Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Thu 10th Jul 2008 06:16 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces 360Desktop is a software that extends the Windows desktop into a panaromic desktop, with unlimited space. In addition, "it allows users to easily grab their favorite web content from across the web, and put it right on their expanded desktop". Demo of 360Desktop in action.
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Unlimited?
by el3ktro on Thu 10th Jul 2008 06:51 UTC
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2006-01-10

Please can someone explain to me why this has "unlimited" desktop space? It's not as infinite as the term "unlimied" suggests. By the way, what's the use of this? What is useful of having videos pinned to a wall of a building (with out any perspective correction, btw) or having frogs walking across the screen?

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RE: Unlimited?
by jal_ on Thu 10th Jul 2008 07:09 UTC in reply to "Unlimited?"
jal_ Member since:
2006-11-02

Indeed, this seems yet another gadget presented as a breakthrough that it isn't...


JAL

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RE: Unlimited?
by DrillSgt on Thu 10th Jul 2008 07:16 UTC in reply to "Unlimited?"
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2005-12-02

"What is useful of having videos pinned to a wall of a building (with out any perspective correction, btw) or having frogs walking across the screen?"

Exactly the type of thing I have been wondering about Compiz. What do I need with a cube or raindrops on my screen?

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RE[2]: Unlimited?
by el3ktro on Thu 10th Jul 2008 07:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Unlimited?"
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2006-01-10

I found the cube to be a nice visual clue of how multiple desktops work. The raindrops are pretty useless, I agree.

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RE[2]: Unlimited?
by Alleister on Thu 10th Jul 2008 07:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Unlimited?"
Alleister Member since:
2006-05-29

The Raindrops are just a demonstration of what is possible. The cube is getting close to be useful, since it gives some spatiality to the desktops.

Other compiz plugins are really extremely useful:
I use the fast zoom quite frequently and together with the contrast increase functions i would guess it is a dream to use for people with reduced eyesight.

The places and expose clones are a great to work with, i nearly stopped using the taskbar since i have those.

Different visual effects for closing and minimizing windows give a very subtle and pleasing cue if the app is closed or just iconified.

Get over the early demos and have an in depth look at what compiz does nowadays, it is far beyond being a toy these days.

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RE[2]: Unlimited?
by Nossie on Thu 10th Jul 2008 08:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Unlimited?"
Nossie Member since:
2007-07-31

at least compiz doesn't have fecking ad banners...

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RE: Unlimited?
by Soulbender on Thu 10th Jul 2008 07:29 UTC in reply to "Unlimited?"
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2005-08-18

It's not about if it's useful or not, it is about if people will buy it or not.

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RE: Unlimited?
by Googol on Thu 10th Jul 2008 09:27 UTC in reply to "Unlimited?"
Googol Member since:
2006-11-24

Well, if you add enough pictures together, I suppose you will have unlimited space for all it's worth. Having said that, I am already bored with it watching half way through. So either I scroll for a mile to get my window or I click to get there straight -- but clicking something in the taskbar brings me there without that application, too. It is a chocolate tea-pot.

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RE: Unlimited?
by timosa on Fri 11th Jul 2008 07:01 UTC in reply to "Unlimited?"
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2005-07-06

I believe Gnome 3.0 will have Unlimited Workspace(s) feature... ;)

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Toy
by Glynser on Thu 10th Jul 2008 08:24 UTC
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2007-11-29

Well, I don't think that this will "revolutionize" the desktop (as Desktop 2.0 suggests), but it might be a nice toy for some people.

Personally, I think it takes too long to roam around your "unlimited" (haha) desktop. Always having to open that navigation bar and then sliding around seems very slowing down.

On the other hand, having mutliple desktops means that they are excluding each other somehow. On that desktop, everything belongs together, so you're free to move around your windows just as you need them. That's the only good thing that I can find about it. Still, I don't think it might be very useful.

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All I can say is....
by thavith_osn on Thu 10th Jul 2008 08:30 UTC
thavith_osn
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2005-07-11

deary me...

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No 64-bit support
by Blackhouse on Thu 10th Jul 2008 09:03 UTC
Blackhouse
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2005-07-06

Tried it but couldn't get it to work on Vista 64-bit

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Not exactly a breakthrough
by RenatoRam on Thu 10th Jul 2008 09:24 UTC
RenatoRam
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2005-11-14

...that's not that much different from what we've been able to to for ages in, say, fvwm with multiple workspaces and a navigator.

Nowadays even with fancier tricks thanks to compiz and such.

I hope the real innovation in this thing is not supposed to be that you can open pieces of web pages and leave them on parts of the workspace you don't normally see to avoid clutter... because that's EXACTLY what I've been doing in the last 10 years on the various incarnations of X11 desktops/WMs.

Sure, for windows it's a boon, but still...

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RE: Not exactly a breakthrough
by Laurence on Thu 10th Jul 2008 17:43 UTC in reply to "Not exactly a breakthrough"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

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I hope the real innovation in this thing is not supposed to be that you can open pieces of web pages and leave them on parts of the workspace you don't normally see to avoid clutter... because that's EXACTLY what I've been doing in the last 10 years on the various incarnations of X11 desktops/WMs.

Sure, for windows it's a boon, but still...


It's not even new for Windows. Active Desktop has provided this function since Internet Explorer 4 was released.

So even for Windows, web-desktop technology has been around for > 10 years.

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It's useless for endusers
by Chatbox on Thu 10th Jul 2008 10:18 UTC
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2007-03-06

A desktop is one of the most personal "space" in computing. Who on earth would put a desktop full of ads on to there PC?

The only thing I see is going for it is to implement it at internet cafes where ads can be displayed on the computer. But then again, once the user is using an application, the desktop will not be in sight.

This software absolutely useless when it comes to arranging application windows on the desktop that it provides. This 360Desktop is not designed with end user usability in mind.

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Comment by Vanger
by Vanger on Thu 10th Jul 2008 10:32 UTC
Vanger
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2007-11-28

It could be cool in W98 days.
Now it's just another "revolution".

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Meh...
by apoclypse on Thu 10th Jul 2008 12:44 UTC
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2007-02-17

Totally unimpressive and definitely not as cool as I thought it was going to be. I had a similar idea when I first saw compiz a few years back my idea had parallax scrolling for the backdrop every time you moved from desktop to desktop.

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Worst software of the year so far?
by Tobblo on Thu 10th Jul 2008 14:57 UTC
Tobblo
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2008-07-10

Who would ever use something as crappy as that? Inviting corporations to put ugly ads on your desktop? Completely useless.

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GEE IT SURE IS FVWM AROUND HERE
by Crono on Thu 10th Jul 2008 15:26 UTC
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2006-11-08

.. or not. fvwm had no ads.

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hahahhaha!
by helf on Thu 10th Jul 2008 19:20 UTC
helf
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2005-07-06

hahahhahah!

ahahahhaha!

wow... Just... wow..

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2D sliding desktop
by Weeman on Thu 10th Jul 2008 22:42 UTC
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2006-03-20

I've suggested something like this more than a year ago to thebu Compiz folks, except that it was meant to work in two dimensions and be an infinite sliding desktop, with optional zoom out functionality and window physics (throwing them in zoom mode, with friction).

Instead, these clowns all focus on shit like their cube aquarium, snow and silly useless stuff like Freewins.

Maybe the release of 360Desktop will get them to implement something similar finally.

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