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Guillotine

By zChromosome Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

Guillotine allows you to launch applications, Web pages, and documents via simple keywords, but some of the applications we summoned failed to launch.

The program runs in the background and is activated by a hot-key combo. It provides a tiny search box for entering easy-to-decipher keywords (e.g. calculator and notepad for those Windows programs). Guillotine comes with a list of preset commands, such as g for Google, or y for Yahoo; both commands immediately pulled up their respective Web pages. The beauty of this program is that it lets you avoid the trouble of typing full words; after typing a few letters, it displays a list of possible matches for quick selection.

During our tests, some of the applications we called failed to launch. The Help file was unavailable during testing, so we were out of luck trying to pinpoint the problem.

Multitaskers and command-line buffs will get the most use out of this freeware, but the few faulty features are a cause for concern.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.5.1

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added February 12, 2007
Version 1.5.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP

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Total Downloads 356
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Guillotine is a Windows utility that allows you to access items you use like programs, bookmarks, contacts, and Web searches. The idea is to find things quickly just by typing a few keys, selecting your item, and going on your merry way. It's much more intuitive than hunting down those items as you normally would. It may take a while to break your old habits, but once you do, you'll see how much more intuitive it is to your normal workflow.

In version 1.5.1 you can now have directories in your FileSystem results. There is an option in the FileSystem plug-in dialog to set this per search directory. Sub-windows weren't moving with the main window. Added installer.

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