Are Windows desktop shortcuts not versatile enough? Is the Dock in macOS not functioning the way you want it to? That’s where the custom program launchers on this page come in. From Linux-based launchers such as Docky, to keystroke-based launches for Windows like Keypirinha, there are several program launching options for you regardless of what type of operating system you prefer.
- Launchy is a free Windows and Linux utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager.
The project seems to be no longer maintained: last stable version, 2.5, and beta version, 2.6 beta2, were released in 2010. The program works anyway and can be still downloaded from the official website.
- Free • Open Source
- RocketDock is a Mac OS X dock clone. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization.
The program is no longer updated, but last version, 1.3.5, released in September 2008, can be still downloaded from the official website. "It is true, RocketDock has been discontinued. [...] The app remains available on https://rocketdock.com, but is unsupported."
- Free • Proprietary