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Runit – Easy to Use Quick Launcher for your Applications and Web Links.

by czar 25 November 2009 3 Comments


RUNit is really simple but very powerful tool. It gives you a quick access to applications, documents, folders and shortcuts. It’s not like many other launchpads and it doesn’t occupy any space on your screen. You only see the tool when you actually use it. I was skeptical when I first saw RUNit  but now I use it every day and I am very happy with. It’s extremely easy to use and it activates by right clicking on a “hot area” on you screen. By default that area is your top border (top of your screen) It can be activated no matter what program you are working with. Adding items to the list is very easy. All you have to do is drag it to the hot area and it automatically ads it to the list with a default icon

Features
* open executables, shortcuts, documents, folders
* customizable appearance (font size, color, icons..)
* customizable behavior
* doesn’t occupy any space on your desktop
* support for keyboard operation
* definitely the only solution for people working with multiple monitors

Operating System

Windows XP,Vista, 7

Version

2.1

File Size

70 KB

Publisher


RUNit

Download

Link


Screenshots

Main set up screen
Main set up screen
Options
Options
Hot area
Hot area
More options
More options

Performance
The program is very light and loads very fast

Reliability
Very reliable. I’ve never had any problems with.

Interface
Very simple interface but it does the job

User Friendly
Very user friendly. Easy to navigate and understand

Misc.
No installation is required. All you have to do is just double click on the .exe. One of the things I don’t like is that there is no option for auto-start the program when windows loads. My solution to this issue was to simple add the .exe file to my start up (click on start, programs, startup and right click to explore. Unzip the .exe file to start up folder)

Another thing I don’t like is the fact that you can’t drag and drop URLs directly to the hot area. I tried to do it in several different ways and was unable to. My solution to this problem was to create a folder with all browsers shortcuts I use every day. That way insted of openning the broser every time all I do is open the RUNit hot area and select the short cut. It works the same way like your browser bookmark but saves you time to open the browse, click on bookmarks and select the link you want to open.
You can put your items in different categories and group them by purpose of use. For example you can create a folder “web” and put all of your web shortcuts there. The folder will be closed by default and will open when you mouse over it. You can also separate your items with separator.

Another feature the program offers is the ability to customize the way your icons look and also change the font text.

Support and Help
No support or support forum. The help is very short and not that descriptive

Pros
+ No installation is required
+ Very light and easy to use
+ Does not take any space on your screen
+ Source code is includes
+ Can group your items in different categories/folders.

Cons
– You have to launch it every time the windows starts.
– Hard to add web links

Conclusion
Great easy to use program for basic users. Highly customizable and does not take any space on your screen. I agree with the Runit developer – ““no one who has ever tried it could live without it anymore”

Editor’s Rating:

[starreviewmulti id=0 tpl=31 size=’24’ average_size=’24’]

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3 Comments »

  • Karl Kanalz said:

    Please move that silly Twitter “Follow me” to the RIGHT side of the page, if you really MUST have it anywhere. It covers the text!

  • Les Rogers said:

    Hi,

    Been using RunIt for about 5 years.. maybe more.

    Best “out of the way –> unobtrusive” launcher.

    Thanks for your great site.

    cheers,

    ljr

  • czar (author) said:

    Karl,

    You must be using a very low resolution. The icon has been moved to the right. I hope it’s better now. Please just let me know.
    Thank you for the feedback.

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