Is there a shell-independent search tool like the Unity's Dash?

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?

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

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

Solution 2

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.
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You can grab the .deb from HERE.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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