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Synaptics Scrybe turns your touchpad into an app launcher

Synaptics is launching a new application called Scrybe that works with Synaptics touchpads that support multi-touch gestures. Basically, these touchpads are already able to perform gestures such as pinching to zoom or using multiple fingers to scroll. But Scrybe adds a series of user-customizable gestures that you can use to perform actions such as: Launch an application Visit a web page ...

WinExt is a powerful alternative to the Windows Taskbar

WinExt is a free utility that adds a toolbar to the top or bottom of your Windows PC that provides quick access to a ton of features and programs. For instance, it automatically grabs the bookmarks from your default web browser and adds them to the URLs menu allowing you to launch your web browser and open any of your bookmarks in just a few clicks. (Arguably, you could already do this in just a...

MedalFolders: Program launcher that hangs out in the system tray

MedalFolders is sort of like a simple favorites menu for Windows. The program adds an icon to your system tray. When you click on the little red folder icon with a white star, a menu with shortcuts to your favorite applications and files opens up. You can add shortcuts by clicking the "Open MedalFolders" option and dragging and dropping items. The program will automatically decide whether the it...

CodySafe app launcher gives PortableApps suite some competition

CodySafe is a program launcher for WIndows that can be installed to a USB flash drive to give you quick access to any portable applications stored on your drive. In other words, it's a lot like the PortableApps Start Menu. But there are a few things that make CodySafe worth checking out, even though it's still in beta. First, in addition to letting you organize your applications, you can organiz...

Appetizer: Open source, portable application launcher

There's no shortage of free dock-style application launchers for Windows. But there are a few things that make Appetizer stand out from the crowd. First, it's open source, which makes it easy for anyone to develop skins, plugins, or other features for the application. Second, it can run as a portable application, which means you can either install it on your Windows system or run it from a USB f...

Launch a list of programs from one shortcut with Utility Launcher

Utility Launcher is a free Windows application that lets you create an ordered list of Windows utilities to launch. If you have a couple of apps that you launch every day, but don't want to add them to the Windows startup routine and bog down your boot speed, Utility Launcher could come in handy. Here's how it works. You download and unzip the application to any folder. Then click the menu butto...

Microsoft finally gets into the keyboard app launcher biz with Speed Launch

If you've ever used a keyboard app launcher like Launchy, Executor, Quicksilver, or Gnome Do you've probably asked yourself, why doesn't Microsoft build something like this into Windows? Now Microsoft Office Labs has released a free keyboard launcher called Speed Launch. Speed Launch adds a little bull's eyee to your desktop. To add a frequently used program, file, or document, to Speed Launch,...

Executor: Light weight but powerful keyboard app launcher

Executor is an application that lets you launch programs open URLs, or perform other actions with just a few keystrokes. At first glance, it looks a lot like Launchy. Both programs are free utilities for Windows that let you run programs without reaching for the mouse. And both will scan default and user-selected directories looking for a list of programs. But Executor wins hands down when it co...

Circle Dock: Stop going out of your way to launch apps

There are plenty of dock-style applications launchers for Windows. But most have one thing in common: You anchor them to the top, bottom, or side of the screen and then scroll your mouse over that portion of the screen to bring up a list of applications. Circle Dock is different, because this free application launcher it appears where your mouse already is instead of making you move your mouse. ...

Spb Mobile Shell 2.0 makes Windows Mobile more finger friendly

Ever since Steve Jobs explained how iPhone users don't need a stylus, Windows Mobile users who keep misplacing theirs have had a bit of no-stylus envy. So companies keep concocting finger-friendly application suites and program launchers for Windows Mobile. The problem is that the overall Windows Mobile interface is still designed to act like Windows, with a start menu and small icons that...

sTabLauncher

Dock-style program launchers are great if you have 10-15 applications that you use all the time. But if you have dozens of applications that you regularly need to launch, you can quickly fill up a utility like RocketDock with more program icons than you can fit on your desk. sTabLauncher solves this problem by letting you create tabs in your dock. You can populate each Tab with as many icons as ...

Enso Launcher now free

About a year ago we first discussed an intriguing but flawed program launcher called Enso. The big knocks against it in our review were that it had a large memory footprint, and that it was a commercial application competing against a number of very good free launchers. For some people, memory footprint will continue to be an issue. However, memory continues to drop in price, and it's not uncomm...