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Giveaway of the day — Flow

Use Flow to quickly and effortlessly access files, folders, websites and applications.
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 230 (30%) 528 (70%) 75 comments

Flow was available as a giveaway on June 16, 2010!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$49.99
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Advanced SystemCare 10 is an easy-to-use, all-in-one PC optimization utility.

Use Flow, the world's fastest application launcher, to quickly and effortlessly access files, folders, websites and applications. Flow turns your keyboard into a launch pad for shortcuts. Activated by a shortcut combination (default ALT+Q), Flow displays a keyboard on your screen with shortcuts mapped to each key. Launching an application is then as simple as pressing the shortcut key you need, on your keyboard.

You configure the shortcuts yourself using fast and easy methods such as drag and drop, selecting from your "installed programs" list or browsing to a file/folder.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/Vista/7; Microsoft .NET framework 2.0

Publisher:

VitesseDigital

Homepage:

http://www.theflowsolution.com/

File Size:

5.87 MB

Price:

$29.95

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#75

At the moment of launching it here @ GAOTD this application costed 29.95$

Now - two days later - on their site is mentioned that it costs 19.95$
Apparently they realize that it wasn't worth 30$
The question is if it is worth 20$ *g*

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#74

I'll go along with #68, Alan- Flow might be useful, but since the free Qliner hotkeys 2.0 appears to be really, really close in concept and perhaps slightly ahead, since it appears in the screenshots to use the program's icons- errr.. nice try? XP SP3.

however, it's got problems. the above-mentioned 'update' which as a GAOTD user, usually is the kiss of death, if blocked crashes the program (and mine still says 'lite', too) can't be avoided by making sure the 'check for updates at program startup' box is unchecked (I looked) makes me a tad unsettled about future 'invisible' actions.

Not finding a program history on the site (and finding same to be real close to a placeholder and a couple youtube videos- one of which calls it a "prototype") adds to the unease and says goodbye.

Amazing how we've gone from memorizing (or printing) keyboard commands for EDLIN and WORDSTAR and buying (or printing) templates to allow us to use Wordperfect for DOS to buying in essence an onscreen template to keyboard shortcuts.

Without having the shortcuts in place until we bring up the virtual keyboard. Geeze.

Reply   |   Comment by goodgotd  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#73

Installed it on another P4 running XP sp3 the only difference between
it and the one with the error is that it has 3gb memory as opposed to 1gb memory on the system that showed an error. I have a mystery om my
hands.

[8~{} Uncle Monster

Reply   |   Comment by Uncle Monster  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#72

Well... I can do almost the same thing by pinning an icon to the start menu... then I need to remember only the Win key. This is a bit nicer that I can also continue the Alt-Q shortcut by pressing a key instead of moving the mouse. But I don't think there's that much difference because I mostly start things with the mouse or the command line. When I'm using only the keyboard, I'd be typing furiously and I won't need to launch anything much anyway (except maybe the calculator or a plain text editor - both which become only two keyboard shortcuts to remember).

However, I see that once I get use to this, it will be a main alternative to the start menu. Still, it won't save me too many mouse movement except when I'm working furiously... maybe then, it will be useful. Anyway, it's a good program. I wish sometimes that the modern keyboard will just have a trackball (or like that touchpoint on ThinkPads) so you won't need to use the mouse for navigation...

Reply   |   Comment by Universal Cynic  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#71

Installed easily, works well except it seems to have a problem when I
click the Google key. My default browser is Firefox and an error pops
up but Firefox opens to Google. I wonder if the program is expecting
IE to be the default browser? I'll set a key to Iron and see what happens.

[8~{} Uncle Monster

Reply   |   Comment by Uncle Monster  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#70

This is another example of a great eye candy. Everything looks fantastic. the web site , the GUI look awesome.
The only thing is, IMO, this program just adds an extra step or steps to usual tasks that are already native to the windows shell.
do everyting flow does and more by doing this:

1. create a shortcut. (right click the desktop, select New, then shortcut)
2. name it what you like.
3. save it in a folder.
4. now open that folder, and right click that shortcut, select properties.
change any properties including:
-the Short Cut Key
-the window, start it maximized, minimized, ect.
-add a comment that shows when you mouse over it.
-run in protected memory space.
-run as, admin, another user ect.
-the default program to run it with, if it is not a program shortcut.
-add paramaters to the laucher command line.
-and more.

