Windows only: Open source application Launchy is a quick, lightweight application launcher (and then some).
We’ve covered Launchy in the past, but they’ve since added a few very useful features and recently updated to an even 1.0 release. Yesterday, I poo-pooed Enso and it’s high price, claiming that other app launchers, in particular Launchy, are just as good, if not better. Launchy 1.0 is better.
The new release has added support for plug-ins, which bring lots of nifty new functions to Launchy. The most notable (pre-installed) plug-ins are:
- Web search: has searches for Google, Wikipedia, Amazon, and more built-in. To search Google, for example, hit Alt-Space to invoke Launchy, then start typing goo… until you have a match, hit Tab, then type your search terms.
- Firefox: indexes all your Firefox bookmarks, including keyword searches that work just like the default web searches above.
- Explorer navigation: Type c:, hit Tab, and you’ll see the folders below
C:\. You can continue to do this as you navigate through your file system. You can even use shortcuts like
my doc...+ Tab to jump right into your My Documents folder.
- Calculator: Simple math can be performed right inside Launchy. Just type it in and instantly see the results.
As you can see, you don’t need to shell out any cash to get all kinds of great functionality out of what is primarily an app launcher. You done good, Launchy – real good. Launchy is free, Windows only. — Adam Pash