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Friday, July 07, 2006

SlickRun--A Yubnub for Windows programs and private URLs

Just want to put in a good word for SlickRun, which is a kind of "yubnub for windows programs". Tons of people love this little floating bar--you type in a command of a few letters to launch a program or URL. Someone has created instructions for launching yubnub commands from there too.

I like how it does autocomplete for commands--it even autocompletes when you start entering a directory path (C:\Progra...).

But the best part is the funky little sounds it makes when it recognizes (or doesn't recognize) a command you typed in :-)


  • No link?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/09/2006 7:33 PM  

  • Ah yes--it is:

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 7/09/2006 7:45 PM  

  • FindAndRunRobot is way cool. I tried slickrun and preferred FARR. Cheap as free (almost) and works smarter.


    By Blogger Gavin, at 7/10/2006 6:01 AM  

  • Hi Gav--I've been hearing good things about that one. I'll give it a shot.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 7/11/2006 12:07 AM  

  • Yeah, slickrun is awesome! I can't believe it is not part of windows. I did find a way to make it a bit better though: I wrote a small .Net console app that stores a user-defined context & allows you to associate "actions" (ie. DOS commands) to that context ("Context.exe", ironically). Action names can (and should) overlap per context. For example, I have one called "datamodel" for 6 different contexts (aka projects) right now.

    So, if you are working on several projects (1 per project), you assign magic word (per project) that calls the context app & switches to that project's context. Then, you can issue the same command (using slickrun) regardless of the context and it will figure out which file/executable you actually want.

    Much simpler than navigating around to essentially the same resources, using different commands/hyperlinks/shortcuts, whatever.

    By Anonymous graham, at 9/27/2006 5:36 PM  

  • Graham--nice one. Sounds like you've got 2-level commands going on there.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 9/27/2006 7:18 PM  

  • Have you tried using Keybreeze? I like the UI better than SlickRun, and it has a lot more features ... macro recording, searching google, wikipedia, setting windows on top, creating notes, checking the weather, getting the memory status, i could go on, but anyway, the link is

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/13/2007 5:33 PM  

  • Thanks Anon - KeyBreeze looks neat.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 2/13/2007 6:33 PM  

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