If you have a general purpose computer and use it for multiple purposes like playing games, doing office work, browsing the Internet etc., you would close one set of applications and open another set to switch to another task. For example, if you are playing a game, you would want everything else to be closed while your game is running. And when you’re done with gaming and would like to browse the Internet, you would close the game and open certain Internet applications like a web browser, IM program etc. to start your Internet browsing experience.
Although this is not a difficult task, but it becomes frustrating if you’re frequently closing and opening different programs, files and folders. In this article, we will talk about a utility called Splat which will make our job of switching between different tasks easier by closing and launching multiple applications on demand.
Splat (Simple Program Launching and Termination) is a portable program which allows you to create different profiles in which you can start/close/stop Windows services, folders, files, programs and even URLs on demand. After creating a profile, you just have to start that profile to start all the applications, files and folders in that profile. Stopping a profile stops everything specified in the profile.
Some of the features of Splat include:
- Startup profile to control the timing and order of which apps you want to start after booting your computer.
- Pre-gaming profile to close/kill/stop unwanted processes and services.
- Post-gaming profile to open/start those same processes and services.
- URL groups to launch sets of websites.
- Development profile to start up your IDE, debugger, etc.
Let’s go through the process once step by step:
- Download Splat from here.
- Unzip the downloaded zip file and start Splat.exe.
Click on the Create a new profile button.
The profile name will appear in the left hand pane. Now right-click anywhere in the right hand pane and select Add entry. Make sure the appropriate profile is selected in the left hand pane.
In the next window, select the Action like Run(if not running), Run (even if running), Close application, Kill application, Start/stop Service, Wait/delay.
- In the target, specify the program, file or folder on which you want to perform the above mentioned action.
Repeat the steps to start or stop as many applications as you want. You can also insert a delay in starting or stopping the application. The delay can be in seconds or conditional like CPU consumption reaches a certain percentage.
Overall, Splat seems to be a very good concept. The utility is portable and easy to use. There are a few options that could be added like scheduling the running of profiles. Perhaps a pre-defined set of profiles would be the best.
What are your thoughts about this nifty app? Now it’s your turn to test it out and tell us in the comments below.