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Program Picker 1.0.11 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Program Picker 1.0.11

Fast and easy program launcher and task switcher.
$9.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 43 (66%) 22 (34%) 74 comments

Program Picker 1.0.11 was available as a giveaway on September 24, 2017!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$29.95
free today
An easy tool to upgrade or downgrade iOS system on iPhone, iPad and iPod

NB: To get the free offer, please, follow the instructions in Readme.

Program Picker is a fast and easy program launcher and task switcher, using just two consecutive keys to launch and switch to up to 40 different programs and/or files. Pin any file to any tile – pin up to 8,000 files and programs to Program Picker tiles – access any of the first 1,600 with just four consecutive keypresses.
Includes:

  • Program Launcher
  • Task Switcher
  • File Launcher
  • Quick Snap – Window Resizer
  • Switcher Mode – hold CTRL to switch between up to four programs
  • Power User (Win X) Commands
  • System Shut Down Window
  • Tablet Mode (large tiles)
  • Program Picker online manual

    NB: Lifetime licence, can be re-installed again at any time in the future.

    Your comments on Program Picker are most welcome. Please, post here or use my support page to contact me – Adam Bond, inventor of The Bond Interface.

    System Requirements:

    Windows 7/ 8/ 10 (Windows 7 users may require .NET 4.5.2 - the installer automatically links to the Microsoft .NET download page if required.)

    Publisher:

    Bond Interface Design Ltd.

    Homepage:

    http://www.bondinterface.com

    File Size:

    1.9 MB

    Price:

    $9.99

    Comments on Program Picker 1.0.11

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    #3


    Hi, this is Adam Bond, the inventor of the Bond Interface, and the creator of Program Picker. Please note that today's giveaway version of Program Picker can be re-activated at any time in the future using your registration code, not just today. It also comes with free lifetime upgrades.

    Quick Start Guide:
    View the online manual here: https://www.bondinterface.com/programpickermanual.php
    1) Press Alt-Tab to switch to Program Picker.
    2) Press the spacebar to switch between Launcher Mode and Normal Mode.
    3) The Launcher Mode tiles will initially be empty - switch to Normal Mode and hold down the key of the tile of one of the running programs you want to pin to Launcher Mode. (Start your favourite programs before you go to Program Picker, using your normal method.)
    4) Press the same key again to select 'Pin to Launcher' - you will be taken to Launcher Mode.
    5) Press the key of the tile you wish to pin the program to. You can now launch and switch to that program using that key.

    I value your feedback on Program Picker and would be very grateful if you can post your comments here.

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+37)

    Adam Bond,
    Just hit a really big problem - I have lost all my Shortcut Keys in Photoshop. I assume that this is because Programme Picker has taken them over. Is there any way around this? I have terminated PP but it hasn't helped. I'm afraid the Photoshop Shortcuts are vital to me every day.

    Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

    Adam Bond, It's different and a somewhat unusual concept. Having downloaded and gave it a test run and as a windows 10 user really couldn't see it having a really big advantage over windows start, since you can just about anything there. However, I found that when trying out Program Picker, I opened my email client, leaving Program Picker in the background and when trying to send an email when I hit the @ key, Program Picker opened on my screen and had to be closed before I could continue. Is there a reason for this happening and is there anyway to stop it?

    To be honest, I haven't decided whether I like/dislike Program Picker, but I'll keep playing with it until I can decide. Thanks Adam .... and the GUI isn't the best looking one in town but very functional, which is far more important.

    I did post a comment earlier on but looks like the moderator either hasn't caught up with it yet or didn't like it for some reason.

    Reply   |   Comment by 4x4  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

    Hi Brian, Program Picker should only be monitoring the Launch Key, which is either Alt-Tab, or one of the other launch keys that you can select by pressing Insert when in Program Picker. Can you list some of the shortcut keys you were using in Photoshop?

    Many thanks.
    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Hi 4x4, can you go into Program Picker, press the Insert key, and then press F3 until the Launch Key is set to 'Alt-Tab Only'. I think it's probably currently set to the U.K. 'NOT' key, which I think on U.S. keyboards may translate to the key with @ on it.

