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This request might be stretching it a bit but I want to give it a go anyway.

Currently I have a small AutoHotkey script where I can put in a URL or a search term and it will open the browser with either one. The search term is prefixed with one or more letters and this launches the linked URL. For example if I want to search Google for Listary I type g listary and the URL %gkeywords% - Google Search is opened and %gkeywords% is replaced by listary.

Is this something you can consider adding to Listary? I am aware that I can put URLs in Listary but they would be fixed.


Shouldn’t this be a browser feature?
It’s already implemented in Opera. To bring address field easily and very quickly try this utility:

Hello RolandD,

Thank you very much for the suggestion. This would be a quite nice feature for a keyboard launcher. The problem is that Listary was designed to focus on file browsing. I need to think more about this.

@daroc: I don’t think this should be a browser feature as you are not yet in the browser. The browser gets called by the launcher.

@Channing: I understand, it deviates away from file browsing but I believe there is a thin line between launching a program or launching a document (which already works). Feature creep is a natural phenomenon on any program but in this case I would think it adds great options to Listary.

RolandD and everyone interested in such functional - there is a neat FF addon which does just that. I’m not sure Listary must do this but perhaps it can be configured to as well.

Good tip. I think this should be a browser feature…

Listary is a folder tool, not a browser or url tool…

RolandD and everyone interested in such functional - there is a neat FF addon which does just that. I'm not sure Listary must do this but perhaps it can be configured to as well.

I’d suggest you reconsider, as the functionality of this app being extended for power users would only be a plus. I say this after extensive experimentation with various other solutions. Your tool is my favorite for shortcuts, but I typically use Find and Run Robot due to the ability to alias a command and then pull up a website, control panel shortcut, command , and more. Take a look at this functionality and see if it may help. Extending this with Listary would take this app to a completely different level of tweakability.

I’m glad to tell you that most features you mentioned have already been implemented in Listary 5. Please wait patiently for the release.

Hi Channing,

will we see the lights of Listary 5 before christmas?

There will be a beta version soon :sweat_smile:

So I edited the json file manually and was able to create a large amount of shortcuts this way. However, still feels very clunky to do this compared to the ease of an alias file like Find and Run Robot. If you haven’t used this before, it makes it easy to do a initial regex match and then a secondary match inside the alias group, and is basically just a text file with Name | Launch command. This makes it very intuitive.

I wrote a blog article on this a while back to explain the basics if you want to examine. I think the alias flexibility is something that would help take Listary to the next level.

I’d also say that the indexing/ease of use with Listary would make it one of the the top dogs in this field with

  1. Improved communication
  2. Small incremental releases as features are added. The whole project feels dead, so as much as I want to recommend, it’s a lot of “coming soon”.
  3. Consider some basic scoring on items like Find and Run Robot does. Recent launches or regex matches. The extensibility on the backend will help appeal to power users who want to try this.