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The only thing I will miss after moving to LXDE from Unity will be the Unity Dash. Its functionality, not the piss-poor performance that is. So here's my question. I know there is synapse but AFAIK it only returns text, without multiple large-sized thumbnails of files etc.

I'm looking for a tool:

  1. that uses relatively large area to present results
  2. with thumbnailing capability
  3. with immediate presentation of recently used files and apps, preferably

Hence I do not look for any launcher. Point's no. 1 and 2 make for sufficient replacement. Please don't be afraid to answer 'No, there are none' if there no alternatives similar to Unity Dash or Gnome Shell Activities exist.

Related question: Any search tool for LXDE menu?

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I am using synapse with the "Doish" theme. Thumbnails do exist (I typed to search for a recently opened picture file and the preview showed). Is there something else that this is missing? – rik-shaw Dec 8 '12 at 17:48
@iveand Please refer to the updated question content. ('that uses relatively large area to present results', ... ). – Bucic Dec 8 '12 at 20:46
I am afraid I don't know any tool which thumbnails. There was a tool called sezen by Zeitgeist devs but they deprecated it in favour of Unity Dash, GNOME Shell overview and Synapse. Sezen used to show thumbnails IIRC – Manish Sinha Dec 13 '12 at 5:01
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No, there are no alternatives that present results like Unity's Dash nor as convenient. You can, however, use one of the semantic launchers available for linux:

  • Old but gold: Gnome Do
  • Better and newer: Kupfer
  • My favorite (I am using it all the time, much faster than the dash): Synapse

All of them are in the USC.

Here is a link to synapse: USC LINK

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Guys, please note that I'm looking for a tool with thumbnailing. – Bucic Dec 8 '12 at 15:28
Hey Bucic, if I remember this in two month's I would be quite interested in looking if I am able to create a theme with bigger thumbnails... – wolfv Dec 17 '12 at 19:38

I would recommend Launchy which is a small utility that indexes all your programs and documents so that you can launch them easily with just a few keyboard shortcuts. enter image description here

You can grab the .deb from HERE.

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Guys, please note that I'm looking for a tool with thumbnailing. – Bucic Dec 8 '12 at 15:27

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