Bump Your Desktop Icons With Shock Desktop (Windows)

Karl L. Gechlik 13-12-2008

shock desktop 3d reviewWe have all been patiently waiting for the BumpTop desktop since we saw those TED demos way back when. It still isn’t available but how about Shock Desktop?


For those of you that don’t know what the BumpTop was supposed to be check out the link above. But long story short it is (was?) a 3 dimensional desktop where the icons can interact with each other and you have a lot more control over your Virtual Desktop.

Shock Desktop comes with most of the same functionality. I don’t know if I would use this as a full replacement for my Windows desktop but it sure is fun! (make sure you grab the ZIP – the executable archive did not work for me.)

Remember that even though this is more fun than productive, it is still a huge step in the right direction for computing. You can have a little fun with your desktop when you are bored. Or actually use this virtual 3D desktop to arrange items in stacks, larger and smaller icons, 3D cubes and best of all throw your icons around.

shock desktop 3d

shok desktop demo


bumptop beta

Have them bump each other around or stack everything on top of each other and watch gravity take it’s course.

bumptop invite code

bumptop beta

How long until our Windows GUI can do this? Are you guys in Redmond listening to me?

Let’s check out our options. You can bring up the 3D desktop by right clicking on your new D icon. You will see this:

shock desktop options

Just make sure there is a check mark next to Show 3D desktop and you are ready to start. There are few options to change icon size and shape. Change effects and lighting and even work with multiple monitors.

Yup now we are talking geeky fun!

bumop option-1

bumpop option 2

bumpop option 3

The last option screen you see is for Themes – very cool idea for creating and trying out different looks. I tried what was included and will continue to search out a place to find some themes. Any one know where we can grab them or do you have some of your own?

Do you find this cool? Do you want to see more posts like this? Well you the reader should let us know….you know where?  In the comments!

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  1. David
    December 19, 2009 at 5:21 am

    I whant the same at folders

  2. David
    December 19, 2009 at 5:15 am

    MAN this is very nice.

    May 18, 2009 at 12:27 am


  4. leebo
    December 19, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Bumptop crushed both of my laptops. Lots of my makeuseof apps stopped loading properly, etc. it's cool but not ready for prime time yet.

  5. arqmdq
    December 15, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Sorry but Bumptop is available as a private beta. I've received the invitation to download the program a week ago.

  6. XxDeepxX
    December 14, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Wasnt this Real Desktop or sumthing? am sure i saw this on some warez sites!

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      December 14, 2008 at 3:01 pm

      Similar but different - Real Desktop is $25 this is free. And free is for me.

  7. venkat
    December 14, 2008 at 12:35 am

    How much memory that will eat ,I am really scary to use this .

  8. Vincent Chow
    December 13, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    We can't have desktop wallpaper to work along with this right?

    • Karl L. Gechlik |
      December 14, 2008 at 8:32 am

      Yes you can - but they call it Background.

  9. Sergio Tapia
    December 13, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    This is pretty cool. I really don't think it's productive though. :P

    I'm curious, how much RAM does this application take when running at full steam? I have 2GB's and run Vista 32-bit, and even in idle I only have 1.2GB's of RAM available.

    • Karl L. Gechlik |
      December 14, 2008 at 8:31 am

      It was using about 32 mb of ram on my machine - no big deal for a 2gb system.