    Many thanks for your comment.
    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

    Adam Bond, thank you for the very generous offer! I really like the program so far, in fact this is one of the best looking launchers I have tried and I will continue using it. I do have a couple of suggestions though. I understand why you minimize to the task bar - I have a touchscreen computer that I will install this on as well and having it on the task bar would be better but on my main computer I would prefer to have it minimized to the system tray. Perhaps adding that as an option would please everyone. Another thing I would like to see is an option to pin several apps or documents to the same key. I tend to work on several documents simultaneously so the option to open them all with one key press would be helpful. Will let you know if I find anything else, still playing with the program. Thank again!

    Reply   |   Comment by William  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    Hi William, as at least one other person has asked for the ability to minimise to the system tray, I will try to get that in the next release. Re the option to pin several apps or documents to the same key, it may be difficult because there isn't much space on each tile to display the names of two or more apps/files. I suppose it could be done if you used Tablet Mode, but Tablet Mode requires more keypresses if you are using more than a certain number of programs. But if you renamed the tile (which you can already do) I suppose that might be a way around it - add more than one app/file and then rename the tile so that you know what is pinned to it. I'll investigate this more, it's a good idea, many thanks.

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

    Adam Bond,

    Can you please look my tread #29.

    "I downloaded and installed during the Giveaway period but don't know how to get Activation code."

    Thanks
    Riz

    Reply   |   Comment by Rizvan Momin  –  23 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #29

    Hello:

    I downloaded and installed during the Giveaway period but don't know how to get Activation code.

    Please help...
    Riz

    Reply   |   Comment by Rizvan Momin  –  23 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #28

    Adam Bond, you are the first and probably the last vendor /developer to answer every post during his giveaway,

    Congratulations, and all the best...........THUMBS UP!!

    Reply   |   Comment by soft user  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
    #27

    Hi
    Can you register now and sometimes later install 1 install and activate?

    Reply   |   Comment by Where to install?  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    Hi Where to install?, you can install and activate Program Picker at any time in the future, the registration code will work forever.

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
    #26

    You need to add the option to not trap Alt-Tab. That's a deal breaker for any keyboard user. Please make it an option that you can turn off.

    Reply   |   Comment by Teensy  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #25

    I really want to use this program but I can not stand that it takes over Alt-Tab. Please allow us a setting to disable that very disruptive behavior. To me the ideal setting would be to fire the program up with just a press of the tilde and not use the Alt-Tab feature at all.

    Please, please offer a way to disable the Alt-Tab keyboard trap.

    Reply   |   Comment by Give-Me-Alt-Tab-Back  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    Hi Give-Me-Alt-Tab-Back, I will try to add that option in the next release, it shouldn't be difficult.

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    Adam Bond,
    Thanks.

    Reply   |   Comment by Thanks  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #24

    Of all the giveaways we've ever had, this one was the easiest to download and install, AND also to register, thanks to the nearly-instant email from the developer. I must also add that he takes the prize as #1 Best-Ever developer as to answering questions in detail and accepting ideas for this program's future. MANY thanks to GAOTD and Adam Bond (Bond Interface.)

    Reply   |   Comment by M. Aronson  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
    #23

    While I wont be using this program (I have everything I need on the task bar) ,I just came to say this is how GAOTD should work, with useful cross-talk between developer and users. Excellent all round

    Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
    #22

    I give this one a try, and honestly I am replying to give my opinion to help the developer of this software.

    The first thing I check after virus checking anything I install is what has been added to the startup of my PC, sometimes that happens in the REGISTRY, sometimes in the TASK SCHEDULER and most of the times in the normal startup manner.

    This software adds itself to your startup to run EVERY time you start your PC with no options in the software to turn this off. That is never a good thing, because it doesn't ASK YOU TO DO THIS.

    For that reason I restored my PC from Image backup.

    As for other reasons I have a poor opinion of this software : LOOK :

    1 - What would be the purpose of confusing my shortcut Keys which are already set for Windows?

    2 - Why would you want to create something to control the key actions of a computer system?

    3 - It's easier if you want one click to simply create a shortcut and move it to the quick action bar without anything else running in resident memory.

