Originally posted on May 5, 2010 @ 10:42 am
Although I’ve never imagined myself downloading and using it, I’ve always kept an eye on BumpTop. BumpTop is an interesting piece of software: it replaces your usual desktop with a 3-D desktop that literally tries to mimic a real, physical desk. With real, tangible objects that you can manipulate.
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.
I haven’t downloaded BumpTop because I don’t think it’ll help me in my workflow; in fact, I think it’s a bit too early to use BumpTop. I mean, that sort of animation is going to eat up loads of memory.
But if you plan to download and test BumpTop, this week is your last chance though, because Google has bought BumpTop for an undisclosed price.
Today, we have a big announcement to make: we’re excited to announce that we’ve been acquired by Google! This means that BumpTop (for both Windows and Mac) will no longer be available for sale. Additionally, no updates to the products are planned.
Now I wonder where we’ll see BumpTop’s technology next. Will we see it in Google Desktop, or in Google Chrome OS for the upcoming Google Tablet? The Tablet makes sense. What do you think?