Portable Apps – USB Software
Portable apps – also known as portable applications are software which can be run without installing on your computer. Usually, portable apps of popular software are put together to overcome the hassle of installing the software on your machine. Portable apps can be carried and used from removable media such as flash drives, USB pen drives, external hard drives, iPods, floppy and CD-ROM.
The following is a list of web resources from where you can download portable applications of your favourite software.
PortableApps.com is by far the most popular website which hosts a fine collection of Open Source software in portable format. Here you will find portable applications of Office suites, Games, Graphics packages,Internet, Music & Video, Utilities and so on. This site caters primarily to Windows users.
geek.menu is a fork of the portableApps.com menu system.
It has many enhanced features such as support for truecrypt, categories, custom buttons, multi wallpaper switching, and more. Do read the complete list for the full set of features.
LiberKey.com includes a whooping 264 applications in portable format. These applications are provided in three bundles namely Basic (26 apps), Standard (94 apps), and Ultimate (125 apps). All the portable apps are compatible with Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 7.
Lupo PenSuite includes over 200 highly selected portable programs and games (7-Zip, Audacity, CCleaner, eMule, FileZilla, Firefox, Foxit Reader, GIMP, IrfanView, Notepad++, Opera, Pidgin, Thunderbird, µTorrent, VLC and many more). Lupo PenSuite portable apps is provided in three bundles namely full (~300 MB), a subset of useful applications named lite (~90 MB) and a Zero version (~2MB) for those users who want to pick and choose their portable apps.
winPenPack is an application’s environment of Free Softwares, modified for being run and used from pendrive USB or any removable device, without need of installation. It comes with a practical menu called the winPenPack Launcher which is similar to the Windows Start menu and which brings all the portable applications to your finger tips.
PortableFreeware is a website which provides freeware software packaged as portable applications. It contains hundreds of software that can be run directly from within a USB memory stick or removable device without installing it on your computer. Almost all the software on this site are Windows based.
Linux has no dearth of applications. However, the application of your choice may not have a package for the Linux distribution you use (especially if it is not a main stream Linux distribution).
Portable LinuxApps is a site that features many popular applications for Linux that you just download, make executable and run. These applications have been tested on Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) 32-bit, OpenSUSE 11.3 (GNOME) 32-bit , and Fedora 12 (GNOME) 32-bit.
Google Chrome Portable
Download a portable version of Opera web browser from opera-usb.com. Portable Opera is not an official product but privately developed by Markus Obermair, Austria.
More Portable Apps
100 portable apps for your USB stick @ Makeuseof.com.
70 free useful portable applications you should know @ Hongkiat.com.
A list of portable applications @ LifeHacker.com.
14 portable web browsers @ DownloadSquard.com.
How to carry your office on a stick @ WebWorkerDaily.com.
As you can see, there is no dearth of projects which provide portable versions of your favourite software. This collection of portable apps will be sufficient to keep any hard core computer user on Windows platform satisfied for a long time.