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Windows 7 will come with a cool multitouch user interface, allowing you to touch the screen of your computer and perform actions with simple gestures.
But it looks like BumpTop is going to make that multitouch functionality really useful. We’ve noted before how BumpTop brings a 3-D view to your Windows desktop, making it easier to manage a big pile of files and other tasks in your inbox. Now you can use BumpTop as a multitouch user interface.
This video below shows how you can crop pictures, simply by tapping on them, stretching them out, and cutting off the parts you don’t want with simple hand gestures. You can do things like pan and zoom, using two fingers, much like you can do with the iPhone. You can spread something out or pinch to make it shrink. If you double tap on something such as a picture, you zoom in on the object. You can shift your focus to one of the side walls in the BumpTop 3-D interface. You can pull down with two fingers on the back wall to focus on it. You can also rotate to go to the other side walls. The complete suite of multitouch gestures is included in the paid version, BumpTop Pro.
The 1.2 version of BumpTop is going to make Windows 7 machines stand out from their boring Windows Vista predecessors, and that could be good for the expected revival of PC demand coming this fall. BumpTop says that the new gestures for Windows 7 have patents pending. Some of the gestures are illustrated in the drawing. It looks like we’re not all that far away from the user interface that Tom Cruise used in the film Minority Report. Windows 7 goes on sale on Oct. 22. The company has shared 200 free codes for access to its premium BumpTop Pro version. Click here.
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