After following this project since a few years ago, I was very happy to see a OSX version finally come out. I eagerly started testing it to see if I could replace the default desktop but I immediately encountered several issues which are impeding me to switch. I hope the following observations are helpful:
• Font sizes are too big and there is too much text truncation - by default font sizes should be the same as the Finder and it'd be nice being able to customize fonts.
• Stacks expanded view is too small - the default size is a 3x3 icon grid which is too small and one needs to do a lot of scrolling. Possible solution: make the window bigger by default and make it resizable.
• Files on a wall can't be moved to desktop as a selection - when selecting files from the wall and trying to move them to the desktop, only 1 file moves, the rest stay on wall. Solution: Allow moving selections to desktop.
• Expanded stacks don't auto-close when launching files or opening folders - on a expanded stack when opening a folder, the stack doesn't auto-close like OSX stacks. Solution: stacks should always auto-close where appropriate to reduce clutter.
• New Folders aren't placed on the right spot: When right-clicking and creating a New Folder, the folder gets created in the middle of the screen. That's counter-intuitive in a spacial environment. OSX had this issue and Apple fixed it in Leopard. The folder should be created on the spot where it was clicked with mouse or touch input.
• No Spring-loaded folders - this is an excellent OSX feature that is not present on bumptop. The lack of this feature hinders productivity for many OSX users.
• No formatting on notes - notes can't be formatted to have bigger fonts or colors.
• Stacks can't be arranged by date or name. Request: Allow arranging stacks by name, date, size etc.
• No icon grids - the lack of icon grids contribute to the "messy" look of bumptop. It'd be nice if there were grids.
• No labels - Labels in OSX boost usability since one can tag and prioritize items with color. It'd be useful if bumptop had labels.
Other comments, kudos:
• Rearranging icons inside a stack spatially: awesome.
• Big and small icons on the desktop are great, productivity boost.
• Walls: excellent, placing notes there is great, also a clipboard may be nice too, productivity boost.
These are my first impressions, I hope the project keeps improving and some of these observations can be taken into account.
I'm rating it as 4 stars for the premise of the concept even though it's unfinished and in early stages of development. It has a looooooooong way to go to become usable, but the potential is there.