Friday, August 1, 2008
Forget your start menu and the icons on your desktop - launch programs and documents from your keyboard, with just a few keystrokes, by typing abbreviations. Just type a few letters of what you are looking for and Key Launch finds it - enter e.g. 'c' to open the 'calculator'.
You can add aliases, e.g. you can define that "w" means "Microsoft Word", and from now on, you can simply hit Ctrl+Space, then 'w' and enter to open MS Word, it's much faster than browsing through your start menu.
Key launch is a Launchy wannabe, there i said it. Like launchy this program allows you launch programs, documents and files using only your keyboard. Also like launchy Key launch has some other functions for other than indexing your stuff, for example you can use it as a calculator, a quick spreadsheet for adding numbers,Etc. You can also make user scripts called DNM that can extent the functionality of the program if you have will and desire to do so.
Tough Key Launch does a lot things good there are some things that i just don't like. For starters you need to press ESC to close Key launch when trying to search something, the default CTRL+SPACE for opening Key Launch doesn't close it and that is something i miss from Launchy, tough there is a user script that supposedly fix this i can't make it work, hopefully they will add this in a future version. Also for some reason when hiding the Key Launch interface the focus doesn't return to the prevously used window, i don't remember if this was the case in Launchy but sure is annoying. Oh and the user scripts are confusing to install/add, i wish they could improve this in a future version.
In conclusion while Key Launch as an application launcher is good i feel it needs a lot more refining before it can beat Launchy. Available for Windows XP/NT/2000/2003/Vista
Get it at http://www.konradp.com/products/keylaunch/