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Launcher applications have taken off and advanced so rapidly that it almost feels old fashioned to click on the Windows button and then browse through to the application to launch using your mouse.

We have covered our fair share of launchers here on MakeUseOf, each having its own strong point. Blaze is yet another innovative addition to the application launcher universe, however it has a lot going for it with its some of its killer features. Let’s have a look.

First off, it does all the usual application launcher chores like indexing, launching your applications and letting you jump to a file or location. I didn’t find anything special in here except for the fact that it handles typos better. Application launchers generally give way when you accidentally type in a character that is not a part of the application name, Blaze handles this scenario better than others. Let’s face it we all make typos and having a program smart enough to still guess the correct application really helps.

That is not all, Blaze is even smarter. Blaze sneakily watches what you are doing on the computer and tries to come up with a way to automate repetitive tasks. The next time you are doing something over and over again just keep an eye on the system tray. The Blaze icon in the system tray turns yellow when it has some suggestion to automate repetitive tasks. You can then quickly view what suggestion Blaze has to offer by tapping the Caps Lock key twice.

Blaze can monitor and automate anything from entering text to mouse clicks to renaming files to creating folders. In short, if your previous few actions have something in common, Blaze will most likely come up with a suggestion to do it for you.

Here is a look of the suggestion window:

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If Blaze comes up with a suggestion which is not what you were looking for exactly, you can tweak the suggestion to your liking before giving Blaze a go ahead to perform it. You can click on the arrows to cycle through the various suggestions that Blaze has to offer, you can increase or decrease the number of repetitions that should be performed, you can control the speed with which the automation is performed allowing you a chance to jump in if something is not right.

Blaze also lets you create new automations from scratch or modify the suggested automation to your liking. You can do so by clicking on ‘Create a new Automation’ or ‘Modify this Automation’ buttons. You will be shown the Automation editor, in here you can modify the automations, add, subtract and modify actions to your liking.

Blaze doesn’t currently support skins so you would to have to be content with the default orange look. It supports plug ins and there are some handy plug ins installed by default, like the one that lets you perform calculations or one which indexes the ID3 tags to let you search music better.

I tried but couldn’t find any more plug ins than the ones those are already installed. If you are into development you can use IronPython to write some of your own!

Overall Blaze is an application launcher with some amazing features that make it worth checking out. You can also refer to the Blaze Quick Guide for advanced automation examples.

What do you think of Blaze? Let us know in the comments.

  1. lal
    September 25, 2009 at 10:35 am

    installed fine for me with no system issues or slowdown whatsoever. Seems to run at about 35000-40000k, which is a lot less than running FARR, my current app launcher.

    Haven't had a chance to play around with the macro functionality yet but the app seems to be off to a good start so far!

  2. gab007
    September 5, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    My feedback: I've installed Blazer and uninstalled it 10 minutes later.

    While the idea seems good, and Windows OS needs an application like this, Blazer needs more polishing if it really wants to make it in people's computers. Here's the reasons I did not keep it:
    - soon as I've start the app, I've lost control of mouse as if someone was remotely connected to my PC and icontrolng it. It felt like I had to fight over the mouse control - and whatever the reason was, I did not liked the idea;
    - I have 4GB of RAM, and as soon as I've started the app, my PC experienced a major slow-down (maybe indexing...but still...)
    - I've tried to rename multiple files (as featured) and the Assistant (built in) - hasn't picked up my request. I've ended up renaming 5 files by hand and still nothing. But maybe I got it all wrong (missed a step?)
    - I didn't even bother looking to see how much memory Blazer was eating, since I could feel it.

    That was my experience with Blazer, and while I like the concept, I will be willing to give it a try later when hopefully the download size of the file will be less the 10MB.

  3. myself
    September 5, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    i comment, but how many times you see worthless comments ?

    so... the only thing i can say is looks good, i tried it but will wait and see if the software evolves more

    nice tip

  4. Aibek
    September 4, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Varun, how much memory it takes when running in the background.

  5. Richard
    September 3, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Owen

    Did you give the Indexer a chance to run? If not, your results would probably be all screwed up initially. I ran the indexer and two minutes later everything is working great (I would like to see a progress indicator on the indexer, though). It seems pretty smart so far. I'm going to run it through it's paces and see if it's good enough to replace Launchy.

    Also, Symantec didn't seem to mind it on my system.

    Hope you give it another shot.

  6. Owen
    September 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    1) ran the wrong programs
    2) symantec detects virus
    3)removed from my system

    sorry - sounds worthwhile and idea looked promising but those two problems=knockout blow.

    I realise that it could have been a false positive for the virus but on top of poor execution (I type pandora and it runs adobe reader !!??)

  7. AdvancedNoob
    September 3, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Win 7 start search works same way... y dont ppl ever comment on this blog?

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