Real Desktop Professional: Create a 3D desktop

Although most desktop customization utilities simply make your desktop prettier, Real Desktop Professional wants to turn it into an actual 3D desktop with a custom physics engine, walls and everything in between.

Installation & Requirements

The only thing to note for the installation is that you will have to be wary of third party software that the installer will try to sneak in. Just decline their agreement or skip their part and you should be fine. After that, the setup will be over very fast as the application takes surprisingly little space. The supported operating systems are Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.

Interface

After I launched the application, my desktop was automatically transformed into a 3D environment with no input at all which is definitely a cool thing. The icons were aligned in pretty much the same way I had them in my normal, 2D desktop. I quickly found out that when you just drag and drop an icon, it will destroy everything in its path. Thankfully, you can quickly solve that by selecting the icons and tiling them up all in one place.

Customization is obviously key in this application. You can do tons of things with your icons and you can either learn the hard way or the easy way. I quickly skimmed through the newbie tips as they provide valuable input into how to do things. For example, if you want to drag an icon without moving others in its path, you have to press both mouse buttons to hover it. To pin items on the wall, you have to select them, right click on the wall and select the Pin Here option.

Everything is pretty easy but it takes some time to get used to the 3D environment. When I opened a folder, I half expected it to open in the usual Windows Explorer window but instead, it stays in the 3D environment. Most of Real Desktop’s features are very smooth and are seamlessly integrated with one another. Problems do exist though, despite the claims by the developers.

For example, the application crashed a couple of times before I realized the extent of what my laptop could handle. Although the developers also claim that there is no CPU load, I found that the application took its toll on my processor. Although other applications were not affected, things in the virtual desktop did not always go smooth. A good idea is to adjust the performance slider to fit your own needs, ignoring what the application thinks is best.

Speaking of the performance slider, you can find it by rolling your mouse to the top of your screen. There are a lot of options that you can configure there, both for the desktop as a whole and the icons. As you will see in the screenshots, I have chosen the brushed metal finish design just because it looked better. You can also find some games there that you will have to download for free from the product’s website that are a very neat addition and provide a quick distraction but also showcase the physics engine of Real Desktop.

Pros

-Neat transition to a 3D environment
-Very cool physics engine
-Fully customizable
-Little additions like games are very welcome

Cons

-Performance and consistency issues
-Can take a while to get used to

Conclusion

If you are looking for a quick but complete change in your desktop, I bet that Real Desktop Professional will do the trick. It is probably unlike anything you have ever tried but whether it suits your needs or not is up to you to decide.