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31 weeks 3 hours ago Best Free Paint Program Leeleechanlee

I don't know if you guys have seen this new art program called FireAlpaca, but I highly recommend it, and would like to see a review on it from you guys here. You can find the free downloadable program here: http://firealpaca.com/en

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6 years 14 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Not as sophisticated, but FSL (http://fsl.sytes.net/) works fine too. It provides a tabbed interface where each tab contains shortcuts to files or programs. Once a tab is open, you can click on as many shortcuts as you wish - the tab stays open. The "All Programs" menu used by Windows xp closes right away after you click on a single shortcut. I have tabs for various categories of programs I use: dictionaries, graphics, word processing, network connections, etc. I also have tabs with groups of programs that I wish to have open at a single stroke (for instance, all the programs I use when I'm translating to French).

Works well for me.

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6 years 12 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

Tried and I like it too. I'll insert it in the next version of the category. Thank you.

 

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6 years 11 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Although it's much more then just a launcher you should try it, it's the best launcher too.

Some PowerPro 4.8 features:

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Torrente

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6 years 10 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Thank you for the hint. I've donwloaded it and I'll use it in order to see what this "monster" can do!

Bye

ADDED: May 26
I've used since today the application, but I think I'll not include it. It is a incredible application with really tons of features, but I think it is too much sophisticated and sometimes unstable (I got program termination a lot of times)

Thank you anyway for the hint

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6 years 10 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I liked this one as well, a little intrusive, but I like the interface and the fact that you can put it over the whole desktop...

http://www.northglide.com/sideslide.html

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6 years 10 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Slickrun is definitely worth trying

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6 years 10 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I use Launchy but also FSL Launcher. FSL is good because it has room for lots of icons but stays hidden until you need it. Get it here:

http://www.download.com/FSL-Launcher/3000-2084_4-10564183.html

George

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6 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

What about ASuite, PStart, RunMe, Executor ?
All portable, free and very good programs overall ?

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6 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Thank you. It is already in the list for the next revision of the review.

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6 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Thank you. It is already in the list for the next revision of the review.

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6 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

First of all, thank you for the suggestion.

I think those apps should have a specific category lile "Portable Start Menu", but in the meantime I'll think about a special mention in this category for application launchers for thumb drives.

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6 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I know SideSlide and I've used it. It was also reviewed on LifeHacker (http://lifehacker.com/software/featured-windows-download/fully-customiza...).

But to me it is way more than a Program Launcher, this is the reason I've not thinked about it until now. But, if I have to say the true, I don't see another catogery where to put it. So I'll try to insert it in the next version of this category.

Thank you.

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6 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Jetstart is quite nice too

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6 years 8 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

Thank you. Added to the list of app to review.

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6 years 8 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I agree with you it's too complicate for most users. But I didn' have crashes like you (XP SP2).

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6 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I'm not sure this fits perfectly in this category or not, but you might want to check out RocketDock. It is a modern Mac-like docking bar with some highly cool features.

http://rocketdock.com/

-David

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6 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

What about Enso Launcher? http://humanized.com/enso/ It's the only launcher I've seen so far that's quasimodal. I don't think it's as powerful as Launchy (yet) but the quasimode interface makes it more intuitive and faster to use. The current version is freeware, but they're working on a new version that's open source, so I expect it to improve. http://code.google.com/p/enso/

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6 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I'm a huge fan of keybreeze. It's freeware, powerful and light on cpu.
Check it out:
http://www.keybreeze.com/

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6 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Keybreeze is awesome. Freeware, powerful & v. light on cpu.

http://www.keybreeze.com/

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6 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

FARR does work on Vista. See their forum/FAQ.

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6 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

The Vista compatibility is a feature of the 2.0 version that - at the time when the category was last revised - was still in beta. As you can see the catergory still refer to the 1.13 version.

At the moment I'm actively using the 2.0 version in order to review it because I see it very competitive regarding Launchy.

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6 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

Thank you for your suggestion, keybreeze is already in the list for the next revision of this category

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6 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

I know it and I'm watching its evolution with interest, but at this moment I think it needs more time - as the developers also says - to be more stable and complete.

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6 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

For all keybreeze fan :-) be sure it will be included soon.

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6 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

I know it and I use it, but - as you said - I too really don't know if fits this category or not. Someone have suggestions or opinions about that subject?

