Appetizer

Appetizer

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 2 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.4.7 build 508
  • Total Downloads:
    2,255
  • Date Added:
    May 05, 2010
  • File Size:
    2.19MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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What's up with docks? For starters, they're handy little apps that launch other applications via shortcuts, typically from a centralized, customizable desktop menu. You "dock" your favorite programs, Web sites, documents, or anything that can be opened with a shortcut to the app, and launch them quickly from it. Appetizer is a neat little dock from Pogopixels, a developer that specializes in widgets and desktop gadgets. We looked at the installed version, but it's also available in a totally portable version that automatically detects apps even when run from a USB drive.

Appetizer's fully customizable and skinnable interface is fairly typical of the class, with adjustable transparency and background colors; options like always-on-top, auto-hide, and launch on startup; and the ability to handle plug-ins. Appetizer's control panel toggles open and closed, and the only other control on the interface other than a Close Program "X" is a small Eject Drive arrow, which will eject DVDs and removable disk drives. In addition to Add and Import Shortcuts and Options buttons, the program's console also offers a configurable Multilaunch button that can launch several apps simultaneously, a potential time-saver for daily chores. Appetizer can automatically import shortcuts from your Start Menu, desktop, or anywhere in your system, or you can add them manually, a process we preferred since it let us select just a few important items rather than duplicating our Start Menu in a widget. We quickly added a small selection of our most frequently accessed items to Appetizer's main view, and each performed exactly as it should when clicked.

Appetizer's options for configuring how the program looks and behaves let us set the appearance, transparency, size, orientation, and position of our dock and save it. It proved to be an unobtrusive but quickly accessible placeholder for stuff we need all the time. It's a testament to the usefulness of docks like Appetizer that newer versions of Windows offer some of the same functionality via widgets, gadgets, and other enhancements. Appetizer's combination of features makes it hard to beat, though.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Excellent software to launch program and other things."

February 27, 2011  |  By capitanflorius

 |  Version: Appetizer 1.4.7 build 508

Pros

When you start the first time asks what folder or what links import
You can import the other and you can erase what we have previously imported.
When you close the tray and go from there you can raise and remains on the screen.

Cons

Nothing at this moment.

Summary

A variety of options - different skins imported. Excellent.
I recommend this portable program to all users.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Pogopixels
Publisher web site http://pogopixels.com
Release Date May 05, 2010
Date Added May 05, 2010
Version 1.4.7 build 508
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Launchers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.19MB
File Name Appetizer_Installer_1.4.7.508.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,255
Downloads Last Week 2
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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