Wednesday, January 17, 2018

XLaunchpad Portable, a home for your apps!
"Windows users envious of the Launchpad in OS X will find a lot to like in XWidget Software's XLaunchpad. This free applications lets PC users customize their computer desktops using an attractive icon-driven interface that makes launching programs and opening folders a snap.'s a solid addition to the Windows environment." —Jeffrey L. Wilson, (November 05, 2012)
"The app is, by many accounts, a good way to launch apps or open folders. Of course, you might be in the habit of launching apps from the start menu or just double clicking a shortcut on your desktop, but this app gives you the added advantage of launching several apps at once and organizing them into multiple pages." —Fatima Wahab, (March 05, 2012)
"If you are excited for Windows 8, and can’t wait to get rid of your Start menu now, you should check Xlaunchpad, which allows you to have a very Mac-like program launcher on Windows." —Dave LeClair, (March 10, 2012)
XLaunchpad is designed to do one thing: Help you better manage your desktop and it does its job well.

Size: 3.23 MB (3,387,392 bytes) Packed Size: 2.54 MB (2,666,496 bytes)
MD5: 6293337D6608EE25A7B75834E8038095

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DIY/Do It Yourself: Upgrade to the Latest Release

Requirements 7-Zip, NPP/Notepad++ or other text editor, Launcher Generator/PAL, Installer/PAI.

  1. Get the latest portable app. template, and extract the content with 7-Zip.
  2. Get the latest XLaunchpad release—the portable release.
  3. Put it in the same folder as the extracted template, in our example C:\0TEST, then extract the package to XLaunchpadPortable\App\XLaunchpad folder, Extract files
    Into App\XLaunchpad
  4. Browse to App\XLaunchpad\AppData folder and move its contents to App\DefaultData\XLaunchPad folder—overwrite existing contents; then delete the empty App\XLaunchpad\AppData folder.
  5. Browse to XLaunchpadPortable\App\AppInfo and open appinfo.ini file with NPP. Replace the [Version] section with the latest version number. Make sure the PackageVersion entry is in 4 place digit, eg. not just 1.1.3,
  6. Run PAL, paste the template folder address C:\0TEST\XLaunchpadPortable, and click Go—a new launcher will be created, Create new launcher
  7. Test the new launchers by following this guide.
  8. When all is OK, then delete the XLaunchpadPortable\Data folder and run PAI, paste the package folder address C:\0TEST\XLaunchpadPortable, and click Go—to create the installer package. Create installer
  9. Use the installer package to upgrade your portable application. Don't forget to at least backup your Data folder before any upgrade :)
  10. If you find any changes that's not handled by the launcher, consult the PAL help file to modify the launcher yourself or ask for our paid upgrade support.

Portability Notes

  • XLaunchpad stores its start up setting in Windows registry while running.
  • Make sure it exits cleanly before plugging out your thumbdrive.

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