SphereXP 1.4.10 for Windows

by Dušan Hamar

Avg. Rating 3.6 (73 votes)

File Details

File Size 7.1 MB
License Shareware
Operating System Windows 7/Vista/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 22,916
Publisher Dušan Hamar
Homepage SphereXP

Publisher's Description

SphereXP is a 3D desktop replacement for Microsoft Windows XP. Taking the known concept of three-dimensional desktops to its own level. It offers a new way to organize objects on the desktop such a icons and applications. Check the videos and screenshots to get the idea.

Latest Reviews

slegg

slegg reviewed v1.1.626 on Aug 1, 2006

Bad graphics makes your desktop look awful.
Program is NOT a freeware - it constantly displays a by-me-now-advertisement and closes itself after ten minutes of using.

FmlyRnn

FmlyRnn reviewed v1.0.758 on Jul 13, 2006

I am giving this application a [5]! I had it a while ago and lost the software. I love what it does and would like to have the earlier version back, it was easier to use. However, if it says "Freeware" shouldn't it be? When I go to the Site it is "Trialware".
Thank you, FmlyRnn

Blackhole8746

Blackhole8746 reviewed v0.96 on May 2, 2006

Low quality graphics and software rendering, but a GENIUS programmer, my conratulations! It's freeware too! But it's not exactly usable as your default desktop, but nice try... Anyway, anyone who liked this is going to adore Windows Vista. It features full quality 64 bit color depth windows active in 3d view which means you can see the video playing in a window that's viewable in 3d! It's DirectX 10 stuff by the way instead of .NET 2.0... If anyone wants a preview of vista, E-mail me... [email protected]

digital_phantom

digital_phantom reviewed v0.90 on Apr 1, 2006

I think this application is really great on it's concept behind the 3D window system.
It's got some work to do before becoming a great piece of software but I would recommend this application. I hope they release the next version soon.

LeXTeRiTY_X

LeXTeRiTY_X reviewed v0.85 on Nov 26, 2005

A strange approach to 3D desktops, tricky to get used to at first. I prefer to use the open source version of Project Looking Glass (http://www.sun.com/software/looking_glass/). PLG requires a more capable system than SphereXP, but gives more freedom with how the 3D environment looks.

Aegis69

Aegis69 reviewed v0.85 on Nov 23, 2005

I think you're supposed to rate the prograam here, not the idea. The idea is way ahead of its time, no one is going to use this as their day to day desktop because using the mouse to navigate is just too clunky. However if a new way of interfacing with the computer comes along to replace the mouse, then you may have something.

As it stands this program works as advertised, and its bound to be imitated by Microsoft in about 11 years.

1uk3

1uk3 reviewed v0.83-568 Beta on Sep 1, 2005

It's a good idea. It gives the user a lot more desktop space. I've uninstalled it though and am back using the regular Windows desktop because I find it easier to use.

I think the project is very worth while and maybe in the future a 3D desktop will become the norm.

For me, at the moment, this doesn't work well enough to replace my Windows desktop, although I will be checking this project from time to time to see how it's developing.

DigitalSin

DigitalSin reviewed v0.83-568 Beta on Aug 31, 2005

I disagree with the comment below and the general thinking that our minds work less efficiently in a psuedo 3d environment. To the contrary, the mind thinks in multiple dimensions - not 2. Fully 3d desktops will be how we get our work done in the not too distant future. We have let the "windows" metaphor become too engrained in our heads.

johnk119

johnk119 reviewed v0.83-568 Beta on Aug 31, 2005

are minds dont seem to be very well adapted for navigating in a pseudo 3d environment

iknowyouknow

iknowyouknow reviewed v0.83-568 Beta on Aug 31, 2005

Its like err.. pants.. unreal and not good to use. However, if u peeps are looking for the Windows Longhorn glas windows (awesome) here is the download:)
http://forum.crystalxp.n...ndex.php?showtopic=2596
Well worth it:)

Avg. Rating 3.6 (73 votes)
Your Rating
slegg

slegg reviewed v1.1.626 on Aug 1, 2006

Bad graphics makes your desktop look awful.
Program is NOT a freeware - it constantly displays a by-me-now-advertisement and closes itself after ten minutes of using.

