Posted by – June 6, 2010

From time to time I play around online looking for cool new tools or utilities to try out.  I use my “test” laptop in an effort to keep problematic downloads from trashing my “daily use” laptop.  The week before I left to come to Nashville I downloaded 6 different utilities and tried them out.  The only one I kept, and installed on my “daily use” laptop, was BumpTop.

I’m not big on having many icons on my desktop.  Too much clutter.  Drives me nuts.  Matter of fact, I once worked on someone’s computer and every inch of the desktop was occupied by icons.  The first thing I did was ask if I could get rid of them… “PLEASE”.   Using BumpTop I could actually add some more icons to my desktop and not be bothered.

BumpTop is a utility that replaces your Windows desktop with a 3-dimensional one so you get the desktop surface PLUS 4 walls on which to pin things.  It makes the items on your computer’s desktop more manageable.  Items grow when you use them more, or you can grow or shrink them manually. You can stack items into groups, view them as if they were pages in a book, spread them out along arbitrary paths, or show them in square grids.

You can fling folders (and icons) around and even fling things into destination apps.  For example, you can fling a picture to the Facebook app that’s pinned on a wall and it will post it to your account. There’s also an e-mail icon, and a Twitter/Twitpic icon you can fling to.

For photos that you have on your desktop, there’s a viewer, complete with click-to-zoom. (Everything else opens up in its native Windows application.)  There’s even a Sticky Notes feature available.

BumpTop comes in two flavors:  free and pro ($29).  Features and options are limited on the free version, of course, but it’s a fun utility and definitely worth a try.
NOTE: Since I began writing this a few weeks ago, BumpTop was acquired by Google and no longer offers or supports the free version.  You may still be able to find it at downloads.com, majorgeeks.com, or here.

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