F12Launcher is a Windows XP/Vista/7 application created to switch and position windows automatically.
I started this project as a hacking hobbie over a weekend to get around some of the anoying nature of working with many windows and a big monitor.There are a few features that I would like to have to deal with multiple open windows/programs on my desktop.
After looking around the web I haven't found an application that will do what I wanted so I decided to start this one. So far this application is in very early stage, just as a proof of concept so hopefully someone on the web can find it interesting and contribute to it.
The purpose of this application is the following:
- Allow to instantly switch between programs and position them automatically.
- Split a set of 2 programs vertically and position then right next to each other.
- Automatically launch the applications if they are not running.
- Switch Sets of applications with one button (F12)
- Include in the future more features to manage multiple windows and position them automatically.
- This app was built using MS Visual Studio 2010 C#.
- This application uses WindowScrape DLL (http://www.programmersheaven.com/download/56171/download.aspx) to determine information of programs running, windows sizes, programs names, etc.
- This programs makes a few calls to USER32.DLL library to get details of programs running.
- This program uses keyboard hooks to capture globaly Key events and handle them.
To install F12Launcher download the files "Setup.exe" and "F12LauncherSetup.msi" from the folder "F12LauncherSetup/Release" in the project directory.
Then execute the file just downloaded "Setup.exe".
This program requires the .NET framework 4.0 installed on Windows which can be downloaded from: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=17851
This video gives a quick presentation of what F12Launcher does.
This video explains a bit the technical details of F12Launcher, the challenges, the features that can be added and how this concept can be used to provide a nice user experiences for any OS.
Copyright (C) 2012 R. Javier Vega http://www.rjaviervega.com
This program is created under the GPL-3.0 license.
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