There is not really a shortage of software application launchers in Windows. Users have lots of choice: from relying on program shortcuts and the Windows Startmenu to keyboard launchers like Launchy to interfaces like 8start. 8start is a software application launcher and note taking application in one. It comes with several interfaces and provides lots of possibilities to customize the interface like setting the transparency level of the software program.
The software program uses groups that can contain links to files, folders or web resources. Each group can be designed differently. The web resources can for instance display only the link text while the software applications display only the icon of the software. Icons and text can be combined as well and there are numerous ways to alter the appearance of practically any item in a group.
8start makes use of so called categories which can contain a number of groups each. Categories can be flipped like pages which means it is possible to create a smaller interface that is making use of pages to contain the same amount of information than a larger interface.
The status of each partition of the computer system can be displayed in the interface as well. It can be used to quickly access a drive. Each item displayed, be it application, web resource, folder or partition can be loaded with a single left-click of the computer mouse.
The note taking application uses a tree structure for the note taking. The main interface contains the keywords which when left-clicked will open a bigger Word-like document that can contain text and pictures that can be formatted using basic word processing controls.
A keyboard shortcut can be configured to bring the 8start interface up when needed so that it does not have to be visible on the desktop all the time.
8start is a sophisticated software applications launcher that is compatible to all Windows NT operating systems from Windows 2000 to Windows Vista.
Update: The latest version of the program supports Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well. It ships with additional features like a countdown timer and tree-note options.
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