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#1 CyanPrime

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 18:33

Hello, everyone. My name is CyanPrime aka William Starkovich. I'm here cause I want to show you all my simple app launcher dock I started on yesterday.

What does it do?
Well it lets you skin it, and each button on it (8 buttons), and it lets you run command line arguments from the data\args.cfg file. The command line arguments allow you to open up a browser and start it on youtube or something, and even let you launch steam games directly.

should work on XP - 7, x86 or x64.
needs .net 4.0 to work.

I'd really like some feedback on it, and maybe new ideas, but please go easy on it, as it was only made yesterday.

-Download-
https://dl.dropbox.c...edock-0.0.2.zip


#2 moloko

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 04:23

screen shots? Is it portable if so i can try it out when i leave work.

#3 Paramore™

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 04:30

Yeah some screens would be awesome, thanks.

#4 Reisen

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 04:43

I would like screenshots too.

#5 the_architect

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 04:45

People are wary of downloading and running a piece of software that requires admin access from someone who has just joined the forum. Also, Chrome is marking this as malicious. However, I completed a cursory analysis of your software and it doesn't appear to be malicious from the code I saw (not that I'm vouching for it's complete safety).

It does seem very primitive and that it would require quite a bit more work before it could be useful to people. I would suggest making what you have more stable and complete and then coming back for some feature suggestions.

#6 OP CyanPrime

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:04

Okay, first of all, this needs .net 4.5, not 4.0. I can't seem to edit my post so sorry about that. Second, is the screenshot. I need to tell you all that this is a very basic wip design, it is reskinable, and is getting a new default skin very soon. each button can be reskined as well, so you can make icons for your apps.
https://dl.dropbox.c...93/dock-ss1.png

Also, it asks for highest privalages so it can be sure to run what ever programs you can run.

screen shots? Is it portable if so i can try it out when i leave work.


Yes, sir. It can even have relative paths to the programs you wanna run, just use ".." (without the quotes) to go up a directory.

#7 68k

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:07

"needs .net 4.0 to work" - :(

#8 the_architect

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:10

Also, it asks for highest privalages so it can be sure to run what ever programs you can run.


You do not need admin rights to run whatever the user can run. By default your application will have the same rights as user.
You are also then launching applications with admin privileges that don't necessarily deserve them.

Take a look at this question to see how you can run your application with user rights and then launch applications with admin rights if need be: http://stackoverflow...h-higher-rights

#9 moloko

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:25

Come on. Insert the photo of your app. DB is blocked and has been blocked by every company I have worked with. There is a little check box to show image in your posts.

What makes this stand out from other application launchers. This is a v.0.1 release so it will not be received well at first. even you friends do not want to try it out??

If I am going to test out some software I will not go easy on it. If it sucks I will say so, if it looks like a turd I will tell you.

should work on XP - 7, x86 or x64.
needs .net 4.0 to work.

this is wrong answer. You should have tested this on systems even before putting out into the public. Now you need to include Win 8 too.

#10 andrew_

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 15:17

Guys ease up on the author. Dude didn't state this was commercial quality, and he might not have access to other systems to test. There is an amount of safe speculation when it comes to .net apps.

#11 OP CyanPrime

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 22:52

Come on. Insert the photo of your app. DB is blocked and has been blocked by every company I have worked with. There is a little check box to show image in your posts.

What makes this stand out from other application launchers. This is a v.0.1 release so it will not be received well at first. even you friends do not want to try it out??

If I am going to test out some software I will not go easy on it. If it sucks I will say so, if it looks like a turd I will tell you.

this is wrong answer. You should have tested this on systems even before putting out into the public. Now you need to include Win 8 too.

Here is the picture inserted. Keep in mind that this is pretty much only to prove it's a dock, as it is easily skinable, and will be recieving a new skin soon. To put it bluntly: only a idiot would judge this app based on this picture. That said, it also shows you the button placement, which can not change, so if you think a button can be changed or something (mainly close, or the decor check box) I'd like feedback on that.






What makes this stand out from other application launchers. This is a v.0.1 release so it will not be received well at first. even you friends do not want to try it out??
If I am going to test out some software I will not go easy on it. If it sucks I will say so, if it looks like a turd I will tell you.


Nothing makes it stand out yet, it's only been a god damn day since it was made. That's like asking a writer what makes his book standout from others when he hands you a idea he wrote down. I don't know what direction to go with this dock, that's why I'm asking for ideas...
As for my friends, apparently they aren't as good of friends as I thought, also I want opinions from other developers as well, and none of my developer friends have responded yet, and most likely wont.

Also I guess you're not a developer if you can't tell the difference from a proof of concept from full on 3 year old software, thought you are right that normally I wouldn't make it public yet. I was basically forced to make it public because my friends and groups wouldn't give me a damn reply..


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Sorry this reply took so long. My boyfriend is over, so I'll be kinda being slow with dev until tomorrow. I am looking to implement the_architect idea to make simpledock not ask for admin privs ASAP, so look forward to that!

#12 OP CyanPrime

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 00:42

Okay, I found a bit of spare time, and implemented the non-admin priv stuff. New version (0.0.3) is here!
Download: https://dl.dropbox.c...edock-0.0.3.zip

PS, anyone know if it's possible to edit the first post so I can change the link to 0.0.3?