BumpTop takes your flat, two-dimensional Windows desktop and
converts it into a 3D “room.” It can help you organize your desktop
files and icons, but its fun and good-looking approach consumes a
fair bit of system resources.
You can spread your shortcuts and files out along the floor or
four walls of BumpTop’s room, or have a little fun by grabbing one
and flinging it so that it ‘bumps’ against another surface. The app
can help organize your stuff by gathering it into piles that you
create yourself by drawing a circle around multiple icons and
files, or you can have BumpTop automatically gather everything into
3-D stacks called piles based on their type (documents, folders,
program shortcuts, etc.).
Once you create a pile, you can double-click on it to expand
everything in the pile into a grid, and then collapse it back down.
Right-click a pile for other options, such as fanning out the
contained items or breaking up the pile.
BumpTop will start you out with a few picture frames. The frames
can cycle through images pulled from a folder on your hard drive,
or from an RSS feed from sites such as Flickr or Picasa Web. You’ll
also get a few widgets that can upload a picture to your Facebook
account when you toss it onto the widget’s icon, or start an e-mail
with a flung file as an attachment.
You can also grow or shrink a given icon to make it more or less
obvious, search for a particular keyword among your desktop items,
or sift through a slideshow of pictures in the room. Program
windows will display normally, and if you stop BumpTop by
right-clicking its icon in the system tray, you’ll see your regular
BumpTop is fun to use, and its piles could help organize an
unruly desktop. But it uses a fair bit of memory–about 110MB on my
medium-powered test laptop–to maintain its 3D display, and will
also use a good amount of your CPU when you move items around.
BumpTop comes in Free and Pro versions. The $29 Pro version adds
additional features, such as flipping through items in a pile using
your mouse wheel, or automatically growing the icons for files that
you use often. You’ll be prompted to choose Free or Pro when you
install the app.