Colibri

Colibri combines the raw power of the command line with the intuitive nature of a modern graphical user interface to define a revolutionary new way of managing your computer.

Colibri is a text-based application launchpad for Windows. Simply press the hotkey combination, type in “pho”, and Colibri might suggest “Photoshop”. Press Enter, and you’re there.

Right now it seems “Portable mode” works best, so choose that during installation. Also, I’d suggest using reassigning the hotkey combination from CTRL + SPACE since this is “Zoom” in most graphic apps. My suggestion: CTRL + ? (the key above tab and left of 1 on Danish keyboards).

Colibri will help me get a new productivity tag going, a tag I hope to fill up with many more productivity enhancing tools. Until then, find further inspiration with Brian (who tipped me about Colibri).

16 thoughts on “Colibri”

  1. Nik says:

    Heh!

    Quiksilver !

    Ahh… Windows!

  2. Joen says:

    Nik said:

    Heh!

    Quiksilver !

    Ahh… Windows!

    Yep, see “Windows” is the KEY word here!

    Another fun thing to know is that Windows Vista (which has very very few features that I’m excited about) will come with a feature like this, built into the start menu.

    Take a look at this picture: http://www.winsupersite.com/images/showcase/winvista_beta2_02.jpg

    Notice the “Start Search” feature? Does pretty much the same thing, except slower.

  3. Cough directory cough opus cough

  4. Incidentally: AAAAAAAAAARGH! MY GOD is that text formatting ever fecking annoying!

    Textile can suck donkey balls!

  5. Nik says:

    Yeh, sorry, I meant it to come across more like…

    “Ah Windows.. don’t ya just love it” – Anyway, it didn’t work! 🙂

    Interesting tho.. And you’re hotkey suggestion, is the same that I use for quicksilver on my powerbook. I wonder if that’s an instinctive choice based on all those years Alt-Tabbing?!

    By the way, I have just reduced the font size in Safari, and I’m really liking the new look Noscope. Nice work.. Very nice!

  6. Nik says:

    Brian Meidell said:

    Cough directory cough opus cough

    Hey! I remember that.. on my old Amiga 500! Wow, memory lane.

  7. Launchy does pretty much the same thing as far as I can see. However, Colibri seems to have the better UI of the two.

    (not that I’ve actually used either of them, but just judging from the screenshots)

  8. Joen says:

    Brian Meidell said:

    Cough directory cough opus cough

    cough stay tuned cough

    Incidentally: AAAAAAAAAARGH! MY GOD is that text formatting ever fecking annoying!

    Textile can suck donkey balls!

    Dude, there’s a preview. Scroll? 🙂

    Nik said:

    Yeh, sorry, I meant it to come across more like…

    ?Ah Windows.. don?t ya just love it? – Anyway, it didn?t work! 🙂

    I should’ve added a smiley! I meant to add the quicksilver note myself, but forgot.

    Interesting tho.. And you?re hotkey suggestion, is the same that I use for quicksilver on my powerbook. I wonder if that?s an instinctive choice based on all those years Alt-Tabbing?!

    No doubt!

    By the way, I have just reduced the font size in Safari, and I?m really liking the new look Noscope. Nice work.. Very nice!

    Hmm. I’d better implement that “smaller text for Safari” hack sooner rather than later…

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  10. brendan says:

    Good find, master Joen. 🙂

    I’m already putting it to great use. Dope.

  11. Joen says:

    brendan said:

    Good find, master Joen. 🙂

    Credit should go to Brian for finding this.

    I?m already putting it to great use. Dope.

    Very much so! Anyone who’s tried to dig through 4 layers of Start Menu will enjoy this app.

  12. Kelvin Quee says:

    I’ve tried both Colibri and Launchy (www.launchy.net) and I like Launchy’s simplicity and configurability.

    I know that sounds contradictory but do give Launchy a shot. I’ve been using it since 0.9.3 and the improvements that the author made are fantastic, yet without turning it into bloatware.

    Try it!

  13. Martin says:

    Thanks for the colibri tipp. martin

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