    4 - If you are using Windows, or specifically Windows 8/8.1/10 you have the option to create or PIN TO START softwares to Metro, what would the advantage be in using a software that IS NOT THAT WELL KNOWN and wants to take control of your keyboard/keyboard shortcuts already set for your operating system?

    For me, this is a big fail of an offer. Why? Because it offers NOTHING and it simply wants to install questionable actions in my opinion that could construe on possible spyware techniques. JUST MY OPINION!

    Either way, I wont be using it. Offer SPYWARE DEFENDER GOTD please, I need it to avoid these software like this that want to embed hidden factors that I don't know about until I install it, which is why I maintain a IMAGE backup and I had to use it today, so I am not too happy about it because it took me 2 hours to restore from Image to avoid all the possible backdoor/etc..... Issues this software might have added to my registry/startup/etc... MY PC that is......

    Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

    Sorry, I said SPYWARE DEFENDER, I meant SHADOW DEFENDER! That was a typo. Apologies......

    Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    Hi Bob, I will add an option to turn on or off Program Picker automatically running at startup, but it only monitors the Launch Key(s) that you choose, i.e. Alt-Tab (which in a future version will be optional, so you can still use Alt-Tab for the Windows Task Switcher, and then use a Launch Key, such as the NOT key, to switch to Program Picker.)
    If you had uninstalled Program Picker, it would be completely removed from your system, you shouldn't have needed to restore your Windows image.
    AutoHotKey, for example, controls the keys of your OS, in order to allow you to run programs, commands, etc. of your choice, there are several programs that do this.
    When I set Alt-Tab to open Program Picker, I didn't realise that some users would want to continue to use the Windows Task Switcher as well as Program Picker (because Program Picker is designed to replace the Windows Task Switcher completely), but this will be optional in a future version. Your comments have been very helpful, many thanks.

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #21

    Registration problems: please note that the order number at the top of the e-mail you will receive when registering is not the registration code. The order number looks something like this:

    Order: EAS170924-3622-35742

    Your registration code will be further down the e-mail and looks like this:

    Email
    License
    Adam Bond
    FgEEAJ8dgPoiuwc983ADgoiudOeWgoHDGoW

    The registration code starts with 'FgEEA'.

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
    #20

    ANOTHER NON XP PROGRAM............with over 100 Million users world wide.
    However what does this do that Icons Don't?
    I have about 80 Icons on the screen, and a few important individual file Icons
    and Folder Icons for programs by type that I don't use often that are not on the screen.
    ALL I CAN LAUNCH WITH "ONE" CLICK........
    Hmmmmmmm?

    Reply   |   Comment by iwontell  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

    Hi iwontell, can you launch them with one click when you are already in another program? I guess you would have to CTRL-D to go to the desktop first, and then use the mouse to click on the relevant icon.
    I'm afraid the XP market is comparatively too small for me to support (since Program Picker uses the .NET framework, and I don't think it was available on XP?) It would have to be rewritten from scratch I think.

    But thank you for your comments.

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

    Adam Bond, XP can support upto .NET framework 4.0 products.
    It installs and runs under Vista SP2 with latest .NET framework and patches.
    Does it really need something that .NET 4.0 lacks?

    Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #19

    thank you Adam for the lifetime license! we need more developers like this on giveawayoftheday instead of "trial" software.

    Reply   |   Comment by cooper  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

    Hi cooper, no problem - I thought it was a bit pointless trying to limit the licence on such a low priced piece of software to a certain length of time, and I prefer buying software that I know I'm going to be able to use for a long time without paying out for the privilege of using it, all over again!

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
    #18

    Hi, gamer here so before I even try.... I use loads of hotkeys and macros in games including those used as hotkeys for this app. How will this affect my gaming?

    Reply   |   Comment by Mavadelo  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

    Hi Mavadelo, Program Picker will only monitor the Alt-Tab keys if you set it to, by pressing 'Insert' when in Program Picker, and then press the F3 key until you have selected 'Alt-Tab Only', so it shouldn't affect any of your hotkeys and macros.

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
    #17

    Hi Adam,

    Thanks for posting Program Picker to GOTD. Here's some feedback.

