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Dish on your favorite apps!...

In response to the "What's on your portable?" threads we've seen here, I had a thought that hits closer to home for me, so I thought I'd start this thread:

Others and I have on occasion gleaned some useful app or another that we didn't know about from such threads as these, but not often, mainly cuz folks simply LIST their wares, rather than give us links or tell us about said apps. There ought to be, I'm thinking, something that will encourage folk to tell us something about these favorite apps they have on their drives.

Therefore, it is the stated purpose of this thread to not simply list your favored apps, but instead for y'all to RECOMMEND specific portable software you've found on the web - including links to same - so that the rest of us can also benefit from the gems you've mined from the www.
The only other 'rule' I'd posit here is that folks not post about apps found at THIS site, since linking to here would be redundant (not to mention repetitive).

I'll start things off here with a few of my faves:

1) Portable Opera - the best web browser around - IMHO (two variants):
http://www.kejut.com/operaportable
http://opera-usb.com/

2) NoteTab - Powerful, highly versatile/customizable text/HTML editor and viewer:
www.notetab.com

3) Universal Extractor - small app with which one can "make" (actually, 'cause to become' is more accurate) various apps portable:
http://legroom.net/software/uniextract

4) PowerDesk - The single best File Mgr on the planet (again, IMHO anuyway...):
http://www.v-com.com/product/PowerDesk_free.html

5) ImgBurn - great little app for burning those Live Linux CD ISO files to CD/DVD. Also can be used to blank your discs.
http://www.imgburn.com/

I'll be interested to see what great apps folks have uncovered that I haven't yet run into myself

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I'm not sure I fully understand, but:

  • Notepad++ - Great text editor that I use for everything (minus NSIS, I use no. 2 for that)
  • HM NIS Edit (can't remember link) - The best NSIS editor. Hover over something and it'll tell you the syntax. Click on it then press F1 to bring up the help at the function you clicked on.

BTW, does it have to be portable? Cause if not, I have a few more.
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Geez Ryan.

You're gonna overload the server with that list. You couldn't be a little more slim with your choices? Blum

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Shaddup

I do have 3 columns worth of apps on my start menu, but I want to protect everyone from the crud programs Wink
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"Shaddup"

You sound like my dad. He always uses a long and over-extetended "Shaddup".

Like this:

Shaaaaaaaadup...!

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LOL

I know a guy like that Wink
I also know a guy who says Howdy a lot. *cough*John*cough* Biggrin
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If you have any questions about the comment above, or anything, please don't hesitate to ask.

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Is

HM NSI portable?

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Yep

Options » Environment » Other
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RE: Duzzit 'have to' be portable?...

Yes and no.

(You & I done talked about this awhile back, in fact, more than once, as I reckon).

"Yes", explained:
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To me, "portable" is a looser definition meaning
"I ain't gotta bother installing the sucker just to be able to use it", (regardless of whether or not it leaves traces behind).
Therefore, yes, the idea here is that type of software...

"No", explained:
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Whereas, the portableapps.com definition of portable (and yours, if'n I 'member it right) is
"That which don't need installation AND don't leave traces of itself behind".
Therefore, no, I don't require that it fit the more restrictive portableapps.com definition of the term...

Claro?...

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In that case
  • Inkscape - Greatest. SVG editor. Ever.
  • Uniform Server - Handy for testing.
  • WinAPIOverride32 (can't remember link) - Replacement of DLLs. i.e. Redirect WinAPI calls to your own DLL.
  • BossKey - I don't use for the BossKeys, I use for the multiple desktops.
  • Hash - Simple GUI for MD5 hashing.
  • MD5File - Command line version of Hash

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I have a few (a LOT) but heres some
Not all are portable but are still nice utilities to use on main/homepc
Apps-

rkunhooker i use it to see running rootkits on friends systems rarely find any though. (also pretty cool app just to run and see everything running behind the scenes on ure PC
Homepage has been down for like a week Sad
but heres a pic of it http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/5067/rkugl1.jpg
well what is a rootkit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rootkit

Qemu - We all know what that is!

Dia - Open Source Alternative for Visio has a lot of bugs (for the windows version atleast

Ext2IFS_1_10c - lets u read and write to linux file systems ext2/ext3!

WinFuture xp-Iso-Builder - Lets u remaster Windows Install Disks similar to nlite but doesnt require .net framwork (YAY)

IcoFX - http://icofx.xhost.ro/
Power User icon editor

Folder2Iso lets u create isos (and label them) from single folders

berotinycapture lets u capture video and audio with perfect quality its less then 20bk
http://bero.0ok.de/blog/projects/berotinycapture/

CobianBackup - nice backup application
http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/cobianbackup.htm

Halite - Open Source torrent cleint sadly some trackers block it
http://www.binarynotions.com/halite.php

Ram2Free - nice memory defragger - no nags or adds!
http://www.griffithdatasystems.com/products/ram2free.htm

mousemu - get ure number pad to act as a mouse

QuickPar - hard to explain umm like winRAR recovy option except Open Source and standalone application
http://www.quickpar.org.uk/

@Preacher
for powerdisk why dont u use 7-zip built in encryption or truecrypts
or even freeotfe? - http://www.freeotfe.org/
i personally dislike toned down versions of apps

Some Games
monadius
NaaC
dopewars

lol i have like a ten page list j/k (not really!)
wwww.portablefreeware.com has tons of more utilities that I use (LCISOCreator, etc...) if the app was not made to be portable i just carry the installer around on my usb drive
(dia for example or virutalbox as well)

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Portability isnt an issue on my own PC lol!

