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Columbus - a fast program launcher/searcher

03 May 2014, 15:03

Columbus

A Windows application that allows you to launch any program instantly using a fuzzy-search algorithm. Also contains a window focus switcher, and recently the ability to create plugins.

This program is perfect for those who are faster with their keyboard than mouse!

Resources:
GitHub repository
wiki
To open/close the launcher, press CTRL+ALT+P[/size]

Tips
  • - Type '/' to check out the inbuilt commands
    - The move command will allow you to move/resize the gui
    - CTRL+ALT+O to open the window switcher
    - Many things can be changed in the settings!
    - Del to delete selected item(s), or close window while in the window focus switcher
    - CTRL + Z to undo last deletion
    - CTRL + Scroll wheel (mouseover) to increase or decrease the font size
    - Escape: close GUI/back
It would be much appreciated if you could post bugs, questions and suggestions! I'd love to hear them! :)
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Re: FuzzyComp - ultra fast program launcher/searcher

03 May 2014, 19:05

Guest10 wrote:any YouTube demo? :geek:
I made one a little back, even though it doesn't showcase all the features it currently has.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FGKOm6tHZw
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Re: FuzzyComp - ultra fast program launcher/searcher

04 May 2014, 11:21

0.13:
- Hotkey can now be changed in the Settings menu
- Small changes to the searching algorithm
- Fixed a bug
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Re: FuzzyComp - ultra fast program launcher/searcher

08 May 2014, 15:09

0.16:
- New and updated registry program searcher/parser! (In layman's terms, it finds more programs by default)
- Fixed a stability issue
- A few minor tweaks for convenience
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Re: FuzzyComp - ultra fast program launcher/searcher

14 May 2014, 14:31

0.17
- GUI fades in and out
- Press TAB while writing in a command for auto-complete
- /forum leads to this thread
- Fixed: Deleted items would re-appear at restart

0.18
- Command added: /sort [type]
/sort allows you to sort the list alphabetical, reverse and random order.
- Important functions have been rewritten
- Uninstalled programs will be removed from the list automatically
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Re: FuzzyComp - ultra fast program launcher/searcher

14 May 2014, 16:13

Nice! ;)
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Re: FuzzyComp - ultra fast program launcher/searcher

15 May 2014, 09:05

joedf wrote:Nice! ;)
Thanks! Tell me if you have any suggestions or features you would like to see added ;D
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Re: FuzzyComp - ultra fast program launcher/searcher

15 May 2014, 17:51

it's great! and very fast! :) I edited the .ini file so i could move it.
how about a 'g' thing for google
example: "g apple pie" [enter]
would open my browser with a google search of "apple pie" ? ;)
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Re: FuzzyComp - ultra fast program launcher/searcher

16 May 2014, 01:51

I will say not only a 'g'.
But some 'keywords' for launching what we want with parameters for example.
Maybe a change in the ini or adding it with a '/' function.
Also maybe an option to put a different browser if I put google.com on the search it's opened into FF instead of default one.

Am I clear? I'm not sure.
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Re: FuzzyComp - ultra fast program launcher/searcher

16 May 2014, 04:26

joedf wrote:it's great! and very fast! :) I edited the .ini file so i could move it.
how about a 'g' thing for google
example: "g apple pie" [enter]
would open my browser with a google search of "apple pie" ? ;)
Sure, I'll look into that when I'm home. But what do you mean you had to change the .ini file to move it? /move allows you to drag/resize it :p
ozzii wrote:I will say not only a 'g'.
But some 'keywords' for launching what we want with parameters for example.
Maybe a change in the ini or adding it with a '/' function.
Also maybe an option to put a different browser if I put google.com on the search it's opened into FF instead of default one.