    * Monitors today are huge. And mine is huger - a 40" 4K monitor. So there's pretty much nothing that I want to be full screen, including Program Picker. The ability to decide how big the UI is (and where it is placed) would be a welcome addition.
    * I currently use RocketDock to launch apps and I like it. It stays out of my way when I'm not using it, and I can point to some spot on the screen to activate it. I like the keyboard-ness of your app, but using alt-tab to launch apps breaks my habits.
    * I sort of wish you had the option to leave the default Windows alt-tab UI and activate with some other key. You may already have that but I didn't find it.
    * The switcher/side-by-side stuff is nice, but probably works best for a smaller monitor than mine. I usually have five programs running at the same time, but I use Actual Window Manager to size/arrange in ways that are more complicated that provided by Program Picker.

    Admittedly, my single huge monitor makes me an outlier, but I hope this feedback helps. I appreciate your attention to detail and obvious hard work on the app.

    Reply   |   Comment by Bryan  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

    Hi Bryan, thanks for your detailed comments, they are very useful to me. I will try to introduce a resizable window in the next version of Program Picker, it shouldn't be very difficult, and the tiles are designed to resize to fit the window/screen they are on, so this should solve the problem.
    Re using Alt-Tab to launch apps, have you tried using one of the other Launch Keys in Program Picker? Switch to Program Picker and press Insert and then press F3 to select a single launch key. It is admittedly a different way of doing things than any other program (as far as I know), but I think it's the quickest, if you normally have a lot of programs open, and using the same keys to launch and switch to apps means you don't have to search an onscreen list that keeps changing, when task switching (unlike the built in Windows task switcher.)
    There is no option to leave the default Windows Alt-Tab UI I'm afraid, Program Picker completely replaces it.
    I checked out Actual Window Manager, and I can see it offers a lot more window management functions than Program Picker does, but it's a lot more expensive and Program Picker's window management functions are the more basic ones that most users will want, except using a more intuitive method than the built in Windows ones (i.e. keyboard shortcuts that few users will know, or dragging windows to certain positions on the screen - hard to do if you can't use a mouse.)
    Thanks for your useful comments!

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
    #16

    Sincere question: why would I need this program? At home we use Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 10. We can set and arrange tiles on the desktop for all our favorite apps/progs or we can simply use Start/Programs list under Classic Shell or Start 8. Using keyboard shortcuts it's easy to switch between multiple progs. So, why do we need another launcher/picker/whatever?

    Reply   |   Comment by starvinmarvin  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

    Hi starvinmarvin, when you use keyboard shortcuts to switch between multiple programs, can you do this with consecutive keypresses only? i.e. no simultaneous keypresses? One of the ideas behind the Bond Interface was that it would be usable by almost all people, including people who can only use one finger, or who use a head mounted pointing device, etc. and I wanted to make sure the interface had no simultaneous keypresses required. If you have twenty open applications, how do you remember the keyboard shortcuts? (I'm not saying you can't, I'm interested in what sort of shortcuts you use.) In Program Picker you can see what key opens/switches to which program, so it's easier to learn the keyboard shortcuts (although I wouldn't even call them shortcuts because they don't require simultaneous keypresses, and you don't have to learn them.)
    Many thanks for your comment.

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
    #15

    Not sure how this is better than using the Quick Launch toolbar on the taskbar which resides off screen and pops up unobtrusively when you move the cursor over the screen edge...and using alt-tab to switch tasks or pgms...

    Reply   |   Comment by Ari  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

    Hi Ari, if you have a lot of programs open at once (say ten or more), you will probably find Program Picker a lot quicker when switching between them. If you can't use a mouse, or prefer to use the keyboard as much as possible, you may find Program Picker faster than using the mouse to access programs on the Taskbar. But Program Picker does a lot more than just launching and switching to programs, have a look at Switcher Mode, very useful if you are a web designer, or programmer, and continually switching between two or more programs.

