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The Fold n’ Drop, New User Interface


This is really, truly great! It’s an experimental user interface being developed by a man called Pierre Dragicevic. If MS ever hears about it, it very well might revolutionize the Windows OS. Of course, I’ve been known to be a little hyperbolic from time to time, but who’s counting?

I’m going to describe what is does in a second, but I have to tell you, there’s a link to a video on his page. You should really, really take the time to download it. What you’ll see will blow you away.

In any case… You know how, when you’ve been using your computer for a while, you end up with large stacks of open windows and it becomes sort of tedious to find what you’re looking for? The tabs in the taskbar are only marginally useful and if you want to drag and drop something with anything more than three or four windows open, it can quickly become a pain.

Well, the Fold N’ Drop interface lets you manage your windows as if they were stacks of papers on a desk. You first grab the file you want to move, and then you can lift corners and peek under, you can leaf through them, one by one, until you find the window you want and drop your file right in. As I said before, my explanation makes it sound banal and uninteresting. You have to see it in action to understand the power behind this.

So, without further ado, here’s the guy’s page. I will nothotlink to his video, but you can go and download it yourselves. Story VIA Waxy.








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  • Anonymous

    Um… what’s the major difference between this and the Mac OS “Expose” feature (other than the graphical trick of folding windows, which I gleefully admit is COOL)?

  • Anonymous

    How the heck is this anything like Exposé?

  • http://keynotepresenter.com Dr Seamus Phan

    I think this fold-and-drop UI is very human-centric, very akin to flipping up papers to reveal more papers below. Works well, if it can be universal to even the OS X, FreeBSD, Linux, and Windows.

  • B!

    OMG!!! Windows based origami!!!!! LOL! Another one to add to the ‘want it!’ list!

    B!