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    Default 3d Desktop in a Sphere

    wonder if this caught on already or old news already but i kinda found it pretty cool

    CHECK this out!!
    http://www.hamar.sk/sphere/

    This is how it will kinda look like

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    http://www.eadwine.com/may/desktop.jpg

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    So can you zoom in on a particular window you're working on?

    [Edited] OK never mind I just watched the videos. Cool. What this application needs is a touch screen. Very "Minority Report".
    Last edited by StreetShooter; 12th May 2004 at 09:18 AM.

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    It might look better, but with added dimension in the interface, you probably need one or two more buttons on your mouse to navigate efficiently. It's a real problem with interface design, with more functionality, you need more controls.

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    yup i was playing around with it the whole night *that doesnt sound right, nevermind*

    its pretty cool but 1 flaw is that it eats up alot of memory. waiting for the next version to come out.

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    The idea is quite novel. Stereo-mapping 3D space onto a 2D has some inherent problems to overcome. From what I see in the video, the user has a 360 degrees environment to navigate. The problem is his angle of view is pretty limited. An analogy is to flying a plane with only a forward window. So unless there's a constant indicator on screen to point to your out-of-sight windows, it's pretty troublesome having to navigate around to look for it.
    And this present another problem. Considering that you can have windows at different depth from the viewing plane, as well as at different locations of the sphere, once you have many windows open, your screen will soon get cluttered with indicators where your windows are.

    Just my analysis from an useability point of view.

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