Computer: Desktop
Raindrop Button   (+3)  [vote for, against]
Clicking makes screen "ripple" like a pond

I'm tired of the plain old mechanical push button analog for on-screen buttons. I long ago gave up on Microsoft blah standard grey, and my applications come with marble or fine wood, and polished gold lettering.

But while there are other button themes around, I would love to have the entire screen (or at least the active application window) ripple like a pond when the user clicks an active element. And go "plop," of course.

[If this is in fact Baked, I guess I haven't been paying attention. If anyone knows how to go about Baking this, screen ripple algorithms, for example, or a nice "plop" sound, please provide links.]
-- DrCurry, Apr 06 2003

Enlightenment Window Manager http://www.enlightenment.org
Click the middle button on the desktop, go to Desktop> FX - Ripples (once you've installed it). [galukalock, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

comet cursor http://www.cometcursor.com/
beware of spyware though... [barnzenen, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

I’d really like to have my entire screen ripple like a sheet of water in a rainstorm. All the time. I’ve looked everywhere for this, but without any luck...
-- pluterday, Apr 06 2003


I would use it - Have the drops turn into round windows, and the screensaver is rain.
-- miasere, Apr 06 2003


I'm likin' it. Croissant!
-- waxingpoetic, Apr 07 2003


The Enlightenment window manager for X11 (think Linux) has a ripple effect and a wave effect. Each covers the bottom tenth or so of the screen. Activate, and it appears as though you're computing at the sea's edge, the rippling (or waving, or both) water reflecting the midair windows and wallpaper sky...
-- galukalock, Apr 07 2003


Baked or not, I still like it.
-- FloridaManatee, Apr 07 2003


Enlightenment is no good for Windows users (and Curry does mention Microsoft, so presumably that's what he needs).
-- waugsqueke, Apr 07 2003


Doesn't comet cursor have this?
-- barnzenen, Apr 07 2003


Comet Cursor is spyware.
-- waugsqueke, Apr 07 2003


Durnit waugs! You beat me to it, I forgot to mention that in my anno. Here, I'll put it in the link.
-- barnzenen, Apr 07 2003


<shoehorn meaning="you can make it fit, but it's still trouble">Actually, if you download something called Cygwin, I think you could run X11, and run Enlightenment in it.</shoehorn>
-- galukalock, Apr 07 2003


// Actually, if you download something called Cygwin, I think you could run X11, and run Enlightenment in it. //

Why on earth would anyone ever want to do that?
-- waugsqueke, Apr 07 2003


Duh! Clearly the benefits of viewing this ripple effect outweigh the benefits having a healthy computer.
-- snarfyguy, Apr 07 2003


I don't run Enlightenment off of Windows, per 'healthy computer' concerns (I don't run Windows either, unless I have to). So I use Linux. I get Enlightenment and a healthy computer in one shot.
-- galukalock, Apr 08 2003



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