Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Launchy ( लाँची )

सध्या संगणकावर इतकी सॉफ्टवेअर इंस्टॉल केली जातात की बर्याचदा स्टार्ट मेनु मधे जावुन ती लाँच करताना दमछाक होते. पर्याय म्हणून डेस्कटॉप वर शॉर्टकट बनवावे तर सॉफ्टवेअरच इतकी असतात की डेस्कटॉपवर झालेल्या गर्दीत हवा असलेला प्रोग्राम शोधणे म्हणजे पुन्हा दमछाकच! तुमची ही  अशी अवस्था असेल आणि तुम्हाला उपाय हवा असेल तर लाँची नक्कीच तो उपाय ठरु शकतो. लाँची सॉफ्टवेअर संगणकावरील सर्व प्रोग्राम्स ना index करते त्याचप्रामाणे तुम्हाला हवे असल्यास संगणकावरील फाईल्स ही index करते. आणि मग ती अ‍ॅप्लीकेशन्स चटकन ओपन करायला मदत करते. लाँची संगणक बुट होताना सुरु होते मग Alt+Spacebar दाबुन आपल्याला ते वापरता येते. त्यात तुम्हाला हव्या असलेल्या सॉफ्टवेअरचे नाव टाकायचे (यात सुद्धा लाँची दत करते तुम्हाला फक्त काही अक्षर टाईप करावी लागतात आणि बाकीचे काम लाँची करते) आणि Enter key दाबून हवे असलेले अ‍ॅप्लीकेशन ओपन करायचे. झाले ना काम सोपे!
इतकेच नाही लाँची मधे विविध plug-ins वापरुन इंटरनेट वर सर्च करता येते, सेव्ह केलेली Putty सेशन्स सुरु करता येतात, म्युझिक प्लेअर कंट्रोल करता येतात. तसेच themes किंवा skins. वापरुन लाँची ची युजर इंटर्फेसही बदलता येते.

Launchy is a free cross-platform utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager.
This freeware application indexes all the applications in your Start Menu, desktop and any other location that we indicate it. Launchy automatically loads itself on boot we can call it by pressing Alt+Spacebar (default shortcut) then we can write the applications name or key words to search desired application. Launchy starts searching as we write and it starts showing the icon of the programs that match what we have written, due to this it is even necessary to type in the full name, because Launchy shows the filtered results and their icons. Once the application we are looking for appears all we will have to do is press the Enter key, and the software will be launched.
 What's more, Launchy has support for plug-ins and searches over Internet with various search engines (like Google, YouTube or Wikipedia). We will also be able to modify it GUI by applying themes or skins.
With the great quantity of applications that we install on our computers nowadays, it is necessary to use an application launcher to avoid getting lost in the Start Menu each time we want to use a specific application. One of the best application launcher available for Windows is without doubt Launchy.

Launchy Plug-ins
Included Plugins - The following plugins are included with Launchy
·          Index Control Panel Applications: This plugin finds the control panel applications in your system and lists them in Launchy.
·          Perform Web Searches: Launchy now supports the following search keywords: google, msn, yahoo, live, weather, amazon, wikipedia, dictionary, thesaurus, imdb, netflix, and msdn websearch. Type in any of these keywords, hit tab, type in your search query, and hit enter.
·          Launch Webpages: Type in the url such as ‘www.netbhet.com’ or ‘www.netbhet.com’ and hit enter.
·          Calculate: Type in some math.. Launchy will figure out what you want to do. Note: This calculator is limited to +,/,-,* and parenthesis.
Community Plugins
·          Ampy controls Winamp, iTunes, or foobar2000
·          gCal Plugin posts events to Google Calendar.
·          iTuny controls iTunes.
·          Killy terminates tasks by name.
·          Launchy# allows loading of plugins written in a .NET language.
·          MathyResurrected adds additional mathematical capabilities.
·          PuTTY Launchy Plugin launches saved PuTTY sessions.
·          PyLaunchy allows loading of plugins written in a the Python programming language.

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