XLaunchpad

XLaunchpad


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 9 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.09
File Size:
5.29MB
Date Added:
May 19, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
217,816
Downloads Last Week:
1,608
Product ranking:
#1 in Launchers
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

For Windows users who covet the easy way a Mac organizes and launches app, XWidget Software Studio brings you Xlaunchpad, which is based on the Mac OS X Lion Launchpad.

Xlaunchpad, once installed, will run unobtrusively in the background until it is activated. Set up couldn't be easier -- just drag and drop the apps onto the interface. As promised, the program will create a folder if you drag one icon onto another, which we found to be a nice time saver when grouping similar apps together. And, it even supports multiple desktops if you want to further organize your apps.

Xlaunchpad doesn't offer any other bells and whistles. It has one purpose -- organizing your apps exactly as you'd like -- and it does this well. Anyone who wants a little Mac-like functionality will appreciate this little freeware. We found no issues with the installation and uninstallation.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.4

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current Version:

    2.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2 stars

    "it would be wonderful, if only..."

    June 16, 2014   |   By pike_TS

    Version: XLaunchpad 1.09

    Pros

    xlaunchpad offers everything I wanted but could not find in other launchers,

    Cons

    but it is rendered unusable by a bug in the backup/restore feature - it periodically reverts to a previous state of its own choosing, ignoring my attempts to restore shortcuts/pages I arranged and carefully backed up within it.

    Summary

    potentially superb - if updated so that backup/restore works properly.

    Updated on Jun 20, 2014

    I may have been too hasty - reinstalled it after completing the clean WIN7 install and now I'm not experiencing the problems I mentioned in the review. Could be some of the driver/win updating, software installing, customizing etc. rubbed it the wrong way.

    Updated on Jun 22, 2014

    PS
    Ehm... sorry WidgetSoft, cnet won't let me update my rating for some reason.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great Launcher"

    May 18, 2013   |   By tauseefiqbal

    Version: XLaunchpad 1.08

    Pros

    Very easy to customize
    Lots of features

    Cons

    No Themes
    Limited Icons
    Sometime hangs

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  • 1 stars

    "Stay away! Installs adware."

    January 09, 2013   |   By computeruser45

    Version: XLaunchpad 1.08

    Pros

    Don't know

    Cons

    Spent over an hour getting rid of adware that was installed.

    Summary

    Come on CNET.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent! (note on adware)"

    October 27, 2012   |   By Shinjuma

    Version: XLaunchpad 1.08

    Pros

    Works exactly how I want it!
    Works with rainmeter!

    Note: During the install process the search bar installer pops up and you can clearly un-check and decline its install/user agreement. User: mwmbr3 clearly did not pay attention as I installed the same version according to CNET's version for comments.

    Cons

    The use of annoying browser plugin installers to trick users into installing during the install process is ANNOYING!
    (Avoidable if you pay attention!) I would click DONATE if it was there instead of a stupid trash trick install plugin!

    Summary

    Great! Make sure to decline the browser plugin during install!

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  • 1 stars

    "Installs Adware that is extremely hard to remove"

    September 11, 2012   |   By mwmbr3

    Version: XLaunchpad 1.08

    Pros

    I was unable to see any benefit because I was too busy dealing with the malware that XLaunchpad installed on my computer.

    Cons

    Installs Adware without asking

    Summary

    XLaunchpad installed the Babylon Search Bar without asking (or if they did ask it was in the fine print). Babylon hijacked my browser and reset my homepage and my default search engine and wouldn't let me change them back. I uninstalled it only to find that XLaunchpad had installed another app called Browser Manager that reinstalled Babylon everytime I tried to get rid of it. It took me hours to get my computer back to normal after XLaunchpad infected it with this malware. I understand that XLaunchpad needs to make money somehow but installing adware that trys to prevent you from uninstalling it is very shady. If your whole business model relys on tricking your customers then you shouldn't be in business.

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  • 3 stars

    "should add tabs like vipad"

    June 02, 2012   |   By bchangco

    Version: XLaunchpad 1.07

    Pros

    good enough for very few applications installed

    Cons

    not good for those who have hundreds of apps installed

    Summary

    could be better with tabs

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  • 5 stars

    "awesome. awesome. awesome."

    May 21, 2012   |   By josephfuentes

    Version: XLaunchpad 1.06

    Pros

    Just like OSX. Great utility plus the goodness of Windows. Match made in heaven.

    Cons

    takes a little tinkering with but not hard to figure out.

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  • 5 stars

    "Adds nice functionality to the Win Desktop."

    May 12, 2012   |   By GCG1000

    Version: XLaunchpad 1.06

    Pros

    As a former Mac OSX, I find XLaunchpad to be a pleasant surprise with a superb GUI. It adds a nice level of functionality to the WIN 7 desktop. XLP is a clever application that is stable, flexible and fast. Best of all, it's FREE! Well worth a try.

    Cons

    Non detected at this time.

    Summary

    Give XLP a shot!

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  • 5 stars

    "mac launchpad in windows"

    March 26, 2012   |   By sendhil

    Version: XLaunchpad 1.05

    Pros

    works seamless

    Cons

    need little of tuning

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