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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Real men don't click!


Launchy app link: (Windows)
http://www.launchy.net/



Quicksilver app link: (Mac OS X)
http://www.blacktree.com/


... or so they say!

This post has to do with making your everyday life on a computer easier and more productive. And I am not talking hard stuff for the technologically savvy, but something that even my grandmother can find useful.

Have you ever found yourself sitting in front of a Windows desktop getting frustrated because it is full of application shortcuts and documents and links and blah blah blah ... ?
Well since you need them all, is there a way to get rid of this whole mess, but still be able to access them quickly and effortlessly on demand?

Fear not, because Launchy is here!

For any Mac user the word "Quicksilver" should ring some joyous bells.
The Windows equivalent is the Launchy application that is a nice simple yet functional keystroke launcher. What that means is that you can just press Alt - Space (although you can change that to any combination that makes you happy) and then a little window will pop up.
Then the magic happens:
Just start typing the name of what you want to open - that can be pretty much anything - from applications like Firefox or Word, to Web links in your browsers history, to documents - and Launchy will find your item.

I can tell you that once I got introduced to it, I can't work with out it! It's fast and right in your hands, so you never have to leave the keyboard.

Give it a go and let me know if you like it!

P.S. Its highly customizable and you can add all kinds of plugins and skins to it!
Oh and Quicksilver for Mac is better, but what can you do, that's what happens when you get a Mac ... ;-)

1 comment:

bistromathic said...

Hi Adamos!

I started playing with launchy this week too and found one of the most useful things you can do is write custom batch scripts for use with a web service such as twitter.

I can now add appointments to my google calendar or reminders to my remember the milk account in a few seconds.

Check out this guide

Andy