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#1 the_architect

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 06:36

OK, folks, the first not quite beta release is now available. You can download from HERE at the moment there are only two plugins that are shipping here. One is the launch internet search and the other basic math (ie: only one operator, two numbers sort of math). These will be advanced over time and there will be a lot more plugins to come.

At the moment, this is for Windows 7 only, and you will need the .NET 4 framework (from here)
If there are any .NET developers who would want to create plugins then PM me or send me an email (or if you would like to suggest any, also) Posted Image

The "official" web page is here: http://www.lukepayne...cts/startmenux/

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Here is a video of a start menu extender I am working on:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meLXhjkmcaw

I currently have most of the base framework up and am just creating a few content plugins. The ones displayed in the video are able to do basic math, launch internet searches and lookup dictionary meanings. There are a few others I am tweaking including one that you can punch in a registry path and it launches the registry editor at that path.

.NET developers will be able to plugin to the framework once released.

I am wondering if people think this would be useful? and if so what plugins would you like to see? I'll also answer any other questions you may have Posted Image


#2 OP the_architect

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 03:26

Also - I will update here when I have a beta available for everyone.

If there are any developers who would like to help create some initial plugins to launch with this application, feel free to contact me.

#3 vetAndrew Lyle

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 03:30

That is very cool Luke!

some suggestions (not about your program)
1) Record just a small box around your start menu, it's hard to see in that video, unless you full-screen it.
2) Don't make your poll multiple choice :p


Also, if you are interested in making this public to everyone, please send me a PM or email @ andrew.lyle[-at-]neowin.net, and I can maybe help you out with that ;)

#4 Nashy

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 03:32

I can't see the video at work. Can you explain what it is?

#5 OP the_architect

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 03:36

some suggestions (not about your program)
1) Record just a small box around your start menu, it's hard to see in that video, unless you full-screen it.
2) Don't make your poll multiple choice :p


Thanks!
Why not make the poll multiple choice, am I missing something Posted Image
Here is a video that you do not need to view full screen, however this is an earlier (an buggier) version Posted Image

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I can't see the video at work. Can you explain what it is?


You know on the Windows Vista/7 start menu as you use the search box, and the results list comes up? This adds extra things to that list (such as exampled in the video: dictionary & calculator results for your search).

#6 Nashy

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 03:39

Nice. I use the search bar the most out of every feature windows has on offer, so this should be pretty nifty.

#7 Jeston

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 03:52

Thanks!
Why not make the poll multiple choice, am I missing something

He means don't allow people to select multiple answers in this sort of poll.

As for the app... Looks good, but I would never use it. I'm sure a lot would though.

#8 -KJ

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 04:16

I would use it for the calc feature alone! Something that should've been included all along! :)
Great job!

#9 OP the_architect

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 01:04

OK, folks, the first not quite beta release is now available. You can download from HERE at the moment there are only two plugins that are shipping here. One is the launch internet search and the other basic math (ie: only one operator, two numbers sort of math). These will be advanced over time and there will be a lot more plugins to come.

At the moment, this is for Windows 7 only, and you will need the .NET 4 framework (from here)
If there are any .NET developers who would want to create plugins then PM me or send me an email Posted Image

The "official" web page is here: http://www.lukepayne...cts/startmenux/

#10 Mark

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 15:49

What I'd love is a more OSX quicksilver style of search

For example, on windows, I have to type photoshop in full, or at least in order for it to find photoshop from my programs list.

In quicksilver, I could be as sloppy as I wanted phphp would work, toshop would work, even adbph would work.

#11 OP the_architect

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 00:04

What I'd love is a more OSX quicksilver style of search

For example, on windows, I have to type photoshop in full, or at least in order for it to find photoshop from my programs list.

In quicksilver, I could be as sloppy as I wanted phphp would work, toshop would work, even adbph would work.


Great idea :) I am planning on working on something similar to this once I have the base appplication completely sorted out.

#12 fhpuqrgrpgvirzhpujbj

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 00:11

Seems to have a memory leak. Tried to check the code and find it but it's obfuscated so I can't tell you anything more informative then that.

#13 OP the_architect

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 06:44

Seems to have a memory leak. Tried to check the code and find it but it's obfuscated so I can't tell you anything more informative then that.


Thanks, I'll have a look into it. There is bound to be a few issues at this early stage Posted Image

#14 Leonick

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 21:03

Great idea :) I am planning on working on something similar to this once I have the base appplication completely sorted out.

i think you should actually implement it in this, no need to make so many apps :p

this looks awesome

#15 HawkMan

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 21:17

You know on the Windows Vista/7 start menu as you use the search box, and the results list comes up? This adds extra things to that list (such as exampled in the video: dictionary & calculator results for your search).

didn't that Microsoft guy who used to be on these forums already make somethign like this, back in the vista days ?


yeah, Start++
http://brandontools.com/

not sure if that works on 7 too though.