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OMG!

I am SO good at Dopewars!

That's probally not something to be proud of... Blum

But I really am! Where did you get it from?

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This is the one I use sweet

This is the one I use, sweet GUI
http://dopewars.sourceforge.net/

I just found this link for another version of it il look at it tonight
http://dopewarsppc.sourceforge.net/
homepage and download link
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/dopewarsppc/DWars.exe?download
(dont worry download says "pocket pc" its for windows)

I trying to find a link to the DOS version i have ...
o it used to be called "Drug Wars" and Here it is Smile
http://www.angelfire.com/ca/Dopewars/

EDIT:
http://www.angelfire.com/az/dopewars/
this is the actual link to the DOS version i have the one up there is the one that started them all "Drug Wars"

Heres a Link to mondaius
http://www.geocities.jp/takascience/haskell/monadius_en.html
and NaaC
http://www.bloodymonkey.com/

@preacher
Sorry lol i didnt read enough of it (damn my n00bness)
first paragragh of the link u provided says
"PowerDesk encrypts, decrypts, zips, unzips and password protects, views numerous file types"
and then i saw the limited and full version so obiously i went on to add freeOTFE and trucrypt on my list
but yea i reread it, its ok for a filemanager :/
(a43 another tiny file manager)
http://www.primitus.us/a43/
i have a question about powerdEsk though like if ure at a library pc and all drives are restricted does powerdEsk show them anyway?

also lol!!! portable apps are sweet to use at library computers and school computers they are also cool to run portabily ones said computer when they are utilties such as winMd5Sum, qemu, uniextract, Keepass, some games etc. But when said app was made to function as a system app such as Mozilla Firefox then i would rather install it on main PC and keep a copy of install and extensions archived on my USB. Read and Writes can also "fry" usb drives after awhile (or when ure using usb 1.0 Sad ) It is quite perplexing to wait 20-40 secs waiting for firefox to load from my USB backup settings from my main pc to usb then restore my portable settings and etc. Instead I could possibly install firefox on hardrive and run portable Mozilla Firefox on USB when im at school at friends house school and then when i get home synch bookmarks etc! There are many other apps that will never be portable DAEMON Tools, ATM virtualbox, etc Sad but they could be usefull portabily but thinking realistically i just stay satisfied running them stable and installed on my home PC
pardon my grammer and spelling Smile
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si yo "Comprendes"!

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RE: "all drives are restricted does powerdEsk show them anyway?"

Well, I can't really answer that. Whilst I do go to my local 'brary and use PowerDesk ("PD") when running stuff off my thumb, I have no way of knowing whether or not a drive is "restricted".
Can you suggest some ways I might check into this? If so, then I can check into it next time I'm at the 'brary and let you know what I've found.

(Btw, I have a # of portable FileMgrs I use on occasion - incl. the excellent A43 - it's just that PD is my *main* app for day to day File Mgmt tasks...)

RE: si yo "Comprendes"!

Muy bueno.
(Solamente porque yo no se la frase/idioma en Espanol - si hay algunas - para "Alrighty, then" en Ingles...)

(Incidentalmente, la verba esta conjugado "Comprendo", cuando hablando en la persona prima singular...)

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dude

like can u go to ure computerwhen u are at the library ? and if so are there any drives there or like can u go to root of the C drive? like in the address bar type "c:" minus the quotations you can do this in either explorer or internet explorer (not firefox since u will always see it Smile )

hey yo soy latino, pero no es mi primero idioma, yo soy mixtado Sad . as u can tell yo no esta usando "google translate" so excuse the verb usage if i was it would be more like "entiendo sí"

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Yeah, "My Computer" shows up at the 'brary's PC's, both on PD and when using its own native FileMgr ("Explorer")
Yes, there's drives shown (incl. my thumbdrive), tho' I never bothered to explore any of 'em, so I can't tell you at the moment how many, their names, what's on 'em, etc. - I'll hafta check into that next time I go. And yup, it goes to the C drive's "root" just fine.

So I'm guessing that you grew up on the English language then, or was it perhaps some other tongue?...
As for me, I'm mixed race: White-Mohawk Indian, and grew up speaking English.
Took 3 yrs "Spanglish" (as we liked to call it back then) in High school, and never used it in real life till a bunch of Cuban refugess started attending my church at the time some years later. Great folks, they were - I miss 'em, but I had to leave and find a different church, so those friendships were left behind. I even noticed that they speak (pronounce) Spanish differently than I learned it - for example, they tend to leave off non-dependent "s" 's in most words (like, my buddy Oscar would be called "O-car" by the Cubans).