5.repeat 1-4 for all your desired luunches. programs, urls, whatever.
6.take that folder and add it as a tool bar on the taskbar.
(right click the taskbar, select toolbars, new toolbar, and choose your folder.
All your shortcuts and hot keys are now right there ready to go.

IMO Flow requires you to load it with alt+q every time you want to launch shortcuts. Why would you want to do that, when i have just shown you how to do the same thing in windows, with no restrictions. ie. any icon you like. ect.

Many people may have a need or use for flow, however, to me it really just makes more work to do what you can already do without it.

great programs are extentions and realizations of clever ideas conceived from a need or a desire to accomplish a specific task. All the while keeping things simple and current.
The cost of developing an idea into reality and bring it to market is huge, why not start with better ideas, and more creativity to do something innovative and new, or expand on an existing great idea.

Putting a cool looking web site and gui together is worthy of a program of the same impressiveness. re-hashing the same old stuff that people have already done is a futile endevour. IMO, of course.
Example. The A Team - Movie ? seriously?

Reply   |   Comment by newJason  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#69

Hello all,

This is of no use to me. Running XP Pro here and the app generates
"There was an unexpected error in Flow. This may be due to a programming bug." Whenever I try to run it. Just checking it out for kicks anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by rule62  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#68

Installed and seem to run fine on Windows XP SP#3 looks like it should be a keeper. I would say that the price of $29.95 is a bit steep considering some of the free alternatives that were mentioned.

Reply   |   Comment by Alan  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#67

Seems a very good programme. Just what I was looking for, especially with the opportunity to create unlimited "layouts". One thing, though, all these people going on about "Launchy" is rather tiresome. I have well over 300 applications, most of which are grouped according to various categories, difficult to remember otherwise. Guessing a name of a little used application, and typing, is much more laborious than consulting a well organised shortcut system. Not all of us are expert typists. Different people have different needs. "Launchy" is a top freeware programme, but it is useful to compare like with like. Today's giveaway represents a different approach to pc resource access than "Launchy". The "Clavier" programme looks interesting, though. Thanks to G.O.T.D. and VitesseDigital.

Reply   |   Comment by AK  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#66

I pin frequently used apps to the start menu, takes two mouse clicks to load them!

There were some great quick menu load programs about for Win 3.1, which listed the applications/ games in categories, again accesed by mouse, but sadly haven't seen anything like these for WinXP. Guess I'd have to write one in Visual Basic unless anyone knows of any!

Reply   |   Comment by Charles  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#65

Installed but crashes with error screen whenever loaded. I've encountered the same problem too regarding the FLOW program similar to Chris.

Reply   |   Comment by kongkpk  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#64

I tried this on Windows XP 64 bit and it didn't work at all. I am a systems admin and I really think this is not at all tested on WinXP 64 bit. It not only comes up with an error message any time I launch it, but it won't send an email either. My system works great so it isn't my computer causing the issue. These people need to go back to the programming drawing board on this and fix it for 64 bit XP. A lot of us out here have that as our main operating system.

Now I have to uninstall the dang thing.

Reply   |   Comment by computerfriend  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#63

Very good software. I like it.

Reply   |   Comment by rapunzelo  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#62

I found this application very handy! It is much better than just adding shortcuts through windows. At least if you are like me and can't remember a bazillion different shortcuts. You just need to remember one shortcut ALT-Q. Then the keyboard layout shows up and displays the icons on the key for each action. It was very easy to create shortcuts for opening up speicific websites and lauching applications. A definite keeper!

Reply   |   Comment by Poindexter  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#61

Hello again,

Downloaded and installed without issues on XP32 SP2.
Still have to test though.

You're invited to visit and add to the http://support.theflowsolution.com/discussions page for this software. Some new threads have been opened since this offer went online.

You're feedback and questions will be welcomed there.

Patrick.

...and, BTW, NO, I'm not on the development team myself ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#60

No.40 said ".#3 read the system requirements!!!!"

