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RocketDock v1.3.5

Checker on 6 Aug 2014
  • 10MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by USBman

RocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha-blended program launcher that resembles the "dock" found in Mac OS X. It features a simple drag-and-drop interface, multi-monitor support, running application indicators, compatibility with most dock skin format, relative path support etc.

Functional on 64-bit systems.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of drive-less absolute path (eg. \docs\personal\work.doc without the drive letter)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. The application is in the {app} folder
  3. Create a blank file called Settings.ini in that folder
  4. Optionally, delete unnecessary language and help files and skins
  5. Launch RocketDock.exe
Latest comments
Gmacri on 2010-09-22 17:41

Somebody know if there will be a program update?

webfork on 2010-09-23 17:14

Gmacri: looks like the last release was the "final" one. You might try emailing the authors.

giulia on 2013-10-31 19:06

No Stealth
it creates this folder HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\StackDocklet

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radialM v1.9

webfork on 5 Sep 2016
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by senfi

radialM allows you to manage your machine using radial menus (also known as pie-menu) and pull-down menus. These can be invoked using a mouse button, mouse combinations (rocket gestures) or hotkeys. You can configure each command to do almost anything, from launching an application, to sending keystrokes to a running application, to invoking another command.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP or 7-ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch radialm.exe.
Latest comments
Midas on 2013-07-25 12:13

@Cattleya: probably because latest version was released in 2007 -- but since it is GPLed, feel free to update it, if you can... ;)

I am Baas on 2013-07-25 12:23

Aha, the Midas challenge... 1st prize?

Midas on 2013-07-25 13:40

I really wish I was a man for the job -- but to each, his own... :)

1st Prize: undying recognition from TPFC and the Internet at large? 3:)

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PStart v2.11

webfork on 28 Jul 2014

PStart is an easy-to-use system tray program launcher with a hierarchical list of menus for launching applications and documents, much like the Windows "Start" menu. Includes support for drag-and-drop program management, customizable look and feel, program auto and scheduled start, search, and much more.

Unlike many other launchers, PStart automatically uses relative paths when adding applications and documents, so portability is automatically preserved when changing drive letters as long as the applications and documents are located in the same drive as PStart.

Note: 64-bit OS users may wish to use this in a compatibility mode.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and install using the "Portable setup" option to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch PStart.exe
Additional notes from the author (Jens Gruschel): "The installer has a combo box with all removable drives listed. But if you click the [Next] button, you can select any folder you want, so there is no need to copy the file afterwards (which you can do of course). I added this combo box, because I thought that most people would install it to a USB stick (in fact I wrote the program because I wanted such a tool for my USB stick). But since I also like programs located on my D: drive, I didn't want to limit it to removable drives."
Latest comments
_joepie_ on 2012-04-15 00:11

@webfork: problem solved;
This is what happened, I had a version of PStart from 4 years ago running on my PC at the D-drive.
When I installed the newest version of PStart on my E-drive I replaced the old version of PStart on the D-drive at the same time, however only the menu of the E-drive was working.
After your last comment that I should work, I completely removed PStart from the D-drive and reinstalled it again.
Now everything works fine, I think that some remains of the old Pstart menu was interfering..does not matter anymore, I got what I want..!!
Great, thanks a lot Webfork...
_joepie_ makes a deep bow for WF.. :)

webfork on 2012-09-22 19:54

The program does indeed have minor problems on Win7: I frequently have to restart in order to get to the "Panel" view. Based on developer activity to date, we are unlikely to see an update to fix this.

albert on 2017-04-12 22:18

The best launcher I've never used. It works very well in Windows 10, and only in 769KB.
I've love it very much.

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Hidden XP v1.0.0

Checker on 15 Mar 2014
  • 192KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by JohnW

Hidden Utilities XP provides quick access to nearly 100 hidden utilities: system information, diagnostics, repair tools, and many more. Includes links to more than 50 tools and 40 command line utilities.

Note: This app has gone payware. The download link points to a mirror on PC World of the last freeware version. Thanks to Wolfghost for the link.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP
Writes settings to: None
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the file and unpack it with Universal Extractor. Copy the executable to a folder and launch HTXP.exe

Y'z Dock v0.8.3

Checker on 6 Aug 2014
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by dot

Y'z Dock is a program launcher that looks like the dock in Mac OS X. To add icons, drag-and-drop a file from Explorer to the dock area. To delete icons, drag-and-drop the icon out of the dock. To remove a separator, press [Ctrl] plus drag-and-drop the separator out of the dock. Right-click on the dock gives you the context menu. Y'z Dock supports relative paths, though it does not automatically use relative paths when you add a file.

Note: This is a beta application that is no longer being developed by the author. The original language of the application is Japanese, but you are given a choice between English and Japanese when you first run the application.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch YzDock.exe.
Latest comments
'Los on 2006-12-07 14:46

I use RKLauncher. I THINK it picks up where Y'z left off. It's still being developed as far as I know, but it hasn't been updated since I started using it a year ago. It supports relative paths too, but doesn't use them by default.

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