Friday, April 21, 2006

Launchy


Launchy is a free windows utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, your desktop icons, and your file manager. Launchy indexes and launches your applications, documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes!

What is Launchy?
Launchy is the most efficient way to open files and programs on your computer. Nobody likes to hunt through the start menu to find an application, just to find that the application is hidden under some obscure folder named after a company you have never heard of! Instead, Launchy is a smart search program which tries to guess which program or file you are looking for and will launch it when you hit the enter key. It is only visible when you hit the alt+space key combination; otherwise it hides in the background. Once you have used it for a few days, it becomes an indispensable utility for your computer. And it’s free!

This application is very much similar to the famous (or not so famous) AppRocket and is almost at par with it. Some of the draw backs of Launchy would be that it does not index everything and indexing is manual. Otherwise neat, skin able and fast this is one killer app in the making!

3 comments:

Techknight said...

Finally Launchy made it to the Lifehacker Download of the Day posts.

Also available is the latest Launchy release 0.9.3 - better and imporved than ever before. It has been the fastest open source application I got used to. Its a must have on my desk now!

Launch your own launchy now! :-)

Anonymous said...

Ok, I will check it out, but I have my regularly used programs loaded to the start menu and named to get access in a couple strokes. How is Launchy different if you manually load the list?

Techknight said...

Its different from the start menu (where you will have to reach the item/app you would want to open with mouse or many key strokes). Whereas Launchy learns your keystrokes and reaches out to your application (link or shortcut) even before you can complete your key strokes... (for example now its just 4 keystrokes -[two simultaneous presses to bring up launchy and the key to identify the app and then the enter key to launch it]- to reach my app in my system) Its like find your application start link as you type with the fact that it remembers your key strokes too. You will be better able to appreciate it once you use it a couple of times. We have similar applications like Launchy which will cost you money and your system resources. Launchy is by far the slickest and simplest of them all. Happy "Launchy'ing"! :-)