Well in all fairnes - instead of getting shirty with No3 - you may want to think twice about your comment.
While Server 2003 is not listed by name ... it's in there alright !

Server 2003 is based on Win XP - it is a vey powerful version of X - with all the facilities that offer IT Admins etc. extra control over standad machines / peripherals & Network etc.
None the less - it's XP at it's core !!
I've seen many apps inluding GUI ( Graphic User Intrface ) based & GUI upgrade etc. which state quite clearly that the software that is XP compatible is normally FULLY SERVER 2003 also as they share the same GUI characteristics AND ( unless I'm mistaken ) even down t the uxtheme.dll file which controls the XP Luna GUI which gives you a Blue / Silver or Green taskbar etc. instead of the standard one shared by Win 95 / 98 / Me & 2000.

If replaced - the UXtheme.dll file can then allow thousands of alternative NON MS written Themes to be used instead of Luna ( I've used loads of them & many are great !
Right now I'm still using XP Pro-sp2 BUT to look at my screen - U'd swear I was using Win 7. I have Win 7 on another laptop & they are IDENTICAL. This 'Patching' can be done in exactly the same way to Win Server 2003 - I've done that too years ago !

My point is that just because Server isn't listed - it's not a difference in the same way as Seven or Vista are - it's not A OR B because in the case of XP & Server 2003 A IS B & unless there's a major change in the way that short cut keys are handled in the Server 2003 - there souldn't be a massive issue running this software - as far as I can tell !!!

Bubby or Mike would be able to explain this further.

I just don't think that trying to make out that someone isn't paying attention is not always called for !

Cheers For Now

- -M!ke- -
(Macs-PC)

Reply   |   Comment by Macs-PC  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#59

It appears to me that Activate.exe is doing absolutely nothing. The Active says it runs fine but the register product link continues to show. And no where does it show as being registered.

This appears to be the same free trial you can download from their website. Flow Lite 1.01.

Reply   |   Comment by JohnW  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#58

I found that when the virtual keyboard is displayed if you right click on a key and select 'Start an Application' then Flow uses the .exe icon as the default. Cheers

Reply   |   Comment by TassieTiger  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#57

Good program, but seems expensive for what it does.

Reply   |   Comment by qwerty  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#56

LAUNCHY is FREE and better than this...do you agree with me buddies?

Reply   |   Comment by John D.  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#55

This is the worst piece of software I have ever wasted my time with. On first execution it shows a screen that doesn't fit on my monitor nor provide any way to get rid of it. The size problem is the same for every screen I was able to access, with no way to change their size nor any way to get out of them. When I tried to enter the name of an icon, all it would allow was "image files", no .ICO - thank you very much.
This thing is a complete disaster and should never have been offered here!

Reply   |   Comment by John Amalfie  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#54

Slickrun is another alternative.
very customizable and lots of sweet features.

Reply   |   Comment by Jon  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#53

Looks very nice, and I had no problems installing or launching in XP sp3 x86. It fails in available options compared to similar open source programs and really, config your start menu, quick launch and tool bar(s), to mouse click any program you want. For $30.00, this program is not worth it. Wish it was available in the 80's, not worth the money now. If you like this than why not, its free today on GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#52

This program is very interesting. I like the idea of a quick launch, especially to folders that may or may not be burried.

Reply   |   Comment by Magmon  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#51

For those of you running Windows 7 / 64bit that are having problems...I installed Flow easily but got the same error messages when opening after reading the 4 part tutorial. I also had problems with the "send to email". After reading the error message stored in the root folder for the program, I discovered it was telling me there was a problem with the default font "Arial Regular". After downloading and reinstalling the font, the program worked like a charm. The link I used is here. Good Luck!

http://web.nickshanks.com/fonts/microsoft-core-web-fonts

Reply   |   Comment by Chaska  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#50

A definite thumbs up for this one.. in fact I can't quite see why all the negatives.

True, it replaces the startup menu and bars (I currently use App starter in Windows 7) but this allows a far bigger range of shortcuts in just the place you want them.. and there's the chance of all the keys on the keyboard as either shortcuts or new links to more keyboards.

