Find And Run Robot
An easy-to-use launcher with a lot of power, extensibility and configurability under its hood.
Pros & Cons:
Find and Run Robot (FARR) is the main alternative in this category.
FARR is actually a very similar product and now version 2.2 makes it the most powerful yet. While FARR hides a lot of power, extensibility and configurability under its hood, it works well straight out of the box and even new users will be able to make effective use of it straight away.
While average users may never need (or even see) the extra features, power users will be delighted with the huge possibilities of customization, including full support for plugins, and the scoring mechanism that goes well beyond the simple extension mechanism of Launchy. (One of my favourite plugins, GooglePlus, allows FARR to search Google without opening a browser first!)
For this reason, I have, perhaps unusually, also awarded FARR the Editors' Choice as its only obvious shortcoming -- the lack of an internal indexing feature -- is more than counterbalanced by its advantages. (The author argues that indexing is not usually necessary when the primary search locations are kept at the defaults or carefully managed and in this way FARR is kept generally undemanding of the user's system.)
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Find And Run Robot was reviewed by Gizmos Freeware on based on version 2.104.02.