010 [...]

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  7. I can’t see how this could possibly improve my file organisation, or increase my productivity in any way. Pretty toy.

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  8. @Chris – I haven’t had any fans running while using BumpTop over an extended period of time (while tooling around with it). But i’m also not using it intensively and with maxed out features (wallpaper, lots of files, etc)

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  9. @Andrew, isn’t that your Mac any ways? ;)

    @Nick, thanks for the response. I may have to check it out!

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  10. Rushabh Mehta Thursday, March 4, 2010

    I use this with my magic mouse(with the free version) and i have to say its awesome!
    for anyone interested on using it with the magic mouse, just use bettertouchtool and assign the shortcuts to the gestures

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