BumpTop, the failed metaphor 19:24 on Saturday
I know this is a bit last month, but everybody seems to be too enthusiastic about BumpTop. I think it sucks big time. Looks cool, though.
Three Minds @ Organic think BumpTop makes a complex desktop simple. Strangely it is only those who have not once got themselves well organized who think an unorganized mess of piled stuff is a superior way to manage the stuff. They call this “organized clutter”, at least until they are asked to pay late fees on bills that are safely positioned at the bottom of one of these piles. Believe me, I’ve paid my late fees.
John Koezier calls this
may be a significant step forward in UI design. Pleez. Adding ways to throw, hang and generally fiddle with your documents is a significant step backward in productivity, if anything. I’ll agree with John on piles though.
Infosthetics writes how great BumpTop is because
users are not forced to commit to categorization, such as the immediate naming & filing of documents. Guess what? You can get to your dream land right now. Just keep all your files as “untitled” and hide the file names if that makes your life easier. Infosthetics touches a valid point though: location and color can be important identifiers besides the filename. That’s why Apple already has color labels and freely positionable icons (in two dimensions). If you’ve ever seen a computer virgin use a mouse, you can probably imagine the fun it would make to watch them position their icons in BumpTop’s three-dimensional space.
I could add that documents probably are intended to only display the name of the document when moused over, which was one of the bigger mistakes of the OS X Dock. But I’ll cut them slack on this one, it’s a prototype anyway.
Being such a utilitarian personality, perhaps not surprisingly the only post I agree with is on 43 Folders. WYSIWYG is dead. My computer currently has around half a million files. A desktop metaphor for half a million documents? That sentence is enough to understand the desktop metaphor must go. We need results, not another way to put half a million documents in piles.