Object Desktop has been on the leading edge of desktop technology since its initial release in 1999. Features that are considered “standard” today showed up on Object Desktop first – often years in advance.
Here are a few examples of innovations that showed up first on Object Dekstop:
- ZIP files behaving like folders
- alpha-blended shadows under windows
- desktop widgets and gadgets
- GUI skinning
- scripted desktop automation
- animated wallpaper
- desktop icon organizing
- digital distribution clients
- changing all the windows icons
- and much more
Some of the things mentioned above probably seem impossible that one program suite could be where so many common technologies first showed up.
Example 1: digital distribution clients
For example, digitral distribution clients. Today, with programs like Steam and Impulse, not counting all the other programs these days that update themselves (Windows Live updating, Windows update, Adobe updater, etc.) that the first program suite to do this was Object Desktop back in 1999 with “Component Manager”. It led the way in showing how you could release software that could be continually enhanced seamlessly.
Example 2: Shadows, Widgets, and more
While Macintosh users were claiming Microsoft “stole” the idea of gadgets from Apple or MacOS developers, it was Object Desktop that first introduced users to user-created scripted objects (widgets) back in 2000 – 3 years before it showed up elsewhere. In addition, such basic cosmetics as shadows under windows first became available to Object Desktop users back in late 1999 – years before it was available elsewhere.
Example 3: GUI Skinning
Windows has come a long way since the look of “Windows classic” but even on Windows 7, the mechanism for “skinning” the Windows GUI was modeled after Object Desktop’s WindowBlinds technology.
…And much more…
Of course, there are also plenty of technologies that remain exclusive to Object Desktop users. For instance, the ability to change all your Windows icons on Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 remains exclusive to IconPackager (part of Object Desktop).
The ability to have animated wallpapers on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 remains something that only DeskScapes can do (part of Object Desktop).
And of course, the recently released “Fences” program (part of Object Desktop) is the first and only program for Windows that enables users to organize their windows icons conveniently or simply hide them all in a quick double-click on the desktop.