ZoomDesk was an experimental zoomable desktop environment. It is an example of a
ZUI (Zoomable User Interface). ZoomDesk is written
in Java using the Piccolo API,
and will run on Windows, Mac, or Linux.
One of the philosophies of ZoomDesk was that the content of documents or images would be rendered directly - no icons or folders would be used. To 'open' a document, simply zoom in far enough to make the text readable.
The features of ZoomDesk include:
- Multiple desktops
- Display of plain text documents and images
- Editable text fields
- Ability to render large documents (see screenshot 4, which shows the entire text of "Around the World in 80 Days")
ZoomDesk is no longer under active development and remains as a curiosity for developers only. The last version (0.3) was released on 6th May 2005.