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8start Launcher

Editors' Review

by   / April 27, 2009

8Start Launcher claims to be a program launching tool that alleviates desktop clutter. However, thanks to its lack of intuitiveness, we'd rather stick to launching programs the old-fashioned way.

Once activated, the program appears as a tiny, transparent black screen in the far left-hand corner of your desktop. The interface is skinnable, but you can't move it around your desktop. Our hard disk information was displayed in the window, but we had to squint to see the tiny text size. Not knowing where to go next, we paid a visit to the Settings menu, which only led to more confusion. The fill-in-the-blank-style menu offered no guidance whatsoever. The Organize Button option opened a window that suffered from way too many colors, text, and shapes being shoved into one window. The interface tries to use a step-by-step approach to guide you through the process of adding program buttons, but the concept fell flat. Even after hovering our mouse over each of the nondescript buttons, we were at a loss as to what to do next, and there simply wasn't enough onscreen information to guide us.

The program does not include a Help feature of any kind, so you're on your own with 8Start Launcher. While you can get this program for free, the time you spend trying to understand its unintuitive design and operation makes this application's price too high.

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Editors' Review

by   / April 27, 2009

8Start Launcher claims to be a program launching tool that alleviates desktop clutter. However, thanks to its lack of intuitiveness, we'd rather stick to launching programs the old-fashioned way.

Once activated, the program appears as a tiny, transparent black screen in the far left-hand corner of your desktop. The interface is skinnable, but you can't move it around your desktop. Our hard disk information was displayed in the window, but we had to squint to see the tiny text size. Not knowing where to go next, we paid a visit to the Settings menu, which only led to more confusion. The fill-in-the-blank-style menu offered no guidance whatsoever. The Organize Button option opened a window that suffered from way too many colors, text, and shapes being shoved into one window. The interface tries to use a step-by-step approach to guide you through the process of adding program buttons, but the concept fell flat. Even after hovering our mouse over each of the nondescript buttons, we were at a loss as to what to do next, and there simply wasn't enough onscreen information to guide us.

The program does not include a Help feature of any kind, so you're on your own with 8Start Launcher. While you can get this program for free, the time you spend trying to understand its unintuitive design and operation makes this application's price too high.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0

Version 3.0 adds drag and drop feature

General

Publisher 8start
Publisher web site http://www.8start.com
Release Date June 04, 2011
Date Added July 03, 2011
Version 3.0

Category

Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Launchers

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 2.33MB
File Name 8startLauncher3.0setup.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 19,183
Downloads Last Week 1

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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