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Quick Cliq v2.1.1

billon on 17 Apr 2018
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Apr 2018
  • Suggested by I am Baas

Quick Cliq is an application launcher and productivity tool that provides quick access folders, files, programs, links and command-line operations as well as window management, clipboard manipulation and text "memos". The compact menu can be displayed anywhere via keyboard shortcut or mouse gesture, even within applications.

A video preview is available.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Quick Cliq.exe.
What's new?
  • Fixed many Windows 10 compatibility issues.
  • Other minor fixes/improvements.

SlickRun v4.4

Ennovy on 17 Feb 2017
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Feb 2017
  • Suggested by tproli

SlickRun is a floating keyword utility that allows you to create command aliases, or "MagicWords" that launch applications or URLs. For example, "browse" can be set to open Firefox, "note" to open Notepad, and more. You can type an application's path or location as well.

The program includes its own notepad program opened by typing "jot", but major applications such as MS Office and Online Shopping resources can be added using add-on packs available on the website.

SlickRun supports auto-completion, relative paths and drive letter macro for improved portability.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. It creates a lone working registry entry that does not impact portability of settings at all.
Unicode support: Yes. for Jot, history, autocomplete, $W$, etc
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty text file in the folder and name it slickrun.local
  3. Launch sr.exe

Optionally, delete [NSIS].nsi and all the WAV files (not used in portable mode).
What's new? See: https://bayden.com/SlickRun/updates.asp
Latest comments
Checker on 2015-10-08 05:11

@smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)

Ennovy on 2016-08-10 09:41

Minor update to version 4.3.3.2
Although the changelog has not been updated, the download is

smaragdus on 2017-02-17 11:12

Note that the x32 build (sr-setup.exe) is still at version 4.3.3.2 while the x64 build (sr-setup64.exe) is at version 4.4.0.0.

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Portable Start Menu v3.5

billon on 6 Apr 2017
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Jan 2017
  • Suggested by USB_Kx

Portable Start Menu is a program launcher that allows you to organize your programs via a simple menu system and launch them through a tray icon. If you are running from an USB memory stick, Portable Start Menu can be configured to automatically close all launched applications when it terminates.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
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. Launch psmenu.exe
Similar/alternative apps: ASuite, PStart, SyMenu
What's new?
  • Improved:
    • Better compatibility with 32/64bit system when starting certain applications.
  • Fixed:
    • Program icons were not displayed under certain circumstances when scaling was larger than 100%;
    • Entered applications could not be launched on some systems;
    • Ejecting an USB stick could cause the error message "Missing file psmstart.exe".
  • Smaller fixes/improvements.
Latest comments
starshakur on 2017-04-05 12:36

There's no 64-bit version...

billon on 2017-04-06 02:50

@starshakur, @Orca:
because it's work on 64-bit
there are psmstart32.exe for launching 32-bit programs and psmstart.exe - for 64-bit

starshakur on 2017-04-06 16:56

psmstart.exe may be essential to launch 64-bit applications (psmenu.exe doesn't start with either missing), but that doesn't change the fact that psmenu.exe is a 32-bit application.

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LiberKey v5.8.1129

SYSTEM on 1 Aug 2016
  • 19MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 30 Nov 2015
  • Suggested by opendev

LiberKey is a portable launcher that serves as a gateway to prepackaged portable apps available in the LKS format (basically 7Zip archive with a particular directory structure). It works just as well for non-LKS apps, and comes with a whole suite of other functions including portable file associations, portable desktop shortcuts, and online updates of LKS applications.

The launcher itself is flexible with right-handed quick launch bar and supports tabs, categories, smart search etc. Includes a floating quick launcher that you can pin to the desktop.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch LiberKey.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: WinPenPack NetMenu, PortableApps Platform
What's new? 2014/11/10 - LiberKey 5.8.1104
  • Improved, Portabilizer: .NET framework detection
  • Improved, Portabilizer: Use the x86 version of an application when the x64 version is missing
  • Fixed, Menu: Various bug fixes
  • Added, LiberKey: Breton translation [br-FR] Thank you Diloar (new contributor)
  • Added, LiberKey: Macédonien translation [mk-MK] Thank you mite71 (new contributor)
  • Added, LiberKey: Serbe (cyrillique) translation [sr-Cyrl-RS] Thank you Bojan Pavlović (new contributor)
  • Added, LiberKey: Serbe (latin) translation [sr-Latn-RS] Thank you Bojan Pavlović (new contributor)
  • Updated, LiberKey: Arabic (Tunisia) translation [ar-TN] Thank you Trabelsi Youssef
  • Updated, LiberKey: German translation [de] Thank you Paul Bichler
  • Updated, LiberKey: Hungarian translation [hu-HU] Thank you Juhász Sándor
  • Updated, LiberKey: Italian translation [it] Thank you Maurizio Ballo
  • Updated, LiberKey: Dutch translation [nl-NL] Thank you Ralph Langendam (new contributor)
  • Updated, LiberKey: Russian translation [ru-RU] Thank you mrBG et askras (new contributor)

