Pinner [DotNET quick launcher]

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Pinner [DotNET quick launcher]

#1 Post by smaragdus » Tue May 29, 2018 8:34 pm

Preamble
For years I have been using FSL Launcher (the portable version which is not free) but it hasn't been updated for years and most likely it is abandoned for good. So I was searching for an alternative. For quite some time I have been testing Pinner, a customizable and feature-rich launcher. Since version 3.1.3.0 (from 2018-05-25) Pinner is fully portable so it deserves to be reviewed.

Synopsis
Pinner is a software to have all your favorite files, folders, and websites together.
From version 2.6.0, everything is saved in the root folder. No registry is needed. But if you already used it before 2.6.0 you can import your pins from Tools->Import Pins.. and all your pins will be added to your database.
Features
  • Different types of pins can be added- files/folders/links;
  • Pins can be organized into groups;
  • Pins can be executed via shortcut keys, which can be enabled/disabled;
  • Support for arguments;
  • Pins can be shown as icons or details;
  • Pins can be sorted in different ways (filter pins) - Alphabetically, FIFO (First in first out), LIFO (Last in first out), Special order, Ordered by groups;
  • Pins can be added to favorites (favorites bar);
  • Search - search all pins or search current group;
  • Rich context menu;
  • Open pins as administrator;
  • Tray control- minimize to tray/close to tray, groups and pins are shown and can be executed from tray menu;
  • Stay on top;
  • Automatic, customizable backup;
  • Program can be called via global shortcut key;
  • Date and time shown in the status bar;
Links Downloads
Direct download links for Pinner version 3.1.3.0 (released on 2018-05-25):
Images

Pinner version 3.1.3.0 - all pins - icons/details (animated image):

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Pinner version 3.1.3.0 - grouped pins - icons/details (animated image):

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Pinner version 3.1.3.0 - menu bar (animated image):

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Pinner version 3.1.3.0 - program options (animated image):

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Pinner version 3.1.3.0 - new pin (animated image):

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Pinner version 3.1.3.0 - context menu (static image):

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Pinner version 3.1.3.0 - hotkeys manager (static image):
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Pinner version 3.1.3.0 - filter pins (static image):

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Pinner version 3.1.3.0 - tray control (static image):

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Pinner version 3.1.3.0 - about (static image):

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Portability
Before Pinner used absolute paths for databases and settings, from version 3.1.3.0 the prgram uses relative paths so it is portable and stealth. Databases and settings are saved in data sub-folder inside program folder, backups are saved in backup folder inside program folder. The log file (Pinner.exe.log) is not created by Pinner but by CLR (Common Language Runtime).

Instructions
  • Download the archive (7Z, RAR, ZIP or SFX);
  • Extract the archive to a folder of your choice;
  • Run the executable (Pinner.exe);
Requirements
Pinner should run under Windows 7 or higher, it requires .NET Framework 4.6 or higher and Microsoft Visual C++ 2015.

License
Pinner is closed-source, unrestricted freeware.

Note
Pinner version 3.1.3.0 uses about 71 MB of RAM under Windows 8 x64.
The developer, Sami Jildeh, is open to suggestions, he has implemented every single feature I have suggested.
Another program by the same developer- Notes Keeper, has also been reviewed in the forum.
There is a bunch of other useful tools by the same developer which I may review later as well.

Alternatives
A couple of programs with similar functionality:
Details
File details for Pinner version 3.1.3.0 (released on 2018-05-25):

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7Z archive
Name: pinner[3.1.3.0][25-5-2017].7z
File Size: 1740993 Byte(s) (1.66 MB)
Modified Date: 2018-05-25 16:43
MD5: 9cc07afb5b0b9d9721bf2c868f7f37a1
SHA1: cfa9dcd0e89f9ca9e337d2776eeeedeb36b00a34
SHA256: 3725a8ad7d1cef6c55e58d9d605e954c81dbe1b871eb0b82a79d2ec6a43430cf
SHA384: 0b7a5062b5f24723c9321df90e037b126df11f4f94b9aa01ac9ff47ab7dfabfb6fc6eeb8fc31b8daea9909ff323edb11
SHA512: c9e2edc76a03f2eb3658386f39d883d8faa9b5b0d43cb6a86740064f4dec603fd368589d8cc88d55e443c88bbbcd77a3476bdfef1072776c8b9aa1db6d8e135d
RIPEMD160: c6ff83294f76a309b9b23b63ade015e63b0f583c

