Dec 032008
 

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

The Good

  • Easy to use
  • Very lightweight
  • Plenty of skins and addons
  • You can set it to index certain folders
  • ‘Learns’ what programs you tend to use most and shortens the amount of the name you need to input
  • Comes up fairly quick when the hotkeys are pressed

The Bad

  • Tends to be a bit picky and looses focus easily when other programs are opening/closing
  • During heavy load it tends to lock and freeze up and fall behind other applications
Features of the program (as stated by author):
Launchy is a free windows and linux utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager.
Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes!
Overall Design & Ease of Use:
For the most part, it is well designed. you can get a bunch of different skins for it from there website and also addons. Typically comes up pretty quickly when the keys are pressed. It finds programs as you type them in. It has a drop down where you can select other programs besides the one it thinks you are typing. It tends to learn what application you prefer if multiple show up when you type in a name.
Overall Opinion of the Program:
If you have a lot of programs, or want an easier way to start them, this is the program for you. Even a novice user can start using it, the options are straight forward and it requires almost not configuration. You can also get addons for Google Searches, Run prompt commands and other things if you are a power user.
Publishers Website: http://www.launchy.net/
Version of Reviewed Program: 2.1.2

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