MadAppLauncher Alternatives

    MadAppLauncher is described as 'A simple application launcher. It is very fast and easy to use. It is unlike your common dock or menu launcher' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to MadAppLauncher for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac and Windows Explorer. The best alternative is RocketDock, which is free. Other great apps like MadAppLauncher are Winstep Nexus (Freemium), Docky (Free, Open Source), Cairo-Dock (Free, Open Source) and Nimi Places (Free Personal).

    This page was last updated Sep 20, 2021

    1. PaperPlane Smart Launch is a free launcher program aka. shortcut manager which enables you to launch your desktop like an iPad. If you are familiar with Mac OS Launchpad, you could say that it's a better Launchpad just for your Windows.

      Discontinued

      App unavailable at official url, though still available through download sites.

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    2. Typhoeus Hotkeys is an application that runs in your taskbar at all times, you can create "Hotkeys" which you can use in seconds by using your keyboard.
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    3. 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 the dock area.

      Discontinued

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

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      • Windows
      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.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      Tired of digging into crowded Start Menu? JetStart offers you a quick access to categorized Start Menu shortcuts, recently launched programs and system commands.
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    4. LaunchOne is a keyboard Launcher similar to Launchy . It allows you to start applications and documents via keyboard using completion on EVERY arg (major lack of Launchy).

      Discontinued

      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 0.1.2, released in May 2008, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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    5. Wise Hotkey is a launcher for installed applications, folders located anywhere on the hard disk, areas of the Control Panel and various system tools (Wordpad, Camera, Calculator, Disk Cleaner, Notepad, Task Manager, and many more), as well as website addresses.
    6. 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 accounts.

      Discontinued

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

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    7. Luncher is a simple Windows application and file launcher. It allows you to setup buttons that act as shortcuts to open any application, file or folder. Luncher appears as a small panel on the top of the screen that is always easily accessible.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      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 and feel, while keeping itself tiny and small.
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