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6 years 4 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I don't know where this software fits in but Direct Folders is possibly the easiest way to navigate to your most often used folders. I find it invaluable and it isn't listed on this wiki. Double click any empty space on the desktop or in a folder and it brings up the folder menu. You can add as many folder as you want and they will also show up in save/save as diaglog boxes for easy navigation (double click the empty space).

This program has cleared my desktop and saves me time. check it out.
http://www.codesector.com/directfolders.php

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6 years 4 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

I don't think this is the right category, but it seems an interesting product.

If you don't find a suitable category, why don't you suggest a new one?

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6 years 4 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

How about Free Launch Bar? I use it daily and it is compatible with and a good replacement of the system's Quick Launch.

What ever you Add To Quick Launch, it will be added to Free Launch Bar for re-grouping by drag-and-drop.

http://bestfreeware.blog.com/3170684/

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6 years 4 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

I didn't know about that software. I'll evaluate it.

Thank you.

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6 years 3 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Thanks for the reviews. Looking forward to the next update. - Drengin

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6 years 3 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

Your appreciation is my reward. Thank you.

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6 years 3 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I'd like to see 2 sections in this category (or maybe even 2 different categories). One for keyboard-based launchers like Launchy and FARR, and another for "icon bar" type programs, like docks, PowerPro, button bars, etc. I use FARR, but I'd still like something a bit better than the standard "quick launch" bar as well.

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6 years 3 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

I agree the two type are different, I'm working on a version of the category wich incoludes both with a winner for each one.
Thank you.

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6 years 2 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I use "Fast Launcher" and think it is one of the best. If you want to review it here is the link.

http://www.dvasoft.com/fast_launcher/

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6 years 2 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

From the site it seems a shareware applications, so I cannot include it. Thank you anyway.

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6 years 2 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

How is the new FARR 2 behaving now a days? Does it use more resources and its slower than Launchy? Is it stable, do the new plugins affect it's performance?

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6 years 2 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Hi I just tried it and IT'S FREEWARE, looked too simple but when I opened the Help file ... :

- Hold Ctrl key while clicking to avoid launcher's disappearing.
- To add a seperator simply add new item and type minus as program title.
- To switch launcher's window into smaller size and back it again double-click on the caption
- Roll mouse wheel to switch to next or previous tab

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6 years 2 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher nscave

I started out using Tray Command Line, then SlickRun, followed by Launchy all great programs in their own right. I probably used Launchy the longest until a little over a month or so ago when I changed to FARR. In fact I have a review of some of those on my site ( http://xrl.in/90w ). I have thoroughly used and tested FARR on both XP and Vista machines with nothing but praise for it.

I ran into a problem with Launchy on Vista with the "Launchy must close" senario after some time, usually after several hours of computer time. I will admit I did a minimum amount of troubleshooting, but was unable to find the problem and changed to FARR.

I do not agree that FARR has a more difficult learning curve. I would say because it has more features, it can have a longer learning curve. However it is very easy for a new user to use FARR's basic 'launch programs' feature and as time goes on - later learn to use the search and other functions listed under 'agroups'.

In my opinion FARR starts programs faster than any of the other listed programs, and if you are a keyboard person it has numerous other quick action features. Because I am involved in web pages and blog activities, I even use several FARRs at once on several computers via desktop remote. In all cases it has been stable, fast and reliable.

Everyone has personal opinions about programs like these and this would be my seven cents worth.

(¯`·._.·ns¢ävË·._.·´¯)

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6 years 2 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Another one to watch is Executor (http://home25.inet.tele.dk/mb/executor/index.html). Seemed a bit complicated though, and I didn't have the patience to sit and figure it out. Staying with FARR2 for now.

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6 years 2 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

"I do not agree that FARR has a more difficult learning curve." That is true, I installed it and have never really tinkered with the settings, runs perfectly.

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6 years 2 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Thanks, that answered my question. I was sticking with Launchy because a few months ago FARR was not an alternative for Vista. V1 was excellent, V2 must be even better, for keyboard guys there's nothing better. I do understand your scepticism on the review, but this is a wiki and let's hope our contribution is taken into account!

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6 years 2 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I use Executor (http://www.executor.dk/) and find it fantastic.
It's true setup can be a little anachronistic, but flawless once going.

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6 years 1 week ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I didn't known it, thank you for the hint. I'll chek it.

