Thursday, 18 March 2010

Top 5 portable applications

Portable applications are ideal for anyone who uses more than one Windows computer, especially if they don't have privileges to install software. Simply install the program onto a USB pendrive and carry them about with you.

Firefox 3.6 Portable
The major advantage of Firefox Portable is that you can take your bookmarks, add-ons and passwords with you. Although, you should be careful with passwords in case you lose your USB pendrive. Portable is the ideal free alternative to Microsoft Office, offering incredibly similar features and support for all Office file types.

GIMP Portable
The best freeware image editing software is now available as a portable edition.

VLC Media Player Portable
VLC is the media player par excellence as it will play just about all media types without the need to find and install codecs.

Pidgin Portable
Pidgin is an instant messenger that supports AOL, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ, GoogleChat and many more.


Georgie Pie said...

Have you ever considered SSuite Office as a free alternative to MS Office?

Their software also doesn't need to run on Java or .NET, like MS Office and so many open source office suites, so it makes their software very small, efficient, and easy to use.

USB Sticks said...

I was not familiar with openoffice, that this also provides the same features the microsoft office is giving us. Thanks for sharing the portable software.

allinoneprinters said...

I find the FireFTP extension very handy. For more portable apps you could always look at

RushArt said...

I was just talking about Firefox portable in my blog.
Anyway, portable applications I need is just web browser and antivirus.
I don't really find the need for other, at least for time being.

Steve Bush said...

I love GIMP; it is responsible for almost every element of Fact of the Day. It's so fast and feature-rich. I don't know why anyone uses anything else.

Stepterix said...

Thanks for all the comments:

GP: I will have to check that out

AI1P: The links on the post all lead to portableapps ;)

SB: Some people prefer to pay a fortune for Photoshop apparently

Brown said...

I had used firefox and VLC player. work fine. best in built security

Stepterix said...

B: Thanks for the comment

Van Mackay Computer Solutions said...

One portable app that is great for computer technicians is D7 which is a tool for repairing and trouble shooting windows

Stepterix said...

Thanks for the tip, VMCS. I will have to take a look at D7

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