    Many thanks for your comment.
    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
    #14

    Different. It is pretty large, but maybe that way for people who have a ton of programs they need to have on it. I will be using the link provided that explains it a little more. (When it is not overloaded, maybe tomorrow!) Thank you for linking that here, Adam.
    One thing I would like to see though, is the program itself "esc" (minimize) to the task tray instead of taking up space on the task bar. Maybe it is just me or is that way for a reason I don't know, but I don't like to clutter up the task bar when there are a lot of programs running. Maybe I can get used to it.

    Thank you Adam Bond and GAOTD.

    Reply   |   Comment by mahaal  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

    Hi mahaal, it currently uses the taskbar because if you are using a touchscreen, or just a mouse (and can't use a keyboard), you can still access Program Picker by using the taskbar icon. If you use Program Picker then you probably won't be using the taskbar to access programs, but I have to admit I hadn't thought of minimising it to the task tray.
    Thanks for your useful comments, they're all very helpful to me as an interface designer.

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
    #13

    Free Quick Cliq does the same, and better since you can create any types of links, even to your own documents in Word, Excel, etc. to a URL or simply to open up a program (or a group of programs) at the same time.

    Reply   |   Comment by JimK  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    Hi JimK, thanks for the information about Quick Cliq, looks like a really useful program, but I didn't see any task switching capabilities, does it do that too? I think it's aimed at a slightly different market than Program Picker though, but thanks for your comment.

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    Adam Bond, Thanks for the reply. I do use a mouse (a trackball) on this desktop computer, and use them on my laptops as well. Using the task tray as storage for your Program Picker would be nicer for me, or some way as an icon on the bar like other programs are instead of using up the bar's space. Although if I were strictly using the touchscreen, it would be better on the bar. However, there are too many things on my laptops that require a mouse and keyboard. Maybe you could program it to do both, user selects which they prefer in Settings.

    Reply   |   Comment by mahaal  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    JimK, I use Quick Cliq as well and after some testing I actually prefer program picker. Program Picker does launch documents without problems, however it does not launch URL's which would be a bonus. Adam if you could add the ability to launch URL's as well then I would drop Quick Cliq in favor of this program.

    Reply   |   Comment by William  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Hi William, I'll try to add the option to launch URLs in the next version, it should be quite easy to implement I think, and very useful.

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    Adam Bond, I have used FSL launcher (which groups programmes into your own categories) ever since it was offered here a 2-3 years ago, but I was willing to give this a fair try on my Lenovo T420 with Win10 x64.

    The trouble is, your website, in it's infinite wisdom, doesn't seem to believe I know my own email address (!), as once I have entered my real (and CORRECT!) email, and click on the button, as you suggest, I get a consistent, "Double check that you've entered your email address correctly. We will send order information to it."

    In other words, it will not ACCEPT my Hotmail address. And I certainly have not received any order information. That's the first time in about 5 years on GOTD that this has ever happened. Not a very encouraging start...

    Any suggestions, Mr Bond?

    Reply   |   Comment by Tranmontane  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Hi Tranmontane, I think the page may not have loaded completely (my website was very busy yesterday.) If you still haven't received your registration code, please contact me via the support page on my website.

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #12

    where's the activation code?

    Reply   |   Comment by kelvinwop  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

    Hi kelvinwop, did you receive an e-mail from Giveawayoftheday? It will contain a file to download, unzip the file and read the ReadMe.txt, which gives you the link to get your access code.

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    got it! a bit slow, but got it

    Reply   |   Comment by kelvinwop  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #11

    Interface kinda reminds me of the old Periodic Table of the Elements from chemistry class. Some mixed memories there.....

    Reply   |   Comment by Don Schilling  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
    #10

    Installed but did not receive an activation code. Where did I go wrong?

    Reply   |   Comment by Jesvin  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

    Hi Jesvin, did you receive the e-mail from Giveawayoftheday? It will contain a file to download, unzip the file and read the ReadMe.txt, that contains the link to get your access code.

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
    #9

    Just a thought - whenI received my email from the website, I saw what looked like a 'Password' (Key) and clicked on it and 'Copied' it - but then I realised I had copied my 'OrderNumber' !! It is the SECOND, long line of random letters that you need to copy. Hope this helps.

    Reply   |   Comment by framplot  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
    #8

    For years I have tried similar "smart" applets to make our life easier and I always end using normal Windows procedures. Anyway, I will give it a try. If it remains in my computer long enough as a useful tool I'll be glad to recommend it.