It takes a while to set up (it's a pity short cuts can't be dragged from one set up to another eg Media player would be good in music and general)

You can add your own icons to the system - the ones provided are quite well designed but they are an odd combination. Any JPEG will become a shortcut icon.

One big drawback that Vitesse Digital should look at is the attachment of a text clue to the keyboard buttons - if you had shortcuts to 30 different folders it would be fairly difficult to remember which was which from the icons alone! There is a clue as you hover on each icon that is clearly displayed at the top of the screen but you might have to 'hover' over a lot of folder icons.

I don't know how much memory this app is taking up - 81,944kB on the task manager which seems a lot compared to the other tasks going on.

It's a great idea, well executed. No crashes on my system and the installation and running were smooth.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#49

I downloaded this program and tried briefly to use it with no problem. I really like it and think this is something I can use daily.
I enjoy just looking to see what will be here each day! Thanks GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Doris  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#48

fine program, dont know what the fuss is. if you want a place with a collection of speed dials, this is it.

thank you

Reply   |   Comment by george ducas  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#47

#43 Jobardu - "So my question is whether you can restrict the effect of a shortcut to only work in certain conditions?"

Looks to me like the condition of Alt-Q must first be met before Flow opens. Don't punch those keys and all other shortcuts you have on your KB will be available.

Reply   |   Comment by prying1  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#46

I've lately been having the problem of "Failed to connect" when hitting "Activate" on any and all GOTD downloads. Running Win7 32 bit but this was happening with Vista 32 before I upgraded (not a clean install). I turned off my firewall, ran as admin., and checked the forums on solutions. Maybe I missed it as far as the answer goes but I did see a posting that shows others have had the same problem.

Most previous giveaways this has happened with I didn't really care but this one I really want to try. Sounds like a winner and keeper in my book. My desktop looks like a road map to hell and I think this would really work for me. - PRY -

Reply   |   Comment by prying1  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#45

I don't have a need for another quicky launcher but I had hoped that I might be able to use an app like this for playing complex keyboard configuration games like flight simulators where the keyboard serves as a complex control panel. Unfortunately, it seems that this app can only apply icons to the OSD keys instead of text only which makes it unusable for that purpose.

Thus, I will continue to use a paper printout for assigned keyboard commands but would ask the maker to consider adding a text feature and/or consider the possibilities for using such a design for playing games rather than just launching apps. It would definitely increase the customer base and create an entirely new and possibly lucrative revenue stream.

I look forward to seeing an "enhanced" revision of the app (here on GOTD) in the future.

Reply   |   Comment by CB  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#44

It would be really nice if Flow could grab icons from any file (exe, dll, etc.), not just an image file.

I would also like the default icon to be the icon from the executable.

Reply   |   Comment by davidg  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#43

So my question is whether you can restrict the effect of a shortcut to only work in certain conditions?

For example, in Clavier You can restrict the effect of a shortcut to some conditions. If all conditions fulfill, the action of the shortcut is executed. If one or more conditions do not fulfill, Clavier+ ignores the shortcut, and the original action of the shortcut is executed (the one defined by Windows or the active program). This allows to associate different actions to the same shortcut.
Can flow do this? Any one know?

Reply   |   Comment by jobardu  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#42

@carrot muncher #12 :
"I was going to suggest the software to a blind computer user that I know as he makes considerable use of the keyboard, (...)"

I should hope that you're not just joking...
- the blind person you are talking about either has (or may have access to) a customized keyboard or may have use of speech technology especially developed for blind people.
- so: no use for this program here for blind people
- and no need for some farfetched interface either.

Seriously read up on the subject from all angles and on current experimental technologies and techniques.

Unless, of course, you are just a kind person who's genuinely concerned about someone in particular but does not yet know enough -in which case I offer excuses for my reaction-, or you're the blind person himself, using an intermediary to pull a rather bitter joke -in which case technology cannot help you (yet) but proper psychological and functional guidance may...

