Meet Create Launcher, easy example-based launcher creation tool
In Ubuntu, accessing applications can be easily and successfully performed via the Dash, where, by typing a desired word, applications related to the typed word are summoned, being 1-click away available for launching.
Nevertheless, there are situations when an app doesn't have a representative icon in the Dash, as in the case of unpacked archives with an executable inside the unpacked folder, a specific web-based utility, certain user-specific scripts, etc, items that, for "regular" via-the-Dash access, would require extra user effort, as in the case of creating a .desktop file with manual careful terms writing, manual entering the used icon's address, etc.
Create Launcher 1.0 has been designed as an automatic hassle-free tool that creates launchers suited for both newcomers (interested in just an icon on the Dash that, when clicked, launches its intended application) and advanced users (usually interested in adding specific in-depth bits to a launcher).
Although with a simplistic look, Create-launcher features a full-suite of option to be used when creating launchers, furthermore, the available actions are seriously "backed" by in-depth explanations that carefully expose (with text and example-like images) why, where and how an action is to be performed with a clear gain for new users that are to grasp the clear marked visual examples.
The handy utility offers, by default, a predefined set of icons (available by clicking the Change icon's icons) and app types support (
Run in terminal,
Web-Application), as well as category types (
Media, etc), tags, option to Start as Root, Start with Wine and NVIDIA Optimus (Bumblebee required).
After the launcher's details are filled, the user is to choose saving the created launcher as user-launcher (available only for the current user) or as a system launcher (available for all users).
Completing the launcher process automatically makes it available via the Dash.
A relevant impact when creating launchers, is the
Enter Tags for quick access on Dash area, meaning, tags act as "hidden" appnames, in the sense of setting the tag
clear for a particular launcher named
mycustomapp, summons the
mycustomapp launcher in the Dash when the word
clear is typed in the search area.
Create-launcher 1.0 is available for free in Ubuntu Software Center.