Alternatives to MadAppLauncher for all platforms with any license

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  • RocketDock icon

    RocketDock

    RocketDock is a Mac OS X dock clone. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock. Now...

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated, but last version, 1.3.5, released in September 2008, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Docky icon

    Docky

    Docky is a full fledged dock application that makes opening common applications and managing windows easier and quicker. Docky is fully integrated into the GNOME Desktop and features a no non-sense approach to configuration and usage....

    Open Source Linux

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  • Synapse icon

    Synapse

    Synapse is a semantic launcher written in Vala that you can use to start applications as well as find and access relevant documents and files by making use of the Zeitgeist engine.

    Open Source Linux

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  • Unity icon

    Unity

    Unity is a shell interface for the Gnome desktop environment developed by Canonical Ltd for its Ubuntu operating system. It is designed to make more efficient use of space given the limited screen size of netbooks.

    Open Source Linux

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  • Nimi Places icon

    Nimi Places

    Organizes desktop into customizable containers - showing folders (e.g.: local folders, network locations) contents, displayed as icons/thumbnails on scrollable surface. In-built thumbnail engine is capable of displaying thumbnails for...

    Free Windows

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  • Cairo-Dock icon

    Cairo-Dock

    A light, eye-candy, fully themable, MacOSX-like animated dock for any Linux desktop.

    Open Source Linux Xfce

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  • ObjectDock icon

    ObjectDock

    ObjectDock is a program that enables users to organize their shortcuts, programs and running tasks into an attractive and fun animated Dock. By allowing users to have more control over how they organize their desktop, users can take...

    Commercial Windows

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  • 7stacks icon

    7stacks

    7stacks is an easy to use, free app that lets Windows 7 (and Vista and XP) users have "stacks" of icons in their Taskbar (in 7) or QuickLaunch Toolbar (in Vista and XP). By using stacks, users can reduce icon clutter, and...

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, v1.5 beta 2, released on June 27, 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • True Launch Bar icon

    True Launch Bar

    True Launch Bar is the unlimited version of the Free Launch Bar. True Launch Bar is a Superior replacement for the standard Quick Launch bar. All functions presented in Quick Launch are also in True Launch Bar. However, the True...

    Freemium Windows

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  • XLaunchpad icon

    XLaunchpad

    XLaunchpad gives you instant access to all your shortcuts. Arrange apps in XLaunchpad any way you like by dragging icons to different locations or by grouping apps in folders. Simply drag one icon over another to create a folder. You...

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued The official website is no longer accessible, but has been archived by Internet Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20160327003239/http://www.xwidget.com/
    • Warning XLaunchPad setup installs adware extensions for browsers. VirusTotal result: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/2a8eca9357cfae211564426dc461832ca2de70a9318ecba0468c4586fc4f4ffc/analysis/1426619620/ WOT comments: https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/xwidget.com
  • Winstep Nexus icon

    Winstep Nexus

    The Winstep Nexus Dock is a FREE professional dock for Windows. With Nexus, your most frequently used applications are only a mouse click away - and Nexus turns working with your computer into a fun and exciting experience.

    Freemium Windows

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  • Appetizer icon

    Appetizer

    Appetizer is a free application launcher, or dock, for Windows. It allows organizing your shortcuts and folders into a convenient dock. The app is open source, which means that its free and will remain so. It is entirely customizable...

    Open Source Windows

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  • Circle Dock icon

    Circle Dock

    The idea behind Circle Dock is that the dock should appear where your mouse is instead of you having to move your mouse to the dock like with other programs. This is accomplished by making the dock a circular or spiral shape so that...

    Open Source Windows

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  • tint2 icon

    tint2

    tint2 is a simple panel/taskbar unintrusive and light (memory / cpu / aestetic). We try to get virtual desktop and multi-monitor easier to use. We follow freedesktop specifications. As of version 0.9 features include: * panel...

    Open Source Linux BSD

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  • GnomePanel icon

    GnomePanel

    GnomePanel is a highly configurable launcher and taskbar for GNOME. It forms a core part of the default GNOME desktop.

    Open Source Linux

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  • XWindows Dock icon

    XWindows Dock

    XWindows Dock - or XWD for short - is the newest free Windows Vista and XP program of the class Application Launcher and Desktop Organizer. But its not just another one: its the result of years of use and observation of the many dock...

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued Last version: 2.0.3. Updated: 11/15/2010.
  • FCorp My Suite icon

    FCorp My Suite

    My Suite is a lightweight Windows application whose purpose is to help you create a user-defined list with programs that can be run with minimum effort. It comes in handy for all users who got tired of having their desktop crowded...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Y'z Dock icon

    Y'z Dock

    Y'z Dock is a program launcher like the dock in MacOS X. This application is currently in beta, so please send all reports to the author. In order to add icons, drag and drop a file (.exe, shortcut, etc.) straight from Explorer to...