BTW: It is not scientifically proven that "munching carrots" will improve your eyesight. It may improve your suntan (giving your skin an orange hue in stead of the much loved, deeper, "roasted" look -no joke! -the latter one leading to higher probability of skincancer, the former not nescessarily protecting against it... ). It may also insignifically add to your vitamine balance and it may (really!)strenghthen the "anchoring" of theeth that do not yet tend to get loose.

Greetz,
Patrick.

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)
#41

Like some have mentioned, Launchy is freeware and seems to serve a similar function as what this program does..

Well what I would say is that the approach is slightly different.

This requires actually lesser number of buttons to press, but you have to remember more buttons: G for opening google, F for opening firefox.

But as the name goes - flow - if you have already incorporated that into your workflow, i can see people using this even faster than launchy.

For a paid software, definitely cannot see it going for 30 bucks, but as a GOTD, for a tryout (and feedback for them), this is actually quite good. Still, it needs to find some way to beat the competition (aka Launchy)

Some suggestions: show on hover over the icons what they actually are (the icons that appear when you right click on a keyboard key), allow me to move the window, some skinning allowed (i don't like the font >.>, its too big, but could help those with disabilities), allow even more hotkey options (currently, i use alt + space but there's no way to do that in flow). Oh and the "update ready to install" ticker at the bottom right is really ugly and doesn't suit the colour scheme.

Overall, its a great product, I don't see why so many people thumbs down it. Prolly because of diehard launchy users which arent even willing to give an alternative a try!

Reply   |   Comment by Edwin  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#40

#3 read the system requirements!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by GL  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#39

You peeps might want to look at:

http://www.launchy.net/

Only one keystroke to open, then start typing name of prog to load - it appears as you type, hit enter. Much simpler to setup and use.

Reply   |   Comment by ct  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#38

This is handy. I've been thinking about installing a launcher and this fits the bill. I've got several folders that I access regularly and I've got quick launch items for them each. This will be much quicker.
At 81,800 K on my machine acording to Task Master this is pretty fat - Google Desktop = 18,000K, MediaMonkey = 42,000. But, memory's cheap as they say.
BTW, MediaMonkey is great for its library management.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#37

An interesting application. I was able to install and activate without issues on my 32bit WinXP SP3 system.

It gets the job done, and having the graphical keyboard display with the assigned icons is nice, but I've found a few niceties missing while setting it up:

1) The program list (when adding a new shortcut using 'Start an application') only reads one character. So, if I wanted to add an application from the list, say 'Calibre', and I have multiple applications starting with 'C', I cannot type 'Cali' and have it locate the proper entry in the list. You have to type the first letter and then scroll through all applications listed that start with that letter to find your application. Not a problem, but would make it easier to find your applications when setting it up.

2) The program list doesn't remember applications you manually added to the list, and there's no way to base a new layout a previously created layout, which means you need to manually add applications on each layout you want to use. It would be nice to have manually added applications listed, and have the default icon for those be the icon you'd previously used.

3) As stated in other comments, the application doesn't automatically pull icons from executables, and it does not allow you to select exe's or dll's when adding 'custom' icons (crashing if you force the application to select an executable instead of and image file). You need to manually extract the icons from the exe using an image viewer (like IrfanView) and point to them.

4) There's no way to add launch parameters or have a single key launch multiple applications. You can get around this by making a batch file and pointing the Flow to it, but, the Flow's dialogue box (in 'Start an Application') is too limiting and only lists .exe (easy to get around: simply type *.bat in the open box and then select your batch file).

5) (Discovered while typing this review) Flow's shorcut (Alt-Q) does not work while typing in a web form's text box. I would imagine that if this is the case, it's likely that other form elements will also cause issues. Other similar applications do not have this limitation.

6) The graphical interface, while nice, is quite... large... Would like a skinning option or something that would allow for a more streamlined, smaller interface.

The concept is definitely a useful one, and the visual interface is nice, but I'm going to stick with the open source application I currently use: Launchy (http://www.launchy.net/). It's a free alternative that, while it is completely keyboard driven with little in terms of GUI, has become a necessity for my work day and is the first thing I install on any computer I must work with.