Am I clear? I'm not sure.
Everything in the .ini can be changed with /settings and /move to change the position of the window. I don't know if allowing to change it through commands will be helpful, even though it would look cool :P
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Re: FuzzyComp - ultra fast program launcher/searcher

16 May 2014, 05:52

Oh, I just meant I edited the INI file in Appdata\FuzzyComp\Settings.ini
I just changed the width, height, X, Y and also I changed the hotkey to "#Space"
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Re: FuzzyComp - ultra fast program launcher/searcher

16 May 2014, 07:54

joedf wrote:Oh, I just meant I edited the INI file in Appdata\FuzzyComp\Settings.ini
I just changed the width, height, X, Y and also I changed the hotkey to "#Space"
This does not have to be done manually! You should check the commandlist. :D
The only use of editing the .ini file manually would be to set the hotkey to something involving the windows key, which might be your point aha :D
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Re: FuzzyComp - ultra fast program launcher/searcher

17 May 2014, 08:02

0.19:
- Suggested by joedf:
- - You can make a google search by using the command /g
- Items can now be renamed

Next update will be a rewrite, need to re-think some things.
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Re: FuzzyComp - ultra fast program launcher/searcher

17 May 2014, 10:50

alright, cool ;)
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Re: Columbus - a fast program launcher/searcher

19 May 2014, 00:45

FuzzyComp has been renamed to Columbus, and 0.20 is out :D! The program has been rewritten and some features have been changed; mainly /restore has been replaced with /manager, which allows you to manage what items you want to see, and what you want to hide.

Also, the way the program is written now it should be way easier for me to add features and ideas, so do come with them ^^

0.20:
- Program has been rewritten
- /restore has been replaced with /manager
- Several features have been removed, either being improved or replaced.

Note: I won't post replies to the topic every time I update the program, maybe just every third or fourth update, and big ones like this :p
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Re: Columbus - a fast program launcher/searcher

22 May 2014, 11:33

0.24:
- The updater has been updated, you can update in ahk and exe now.
- Reported by islanq: Google search opened google.no instead of google.com
- Wolfram Alpha Uri support

0.23:
- Fixed an issue where the program crashed after exiting the Item Manager
- Adding more than three items in Item Manager made the Hidden list duplicate (oops..)

0.22:
- Fuzzy search algorithm rewritten (noticably faster and snappier!)

0.21:
- Various bugfixes related to the rewrite
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Re: Columbus - a fast program launcher/searcher

25 May 2014, 11:40

0.26:
- Suggested by farzher: Gui to switch between windows by fuzzy searching (CTRL+ALT+O)
- "Help" and "About" window thingies re-added
- Hotkey system has been slightly improved

0.25:
- Added icon made by tidbit!
- Bug fixed: deleting from the main GUI didn't work? :o
- Improved the Fuzzy Search algorithm (Last update to it I think :p)
- Command auto-complete fixed
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Re: Columbus - a fast program launcher/searcher

06 Jun 2014, 15:29

New command: /docs [search]

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0.30:
- Requested by tidbit: /docs opens the help file instead of ahkscript.org
- A couple optimizations

0.29:
- /docs added! (massive thanks to arbiter34 and AfterLemon!)
-- /docs allow you to fuzzy search the AHK command list and open the documentation fast
- Fixed a bug in the program parser
- Clicking the listview works the commandlist and docs list aswell

0.28:
- Bug fixed: duplicate items appeared in the WindowSwitcher
- Reported by maestrith: Hotkey error in Settings menu if WindowSwitcher hotkey was left empty when saving
- Reported by tidbit: shortcuts to added items were corrupted
- WindowSwitcher height problem fixed

0.27:
- Window switcher now resized respectable to how many items are in the list.
- /forum command removed as the forum topics can be launched from the /help and /about guis
- Window switcher hotkey changable
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Re: Columbus - a fast program launcher/searcher

06 Jun 2014, 22:49

Very nice script.

I get "This page can't be displayed" when trying /docs ifwin and choosing IfWinActive/IfWinNotActive and I get it for IfWinExist/IfWinNotExist.

I am getting this on a lot of the commands. IfVar is another one.

Most of the ahk doc searches work properly.

Edit: 6-7-14 I updated AutoHotkey and it updated my chm help file. Now it works properly.
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