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued Last program update was on July 29, 2003, although reports are that it still works as far as Windows 8, maybe farther.
  • Freeter icon

    Freeter

    When you work on projects, you have to do lots of repetitive actions, such as launch editing tools, open project files, navigate to a task manager and so on. Such actions take just a small slice of your time and efforts. But when you...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • FSL Launcher icon

    FSL Launcher

    Tired of dozens of icons on your desktop? Try this simple, yet powerful & intuitive launcher to organize your shortcuts. Some features: Shortcuts management for applications, documents, url links, folder paths and more... ...

    Free Windows Windows Explorer

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.1.4.4, released in 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Dock icon

    Dock

    In OS X, the Dock is used as a repository for any program or file in the operating system. It can hold any number of items and resizes them dynamically to fit while using magnification to clarify smaller resized items. By default, it...

    Commercial Mac

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  • FlashTray Pro icon

    FlashTray Pro

    Flashtray - Our system tray application launcher and macro tool makes you work more efficiently by automating a lot of repetitive keyboard tasks by using custom macros and hotkeys.

    Free Windows

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  • multibar icon

    multibar

    Multibar helps you organize your programs, files and folders. It allows you to find the information you need in a blink of an eye either over the internet or on your PC. It arranges all commonly used files and programs in a convenient...

    Free Windows

    • Warning May distribute adware. http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/ticno.com
  • FCorp File/Folder Launcher icon

    FCorp File/Folder Launcher

    File/Folder Launcher (FFLauncher) is a simple, very easy to use application specially designed to help you launch files and folders. This utility will also offer you the possibility to launch any item on your computer by simply...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Wise HotKey icon

    Wise HotKey

    Launch applications and system tools, Control Panel items, folders on your computer, and website addresses using simple key combinations.

    Free Windows

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  • Advanced Run icon

    Advanced Run

    Advanced Run is a replacement for a standard Windows Run dialog. Advanced Run allows you to run any program, run any command line command, open and edit and print documents on behalf of any user account without switching between user...

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 3.0, can be still downloaded from Softpedia.
  • Promptu icon

    Promptu

    Say goodbye to repetitive, time-consuming tasks, like hunting through your programs, folders, files, and bookmarks for the ones you need. Promptu lets you associate meaningful names with programs, folders, files, bookmarks, etc, and...

    Free Windows

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  • PyPanel icon

    PyPanel

    PyPanel is a lightweight panel/taskbar written in Python and C for X11 window managers. It can be easily customized to match any desktop theme or taste. PyPanel works with EWMH compliant WMs (Openbox, PekWM, FVWM, etc.) and is...

    Open Source Linux

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  • Dragthing icon

    Dragthing

    DragThing is the original dock designed to tidy up your Macintosh desktop. It puts all your documents, folders, and applications just a single click away. Highly flexible, it allows multiple docks, each customised to suit your...

    Freemium Mac

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  • BMPanel

    BMPanel (bitmap panel) is a lightweight, NETWM compliant panel for X11 Window System, which contains a desktop switcher, taskbar, system tray and clock. The application is inspired by simplicity of fspanel. BMPanel has a modern look...

    Open Source Linux BSD

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  • Radian icon

    Radian

    Radian is a simple radial application launcher. The interface is triggered by a continuous right-click and is divided into four slices. Each slice can be configured differently.

    Commercial Windows

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  • CLaunch

    You are free to choose double-click on the desktop and move mouse to the corner of the screen, such as a hot key, how to display more than 100. Since the issue disappears as soon as the mouse pointer out of the launcher window, I do...

    Free Windows

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MadAppLauncher Comments

Simple is always best!!

Positive Comment by Akenshi
about MadAppLauncher Jan 2015

simple but effective application to have quick access to all programs and folders you want, simply recommended for those who do not want something that consumes RAM and look quickly at work

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disappointing

Comment by eltranced
about MadAppLauncher Sep 2011

doesnt support win explorer dragging, otherwise could have been a dream app

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I've tried just about all of the docks out there. At first ...

Comment by reefypops
about MadAppLauncher Jun 2011

I've tried just about all of the docks out there. At first I wanted all the bells and whistles. Things like bouncing icons and mac-like fan expansions. The eye candy looked great whenever the dock didn't crash. I found MadAppLauncher and will not go back to any other dock. I doesn't crash, you can easily backup your information, it works, and it's easy to use. You launch 300 apps from just one saved file....and you can save more than one file! If you want a dock that works try this option. However, if you want eye candy this is not for you.

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