Bye

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6 years 1 week ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

Added to the tools to review :-)

thank you

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6 years 1 week ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

I don't think too that FARR has a more difficult learning curve, expecially if you don't use it in advanced mode, so probably what I've written is not as clear as I thought. I encourage everyone - being this a wiki - to correct me :-)

But I thing FARR is more difficult to understand and to config. The file extension mechanims used by Launchy and other is far more simple to understand to every average winodows user, and even if you spend little or no time configuring it, Lanchy still works well.

Instead, the scoring mechanism of FARR - while it is in my opnizion a true improvement for the category - is still a too complex concept for an average user that will not understand the reason of the order FARR will present the searched programs. If FARR will implement an alternative file extension indexing mechanism, it will be for sure the Launcy successor. But right now - of course in my opinion - is not suited for the average user.

But, hey, it is only my opinion and this category probably is one of the most "personal" for every user ... :-)

Feel free - as I've said - to contribute to the review.

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6 years 1 week ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

Ops .. you're right .. sorry :-)

Included in the ever growing list of software to test...

bye

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6 years 1 week ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Someone suggested this over at the "Best Free Start Menu Replacement" category, but it fits in perfectly here: Guillotine (http://www.zchromosome.com/).

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6 years 1 week ago Best Free Program Launcher kdyer

For years I have used a Windows toolbar to do this..

(1) Create a folder, e.g. c:\somefolder > You may find it helpful to create this folder in "My Documents"
(2) Place shortcuts in to this folder
(3) Right-Click on your taskbar, select "Toolbars", select "New Toolbar..."
(4) Navigate to your new folder
(5) Right-click on the Taskbar and select "Lock the Taskbar" uncheck the checkbox
(6) Grab the bar: "somefolder" and drag it to dock with the top or side of the screen
(7) Right-click on the new bar and deselect "Show Title"
(8) Right-click on the new bar and deselect "Show Text"
(9) Right-click on the new bar and select "Auto-Hide", if desired
(10) Right-click the Taskbar and select "Lock the Taskbar" to check the checkbox

Now, you can launch applications at anytime and have quick access to them..
You can drag, delete, etc. the shortcuts too from the newly created bar.
It may take some getting used to, but it has always served well..

Most importantly, you don't have to install any third-party app!

Kent

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6 years 1 week ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Not a big invention I would say, you really just have to «(3) Right-Click on your taskbar, select "Toolbars"», select "Desktop" and there you have it. But you cannot acess it from keyboard, and you only have basic features; I use to work like that before FARR.

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6 years 1 week ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I've tried many different launchers (many not listed here) so it's obviously a very active and well populated category. My favourite is definitely JetAudio's jetToolBar v3.8.1. I particularly prefer its ability to use small icons where many others do not. JetAudio doesn't seem to be doing anything with it any more but I find it very good for the way I work. You set up categories which are accessed through tabs and the programs are simply drag-n-drop to add to the category. It can have an autohide (my choice) and can hold any kind of link to launch websites or files. Uses 2400K on my XP laptop but it's holding many, many links.

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6 years 1 week ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

I have to admit that this was also my solution before getting addicted to launchy :-)

bye

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6 years 4 days ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

Launchy si ligher on resources, but you shouldn't notice the difference. Except if you load thousands of plugins :-)

Bye

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6 years 1 day ago Best Free Program Launcher InfiNeat

I have been using PowerPro for many years and still like it a lot. Very powerful. You can do anything, which is scary at first... It took me a while to set it up just how I wanted. But after that it's great. I made a tiny self-hiding launchbar at the top of my screen for my usual programs and folders. It's much faster than the Start menu.
http://powerpro.webeddie.com

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5 years 51 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

This software was already suggested by another site visitor. I've installed and used it for nearly a month, and I've found it powerful but sometimes instable (during some test I've got some errors, and one time even a system crash), this is the reason why it is not included. I still have 11 software suggested in review to add, not counting the software I've already exluded. This category is one of the more "populated", so I've to make choices because not all the apps can be included.

This is why I think are so important comments like yours, in order to let site visitor found also links to software for some reason not included in the review.

Bye, and thank you!

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5 years 51 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Maybe add a list of the alternatives that didn't make it or are still being reviewed at the end of the main review, that way people don't have to read through endless comments.

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5 years 51 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

This is a good suggestion, but right now is not praticable because the review format requires the complete information you see right now for every software mentioned in the review itself. You can imagine the hughe and unreadable list it can became.
I'll ask permission to list alternatives not reviewed with only a subset of the information.

Thank you.

