this page can tell you everything about plaunch you wanted to know but were afraid to ask. :)
well, for starters plaunch is a convenient (for me, at least) putty launching and session manager utility. it is brand new, started not even month ago and yet it already has some features i consider too good to live without (how could i live without it before?!) and more yet to come. :)
historical note: this page was first written in september 2004.
for now, it can do the following:
not much? yes, but the program itself is not much waste of space itself: at the time of writing this, its size is about 15 kilobytes. :)
(small voice) well, this time is long gone, but i'm still able to keep it under 30 kilobytes...
now, about the tree view of sessions. why tree and not a list? that's because plaunch already can use the feature that will become my SESSION_FOLDERS patch for putty. the patch is already in development, but i cannot release it yet (it's not working :).
of course, one can ask, why bother at all? there's QuickPutty that does the same! first, it doesn't. second, i don't like the way it is written. QuickPutty's executable size is about 600 kb, and for no good reason. i don't like bloatware. plaunch's size, as i said, is about 15 kb and when it will have all features i want, it might be 30 or 40 kb max, a difference about an order of magnitude with QuickPutty. doesn't it matter? i think it does.
why separate application at all, why not just adding some code to pageant? well, firstly it's because pageant is not mine. secondly, because pageant, as a security-related software, has some restrictions to where it can be imported. plaunch doesn't, because it is not aware of any security at all. and finally, pageant's main task is not launching putty sessions, it's in hosting security keys. i don't think it's a good idea to mix these tasks in one application.
and, of course, plaunch is an open source software, distributed under MIT licence.