Launchy, Quicksilver for the Rest of Them

Launchy. Only a windows user would come up with such a silly name for an application. In any case, Launchy seems to be the Windows development community’s belated and anemic answer to everyone favorite OS X app, Quicksilver. From the official description:

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!

Sounds awfully familiar, don’t it?




Looks familiar too, although its missing the good design, polish, and pretty much everything that makes QS what it is.

Now, setting aside all that snarky-ness, the release of Launchy just re-affirms the fact that power users on any platform are sick and tired of conventional methods of system interaction, and strive something new. Quicksilver is by far the best example of this new form of interactivity, but Butler and LaunchBar are progressing toward a similar user experience.

What I think we should take away from this post is two fold. First, lets all have a nice hearty laugh at the expense of all those poor Windows users. Secondly, lets realize how lucky we are that the Mac is constantly on the cutting edge of computing, both in software and hardware.


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