I’m a huge fan of of the free Launchy because it is a well-developed application launcher. A new program that I recently decided to give a whirl is called Enso, and it is also free. In many aspects I would also say that it is even better than Launchy.
To really get the gist of Enso you’ll need to watch their video demonstration. The reason why it is special is that it can be used as an application launcher, spell checker, media controller, translation tool, and much more. In the future users will be able to expand Enso by creating their own add-ons for it.
To activate Enso after you’ve got it installed just hold down the Caps Lock key and type in one of the supported commands. You’ll begin to see results as you type, and they are shown in large text to ensure that you don’t have to strain your eyes. When you’re done typing just release the Caps Lock key to process the command. To see a list of supported commands type “command list” while holding down the Caps Lock key.
Tip: In the preferences you can force Enso to act like other application launchers, where a single key activates the program and the Enter key processes the command.
The Enso Launcher is my favorite aspect of the program because you can maximize/minimize windows, switch between running programs, and close/start an application in just seconds. What’s even more amazing is that the “go” command, which is used to switch between running programs, also recognizes tabs in the browser.
The developers of Enso are also the ones who created Songza, which Ashley recently reviewed. Some of them were also just brought on to the Mozilla team to work on Firefox, which is a good indication that they know what they are doing. Now I can’t wait to see what Enso 2.0 is like!