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QuickWayToFolders v1.3.6 Updated

billon on 10 Dec 2018
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 8 Dec 2018
  • Suggested by crownixx

QuickWayToFolders provides quick and easy access to a folder on your computer via a taskbar icon. The program window disappears when you click outside the window. Display modes include:

  • Desktop: Act like a mini-desktop, with small icons
  • Small Browser: very similar to Windows explorer in "details" view
  • Menu: Display folder content in a menu
  • Multiple Folders Menu: Display multiple folders content in a single menu (note that you must manually add them or nothing will appear when you click the icon)
In the "Menu" and "Multiple Folders Menu" settings, the program can act like a Program Launcher. Multiple instances of the program can be run with customizable icons and each entry is added to the taskbar.

To use the program as a root folder of a portable folder choose Options - Local path, then use a forward slash: "\". To set an image as a background place it in the application folder and set path as "image name.jpg" etc.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch QuickWayToFolders.exe
  3. Right-click the taskbar icon, select Options and uncheck "Launch at Windows Startup"
What's new? Bugs solved:
  • Displayed menu name for invalid folders.
  • Notification icon context menu.
  • Application crash that can occurred from time to time.
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TP109 on 2016-03-21 12:48

@thehop

Thanks, those are interesting apps. I really find ShortPopUp especially useful.

smaragdus on 2016-03-21 21:28

@billon
Better trust the executable. Softpedia also corrected the version number:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Launchers-Shutdown-Tools/QuickWayToFolders.shtml

Midas on 2016-05-24 11:17

The version discrepancy should be noted -- the changelog at http://jacquelin.potier.free.fr/QuickWayToFolders/history.php stops at v1.3.4 ...

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PortableApps.com Platform v16.0 Updated

billon on 6 Dec 2018
  • 11MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 6 Dec 2018
  • Suggested by gp_hbk

PortableApps.com Platform is an all-in-one tool for portable software download, management and updating. An included launcher shows nested folders organized automatically by function or favorite status, as well as a cascading app view on right-click of the tray icon. The program's appearance can be customized with transparency and several color, texture, and background options.

Other tools include a find-as-you-type search functionality, available cloud installation, drive error checker, backup/restore utility, portable fonts, automatic application closing on shutdown and more. The program can also work with portable software outside of the PortableApps format (see Extract instructions).

Functional in 64-bit and WINE, includes broad language support and proxy support.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract:
  1. Download and run the portable installer
  2. Options are provided to extract to the local PC, connected portable drives, cloud drives, and custom directories
  3. Launch Start.exe

To add non-PortableApps applications place the program in its own subfolder under the \PortableApps subfolder and press F5 or restart. The new app will appear in the launcher menu under Other.
Similar/alternative apps: WinPenPack NetMenu, ASuite
What's new? See:
https://portableapps.com/platform/changelog
Latest comments
ihateyou on 2013-03-15 21:39

The PortableApps Platform has been updated (a few times) since this was last updated.
I believe the current version is 11.2 (also there is a version 12 beta, I think its Beta 2)

Please update this listing!

webfork on 2013-03-16 15:13

ihateu: checker got it

shnbwmn on 2018-05-10 03:26

Latest version (v15.0) now supports .NET programs, the first of which appears to be KeePass Professional (or 2.x).

https://portableapps.com/news/2018-05-09--keepass-professional-portable-2.39-released

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AdvancedRun v1.07 Updated

billon on 3 Dec 2018
  • 118KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 Dec 2018
  • Suggested by Checker

AdvancedRun allows you to run a program with different settings that you choose, including - low or high priority, start directory, main window state (Minimized/Maximized), run the program with different user or permissions, Operating system compatibility settings and environment variables.

You can also save the desired settings into a configuration file and then run the program automatically from command-line with the desired settings.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch AdvancedRun.exe.
What's new?
  • Added /cfg command-line option to start AdvancedRun with the specified config file.
Latest comments
misan on 2016-05-15 13:38

^ Everything is fine.

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XVA Assistant v0.9.2018.1201 Updated

billon on 2 Dec 2018
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Dec 2018
  • Suggested by smaragdus

XVA Assistant is a stylish launcher for programs, files and websites, organizing items into panels and folders. The program can reside either in task-bar next to start menu (Cool XVA-Button) or in sustem tray. The program supports skins (any BMP, JPG and PNG images) and two view modes: "View as Pad" and "View as Phone".

Other features include autostart, always on top, animation effects, minimize after launch, minimize on losing focus, hot key and more.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch XVA.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Qsel
What's new? See:
https://www.softpedia.com/progChangelog/XVA-Assistant-Changelog-251045.html
Latest comments
Stroport on 2017-09-09 07:41

Good news, this app is interesting is there a place to post features suggestions ?

__philippe on 2017-09-09 11:28

Perhaps contact developer XuanYuan YuShun directly ?
Email: debuger@outlook.com

Belga on 2017-09-11 16:56

That's the best solution.
FYI, developer gives this answer related to keeping the enlargement of the window after reboot :
"I guess when the system shutdown, OS didn't give XVA enough time to save configuration files, so the windows size don't save correct, and I would optimize it in the next version.
You can use the temporary plan as follows:
1. Adjust the window size.
2. manually exit.
3. restart XVA."
It worked for me !