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5 years 51 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Some of the categories do it this way already, look at the "Best Free CD/DVD Burning Software" (http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-program-launcher.htm) as an example. I think the top choices can have all the details listed as it currently stands, just mention the others, however is interested in those can just Google it.

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5 years 51 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

Yes, but it is not standard. Right now we are discussing on the editors' mailing list about the standard to adopt.
As soon as it will be released, I'll insert it.

Bye.

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5 years 48 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

Added to the - very long! - list of tools to test!

bye

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5 years 48 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I use Winkey for the past 5 years --to start programs, to open folders/files/websites using shortcuts
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/WinKey.shtml 1.8MB

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5 years 47 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

Thank you for the suggestion.

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5 years 47 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I use HotkeyP all the time. http://sweb.cz/petr.lastovicka/others.html
"You can assign a keyboard shortcut, a mouse shortcut or a joystick shortcut to any executable file, document, folder or WWW page. You can also use all multimedia keys, the fourth and fifth mouse buttons and a remote control (if you install WinLIRC). Other commands are: remove USB drive(s), change keys in other applications, shutdown, restart, lock computer, start a screen saver, change the desktop resolution, set window opacity, audio volume, set process priorities, terminate applications, eject CD, set CD speed, show disk free space, empty the recycle bin, delete temporary files, change desktop wallpaper, save/restore desktop icons positions, minimize any application to the system tray, hide window, change window transparency, zoom tool, screenshot to BMP file, set window always on top, paste date/time or any text, ..."

Also I like it more then other hotkey managers because you can use mouse hotkeys, for example: fourth mouse button + left mouse button, 4MB+RMB, 5MB+LMB, middle MB + ...

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5 years 47 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Voice Recognition feature seems cool.

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5 years 47 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

Thank you for the suggestion. I'm thinking anout dividing the category in sub-categories: lanuchy-like, hotkeys, standard (mouse click on a shortcut of any type)

Bye

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5 years 47 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Not in my Win XP system. Launchy 2.1.2 uses about 12MB of RAM (all plugins disabled) while FARR uses about 3MB.

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5 years 46 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher gordon reeder

I have been using program launch bars since OS/2 Warp. When I became a Windows user I used beDemon for a while. Then the MS office shortcut bar. None of these are currently supported.

A program that I recently discovered is SideSlide by Northglide. http://www.northglide.com/sideslide.html It's a great program. It lets you create containers that can hold Program Shortcuts, URLs, Notes, RSS feeds, reminders, and pictures. To keep it all organized the containers can be rolled up (folded in Sideslide lingo) or minimized. Containers can also be detached from Sideslide and docked to the border of the desktop. I have been able to reproduce the function of the Office Shortcut bar and add URLs to it as well. This is a useful feature for accessing Web based applications and local programs from the same location.
BTW: Sideslide says that it requires MSXML6 extensions to be installed. I do not have them and it works just fine. Some features don't work, but they fail gracefully with an error message. Internal error checking is apparently quite good.

I tried Launchy. But it is so unobtrusive that I forgot it was there. With Sideslide I just bump my cursor on the top of the desktop and Sideslide drops into view. You should review Sideslide.

When I found Sideslide, I also noticed some other new program launchers on Download.com. I didn't try any of them. But they may be worth a look as well. There seems to be a lot of action right now in this field.

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5 years 46 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

The area of launchers is one of the mose crowed of solutions and philosophies, with a lot of niches. Talking about all of them will require and entire dedicated wiki :-) Not to say about personal preferences of users, being that type of app very very personal.

The original category review (the one still published now) tried to simplify all that, but I've seen that it is no possible :-)

Actually I'm using and reviewing 14 apps to introduce them in the next cateogory review version, that will have two sub categories (launchy-like, standard aka click on an icon; the hot key type have already a specialized category linked to this).

SideSlide is not included, even if even I'm an active user, because I don't consider it an "application launcher", but much more than it. But I have to say that I don't know wich category could be ok for it :-)

Bye

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5 years 45 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Obviously, the choice of "best" program launcher is mostly personal preference relative to your individual needs. I opt for small (< 1MB), efficiently written programs and found Traybar (no longer developed, but still available) to be a great choice. PStart is the new replacement - small, flexible, fast, sits in the system tray and has one-click functionality to go ANYWHERE. Including file and folder navigation when using the /e,/n,X:\my folder parameters with Explorer. It doesm;t have the eye-candy appeal or gee-whiz features of some of those mentioned, but it FAST, configurable and deserves to be reviewed.