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RAR archive
Name: pinner[3.1.3.0][25-5-2017].rar
File Size: 2036895 Byte(s) (1.94 MB)
Modified Date: 2018-05-25 16:49
MD5: 117ae970ea8d6657284bc895b47bff1d
SHA1: 4267f223123954b5c11154d57444a83e67ab88f4
SHA256: 2227bee560f85bc867f857aefa985fd5fb2d3f972af758ff3ff023e79990bdb5
SHA384: b561ab95677380346942495b4cecbc92241fe775182aa71d48000309849615b2ef9eb9864916d2cb5fea411bb0608827
SHA512: f1c2e238c0ee488ff7693c270638c9d48d59fc3a45adc65e01dc6a9ec9565e8e3e50cdaa4ffbbecfe88350575d18ee9c68b7b510aa1adfa0ee547bff6e8cb713
RIPEMD160: 80141c8ed26059ca2c5faf069db30b20954d8ae1

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ZIP archive
Name: pinner[3.1.3.0][25-5-2017].zip
File Size: 2855183 Byte(s) (2.72 MB)
Modified Date: 2018-05-25 16:50
MD5: ebbbfc25376dd18679f7ce6e08bb3fb5
SHA1: e509b43df74276808c82628033fb7ebdd72365d0
SHA256: cde12d3b454351cf0b850e20cd002d377b0a5311dd2934185ed3197bf9522b77
SHA384: 9267173b71cc4bda4f7be4e3601afde71dd01caca2577720555caec8db6eb5c377ed2bbe5bdc7954d8d277e25ff236d0
SHA512: b0f4897c5e568b3c2a3b6ea68b10ea37668211e7c926cf9815e60bca82b0ae33962ffb2c39c8814a2d738da527632c7c5bd8d0aeb62db54ec2e43043d249cace
RIPEMD160: 1c47d9b58db47b77c0e734cb61f5e885598a70d2

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SFX archive
Name: pinner[3.1.3.0][25-5-2017].exe
File Size: 2296479 Byte(s) (2.19 MB)
Modified Date: 2018-05-25 16:48
MD5: cc42e620e37b0b171768fbf70e6bac0b
SHA1: 513cceec2144f289c97c0a2da6635129d6e0432e
SHA256: dbc8c344dd6db32dfde58646f09ccd88e802b1e3b16a3be12d020b622daed9ef
SHA384: 1d6dada67ad90fe49e1b7f5ba3dcf41d89027741f76d24743e2e31597ca1273976cd7ece84e29aa34a375b091fb59e30
SHA512: a7c33ad8a5c6ccab2c32701f69fcdb09502895b11cff68932c3f7650b8fcf99a97666d1f87cf747e77b44522962176f5e77967098b0ed5bb0b1e4b531ef05eb5
RIPEMD160: 35d4c5f39f7d9435e5c2aa1bac1b2078af6138ac

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Last edited by smaragdus on Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:33 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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Re: Pinner

#2 Post by webfork » Wed May 30, 2018 7:36 am

Given that both my launchers of choice (Pstart and Asuite) also seem to be out of development, I'm inclined to check out this one.

Another excellent and very thorough post.

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Re: Pinner

#3 Post by samijildeh » Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:17 am

Thank you smaragdus for reviewing my software.
I just want to add that the user can set Pinner to show combination of software, files, folder or websites by clicking them from this buttons Image. The user can disable this filter by switch it off by the switch button Image.
For example: The user can show only software and folders and files (if exists) can be accessed from their group or from their hotkey (if exists) or from system tray menu.

Anyone who have any questions or suggestions please don't hesitate to contact me at pinner_software <at> outlook.com or at handyapplications <at> outlook.com

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Re: Pinner

#4 Post by webfork » Mon May 31, 2021 7:44 pm

Update: Pinner just put out a new release, with the changelog is on the home page: https://handyapplications.weebly.com/pinner.html

Mirror: https://www.softpedia.com/get/System/La ... nner.shtml

Requires: ​.NET 4.6 and Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Update 3 runtime

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