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Blaze – Multi-Function Application Launcher

Are you looking for an application launcher with built-in extra functionality for your computer and the web? Then join us as we take a look at Blaze.

What Blaze Looks Like

Blaze is simple to set up on your computer and once started, this is what it looks like. To access Blaze, use the hotkey sequence…the default is “Alt+Ctrl+Space” but can be easily changed to better suit your needs in the settings.

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Here is a look at the “Right Click Menu” for the “System Tray Icon”…

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And the “Right Click Menu” available from the “Main Window” itself.

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Blaze in Action

Time for a quick look at some of Blaze’s many functions in action. You can easily launch your favorite programs (Blaze is very tolerant of misspelled entries).

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Or search for a term using your preferred search service. Just type in the search service that you wish to use, leave a blank space, and then enter your search term.

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Do quick mathematical calculations with the ability to copy them to the clipboard. Notice how nicely the answer of “17,210,368” is displayed. Blaze does much more (i.e. creating e-mails, inserting “quick texts”, performing CMD commands, etc.) but this gives you a good peek at what this program is capable of.

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Settings to Check Out

In the “General Settings Area” you can set up the hotkey sequence that you wish to use with Blaze, the assistant hotkey, number of suggestions to show, how often Blaze updates the index, disable activity monitoring, and disable automatic updates. Notice that certain activities can be automatically stopped if you are using your laptop on battery power.

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Make any changes or modifications desired on what is added to the index in the “Indexer Area”. In the lower right corner you can choose to have extra “items” indexed for each category in the main part of the window.

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You can view, deactivate, and/or modify individual plugins in the “Plugins Area”.

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Conclusion

Even though it is still in beta, Blaze’s frequent updates and multi-function capability make it a nice addition to any computer. This is definitely one program worth taking a closer look at.

Note: Blaze generates a “false positive” with “McAfee-GW-Edition – 6.8.5”.

Links

Download Blaze Beta

Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/8/10

Comments (11)

  1. krho

    I use Launchy and think it’s better than blaze :)

  2. Doctor

    OH! :) Cool :) :)

  3. HMR

    Oh great, a Launchy clone.

  4. John

    SlickRun FTW

  5. Juan

    ahh… it hides to the task bar… I’d like to have it up in my desktop until I tell it to hide…not much use since I have to go and get it from task bar every time i need it….

  6. Jeremy

    Maybe im nitpicking, but the icon for this application looks like a pigs snout. Yikes!

  7. Ron

    It certainly looks like a Launchy look-alike. Even the settings look similar.

  8. kajdehoop

    You can use Blaze too for renaming lots of files at once (like: you rename something to A1, the next file to A2, and Blaze asks you if you want to rename all the files in that folder as A3, A4, A5 etc.)

  9. Sarimin

    thank… :) nice post…

  10. jfjb

    I just tested the portable application.

    This is the worse search and heaviest launcher I’ve seen.
    Its footprint is enormous and its AI search extremely poor to nonexistent results on freshly index files on a 25% full defragmented C:\ drive — doesn’t make sense.

    Here is comparative memory footprints on my WinXP SP3 with 3GB RAM — using Emerge Desktop shell.
    Hotkey ………… loads 17 to 30 MB
    Launchy ……… starts 12.8 to 19 MB
    Keybreeze …… starts 5.6 MB up to 10.3 MB
    KeyLaunch ….. starts at 6 MB to 7.6 and up to 16 MB
    Blaze ………….. loads 24 to 40+ MB

    I’m using Emerge launcher and the right click mouse.
    Still searching for better alternatives.

  11. Alex

    Totally agree with HMR. This program is almost a screen-by-screen clone of Launchy.

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