Have I just found a PC equivalent of Quicksilver?

Find Run Robot

I’ve had this installed for about two minutes and am starting to get very excited. I watch Merlin Mann manipulate Quicksilver for OS X in MacBreak and The Merlin Show with fascination. I do have a MacBook but I almost never use it with OS X, which is a shame really, but that’s how it is. I’m sure that if I were to become more of a Mac lad (beer, beer, we want more beer!) I’d take to Quicksilver like an Arthurian wizard to Hg and I’ve long been wishing that there was a Windows equivalent.

After my recent PC rebuild (caused by my skirmish with DBAN), I thought I would seek out a desktop search utility that isn’t Copernic. I really love Copernic, but the latest version has always hung on this particular PC and, after exchanging a few emails with their tech support, figured out that it’s caused by my Nvidia Desktop manager software. Well, I find that hard to believe — just how many people our there are running Nvidia graphics cards I wonder!?

So, I did a search for best desktop search and found this thread at wildersecurity.com. It’s basically a thread about who likes what desktop search utilities and why. And it was from there that I was directed to FindRunRobot.

As I say, I’ve had it installed for a few minutes, but it immediately seems like the very thing I’ve been looking for. I don’t think it will search within docs, so I’m still going to need a desktop search (any recommendations would be gratefully received) but FindRunRobot can be used as a program launcher AND it will find files too. I checked it to search my My Documents folder, typed out the first few letters of the document I was working on earlier today, and up it popped immediately in the FRR window. It all works from the keyboard, which is a big plus for me as I touch the mouse as little as possible AND is lightweight and resource friendly (it doesn’t even go NEAR the registry!)

I’m excited!

 

Comments

  1. I still use this every single day and would hate to live without it!