Download of the Week: PortableApps Suite

By on July 17, 2009, 4:20 PM
For years, USB Flash Drives have provided a convenient way of transferring files from one computer to another or carrying around data you need to access while on the go. Now, with 16GB sticks selling for $40 or even less, they have reached a point where you can do far more with them. The PortableApps Suite is a compilation of free and open source software for Windows preconfigured to work from your USB drive, and integrated with a sleek customizable menu.


There are numerous advantages to carrying your applications around on a thumb drive; for one, itís a great way to get things done when youíre at a computer thatís not your own without storing any information on the host system. It also lets you take your bespoke settings anywhere, including active bookmarks in Firefox and multiple IM accounts in Pidgin.

In all, youíll get a web browser, email client, office suite, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client, antivirus, audio player, Sudoku game, password manager, PDF reader, minesweeper clone and backup utility. Just pop your PortableApp-loaded drive onto a free USB port and you are ready to go.

The suite comes in two flavors; a 355MB Standard version and 150MB Light edition which replaces OpenOffice for AbiWord to save disk space Ė or if you only need a simple word processor. Thereís also a stripped-down version which lets you add only the applications you choose. All versions come with the integrated apps menu and backup utility, along with a set of custom icons, auto play configuration, folders, and a quick start shortcut.




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Guest said:

A great mobile app, the only problem is that you have ejecting your device after installation.

Guest said:

Yes i agree but for once i'd like to see the site post some software that hasnt been around the forum block a couple of times, come on man we all know this software, do some real mouse work and find some nuggets, be different for a change.

strategic strategic, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This software works great, I've been using it on my flashdrive for years.

Others may even want to consider using it on their computer it's perfect for occasional use as it doesn't bog the system down with resources. The OpenOffice suite is especially awesome, and can do most of what MS Office can do.

strategic strategic, TechSpot Paladin, said:

A great mobile app, the only problem is that you have ejecting your device after installation.

You might want to check the running processes on your PC, I've had that problem many times and it's simply because the PC has "too much too think about"...

ethanbsmith said:

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yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

Yes i agree but for once i'd like to see the site post some software that hasnt been around the forum block a couple of times, come on man we all know this software, do some real mouse work and find some nuggets, be different for a change.

Thats interesting as this is the first time I have come across this software so its news to me and I am happy that Techspot has brought it to my attention.

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