True Launch Bar draws on the strengths of MS Windows, making a better use of its controls and technologies. Its close integration with Windows Explorer makes a thoughtful use of the system resources. Its support for Drag-n-Drop helps quickly fill the menus with shortcuts. The program utilizes the benefit of XP Visual Styles to the full extent. True Launch Bar helps you harness the system and use its strengths.
True Launch Bar offers a system of shortcuts far more superior than Quick Launch. Arranged into menus, they are just the same as folders in the Explorer window. The dropdown menus appear on the taskbar alongside other icons. The menus can be set to display the details and thumbnails of each item. You can make any existing folder into a menu, or pool files together and group them under separators. Using the list of predefined folders you can, for instance, make My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, etc. into menus.
The hallmark system of switching toolbars allows changing the choice of shortcuts with the change of an active application. For example, if you use extra resources while working with MS Office, you can create a special toolbar with shortcuts to all the resources. The shortcuts will appear in the taskbar every time an Office applet is launched.
Not only does True Launch Bar provide comfort of use, but also adds polish to your system. With its help you can dress the taskbar with overlay images and skins. You can customise its colour scheme; add gradient and transparency effects. Its plug-ins will equip your taskbar with a news reader and the weather forecast. From the taskbar you will be able to monitor resources and network activities, access the address book and control media playback. There are over a score of useful plug-ins available from Tordex web site http://www.tordex.com. True Launch Bar is the taste of pleasure that you can and ought to relish.
Compatibility with standard Quick Launch
True Launch Bar is fully compatible with the standard Windows (TM) Quick Launch toolbar. It uses the same folder for shortcuts. If some program installs an icon into Quick Launch, then the program also installs the icon for True Launch Bar as well. True Launch Bar can be docked into the taskbar like just like Quick Launch.
Grouping links into popup menus
The huge advantage of True Launch Bar is popup menus. You can create menus on in the True Launch bar panel and place your shortcuts there. This will save space on your taskbar and give you another dimension in using the taskbar. True Launch Bar is Quick Launch on steroids!!!
Full support of Windows XP Visual Styles
True Launch Bar completely supports Windows XP Visual Styles. You turn on the Flat Menus option and TLB will begin to look like All Programs menu from the Start Button.
You can also create virtual folders on the True Launch Bar. When you create a virtual folder, you select the folder's content you want to see in the toolbar menu. It can be any folder on your disk or on a local network (Favorites, Programs, Recent, etc.); or you can add file system folders such as Printers, Control Panel, My Computer, Dialup Network or other similar folders. If you right-click on an item in the virtual folder, you can see a full context menu like in the Explorer window, and you can perform any action from this menu (Properties, Open, Delete...). In fact you can use True Launch Bar as small file manager. In addition you can add separators with titles into Virtual folders. This can greatly improve the grouping of items inside Virtual Folders.
Drag & Drop
True Launch Bar fully supports Windows Drag&Drop technology. You can simply drag your shortcuts onto the toolbar or menu. You can use the left and right mouse button to drag shortcuts to the True Launch Bar. Using the right button dragging you will see a context menu with common actions.
True Launch Bar is skinable. This means that you can change the appearance of buttons, menu items... Visit our Skins Library to download new skins. If you want to make your own skins please read Skins specification.
The main feature of True Launch Bar is its active content. Now you can use buttons not only for launching your applications but have button work like small applet. In most cases you will have a button to run your email client (like Outlook Express). If you add Mail Monitor onto the True Launch Bar this button can actually tell you when you have new mail and can run your email client. Visit our Plugins Library to find more plugins such as System Monitor, Media Control, Volume Control etc.