Useful programs— 360 desktop

Continuing the posts on useful programs that i use on my computer leads me to 360 desktop.

Short on desktop space? Got a small screen and it seems like you cant really fit much on your desktop? Then this might be the program for you.

360 desktop uses panoramic images and lets you pan round 360 degrees

360 desktop uses panoramic images and lets you pan round 360 degrees

360 desktop lets you spin around panoramic images with your mouse by moving to the sides of the screen giving you lots more desktop space.

Images don’t really do the program justice so it might be worth watching this video.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q-KqTlMvQo]

In addition to letting you pan around 360 desktop also allows you to slice a part of any website and use it as a desktop widget, in theory getting rid of the need for RSS readers and other such programs as your favorite sites can be displayed on your desktop. An example of the news section from the BBC website is shown below. All links are click-able and open in your default browser.

cut bits from your favorite websites and display them on your desktop

cut bits from your favorite websites and display them on your desktop

Finally the 360 desktop website also lets you create your own personalised 360’s from a collection of images. You upload the ones you want and then piece them together on the website. This can be found here if you register for a free account. Dont worry you wont get any spam.

http://360desktop.com/gallery/main.php

Additionally to this program i came across a really good panoramic photo creator from Microsoft.

Microsoft Research Image Composite Editor (ICE) pieces together your photos in a much better way than the 360 desktop website and actually lines the photos up where they should be.

An example of it in action is shown below.

First select your images from the scene

First select your images from the scene

then paste them into the program and it will do all the work for you

then paste them into the program and it will do all the work for you

360 desktop can be downloaded from here

http://360desktop.com/downloads

and Microsoft ICE is here

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ICE/

Have fun.

the better twin

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