At first I wanted to test your program, because I like to test programs..., but then I changed my mind because of all the "desktop" references... I NEVER go to my desktop; I have nothing to use it for, and the icons are hidden. But this leaves me in the dark, regarding Splinter, I don't know what I may be missing! So please tell if you think your program then can be of interest to people like me who doesn't use the desktop?
Also, I don't want to go to rapidshare. I agree, DeviantArt has made a big mistake!
HA. Absolutely!!!!! THAT is Splinter's 'purpose'. IF by you mean "use the desktop' as in for purely file access functionality. And do NOT mean desktop as in the LOCATION of the desktop environment.
That is 100% why I designed it. To allow for ANYTHING to "occur"/happen/etc on the desktop. Like interactive stories, games, educational presentations. All interactive and in real-time. PLUS have the ability to load purely utilitarian functionality if you so choose.
To be honest, I am JUST like you. I dont have a single icon on my desktop, I do everything through the start menu. I am an MCSE and a hard-core admin user. The latest "icon based" splinterfaces are in no way something that I personally would run. But they are EXACTLY what the majority of end users I have come across, want, and so I had to show the diversity and ability.
If you notice, the first three YEARS of splinterfaces were in NO way anything that was icon based or purely desktop utility oriented. I ONLY did the recent ones cause the majority of users either didnt see how, if Splinter could do complex interactive hotlinkable imagery that did such in depth things as tell stories and educate people, that it could EASILY accomplish such "trivial" tasks as hotlinking standard looking icons that only opened up files and folders.
I LOVE your question. ESPECIALLY, since so many poeple have commented JUST the opposite to it. THAT is Splinter's "power" and breadth of depth. It is completely flexible and completely viable for any and all "types" of things that you would want to do in an interactive media presentation. The KEY about it being a "desktop interface", is that everything can be hotlinked in ways and have imagery "appear" in ways that cannot occur "anywhere" else.
The desktop INTERFACE, not the "other aspects" of the computer, IS, THE most powerful and capable medium, on the planet, due, SOLELY to its hotlink and imagery abilities, basically allowing you to bring the ENTIRE internet and all of its data/info/media, to YOU, rather than having to go OUT to "search" for it. And games and "movies" and stories and informational presentations do not simply have to run "over" your desktop environments anymore, they can be far more powerful and diverse by having that game or story actually BE the desktop interface.
It takes a leap of conceptual "understaning" of how hotlinking EVERYTHING to ANYTHING means that ANYTHING can now happen/occur/take place in the new universe of "spli-space".
It is SO simple, once you start looking at hotlinking things the right way. "Everything" you do on a computer when clicking something, is more or less a hotlink. You could even say that the things you "click"/shoot/etc while playing a video game is a type of hotlink. You are pressing something and something is occurring. The internet is the same way.
The world is run by clicks, nothing more. And Splinter "only" adds the ability to click more things, in new ways. And allows them to be linked to create more complex sequences of "clicks". Nothin to it, "technically"
Also, and you can call it whatever you want, it doesn't "matter" to me, but I want to be clear and say that it isn't a "program". Or at least not 'just" a program. It is the literal dictionary definition of a new visual programming "language", so it is easier to "see" what it is potentially able to do when you look at it that way. What could possible be created with C#? Almost "anything", right? Any type of "anything". That is what I believe Splinter allows for the creation of. It is just a glorified and visual binary system with hotlinks, nothing more.
And the DA comment, thanks, and nice to hear it wasn't just me that thinks it is so foolish!