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5 years 44 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

I completly agree with you. As I said in another posts I try to make the suggestions (BTW, I'm in huge delay with the new review, sorry...) useful to the majority of readers and not as my preferences are. PStart is an example, I'm a user, I install it on every computer and usb key I have :-) but in my opinion is too much a niche product.

Bye

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5 years 44 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Try keybreeze -- www.keybreeze.com

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5 years 43 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I am very glad you used this word "addicted". This is exactly how i feel. I installed launcy, tried it out a couple times, and then I said "Im never gonna use this."
However, I found myself using it all the time! It is like heroin! I cant stop! And I kept adding new files to my index so I could use it even more! Now I only use launchy no matter what folder, website, or file i want. I don't even type in the name of the program, I go directly to the individual document i want, like "phantasy star.sms", then it opens the game right up into my Sega Master System emulator. Or, an individual mp3 playlist rather than the mp3 player.

But I am switching to KeyBreeze which I think is even better. Both programs feature stupid-looking skins however. And i wish Keybreeze was located in the taskbar; that might be nice.

-X

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5 years 40 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I have tried Jetbar and it was quite good but have recently found QOSL at

http://home.mnet-online.de/horst.muc/win.htm

It is very small and quick, supports large and small icons and has everything I need. Each category of launch icons can have its own custom sized window so that all the icons can be easily.

I like it a lot.

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5 years 40 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

Thank you, I'll try it

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5 years 40 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I just started using program launchers and have been quite impressed with Rocket Dock. I also have SideSlide installed and find it more difficult to start programs than Rocket Dock. SideSlide is also cumbersome to add icons and place them in containers, being difficult to line up icons either flushed left or right. I keep the icons I rarely use in SideSlide and the ones I use often in Rocket Dock. My .02 worth.

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5 years 39 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Excellent launcher. I really like feature "autoclose Qsel after launching an item".

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5 years 39 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Circle Dock works great - http://circledock.wikidot.com/ Free launch bar is another good choice (but the shareware version, True Launch Bar, is a better choice)

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5 years 38 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

I was a heavy user of True Launch Bar, before launchy :-)

But I've never used circle dock. Do you actively use it? It is really useful? It seems to me a too complicated interface... Am I wrong?

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5 years 35 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

What abot Zenkey, Toolbox 2.78 and FSL Launcher?

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5 years 35 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

Zenkey - to my knowledge - is more suitable to the hotkey tools section.

About Toolbos, I discovered it recently and I'm trying it, but for now it seems more a simple launcher for removable media than a full featured one.

Finally, FSL Launcher. The actual version of the review is too much focused on type&search launchers, and I'll expand it to other types. FSL Launcher is one of the best talking about standard "icon collection" launchers.

Bye

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5 years 32 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher gizmo.richards

This item has been moved here from the site comments page

May I suggest Rocket dock for pc? It's a mac like interface for an application launcher.

http://www.rocketdock.com/

RocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock.

Now with added Taskbar support your minimized windows can appear as icons on the dock. This allows for better productivity and accessibility.

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5 years 29 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

how is executioner?
Its simple yet offers more functionality and takes just around 10mb ram.

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5 years 29 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

Do you mean Executor?

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5 years 29 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

XP offers four places for launching a program, all with some limitations:

1. Desktop Shortcuts - cluttered if too many
2. The programs pinned to Start Menu - limited space.
3. The programs listed in All Programs - cluttered if too many.
4. Quick Launch - cluttered if too many.

To cope with those, Vista adds another place:

5. Start Search.

This is a keyword approach to launching a program. One of the biggest drawbacks for keyword launch is that you need to remember the names or keywords of the programs.

Most users who load many programs will tend to forget the exact names of the programs, but know what the programs will do for them. Quite often I tend to forget such program names as IZArc, DeskPins, etc., and I know I have 'those' programs installed. How do I get to those programs quickly if I forgot their names?

Grouping of similar programs by their functions helps me a lot for easy access to them, quick and fast.

After many years of OS development, MS still has not come to this point!

That's why I hate Vista's Start Search, neither do I favor any keyword approach such as Launchy.

I still stick to Free Launch Bar, an improvement to Quick Launch with a much needed grouping feature. It is my time saver!

Each time I install a program, I add it to Quick Launch*, drag and drop it to the right category for ease of access.

Such as Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Writer, Calc, Impress, Notepad, WordPad, Jarte, etc grouped under "Office", various media players, media tools under "Audio and Video", etc., etc.

