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SWAZZ v1.2

webfork on 28 Jan 2019
  • 29KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Jul 2008
  • Suggested by Cornflower

SWAZZ is an extremely lightweight utility with more than 20 functions. The program includes a system monitor, tetris game, calculator, temperature converter, command prompt shortcut, browser address bar, Google search bar, transparent clock, live sunclock wallpaper, daylight zone simulator, quick menu function, ODBC ping tool, quick SQL client, quick screenshot, alarm tool, thermometer, mail notifier, mail previewer, LAN messenger, popup killer for IE, desktop painter and map services.

Runs on:Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: EXE file
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SWAZZ.EXE.
Latest comments
francisks on 2007-12-15 03:28

weird thing! but i like it and it works without problems.
you have to get used to it to realize that it works properly: e.g. right-clicking means "closing".
some of the functions are quite useful the others can be disabled ;-)

Fox Cole on 2008-03-04 09:00

Okay, I can't figure out how to access the .exe launcher function (is that the Z'Menu in the setup dialog? what is Zero-Zero-Menu?) nor the browser search bar or Google search bar. I discovered I could type into the system monitor box, but it doesn't launch a search... unless this app only supports Internet Explorer. The active browser is Firefox.

The Z'Panel (I assume that's what appears in the top left corner of the display) is very difficult to activate, especially when I'm using dual monitors and the mouse pointer pops too easily over to the second monitor, which is on the left in my setup.

I'm not sure what Swazz Z'Star is, either. It appears to do nothing when I select it.

Also, the command line won't stay in the directory I change to. I'm running SWAZZ portably on WinXP SP2. My portable drive is F: today. If I tell it to cd back to the C drive, it does that but pops right back into the F drive... so I'm at the F command prompt instead of C, no matter what I do.

Fox Cole on 2008-03-06 06:33

It helps to read the Readme file packed with the application. :blush:

So that takes care of everything above except the difficulty of activating the menu (not Z'Panel) on a dual monitor, and the command line directory problem.
(WinXP Pro SP2)

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Open Menu+ v1.5.6

Checker on 6 Aug 2014

Open Menu+ is a program launcher with a quick search feature for rapidly locating the application or file you need. You configure the base folders where all your portable apps/docs are kept, and the launcher will let you navigate through all the subfolders and launch apps/docs as desired, while automatically remembering the most recent apps/docs that you have launched.

Note: Main website offline, linking to softpedia.

Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and install to a folder of your choice

    This will create autorun.inf and three subfolders: OpenMenu+, PortableApps and Documents. Application files are located in the OpenMenu+ subfolder. Launch OpenMenuPlus.exe

  2. Select Computer, OpenMenu+ Settings. Under Paths, Programs Paths, change the path to indicate where you normally store your portable apps (e.g. C:\portable)
  3. Select Computer, Refresh lists and the "Programs" icon should now display all the subfolders in your portable application folder

Optionally: You can save a substantial amount of disk space if you delete some skin folders found under the skins[/i] subfolder.
Similar/alternative apps: PortableApps Platform
Latest comments on 2009-06-03 10:16

once the icon in the tray is clicked, the menu is there all the time instead of fading away.

is there any option to automatically hide it after a number of seconds?

Emka on 2013-12-18 06:30

website down

webfork on 2013-12-22 19:28

Emka: thanks, updated

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RocketDock v1.3.5

Checker on 6 Aug 2014
  • 10MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • 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.

Runs on: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)
  • Released on
  • 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.

Runs on: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
  • 769KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by Tony Chard

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.

Runs on: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."
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_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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