Reply   |   Comment by ChrisPro  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#36

I am a regular visitor of GOAD, because I have learned a lot reading the comments and checking the propised alterenatives. But this time I am a bit surprised that only one person has mentionned Launchy (http://sourceforge.net/projects/launchy/) altought it is not only a freeware, but much easier to manage. You really can forget start menu, programme lists etc. It does what it say: Launchy is a free utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, your desktop icons, and your file manager. Launchy indexes and launches your applications, documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes!
You can launch programmes, docs, files, homepages very quick and easy!

Reply   |   Comment by Jabana  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#35

I loved it. It is simple to use. The interface is very clean. I loved it from the very first minute. I have already recommended it to a friend. Two thumbs up to developers.

Reply   |   Comment by Ed  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#34

Come on, a 70% negative rating? It's not fair to the programmers to vote if you haven't even used it. This software is extremely well done, easy-to-use, and useful. I wish Giveaway offered more like it.

Reply   |   Comment by KevinP  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#33

I have a question here. When I try to create a launch shortcut to a folder or program it typically takes at least two keys and often three since Windows has so many pre defined shortcuts already operating. So my question:

Does Flow launch programs from its keyboard using a single keystroke regardless of whether the keystroke conflicts with another shortcut combination or whether another program is running, like notepad, where a keystroke might just enter a letter on the document?

If that is how it works then it really is super cool since I could open a folder or launch a program by opening up Flow in the middle of my work, start a program, (like a writer style checker) or open a folder (for background documents), have flow minimized and then "go back" to the program I was working in after Flow minizes.

Please let me know since the answer will cause me to download or use or not. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by jobardu  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#32

Ehh. It's already possible to create keyboard shortcuts without an additional program. I'd rather use a launcher that doesn't require me to add every program I might want to launch.

I prefer Find And Run Robot, but Launchy is very popular too. (Both are free.)

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#31

I find generally software layers to manage the core system software tiresome and often obscure or make the original desired process difficult, and this is very true on overburdened systems or old ones.

I would think there would be better solutions to such a concept.

Reply   |   Comment by Ben Tough  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#30

Well looked good, installed okay (unchecked launch now before clicking okay at the end), registered fine. Launched and went through the suggested tutorial. At the end it hung up and gave me an error message like others have gotten here.

What was kind of humorous though is when I went to go send feedback - that gave an error too.

Great concept, I have missed QuicKeys, but seems to be a failed implementation. I'll have to try it tonight on a Windows 7 machine.
(Running XP-SP3)

Reply   |   Comment by Bill D.  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#29

An alternative freeware (that runs in the background (you don’t need to open the main waindow to run the shortcut)) is Clavier + 10.6.1. You define keyboard commands or hotkeys to start programs.

The programers site is in French, however the software is in English. Here is the link to save you in your searches for those interested:

http://utilfr42.free.fr/util/Clavier.php?sLang=en

Reply   |   Comment by JSG  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#28

The program install and activated without issues on my laptop running windows 7 ultimate, the things I will like to see in future version is the option to keep the program on top and transparent or maybe have it as an icon floating, or instead of a keyboard layout it could just have a box like layout with icons of whatever the user desire for quick launching with description or maybe make the selected icon animate so the user will know that it's the right icon selected, with the keyboard layout users can run out of key combinations and therefore force to removed other key setups.

I'll definitely keep this program as it has a clean interface and looks like a promising good application if it's develop further in major versions, maybe in version 2 so the changes can be gradually be added.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#27

Installed and registered easily on Vista HB. Nice looking interface, and appears to be simple to set up with one's chosen shortcuts. I was hoping to set it to activate when "Home" or "End" button was pushed, but it appears to only acknowledge alphanumeric keys and F(1-12) keys.. no big deal, but would be handy for me as I never use those (Home+End) keys for anything useful.

At this point it's looking like a promising solution to quickly launch programs without searching through my cluttered desktop and start menu. However it will take some time actually using it regularly before I decide if it stays or goes, but my initial impression is that they're onto something. I'm glad to see that Theflowsolution are taking the feedback on board, and hope they continue to tweak and develop this app.

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#26

Nice give-away but it seems to have a few bugs after reading some of these comments.
I currently run "Find and Run Robot" by donation coder. It's free and it works amazingly good.

Reply   |   Comment by terrawarra  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
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