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OSX in 3D

12:55 PM ET (US)
i found this a week or two ago and it was confusing until I started using my scroll wheel. very neat after that. Try it... the files rotate around the cirlce plane... COOL!
09:54 AM ET (US)
neat trick but totally useless!

same desktop metaphor, but instead of x and y spacial mapping, you get polar coordinates... a real leap of intuitiveness!

Probably easier to use than the standard desktop if you drive tanks for a living. If you don't, get ready for some full-on frustration!
Erik V. Olson
02:44 AM ET (US)
First glance: Looks cool.

First hard look -- it'll drive you nuts. Look at the one view you can see in the screenshot. They've got a 'disc' -- representing a folder, and maybe the five closest items are reasonably clear. The rest are smudges in the back.

How many files you have in a folder? Less than thirty? It just doesn't scale. I flip that view onto some of the archive directories I have, and I'll never find anything. 2D desktops at least offer the same scale to every object -- something a 3D desktop cannot do, without throwing away the very 'advantage' that 3D claims to have -- depth.
Remember this, kids. User Interface is *hard.*
09:05 PM ET (US)
Wow. I can't wait until G5 powerbooks come out.

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