Portable Apps are applications that can be carried on any kind of portable device – USB key, external hard-drive, iPod, etc. requiring no installation in your operating system. Un-installing is as simple as deleting the folders they live in. These are not mini-versions of your software, they’re the real deal, just as they exist on your hard-drive.
Today I explored more portable apps. There’s a good list at Nedwolf although it hasn’t been updated for over a year. And the Portable Freeware Collection. One can only hope all good software will eventually have a portable version.
A couple of my desirables are only available on U3 now and one would wonder if that’s also the wave of the future: portable apps for sale and only workable on new-fangled hardware. For now there are dozens for free and they don’t require any special versions of hardware. PortableApps is the best-of-the-best in portable OpenSource programming.
This is how a menu would appear on the desktop of any host computer:
I’ve put mine on my external hard-drive. The apps themselves will fit easily on my 1GB USB key, but my external hard-drive has all my documents, about 65 GB worth. Should I decide to go visiting and not want to carry my laptop, I can just toss my little hard-drive in my pocket and plug in over at my friend’s with all these apps, personal settings and personal documents on board. When I unplug, my work leaves no trace on their computer.
If you don’t have a laptop and travel between work and home desktops, or find yourself wishing you had your computer around a lot of times when you don’t, you’ll find this even more useful.
It’s brilliant. Have a look if you haven’t yet.