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SyMenu v6.06.6896 Updated

billon on 19 Nov 2018
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 18 Nov 2018
  • Suggested by SymoPd

SyMenu is a customizeable menu launcher that allows to organize and find your portable applications in a quick and easy way. Moreover, it can automatically link any application residing on host PC. Any linked item (SyItem) can be organized in a hierarchical structure with colorful folders and found with the internal search tool. The Standard for Portable Software (SPS) allows to install, update and remove the programs available in the SyMenu suites automatically, see more in Manual.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or higher
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SyMenu.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Portable Start Menu, PortAL, Tray Launcher, PStart
What's new?
  • All the forms and graphical elements are now DPI zoom independent.
  • Top most window for the separate launchers.
  • Fix - Now the SPS batch installing can be forcibly stopped.
Latest comments
UGMFree on 2016-04-20 07:17

Why do the dependencies include the administrator rights?
SyMenu can work with normal rights too. It can even work from read only supports or network paths.

MIKLO on 2016-07-31 14:00

After Avast showed a virus I then checked with Virus Total which gave an 8 out of 54 report as Trojan,key logger etc.
MIKLO

smaragdus on 2016-08-01 14:15

As of 2016.08.01 Windows 10 is not officially supported:
http://www.ugmfree.it/SyMenuDownload.aspx

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Executor v0.99.27b Updated

billon on 10 Nov 2018
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Nov 2018
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Executor is a program launcher and replacement for the Windows "Run" tool. It supports user-defined keywords, hotkeys for apps, auto-completion for keywords/file system/history, optional Vista-like results list, integrated calculator etc.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / 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: MIT-license
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create a blank file called executor.ini in the same folder
  3. Launch Executor.exe
What's new? See:
http://www.1space.dk/executor/vhistory.html
Latest comments
Carl on 2015-08-14 18:22

Thanks freakazoid but I am already using this version and nothing seems to fix my problem.It could be an option causing this freezing behavior.

Carl on 2015-08-16 11:30

Nevermind, I was not waiting long enough for the indexing to finish. It seems a bit longer with windows 10. Last 64 bits version work fine.

freakazoid on 2018-07-28 02:05

Yay, first official update in five years! Still my favorite launcher!

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Run-Command v3.13 Updated

billon on 31 Oct 2018
  • 179KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 31 Oct 2018
  • Suggested by Checker

Run-Command improves on the standard Windows "Run" tool with the ability to run programs as administrator, command favorites and more. Favorites can be managed by grouping by command categories.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Lauch Run-Command.exe or Run-Command_x64_p.exe (for 64-bit OS).
Similar/alternative apps: Famulus
What's new?
  • Small adjustments and improvements when executing commands.
  • Update the language files.
Latest comments
timtimtim on 2013-11-21 16:10

I couldn't run this on win2k; it hides in the system tray without a way to display it. I even tried using Process Explorer's Properties.Image.Bring to Front resulting in the msgbox: No visible windows found for this process

MIKLO on 2016-02-28 20:45

Tim I know this is an old post but I hope by now you have upgraded from Win2K after all it is the twenty first century. For me this software works as advertised!
MIKLO

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SlickRun v4.4.3.0 Updated

billon on 17 Oct 2018
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Oct 2018
  • 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 sr.exe and DefaultMagic.qrs to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty text file in the folder and name it slickrun.local
  3. Launch sr.exe
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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SideSlide v4.3.00

billon on 10 Sep 2018
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Sep 2018
  • Suggested by risk

SideSlide is a desktop extension that docks to any screen edge. It allows you to store your favorite RSS feeds, shortcuts to files/folders/URLs, notes, reminders etc. in "containers" that you can arrange, shrink and fold in the workspace. You can also drag-and-drop text/images from your web browser to the workspace to create web snippets.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: To display RSS feeds on the systems earlier then Windows XP SP3, you must have Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0 installed.
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SideSlide.exe.
What's new? See:
https://www.northglide.com/sideslide_changelog.html
Latest comments
joby_toss on 2013-03-30 05:18

The file is hosted by MajorGeeks.com. Link changed.

klangenfarben on 2013-04-01 12:26

Thanks joby_toss, got it now. Will comment when I get a chance to take it for a spin.

Midas on 2014-06-03 15:54

SideSlide v3.5.40 released (changelog: http://www.northglide.com/sideslide_changelog.html)

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Qsel v2.26

billon on 26 Aug 2018

Qsel is a flexible program launcher with categories and icons. It supports easy configuration of launcher items via drag-and-drop.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / 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 ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch Qsel.exe
  3. Optionally, right-click on the window and select "Keep Window opened?" to keep Qsel around after you launch an application
What's new?
  • Run as Administrator (triggers UAC prompt):
    • occasional: hold Ctrl+Shift & click
    • always: see configuration, "run" picklist (at bottom).
Latest comments
horst on 2012-09-14 06:49

@Shadeclan: Maybe your virus scanner software makes a full scan of all exe files when the menu is displayed, although the files are just opened to pick the icon. (I had the same problem when I used "MS Essentials" for a while.)

Midas on 2012-09-14 15:58

I'm having the same problem with another launcher, and horst explanation seems pretty accurate to me...

Napiophelios on 2015-03-15 16:22

I have used this program for a long time and I really like it;
I have always used it to launch programs,
but recently I have been using it to launch shortcuts to folders
and 2 out of 3 times that I do it,it crashes explorer.

Has any one else had this happen?

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