Other than Free Launch Bar, there are many other non-keyword program launchers as well.

A section for non-keyword program launchers should have a place and be seriously considered.

*Add to Quick Launch context menu option is available to Vista by default. For XP users, a VB script to add that option is available here: http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/219/1/Adding-the-Add-to-Quick-Laun...

Jojoyee

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5 years 29 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

rocketdock rocks,have tried loads of them ,object dock was the best but kept crashing even the plus version.found rocketdock and never looked back.never crashes and you can still replace icns from stardocks websight as well as rocketdocks whose icons seem better quality.

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5 years 27 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Is 8start launcher any good?
http://www.8start.com/

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5 years 27 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

I'm in the process of rewriting the category with the new format (last wee I've updated the PRocess Viewer one). In the new revision the winner is FARR, in the section "keyword search". That section will be expanded and will contain, apart of Launchy, executor, keybreeze and others.

8Start will be included in the review in a specific section with others like FLS. It is a winner candidate but I still have to use it a little bit more to decide.

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5 years 26 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

how about desktop sidebar,comes with a lot of stuff but you can like me just use it as a shortcut launcher,just remove what you dont need,davy

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5 years 26 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Don't forget Humanized Enso. Version 1 for stability, version 2 for those who don't mind rare bugs for improved features.

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5 years 26 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

Yeah!

To summirize, the review I'm preparing will be divided in categories.

Keyword launch category will contain two sub-categories. Keyword search with Launchy, Executor and FARR witth FARR and Executor the winner, FARR for advanced users and Executor for all the rest (I'm using executor). I'm using keybreeze to decide about its inclusion. The second subcategory is keyword command wich will contain only Enso.

Another category is click and run, with FSL Launcher, Fast Launcher and 8Start, with 8Start as the winner.

The third category is menu launch with JetStart and Free Launch Bar, with JetStart as the winner.

Said that, every suggestion is apprciated!

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5 years 26 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Yes, Fabrizio, we hope to see more candidates coming up.

For menu launch, it is critical that we can set our own categories freely. So I disagree JetStart to be the winner.

JetStart limits users to 5 pre-set general categories, which are Tools, Internet, Office, Games and Other. That's it. If you want your own or need more, they ask you to go for pro and pay.

Free Launch Bar has unlimited categories, you can set your owns freely. Within a category, it has separators to divide into sub-categories. It's also compatible with Quick Launch. Whatever programs you add to Quick Launch, it automatically adds to Free Launch Bar. I can't see these useful features in JetStart.

Between these two, I am with FLB.

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5 years 26 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

Ok, but - as we say here in Italy - I'm like San Tommaso, i.e. I want to touch first with my hand :-)

I'l reinstall again both and try to replicate the menus I have in my - very crowded - start menu.

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5 years 24 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

My favorite is Tazti. It uses voice recognition. It has been pretty much 100% accurate once I trained the program by reading scripts so that it learns my voice.

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5 years 24 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Geert

Executor rocks!

I like being able to use my own words (so called 'magic words') to launch applications. [like 'ed' for my text editor, 'mail' for my mail program,...] During several years I used SlickRun. But the development of that one seems to be stopped, so - some months ago - I switched to Executor.
I'm very pleased with. I can still use my own words, but I can also launch applications I didn't define a word for yet.
For me Executor combines the good features of Launchy (which I tried several times but never felt comfortable with) and SlickRun.

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5 years 24 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

I would rather use aqua dock or yz dock, small enough for download, and powerful enough for launcher. There is also another one called mobyrous --- something like that, see majorgeeks.com.

Only problem with these docks are, it locks the programs enlisted from change. Either it is good or bad is hard to say, but when I update firefox, I have first stop those docks

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5 years 24 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

great new free product from stardock called fences
http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/

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5 years 24 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Nothing is free from stardock. It's public beta, full of bugs and expires in August. So it's not freeware and never will be.

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

Best ever program launcher, for me at least, and excluding PowerPro, is Magic Formation.

youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sco1xX_okI0

Home page: http://tokyodownstairs.blogspot.com/2008/03/magic-formation.html

Free, portable, multiple configurations support, nice visual display, mouse gestures support, hotkeys support etc...

Give it a try! :)

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher fabrizio

I'll check it. Whate are the differences with CircleDock?

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Program Launcher Anonymous

try desktop sidebar,just remove any panels you don't want and just use it as a launcher,i like the system panel so i can keep an eye on cpu and ram.and it is free.

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