Launcher is yet another application launcher for RISC OS, which sits to the side of the desktop and allows applications to be started from a palette of shortcuts. It can also run files and open directories.

[Launcher Screenshot]

A bar at the top of the screen

Its panels can be placed to the top, left, right or bottom of the screen, and will slide out of sight when not in use. They can be quickly brought back into view with either a click of the mouse or a simple mouse-over, depending on preference.

[Large Buttons]

A side-mounted bar with labels beneath the icons

The size and layout of buttons can be varied as required, with the option of including the button names beneath the icons if desired.

[Options Screenshot]

A range of options are available to control behaviour

Despite being in use on my computers since 2003, it took sixteen years and many nudges from people who saw it on the left-hand side of my desktop at RISC OS shows and WROCC meetings to make it out into the wild.

Download Launcher
Launcher is released under Version 1.2 of the European Union Public Licence. Its source code can be found on GitHub, and copies can also be obtained from PackMan or the PlingStore.

In order to use Launcher, you will require:

  • a minimum of RISC OS 3.50,
  • the 32-bit Shared C Library (version 5.43 or later), which is a standard part of RISC OS 5 and can be obtained for other systems as part of the System Resources download from RISC OS Open Ltd, and
  • the Nested Window Manager, which is a standard part of RISC OS  4, 5 or Six, or can be soft-loaded on RISC OS 3.

Version History

0.50 (23 April 2019)

First public release.

0.51 (17 May 2019)

Update to first publicly released version.

1.00 (25 May 2020)

Second public release.

1.10 (26 July 2020)

Third public release.

1.20 (12 January 2021)

Fourth public release.