Upcoming Start++ update
Over the last few days I’ve been amazed at the reception Start++ has been receiving from the Windows enthusiast community. Today it was even picked up on LifeHacker as download of the day! All the encouragement motivated me to begin looking at what more I could do to extend the Start++ experience. The current releases so far have used a pretty limited mechanism to “hook” into the Start menu on Vista. In fact, it’s not really a “hook” at all but rather taking advantage of the Start Menu’s built-in Run functionality through some clever use of shortcuts and pathing.
For the upcoming Start++ 0.5 release, I’ve gone back and built a much more sophisticated Start hook, that will allow for some much more robust functionality and eliminate the few edge cases where the current shortcuts can conflict (ie. not be the default action) with other shortcuts in your Start menu. It’s entirely done out-of-process, in .NET using a combination of standard windowing and automation APIs.
Truthfully, though, I think a picture is worth a lot more than words… Keep in mind this isn’t exactly how it will look or work when I’m done, it’s just an idea of where I think I’m going with it. And yes, this is an early build running on my desktop system.