2014/11/15 - LiberKey 5.8.1114
  • Added, LiberKey: Slovak translation [sk-SK] Thank you kamilpolner (new contributor)
  • Added, LiberKey: Romanian translation [ro-RO] Thank you Adrian (new contributor)

2015/11/30 - LiberKey 5.8.1129
  • Fixed, Portabilizer: .NET framework version detection
Latest comments
rogerthedodger on 2012-07-21 02:01

guess thats an advantage, if theres any, of using adaware.

doudoudidou on 2012-08-06 10:24

I use LiberKey for years and I never had any problems. This platform is currently the best. There are jealous ...

smaragdus on 2016-07-31 23:13

I did a brief testing of LiberKey version 5.8.1129 (only the launcher, not the suite) and my first impressions are very good- it is a well-designed, flexible, solid program with a nice set of features.

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X-HotkeyP v4.8.2 [rev1]

billon on 6 Jun 2016
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 May 2016
  • Suggested by Danix

HotkeyP is a small but powerful macro and hotkey utility that enables you to create a wide range of macro commands and keyboard shortcuts that can perform common tasks such as opening files, running programs, empty the recycle bin, reboot your PC, start the screensaver and much more.

X-HotkeyP is a version of the software packaged in winPenPack format.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch X-HotkeyP.exe.
What's new?
  • Commands "Opacity +", "Opacity -"
  • Environment variables can be used in commands (e.g. %SystemRoot%).
  • Option to play sound when a hotkey is pressed.
  • Option "Wait before executing this hotkey", command will be executed after 5 second unless the user cancels it.
  • Only pressed shift keys are released before macro.
  • Command "Delete temporary files" can delete read-only files.
  • HotkeyP window is transparent when showing User Account Control dialog.
  • Large HotkeyP icon looks same as small icon.
  • All texts are Unicode, it's useful especially for the "Paste text" command.
  • Hotkeys have option "Run as administrator".
  • Commands "Maximize all", "Show HotkeyP window", "Reload hook".
  • Command "Hide window" changes tray icon to yellow.
  • %HotkeyP% in command path is replaced by installation folder.
  • Caps lock is turned off during "Macro".
  • Removed shortcut Ctrl+N which used to delete all hotkeys.
  • Path to HTK file is not stored in the registry if the file is in the HotkeyP folder.
Fixed bugs:
  • Paste text command did not work on some keyboard layouts.
  • Multi-command did not work with paste text
  • Some system hotkeys could not be redefined (Ctrl+Win+P, Ctrl+Win+F, Win+Shift+M, Win+Shift+up, Alt+Win+1, ...).
  • Key state is reset when reloading hook.
  • Hotkey Win+mouse showed the Start menu if used with macro.
  • Right-click on the small icon in the notification area showed the taskbar menu on Windows 10.
  • Could not get executable file name of universal apps on Windows 10.
  • "Information" about a window could not get full path of 64-bit processes.
  • "Paste text" with parameter %l truncated text to 1024 characters.
  • The second parameter of "Macro to active window" could not be longer than 15 characters.
  • "Minimize to tray" did not work for the Explorer.
  • "Magnifier" lost focus after quick mouse movement.
  • The Spy application worked only with 32-bit processes.
  • Some minimized applications could not be restored to foreground when hotkey was pressed.
  • Active window lost focus after waiting before executing a hotkey.
  • "Maximize all" randomly activated another window.
  • Icon was not yellow if asking before executing "Hide application" or "Hide window".
  • "Send keys to window" was too quick and sometimes missed shift keys.
  • Start automatically at Windows startup.