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Launchy is a free windows 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!

Developer : Josh Karlin
Version : 1.25
Filesize : 1.0MB



Comment by Sam on 2006-11-09 17:29:09

Wow! How useful is that! It’s so quick and easy, so impressed, thank you! You should definatly download this!

Comment by Sean on 2006-11-22 23:35:17

This looks really nice, but, is it possible to change the layout? I’d like to skin it to look more like Quicksilver.


[...] This is my first article for osx-e. Since this is after all, the Mac Emulation resource, my first article will detail what I find is the best way to transform your Windows XP/ Vista PC desktop into what I feel is the closest I have ever seen to a Mac desktop on a Windows machine. In the summer of 2006 I decided that I was not satisfied with user interface that was standard on Windows XP, or at least the look and feel. The blue-orange-green and the silver-orange-green themes that come standard on Windows machines felt to me like a little kid attacked the monitor with a box of Crayolas and didnít know the correct colors for items. Like coloring grass red and the sky brown. Anyways, this eventually led me to, a great resource for non-Mac emulation Windows customization. Everything on that site looks very clean and it is all very stable. The first thing I downloaded was a bricopack (which by the way are great ideas) entitled Vista Inspirat. It looked nothing at all like Vista, but it looked a hell of a lot better (and honestly, more professional) than XPís standard interfaces. My quest for the perfect user interface led me to Mac OS X. I could not afford an Apple machine at that time so I decided to emulate the Mac OS X UI. That idea led me to here. On this site is where I first read about Flyakite OS X 3. I looked at the provided screenshots and I could barely tell there was a difference between a desktop masked with Flyakite and Mac OS X itself (later on though, I would discover subtle differences that only someone as picky as me would notice or be affected by). I downloaded it and never looked back. On the installation menu, it gives you total customization of what items to install. I recommend leaving everything checked for total Mac emulation, except that for some reason the standard installation includes two dock programs (RK Launcher and ObjectDock). The one that looks most like the Mac dock is RK launcher, so keep the RK Launcher box checked if you decide to download and use Flyakite. The attention to detail that the creator of Flyakite OS X paid is nothing short of mind-blowing. Even Solitaire is given a total makeover. The whole interface is transformed to Aqua. Even the boot screen is changed to the Apple boot screen if you choose that option. There is no stone left unturned. It is very stable with no bugs that I could find. Though, never ever use it with a 64-bit Windows machine. Your machine will crash indefinitely. This made me curious as to why Mac was supposedly so much better than Windows, so I decided to some research. I started using the iMacs that are in the computer lab at school and was suprised at how impressed I was. Around November, I decided I was ready to make the jump. I was going Mac. I would have to wait until January because that is how long it would take to gather the money around for a Macbook. In the meanwhile, Flyakite and eventually Launchy fully prepared me for my Mac experience. When I ordered my BlackBook, they told me it would take two weeks to ship, so I decided to take that time and download the WindowsBlinds trial and the Leopard skin that is provided in the downloads section of osx-e so I could get used to the control buttons being on the left side instead of the right as they are in Windows. The WindowsBlinds trial was 90 days, but that was no big deal because I would only need 8 or so. By the time my BlackBook arrived in February, the interface was totally native to me. It took no time to learn the differences in interfaces. That enabled me to jump right into learning how to use the important programs like iPhoto, Garage Band, iChat and Mail. So that is my Mac emulator-turned-switcher story. Whatís yours? Are you an emulator? Are you a switcher? Are you a (eww) Windows Fanboy? I want to know your stories. This website is such a huge part of my transition to Apple and I still visit it daily. Now, my spare time is spent playing with the insane amount of freeware available for Macs. There is even a free DVD ripping software! But those will be discussed in later blogs. My blogs will include everything from Apple news (yes, even the iPhone) to hidden secrets in iLife programs such as Garage Band and iMovie, like did you know that you can make the vocal recordings in Garage Band have quality that is comparable to using a top-of-the-line condenser microphone using just your built-in microphone? I look forward to writing for this blog and I hope that my style is not too boring for any of you. I love feedback. You can e-mail me at [email protected] (which is sent directly to Apple Mail. I will explain how to do that in a blog as well.). [...]

Comment by Meox on 2008-01-21 09:57:48

Hmmmmm….. interesting program im gonna try it out it definently reminds me of quicksilver…… i wonder if its better than mighty box?………

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