    Reply   |   Comment by Luis  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #7

    An interesting concept but as a Windows 10 user I can easily pin the applications I want to the start which after trying Program Picker in my opinion using start is easier and quicker. I also noticed that when I had this running in the background that when I tried to send an email and pressed the @ key that Program Picker woke up and appeared on the screen, meaning it had to be closed before I could use my email client. I didn't find the UGI ugly at all it's practical and functional and if you are using as it is intended to be used then there is really no need to be able to resize the screen, everything you need is displayed there for you. I mess about with it for a bit longer but I feel it is something I can live without. Appreciate the chance to try this out, it's a refreshing change to the usual things like data recovery software, video converters all of which most of us are probably a bit fed up with at the moment.

    Reply   |   Comment by 4x4  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    Hi 4x4, if you go into Program Picker and press Insert, you can then press F3 to select a different Launch Key - try the 'US Keyboards' option and it will no longer affect your @ key.

    Kind regards,
    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #6

    Installed quickly; received Activation code within a couple of minutes; activated; up-and-running with no probs. The Video demo is great.
    Thanks GOTD and Adam Bond.

    Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
    #5

    Just wanted to quickly answer some chats that I missed - I apologise for that.
    1) Is there any way to add all the files within a folder to a page - not yet, but in a future version, yes.
    2) Is there a downloadable or printer friendly version of the Program Picker manual? Sorry, not at the moment, but you could try going to Print Preview, then set the 'Scale' to 60%, or whatever amount will display the entire width of the screen on the page.
    3) Where do I get the licence code? Please read the readme.txt file that is included in the download - this gives you a link to the registration page on my website.

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
    #4

    My ISP gives me 66 Mbps broadband. I twice tried but was unable to access the developer's indicated homepage nor the website featuring the program's online manual. Both attempts resulted in a "This site can’t be reached" error message.

    Reply   |   Comment by MadCityObserver  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    Dear MadCityObserver, I'm sorry but the website itself can be very slow at times today because so many people are downloading Program Picker, but please do try again because it's working fine for me right now (11:48 AM).

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

    MadCityObserver,
    Despite our ISP's given speed (I'm sitting with a 100/100Mbps) then their response time to DNS inquiries and other response time factors may not be equally fast - but I am not sure how to make good enough compares of general response times between ISPs .
    Anyway , then you are right , it took a very long time (though I didn't get any time outs as far as I remember) to get a response from the developers website and his site certainly is not geared towards getting many visitors because it is about as slow as it can get...

    Reply   |   Comment by C.J.  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
    #2

    Really ugly interface. Also, in my opinion, a program launcher should not occupy the whole screen.

    Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

    Clairvaux,
    Looks and size preferences are subjective stuff as always ;-)
    Also if you do not like size then maybe suggest that it's made re-sizable and if you don't like looks then maybe suggest skin-able (if not already)

    Reply   |   Comment by C.J.  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

    C.J.,

    Totally useless and misguided comment. Yes of course looks are subjective, and ? What's your point ? I should not make my opinion known ? My opinion is worth less than others' ? What's your opinion on the subject, by the way ? Do you find this interface beautiful ? Elegant ? Easy to use ?

    That might be helpful to the developer. Saying everybody can have an opinion is just trolling and totally unhelpful.

    Besides, looks and size preferences are not only subjective. There is such a thing as beauty and ugliness. there is such a thing as usability. Some user interface choices are good, others are bad. It's NOT only a question of "opinion".

    And, no, I will not suggest that the software will be made resizable, because obviously it's meant to take the whole screen.

    Also, no, I won't suggest "skins", skins are for bad developers who can't be bothered to design a beautiful interface in the first place, and who pretend to make users do their own work -- users who are even less qualified to design a beautiful interface than the developer.

    Skins are always as ugly, or uglier, than the original interface. It's almost universally a false choice.

    Satisfied ?

    Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-52)

    Hi Clairvaux, I'm sorry you don't like the interface, I plan on including an assortment of tile styles and user-defined colours in the future, and also the option to use your own tile images. To make Program Picker as visually accessible as possible (for example, for partially sighted users), and to make use of the entire keyboard to speed up program selection, I had to make it full screen, or the text on the tiles would be much harder to read.
    But if you have any suggestions for a version that doesn't take up the whole screen, please let me know.

    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)

    Clairvaux,

    I get what you're saying. Although FWIW, I've set the Windows 10 standard start menu to be full screen, that way when I swap in I can see the maximum amount of crap, er-- choices, on there at once. Saves me time scrolling up and down...so I don't have a problem with that one. I do agree with you, though, that the UI isn't particularly aesthetic looking. However, I've used a lot of unfortunately "ugly" software over the years that has offered a great amount of power and utility under the hood, so I'd generally take function over looks any time.

    Keep in mind I'm just going off the screenshots on the dev's website at the moment, as I haven't installed this yet. Nonetheless I'm intrigued, and I'm looking forward to taking this one for a spin.

    Reply   |   Comment by Robert Garofalo  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

    Clairvaux,
    No , I am not satisfied , but I am also not as easily satisfied as you are and you are obviously very easy to satisfy ;-) :-D
    I never said that everybody can have an opinion - and especially not one as beautiful as yours :-P
    My opinion ? Well , I think that the developer could have freshened things up with some flowers here and there or with some more aesthetically pleasing geometric shapes like rounder corners or stars or whatever (like seen in Windows 8 desktop/tablet GUI - or not ;-) ) maybe the developer could get some of his user slaves to make him some geometric skins to help build his empire (?) , dunno , but maybe with the benevolent guidance of some users here on GOTD then it could all be better and so much more beautiful. Hmmm , wish I could come up up with some names of users to suggest that he could get help from... But nope , nobody comes to mind. Well , I give up , that UI will never be beautiful enough. But what do I care it's not my project , and writing positive comments also takes far too much time whereas the negative none at all and anyway if I don't like it then I can just either settle for criticizing it or not use I so I can not see why I should help developer or spend my time writing better comments here.
    But thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and for bringing so much beauty and light into other peoples lives :-)

    Reply   |   Comment by C.J.  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

    Clairvaux, the negative scores for you show that yes your views are worth less than others.

    Reply   |   Comment by ryan  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

    Clairvaux, how's the anger management going?

    Reply   |   Comment by Magna  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

    Magna,

    I don't do "anger management". That's for snowflake, politically correct, leftist types. Anger is good when it's justified. It was in this case. Deal with it.

    Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

    ryan,

    No. Truth is not determined by a popularity contest. It takes a very weak mind to think this way.

    Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

    Adam Bond,

    Since I'm fundamentally opposed to the UI choices of the program as they are on display here, I cannot offer any mitigating suggestions, other than to mention a program launcher that I use and like (although it's a very crude product, could certainly be much better, and is possibly not maintained anymore) : Bayden Slick Run.

    It has a tiny, unobtrusive windowlet that disappears when unneeded, and only shows what's strictly needed. Its core concepts for user interaction are interesting to ponder.

    Thank you for your reply.

    Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    C.J.,

    You're still not bringing anything helpful to the discussion, despite writing at length. You lambast others for their negative comments, but don't contribute yourself any positive appreciation of the program, nor negative, nor in-between, nor advice about similar products, nothing.

    Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

    Clairvaux,
    Actually I have contributed a lot , but the fact that you are not capable of seeing or recognizing my contributions speaks volumes about your lack of consciousness - as well as do your general behavior.
    Anyway , even if what I write mostly are packed into joking and irony or other which most people do not get directly then your post still were the one that at the moment got 17 times as many negative votes as mine (they are probably subtracting negatives from positives and what we are seeing are the result).
    Anyway , like I really care for a moment what you think when push comes to shove ;-) :-P

    Reply   |   Comment by C.J.  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
    #1

    Keep getting message Liscense Key not valid
    Program sounds interesting.

    Reply   |   Comment by Ajeet Mehra  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    Hi Ajeet, can you open a support ticket on my website, and I will try to fix this for you?

    Kind regards,
    Adam Bond

    Reply   |   Comment by Adam Bond  –  25 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
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