Make Your Desktop Applications Portable…without the OS

portable_apps_suite.pngWhat happen if you are accessing a public PC and it doesn’t have the applications you need to open your file? Well, there is really nothing that you can do about it, except to remind yourself to bring all your applications with you next time you are on the road.

While I have mentioned that Damn Small Linux is a simple, small system that you can bring on your travel, there is also another alternative – portable apps.

What is portable apps?

As its name implies, a portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a portable device and use on any Windows computer. When your USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device is plugged in, you have access to your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC. And when you unplug the device, none of your personal data is left behind.

Thanks to the team from PortableApps.com who has compiled a suite of portable application where you can just download to your USB drive and use it everywhere on a Windows computer. (Sorry, no Linux).

The suite comes with a rather complete range of sofware, ranging from browser, email client, office suite, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client, antivirus to backup utility and integrated menu.

Some of the included apps are:

  • 7-Zip Portable
  • AbiWord Portable
  • Audacity Portable
  • ClamWin Portable
  • Command Prompt Portable
  • FileZilla Portable
  • GIMP Portable
  • KeePass Portable
  • Miranda IM Portable
  • Mines-Perfect Portable
  • Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition
  • Mozilla Sunbird, Portable Edition
  • Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition
  • Notepad++ Portable
  • Nvu Portable & KompoZer Portable
  • On-Screen Keyboard Portable
  • OpenOffice.org Portable
  • Pidgin Portable
  • PokerTH Portable
  • PuTTY Portable
  • Sudoku Portable
  • Sumatra PDF Portable
  • Virtual Magnifying Glass Portable
  • VLC Media Player Portable
  • winMd5Sum Portable
  • and many more…

Download PortableApps.com Suite here. (89.5MB for standard suite and 30.4MB for Lite suite)

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