FmlyRnn

FmlyRnn reviewed v1.0.758 on Jul 13, 2006

I am giving this application a [5]! I had it a while ago and lost the software. I love what it does and would like to have the earlier version back, it was easier to use. However, if it says "Freeware" shouldn't it be? When I go to the Site it is "Trialware".
Thank you, FmlyRnn

Blackhole8746

Blackhole8746 reviewed v0.96 on May 2, 2006

Low quality graphics and software rendering, but a GENIUS programmer, my conratulations! It's freeware too! But it's not exactly usable as your default desktop, but nice try... Anyway, anyone who liked this is going to adore Windows Vista. It features full quality 64 bit color depth windows active in 3d view which means you can see the video playing in a window that's viewable in 3d! It's DirectX 10 stuff by the way instead of .NET 2.0... If anyone wants a preview of vista, E-mail me... [email protected]

digital_phantom

digital_phantom reviewed v0.90 on Apr 1, 2006

I think this application is really great on it's concept behind the 3D window system.
It's got some work to do before becoming a great piece of software but I would recommend this application. I hope they release the next version soon.

LeXTeRiTY_X

LeXTeRiTY_X reviewed v0.85 on Nov 26, 2005

A strange approach to 3D desktops, tricky to get used to at first. I prefer to use the open source version of Project Looking Glass (http://www.sun.com/software/looking_glass/). PLG requires a more capable system than SphereXP, but gives more freedom with how the 3D environment looks.

Aegis69

Aegis69 reviewed v0.85 on Nov 23, 2005

I think you're supposed to rate the prograam here, not the idea. The idea is way ahead of its time, no one is going to use this as their day to day desktop because using the mouse to navigate is just too clunky. However if a new way of interfacing with the computer comes along to replace the mouse, then you may have something.

As it stands this program works as advertised, and its bound to be imitated by Microsoft in about 11 years.

1uk3

1uk3 reviewed v0.83-568 Beta on Sep 1, 2005

It's a good idea. It gives the user a lot more desktop space. I've uninstalled it though and am back using the regular Windows desktop because I find it easier to use.

I think the project is very worth while and maybe in the future a 3D desktop will become the norm.

For me, at the moment, this doesn't work well enough to replace my Windows desktop, although I will be checking this project from time to time to see how it's developing.

DigitalSin

DigitalSin reviewed v0.83-568 Beta on Aug 31, 2005

I disagree with the comment below and the general thinking that our minds work less efficiently in a psuedo 3d environment. To the contrary, the mind thinks in multiple dimensions - not 2. Fully 3d desktops will be how we get our work done in the not too distant future. We have let the "windows" metaphor become too engrained in our heads.

johnk119

johnk119 reviewed v0.83-568 Beta on Aug 31, 2005

are minds dont seem to be very well adapted for navigating in a pseudo 3d environment

iknowyouknow

iknowyouknow reviewed v0.83-568 Beta on Aug 31, 2005

Its like err.. pants.. unreal and not good to use. However, if u peeps are looking for the Windows Longhorn glas windows (awesome) here is the download:)
http://forum.crystalxp.n...ndex.php?showtopic=2596
Well worth it:)

ServerMechanic

ServerMechanic reviewed v0.83-568 Beta on Aug 31, 2005

Not bad.

It's more of a pain to use than 2D regular windows.

The last thing I need is to have to scroll around in a sphere to find things. Plus....if they still show up on the Taskbar what's the purpose of this?

Can you imagine a regular end user trying to figure this out? :)

Yeah right.

crashoverride

crashoverride reviewed v0.83-200 on Jun 1, 2005

It's a good Idea. They have a pretty good start with this program. However, it's a bit cumbersome and painful to navigate.

shicaca

shicaca reviewed v0.83-200 on Jun 1, 2005

I've used this program before and LOVE it. The only thing that I wish they would be able to include is somehow make the screens refresh every 1.5 or so seconds.

It'd be great, especially for the newer computers with hyperthreading / multiple processors, to be able to have a video playing in one while surfing in another and have both of them clickable without bringing the application to the front (like have the apps in the background still but be able to have full functionality).

I guess what I'm talking about is, say, watch a movie but also be able to click on a website you're surfing in the title bar, go to a new site, bring it a bit more to the front but not 'in focus' and be able to surf the page/read it while watching the movie.

If this could be done and you could get rid of Explorer / Systray / etc. and just make it a shell it'd be freaking awesome.

If you made it a OS you'd make millions.

Banquo

Banquo reviewed v0.83-200 on May 31, 2005

Seems counterproductive to me, basically just an eye candy gimmick to impress people but as far as being useful...nope. Just eats resources and complicates what should be a simple 2D desktop.

Biozfear

Biozfear reviewed v0.83 Beta on Apr 2, 2005

not a bad one! it deserves 4 stars!

guys, one question, anyone knows other 'shells'?
i have hoverdesk, talisman, aston shell, but i wanna try others for my xp!

let me know.

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