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yea cubans... how would i put this politly their spanish is more slang or a derivative then actual spanish(a mixure of indigenous native language+spanish+a few others). So when they speak it sometimes it sounds very different then what u learn in school. Since they base that spanish on "spain" spanish. So its much more proper. But this is almost the case for many other spanish speaking country. But this is the same with english, school teaches teach us "English" but yet across america their are different tongues or branches of it: Southern, Slang, Northern, etc?
Me Im Honduran and White. But English is my first language even though my parents usually speak spanish so that gets quite confusing :(. Im gonna take my third year of spanish next year cuz the school system is retarded Sad and i still do not do verbs really well lol Smile
Btw do u speack "Mohawk" ?

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What you describe...

...is common in much of Latinoamerica, from what I understand (not just Cuba). In fact, I heard from a former missionary friend who spent some time in Spain that the Spanish tend to view Latinoamericanas with some disdain. I'd guess it's similar to the way the Brits years ago (and maybe still?) regard us Yanks. In both cases, "THEY" are the mother country, and the 'children' have not "lived up to" (whatever that means) their expectations for us.

More likely, I think, is that in both cases it's just a case of sour grapes for our having broken away from the mother country in the first place...

As to Mohawk, my great-aunt (full-blooded Mohawk) taught me some of it years ago, but I never really got proficient in it.

ANYway, back to the topic at hand:
ANYone else have some launchers/etc. to make commercial apps ortable?...

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@ nycjv321:

WHY don't I, you ask?...

Well, mostly cuz 7-zip is not a file manager, whereas PowerdEsk IS a File mgr, AND includes built-in zipfile mgmt for the most common formats.
Whatever archives ain't covered by PD I use IZarc for (also free, and also PORTable!)

Uh, WAIT - I notice you spelled it "powerdIsk", and then went on to recommend to me some apps for encryption. You musta misread my post's text. Read it again, and better yet, follow the link I gave for it. You'll see what powerdEsk is, and what it can do.

As for toned-down versions of apps, my motto has always been something like:
"If it does what I need it to do, I don't give a rip what the FULL version can do - esp. if it does what I need it to do for FREE!..."

And PD's "toned-down version" runs circles around just about any FileMgr OUT there, incl. paid "full" versions.
In fact, I prefer the latest free version of it OVER the (now 2 versions old) retail "full" version that I own.

Finally, as to "Portability isnt an issue on my own PC", my reply is that it SHOULD be.
What I mean is, if you could replace half of your PCs installed app base w/ portable apps, then it would only take about half as long to replace said apps onto your system if it should ever get fried, or your HDD dies. Cuz presumably, you've got said apps sitting around on a USB drive or C-ROM somewhere, and all you gotta do is simply COPY 'em over to your system, as opposed to having to re-install EVERYthing!..

Comprendes?...

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Here are mine

BBLean [a shell replacement]
http://www.bb4win.org/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.6

Toucan [a little program that can sync, backup, and encrypt]
http://slamerton.cubegames.net/

Floola [a great iPod manager]
http://www.floola.com

Floppy Office [a small collection of portable apps that can fit on a floppy]
http://www.xtort.net/office-and-productivity/floppy-office/

(I only use 2 apps from Floppy Office)

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Mine is....

My favorite program is Autocad (www.autodesk.com/autocad). I´ve used it for many years now and I could spend hours on it.
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Info for #2 = Notetab.com is also portable

The standard-Version can moved into portable drive.
As example on my computer to E:\AppsPortable\PortableApps\NoteTab Light

Instructions are visible on this page:
http://www.notetab.com/doc/NoteTab-Manual.pdf

there you can read the following words:
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1.7.2
Installing NoteTab FAQ
Q. Can I run NoteTab from a USB flash drive (or memory stick)?
A. Yes! Simply install NoteTab on your USB drive as you would on any other drive on your computer.
With NoteTab 7.01 your program settings are automatically stored on your USB drive.
The following is only relevant if you are using Windows 95, 98, ME or 2000, or if your version of NoteTab
is older than 7.01:
If you also want NoteTab to store all settings and user-data on the USB drive (instead of the Application
Data folder of the current user account), just create a blank INI file or copy an existing one to the same
folder as the NoteTab program file (NoteTab.ini for NoteTab Light/Std and NotePro.ini for NoteTab Pro).
If your USB drive doesn't have a permanent drive letter assigned to it, file references saved in NoteTab's
INI and Favorites lists may have incorrect drive information. You can solve this problem by launching
NoteTab with the
/usb
command-line switch (new in version 5.2). This will instruct NoteTab to look for
the file on the USB drive if it doesn't exist at the specified location. Using this switch also causes
NoteTab to store all its settings on the USB drive. Example:
NotePro.exe /usb
Starting with version 5.7, you only need to use this command the first time you run NoteTab off a USB
drive. NoteTab then stores the information in its INI file on the USB drive. To cancel the option, run
NoteTab with the
/usb=false
command-line switch.

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