Freeware application Skylight is a file and application launcher of the Quicksilver ilk, providing quick access to programs, files, and then some. Anyone who's spent much time with Quicksilver on the Mac knows what a huge productivity boost the wildly extensible Quicksilver can provide. Skylight looks like the most promising Quicksilver-for-Windows app I've seen yet. That's not to say there isn't a lot of room for improvement. Here's a few things I'd love to see from Skylight:
- The ability to customize scanned folders
- More plugins, of course! And more customization in general of folders and filetypes scanned.
- It looks like Skylight is supposed to have folder browsing capabilities like Quicksilver, but so far it doesn't seem to be implemented. The documentation says navigation up and down a folder structure will use the arrow keys, and I'd love to see Skylight incorporate the backslash like Quicksilver uses to navigate up and down a folder structure.
At this point, I probably wouldn't recommend ditching Launchy in favor of Skylight—mostly because of Skylight's current lack of customization. However, if Skylight continues to develop in the same direction as its currently heading, it looks to be developing more quickly in the direction of a strong Quicksilver-like app for Windows than any alternative I've seen. Keep an eye on this one, folks. Skylight is free, Windows only, requires .NET 3.0.