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Saturday, February 5, 2011

MouseLaunch v5.2 Review and Giveaway

MouseLaunch v5.2 is a desktop application launching program. Its being given away for the next 72 hours over at TipRadar:

http://www.tipradar.com/giveaway-mouselaunch-5-2-full-version-unlimited-downloads-for-72-hours.html

It basically functions as Rocketdock or any other docklet type program. Only difference is that it doesnt sit on your desktop at all times. It only appears when you call it by pushing the left and right mouse buttons simultaneously.

Here is the website and a list of features.

http://www.uinterface.com/mouselaunch/

MouseLaunch is a quickest program launcher that is activated by one mouse gesture. MouseLaunch uses a built-in unique technology of detecting both mouse button pressing and it enables the complete new user interface of using mouse and launching programs.
  • Quickest & intuitive launching
You can activate the launcher by holding down both mouse buttons at any location in Windows.
Once the launcher activated, move the mouse cursor a little to the registered program/file (eight-direction) and click to launch.
Once you experienced, it will takes less than 1 second for entire action.
After you launch a file, the launcher will be minimized automatically not to disturb your further operation.
  • Drag-and-Drop registration
MouseLaunch supports a drag-and-drop to register your favorite programs and files to the launcher panels.
You can drag and drop a file from desktop area, Start menu, Quick Launch area, Windows Explorer and even from the favorites of the Internet Explorer.
You can register up to 8 files for one section and change the location freely by right-clicking at the panel.
  • Multi-Section support MouseLaunch supports 3 sections - center, left, right and with SHIFT key combination, you can register/launch up to 48 files quickly.
  • Special Panels
MouseLaunch supports special panels - Emailer, Text Clipboard - that enable you to send email and copy multi-line text to the clipboard quickly.

Here is a brief overview of what I will talk about. You can see the different configurations and screens here along with some instruction from UInterface.com



 Upon installation it MouseLaunch asks you to log off and log back into your user account because it starts up via registry key in the HKLM CurrentVersion Run. This first thing you will want to do is right click the tray icon and go into the options. Heres a quick screen shot of my configuration.


 As I mentioned earlier you press the left and right mouse buttons simultaneously to bring up the configuration panel where you can setup the programs in each of the 8 locations. Again this is different than other docking applications. It gives you 3 panels to launch programs from so you have some type of sorting mechanism. In the center of the screen you will see a bar with a blue box in it and 2 blue arrows. That is the indicator for what tab your on. You can scroll through the tabs by clicking the left or the right mouse buttons. The left mouse button scrolls through to the left and the right scrolls through to the right. You can also scroll through the tabs by right clicking which box you want to go to or by scrolling the wheel on your mouse. Scrolling the wheel up will move to the right, scrolling down moves to the left. Pretty common sense.


If you right click in an empty box it brings up a drop down menu with 2 options. Option 1 is to setup an email. This option allows you to input an email address that you email frequently. It will auto fill the To: portion of an email you are sending. Option 2 is to setup an add text to clip board. You can type out text that you want added to the clip board so you can just paste it without having to work around the copy + paste right click or the Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.

The setup is fairly simple. You pick which tab you want to add programs to and you just go to your desktop or start menu and drop the icons to what order you want and proceed until your happy with each tabs configuration.

Once you have programs in the layout you have more options in your right click. You have the option to empty the square. You have a move to option which gives you a list of numbers 1 through 8. This allows you to specify what square you want the program moved to. Then you have connect with. This allows you to setup a chain of events. If you connect Audacity to Internet Explorer. When you open IE, Audacity will also open without having to click both items. Then you have remove connection which removes the connection or program launch triggering. Finally the properties which brings up the standard Windows Explorer properties dialogue box. If you hover over an icon that you have configured it will display the name in the bottom of the screen.


And then of course you have your right click tray icon menu options.

The options brings up the first screen shot from above.  The Open Data Folder opens up MouseLaunches application folder within the Windows Program Files. The rest is self explanatory.


And now on to actual usage and stability. Rocketdock on my laptop weighs in at 4.92Mbs running idle in the background. MouseLaunch weighs in at 10.11Mbs so very very light, but not the lightest for me. I have a total of 1.67Mbs installed on the hard drive which is basically nothing these days. Installation takes about 10-15 seconds and the uninstall is just as fast. Of course your mileage may vary.

Overall Im impressed with the program however the right + left click to bring it up is going to take some getting used to. Perhaps they could implement a hotkey function to call it rather than assuming every user is going to press both mouse buttons.