- Project Looking Glass
name = Project Looking Glass
caption = Attaching a note to the reverse of a rotated window
developer = LG3D developers
latest release version = 1.0
latest release date = release date|2006|12|19
operating system =
programming language = Java
GNU General Public License
website = https://lg3d-core.dev.java.net
Looking Glass is programmed in the Java language using the
Java 3Dsystem to remain platform independent. Despite the use of graphics acceleration features, the desktop explores the use of 3D windowing capabilities for both existing application programs and ones specifically designed for Looking Glass.
One of its most notable features is the creation of reversible windows. This capability can be used for features like allowing the user to write notes and comments on the windows' backs, or displaying application dialogs without risking them being detached from the application they relate to. All windows start by looking like a normal 2D or
2.5Dwindow, but can be manipulated as thin slate-like 3D objects which can be set at any angle or turned completely around by the user. Other features include provision of a panning virtual desktop, icons that reflect the live status of the window they represent and zooming of a window when it receives focus.
There is a
Live CDavailable from Project Looking Glass. The Looking Glass environment is also included on a Live DVD (FunWorks 2007 edition) from the Granular Linuxproject.
Looking Glass was first developed by Hideya Kawahara, a Sun
programmerwho wrote it in his spare time on a small Linux laptop. After demonstrating an early version to Sun executives, he was assigned to it full time with a dedicated team and open-sourced the project. [cite web
url = http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1617822,00.asp
title = Sun Opens Its 3-D 'Looking Glass' Linux Desktop
publisher = eWEEK] It was demonstrated publicly by Jonathan Schwartz at Sun Networks 2003 in San Francisco, and since then has gathered momentum in development. [ [http://wiki.granularproject.org/en/Main_Page Main Page - Granular Linux Documentation ] ]
Looking Glass is similar to the "Task Gallery" prototype from
MicrosoftResearch since both seek to exploit three-dimensional objects within some specific interaction constraints. Also, both are meant to work on adapted or enhanced versions of existing desktops rather than re-designing the entire graphical user interfacefrom scratch, an approach taken by many Zooming User Interfaceprojects such as the one created by the late Jef Raskin, or the open source Croquet projectbased on Squeak.
While many window managers (such as Microsoft's
Desktop Window Manager, the X Window Systembased Compiz, and Mac OS Xthrough Core Animation) can utilize 3D effects, these merely augment a conventional 2D environment.
Core Animationby Apple, Inc.
* [http://www.sun.com/software/looking_glass/ Product home]
* [http://lg3d.dev.java.net/ Development home]
* [https://lg3d-livecd.dev.java.net/ LG3D Live CD]
* [http://www.sun.com/software/looking_glass/demo.xml Official video]
* [http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/xtreme/ Xtreme Tech show video]
* [http://today.java.net/pub/a/today/2004/07/06/3ddesktop.html Interview with Hideya Kawahara]
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