Portable applications are software applications that can run from a USB flash disk without the need to install them on a computer. Generally the data is stored with those applications on the USB flash disk and your data is accessible on any PC without the need of any software installation. This kind of applications will help you keep your Notebook at home. You will carry with you the web browser with your favorite bookmarks, your calendar with all your appointments and your mail client with all your received emails. There are portable applications for lots of software categories.
There are in the market many software suites but I am going to write about PortableApps.com a free and open source portable apps platform. It has a big collection of open source useful tools. All versions of this suite include the integrated PortableApps.com Menu (pictured at right) and the PortableApps.com Backup utility along with a set of custom icons, an autoplay configuration, folders and a quick start shortcut. In addition you can download install your favorite software from a big list of applications that you can find here http://portableapps.com/apps.
The list of application includes software in the below categories:
- Development (Notepad++, NVU, XAMPP, …)
- Graphics & Pictures (GIMP, …)
- Internet (MSN, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Skype, …)
- Music & Video
- Office (OpenOffice: word processor, spreadsheet, presentations with Microsoft compatibility)
- Security (clamwin antivurs, keepass password manager , …)
- Utilities (7-zip, …)
To use this suite there are no special hardware requirements. You can install it on any USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod/MP3 player. All you have to do is download the suite and download your preferred applications from the list, install them on your drive and you are ready to use your portable apps anywhere.
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