This month, Find and Run Robot is featured in PCM
, a large PC magazine in The Netherlands. In an article titled "Kickstart" they compare five application launchers / find utilities, and Find and Run Robot comes out as the winner!
This is what they have to say about Find and Run Robot:
Don't be misled by the oldfashioned name of this program, because it is an excellent application launcher with a lot of options, but also some confusing features. To start with the latter: the program works with scores to determine which file it has to show first after a search. For example: say you have a hundred files with the word "rabbit hole" in it. Every time you search for that word, you'll be after the same file nine out of ten times. When you open that particular file, Find and Run Robot gives it the highest score and will put it at the top of the list the next time. Without a doubt a good system, but why bother us with that...? To conclude, for real geeks it's a nice feature, and it's also possible to configure the search window to not show the scores at all.* By this they mean things like "fuzzy search"; as an example they give that "vsita" would give the same results as "vista".
The program is extremely speedy and very configurable. It might look a bit less polished than Launchy, but can do much more. At a glance you can see where the found files and folders are located on your hard disk. And maybe the best feature: every new file (only files, not folders) is found by Find and Run Robot instantly. There is no need to update an index. Impressive.
+ very configurable
+ manipulation of search results possible
+ shows location of the result
+ new files are found instantly (no index)
- no "smart search" *
- options might be overwhelming for a new user
Their conclusion at the end of the article:
Without a doubt, we choose Find and Run Robot. Especially the fact that the program finds new files instantly impresses us. A good runner-up is Launchy; it may not have as many features, but can be configured enough to be comfortable to work with.
Congratulations, mouser, on this great and well deserved recognition of Find and Run Robot!
A PDF version of the article (in Dutch) can be found here
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