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LaunchPad

A tray application for quick access to your favorite JewelScript applets

LaunchPad is a small application that allows quick access to script applets under Windows. It is meant to be started with Windows and provides an icon in the system tray. Using Launchpad, you can create shortcuts to your own JewelScript applets and run them by either double clicking their icon, or dragging files, folders or URLs on them.

The tool is not exclusively written for JewelScript. In fact, you can create shortcuts for any kind of executable. So the program may also be useful for other purposes.

For every shortcut you create, LaunchPad will keep a record of recent parameters dropped onto the icon, making it very easy to run the shortcut with the same parameters again. If you have a rather large number of shortcuts, LaunchPad allows you to organize them into groups. This keeps the main window small and simple and allows for quick access at a glance.

The program is written in C#. It uses the .NET 3.5 platform that should be pre-installed in Windows 7 and 8. Windows XP users can use the tool too, but they have to install .NET 3.5 in order to run the program.

New in 2.0

LaunchPad 2.0 adds extensive support for environment variables and prompting parameter input. See this post for details. The archive also contains a new, pre-release build of the JILRun application.

Next to countless other improvements, the new JILRun build supports two important new functions dealing with environment variables:

Process::GetEnvironment() – returns a table containing all environment variables for this process. You can just get() and set() this table to read and write environment variables.

Process::Create(string, int, table) – allows you to create / spawn a windows process and pass a table of environment variables to the new process.

See the HTML documentation included in the archive for more information.

Download

You can download LaunchPad here.

The archive contains the JILRun executable and an example script application.

C# Sources

You may download the latest C# source code (Visual Studio 2015 Express) here.