One of the quality producers of Windows software is Nir Sofer, who has produced more than one hundred different portable applications for the Windows operating system. Generally speaking, all Nirsoft applications are high quality programs that are highly popular and used by many Windows users.
Their portable nature makes them excellent for putting them on troubleshooting DVDs, repair USB drives or tools collections. Nirsoft applications in general are lightweight and do not take up much space on the storage device.
NirLauncher is a frontend created by Nirsoft that provides access to more than a hundred Nirsoft applications. The program ships with the programs included, which means that you can run all the supported programs right after you have unpacked the launcher program on your system.
The program has a size of roughly 16 Megabytes unpacked on the hard drive, which is not bad at all considering that the Nirsoft applications are already included.
When you start the program for the first time, you see a tabbed interface that divides the programs into groups. Available for selection are for instance password recovery utilities, network monitoring tools, web browser tools, Internet related utilities or programmers tools.
A click on a tab lists all the programs listed under that category in the lower half of the interface. Each program is listed with its name, a short description of what it is doing, the version, last update date, web page url and file path.
A double-click launches the program automatically in a new window on the system. It is alternatively possible to select one program from the list and use the buttons located in the status bar to interact with them.
This includes running the program, open the program web page at the Nirsoft website, opening the program's help file or searching the web.
A right-click on a program opens a context menu with options, including an option to run the program with administrative privileges or advanced parameters and options.
The Options > Advanced Options configuration menu holds some interesting preferences and settings as well. Users can change the double-click action for instance from running the selected program to opening the advanced run screen, help file, web page or properties window instead.
One interesting feature of NirLauncher is its package based design, which means that it is theoretically possible to add custom application groups to the program. For download at the NirLauncher website are several example packages, including the SysInternals Tools collection as well as the Joeware and Piriform packages.
NirLauncher is compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems from Windows 2000 up to the very latest Windows 7 version. Some of the Nirsoft applications included have separate 64-bit versions which will be automatically run if a 64-bit operating system is detected by the program launcher.
Windows users can download NirLauncher from the project website over at Nirsoft.
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