The Finest Hand-Selected Downloads
Individually reviewed & tested
Store News

Hain 0.4.1

A desktop launcher, search and productivity tool

Rating:
(0)
Operating Systems:
Windows 10, Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
License:
Open Source
Developer:
Hain
Software Cost:
Free
Category
System & Desktop Tools
Date Updated:
12 June 2016
Downloads To Date:
374
Languages:
English
Download Size:
54.00 MB

Hain is a keyboard-oriented launcher, search and productivity tool for 64-bit Windows 7 and later.

The program opens with a command bar and a list showing the various actions you can take.

You might start by typing an application name. As you enter each letter, matches appear, and clicking the correct file will launch it.

There's some tolerance for typos. We entered WRD and Microsoft Word still appeared at the top of the list, although if a letter gets substituted (WPRD) you may not be so lucky.

Hain works with links, too - enter a URL and it opens in the default browser.

There's a simple expression evaluator. Enter something like =SIN(45)*2 and the result is displayed.

What's more interesting is that you're able to extend these features with a built-in package manager. As we write, this allows installing plugins to search many websites, launch commands with cmd.exe, start Steam games, send PushBullet pushes, translate text, take simple notes, manage tasks and more.

Need more? Plugins are written in pure JavaScript, and there are plenty of examples to check out, so experienced users can add others as required.

Version 0.4.1:

Fix recent items to be placed always on top
Fix preferences not working

Verdict:

Hain is still very new, and there are plenty of problems and omissions. The expression evaluator calculated everything we threw at it, for instance, but there's no apparent way to copy the results to the clipboard. Oops.

Despite that, it's a fun program, portable, adware-free, already useful as a search tool and launcher, and with some promising plugins. Worth a look.

Your Comments & Opinion

Related Downloads Other Downloads From This Category

Make the most of your multi-monitor setup using this handy utility

Freeware

A very comprehensive desktop search tool

Free, for personal-use only

Get the Bing search box (and wallpaper) on your Windows desktop

Freeware

Make the most of your multi-monitor setup with this handy utility

Trial Software

A fast and configurable search tool/ launcher

Freeware
36,165,001
Downloads
Secure & Tested Software
6,354
Reviews
Instant Download 24/7
305,647
Members
10+ Years of Service