Executor

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 20 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.9.8
  • Total Downloads:
    21,250
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 19, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1002.83KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    48
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #22 in Launchers

Editors' Review

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Executor is a program launcher powered by hot keys and keywords, both customizable to an impressive degree. A skinnable bar appears at the top of your screen that makes up the most trafficked aspect of the program, with an extensive and organized list of settings available from the Windows Taskbar. As soon as you type in the first few characters of the program that you're looking for into the main UI, a list of potential choices appears. The more you type, the shorter the list becomes, or you can scroll down to click the item you want.

Customization here is no joke. Users can choose to drag an object onto the bar to create a keyword for said file, folder, or favorite. This is an interesting work-around for the less-than-compelling search feature, which works great with programs but needs to be told via the Settings menu to index your entire hard drive. Another built-in alternative takes advantage of the native Windows searching system, for both XP and Vista users. Users should be able to type "find [text]" and Executor will search for that text.

However, the keyword feature itself works great. Change that "find" to "addremove" and Executor automatically opens up the Windows native Add/Remove Programs options from the Control Panel. It feels like everything else in Executor can be customized, from such superficial aspects such as the skins to how the autocompletion function behaves. You can set it to override the Windows Run hot key, you can swap hot keys around, and you can set URLs, files, or programs to launch as Executor starts. Executor should appeal to power users who are looking to accomplish specific program-launching tasks within a framework that offers a lot of leeway for customization.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"bekarrrrrrrrrrrrr"

August 09, 2009  |  By adarshmadrecha

 |  Version: Executor 0.9.8

Pros

nothingggggggggg

Cons

allllllllllllllllllllllll

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5 stars

"Excellent!"

January 25, 2009  |  By jorgelex

 |  Version: Executor 0.9.8

Pros

Works beautifully.
It took a little while to get used to the idea of having an "Executor" and allocating it a shortcut key that I would remember. But now I could not live without it. A very useful gadget to have.

Cons

None. Works perfectly. It picks up all the programs that I want as I type in the input text-box.

Summary

Great program! Thanks Executor!

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5 stars

"IT WINS BY DEFAULT--NOTHING ELSE COMES CLOSE"

January 13, 2009  |  By pistei

 |  Version: Executor 0.9.8

Pros

gets along with my 512 mb ram. lists software (both recently used and misc important stuff). pretty enough. disappears until you need it.

Cons

does not list everything when you type in a keyword...see below.

Summary

i have set up my software to have keywords in the titles. for example: BIBLE-PC Study Bible; GAMES-Hearts; SEARCH-SuperFinder; CLEANER-Argente (i know...i have WAY too much time on my hands). anyway, it won't find "ADD REMOVE-Revo Uninstaller" if i just type "revo". that would make it easier if it would find ALL words in the title. but for some reason it will not find anything if i type just "Revo". it's a shame, because otherwise, this little guy would be perfect. in order to get Revo, i have to type "ADD REMOVE". otherwise, it seems to find all my "MALWARE" when i type my keyword "MALWARE" and it appears to find anything that BEGINS with the words you are typing. but...i can compensate for this little descrepency. all in all, it deserves 5 stars.

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5 stars

"Best launcher"

October 26, 2008  |  By swizzle08

 |  Version: Executor 0.9.8

Pros

Clean interface,
Very easy to set up if you have some software knowledge
The range of commands is incredible

Cons

Some say system resources but it peaks at about 30 mb and runs on 12 mb when not indexing. Nowadays is 12 mb a lot?No. Launchy used the same amt. When indexing however the processor usage jumps to about 40% (on a dual core 2.4 GHz) for a few sec.

Summary

Great launcher, i used to use launchy but then i read about executor on lifehacker.com and i haven't looked back. I must say that sometimes it's a little slow (just about 2sec) in displaying the search results but it's very thorough. I love that i can perform almost anything system related with this software, for example type in '?monitor' to turn off your monitor (i have shortened it down to just 'monitor') . I have it index my programs, system controls, control panel, word documents, pdfs, and other files . Get it

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5 stars

"Better than Launchy"

October 23, 2008  |  By zpucek

 |  Version: Executor 0.9.8

Pros

Very flexible and configurable. U can add or remove shortcuts. Light on resources.

Cons

Nothing...

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5 stars

"Simple and Powerful"

September 20, 2008  |  By josecarlos2021

 |  Version: Executor 0.9.8

Pros

very light and fast program (don't consume much system resources)
Simple configuration of new shortcuts (just drop them in the new keyword window)

Cons

none till now

Summary

recommended, for people who like to do things fast in the PC, keyboard rules.

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5 stars

"Does Exactly What It Says"

September 05, 2008  |  By abluescarab

 |  Version: Executor 0.9.8

Pros

- Clean Interface
- Easy to use
- Add/edit/delete shortcuts

Cons

- Nothing.

Summary

This little application can do almost anything that you want it to do. You can view the contents of your clipboard, open various applications not easily located, and you can assign words and phrases to specific programs. Such as "regedit" for the registry editor.

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4 stars

"Very easy to configure and use."

September 01, 2008  |  By wstiga

 |  Version: Executor 0.9.8

Pros

Open all kinds of applications, files and even Web pages with minimum typing involved.

Cons

No problems encountered yet.

Summary

This is a very useful program and I find it very easy to use,

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2 stars

"Interfered with browser and other programmes."

August 30, 2008  |  By nedkelly56

 |  Version: Executor 0.9.8

Pros

I was being kind with the 2 stars.

Cons

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4 stars

"Similar to Launchy"

August 27, 2008  |  By maarriioo

 |  Version: Executor 0.9.8

Pros

Quick, easy to use, free

Cons

Very similar to Launchy, with more features. If all you want is a quick way to launch programs, go for it. The only advantage I see over Launchy for my use is the availability of system commands such as restart.

Summary

Might become my favorite over Launchy, but not a clear winner so far.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.9.8
Version 0.98 adds the ability to add custom scan paths for indexing/scanning; customizable keyword icons; a more organized settings interface, and many other new features and fixes.
General
Publisher Chaos Manager
Publisher web site http://www.chaosmanager.net
Release Date August 19, 2008
Date Added August 19, 2008
Version 0.9.8
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Launchers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista (limited functionality for Win 95/98)
Download Information
File Size 1002.83KB
File Name ExecutorSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 21,250
Downloads Last Week 48
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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