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portable applicationsAt MakeUseOf, we have provided you with countless articles on perfecting your USB flash drive with portable applications. If you’ve yet to see our Best Portable Apps page, you need to give it a look. Portable software can really change the way you work and enjoy your personal Internet experience. I don’t go anywhere without 16GB of portable goodness on me. It’s as essential as my keys or wallet.

With thousands of portable applications out there ready to creep onto your flash drive, some can get lost in the mix. I’d like to share a few of my lesser-known solutions with you, and maybe you’ll end up finding a little piece of software that can complete your collection.

TinyApps.org

TinyApps.org stays true to its name; hundreds of very small, portable applications that are less than a megabyte in size.

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Today, a 4GB flash drive will cost you, what, five bucks? To some, the concept of TinyApps.org may seem a little obsolete, but it’s a website to be appreciated. If you’re trying to squeeze the last few megabytes of juice out of your flash drive, you can find some fantastic applications on this website.

They’ve got software of every kind for you, too – web browsing, text editors, graphics, system and maintanence, file handlers, and then software for the Palm and OS X platforms.

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Lupo PenSuite

Lupo is a portable application suite of over 180 of some of the web’s most popular and essential programs.

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Amongst the suite crowd, Lupo isn’t very popular for some reason. I’ve got Lupo on one of my USB sticks and I think it’s great.

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The full version comes packed with software like (as stated on their website) 7-Zip, Audacity, CCleaner, eMule, FileZilla, Firefox, Foxit Reader, GIMP, IrfanView, Notepad++, Opera, Pidgin, Thunderbird, µTorrent, VLC , and more. You’re also able to add standalone portable applications to the suite to expand and customize it on your own. It comes in Full (450 MB), Light (165 MB) and Zero (5 MB) versions.

If you’re uninterested in the entire software package, Lupo offers a page of software collections where you can download what you want individually. Lupo is completely free and has been translated to more than 28 different languages, making it very accessible. It deserves the same consideration as other popular suites (like the PortableApps.com Suite) take pride in.

With Lupo, as I would with any portable software suite, I’d recommend an installation on a clean flash drive. Don’t be too shy to dedicate an entire spare drive to a portable suite, as it usually ends up as a cleaner experience.

Pendriveapps.com

Pendriveapps.com is one of the largest directories of portable applications that you’re going to find online.

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This website specializes in reviewing free portable applications (mostly for Windows). The website is very extensive and has a lot of categories, such as the following:

  • Antivirus/Firewall
  • Application Suites
  • Apps for Mac OS X
  • Audio Video Software
  • CD DVD Burning Software
  • Computer Programming
  • Dictionaries
  • Disk Defragmenters
  • Email Software
  • Encryption Utilites
  • File Managers
  • FTP Tools
  • Graphics and Design
  • Instant Messengers
  • Internet Browsers
  • Internet Security
  • Internet Tools
  • iPod Managers
  • IRC Clients
  • Media Players
  • Money Management
  • Network Tools
  • P2P Filesharing Utilities
  • Password Managers
  • Password Recovery
  • Picture Editors
  • Product Key Tools
  • Registry Tools
  • RSS Readers
  • Start Menus
  • System Tools
  • Translators
  • VNC
  • VoIP Tools

Exhausting, right? It’s probably more than any one flash drive can handle, but I definitely recommend this website if you’re putting together a batch of completely independent, specific pieces of individual software for yourself.

LiberKey

We’ve done a whole article on LiberKey Liberkey: 200+ Portable Apps Wherever You Go [Windows] Liberkey: 200+ Portable Apps Wherever You Go [Windows] Read More before, but I feel as if people need to be reminded of how awesome this suite is.

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This bundle is really like having an entire desktop of PC software on one flash drive. You could survive without installing a single piece of software on your computer if you decided to use LiberKey so intensively. It comes packed with just a little under 300 applications that can do anything and everything. The three suites they provide (Ultimate, Standard, and Basic) all size in at under 1GB of decompressed storage, so this should fit on anyone’s drive.

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LiberKey lends heavily from other suites to put together a complete package that is more than impressive. If you haven’t got the time or patience to pick through individual packages, throw LiberKey on a flash drive and you won’t forget it. Give your drive some breathing room through, as many of these applications will bloat and consume storage as they are used more frequently.

Here are a couple more articles that you should read concerning expanding your collection on your USB drive :

Let me hear what you think about these websites and packages in the comments. If I’m leaving anything out, we’ve got lots of other articles on this very same subject.

  1. SomeOneWhoKnows
    April 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    The reason Lupo PenSuite is so disliked among the community is that they release many illegal apps & they steal others works, claiming them as their own. Among Open Source Communities (Like PortableApps.com) that kind of thing gives you a really bad name.

    • Craig Snyder
      April 20, 2012 at 3:03 am

      I've not heard of any of this at all and can't really imagine why Lupo, a portable application suite, would assume responsibility of claiming that they develop or own any of the software bundled in their package. I'm not sure if I understand what you mean in regards to "illegal apps" either. Do you have anywhere to read more on that?

  2. ipad
    March 20, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Gorgeous Stuff! My spouse and i had been only contemplating that there's too much wrong important info on this theme and you also just simply updated our judgement. Appreciate your sharing a very effective piece of writing.

  3. TKSBNK
    March 20, 2012 at 2:37 am

    these are just using the source code of portableapps.com. they doesnt even come close.

  4. JackJack
    March 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    testing another comment

  5. purity matters
    March 15, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    And how exactly are these tested for cleanliness?

    * impact on host system: net vs actual

    Modifying the host is unacceptable. That an app "cleans up" is considerable worse as it can be wreckless

    • Craig Snyder
      April 20, 2012 at 1:10 am

      You'd have to read the terms and policies of each individual pack's website to understand more about footprints that are being left. It's tough to call something unacceptable when it's coming to you completely freely though, I think they'd be willing to share any bit of information you're interested in if you'd contact them.

  6. Aibek
    March 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    tes test

  7. Doc
    March 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Most people don't realize that portable apps can be installed anywhere, not just on a SD card or USB drive. I'm using Portable Firefox 10.0.2 installed on my D: drive (hard drive partition) right now, and I love not having to worry about losing all my bookmarks, passwords, and extensions if I have to reformat C: to reinstall Windows, or want to upgrade to a newer computer.

    • Craig Snyder
      March 17, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      I agree. You should see how crammed full of portable apps my Dropbox is.

  8. dt4all
    March 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    winpenpack is just if not more customizablethan any of tese and has more apps. I'm pritty sure the menu system is way lighter too!!. At the very least it should be in the top 5 if not the topo 3!!!

  9. wigglerthefish
    March 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    So much for portable apps

    • wigglerthefish
      March 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Why is that site not included? It has a very good app suite, along with an auto updating platform system.

      • Craig Snyder
        April 20, 2012 at 1:07 am

        It's a well-known site.

  10. wigglerthefish
    March 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    So much for portable apps.com

  11. Openbabel
    March 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    question

    What is a suitable quality USB drive?

    • Craig Snyder
      April 20, 2012 at 1:09 am

      Corsair, Transcend, Kingston; I've used flash drives from every major manufacturer and the only one that I've had an issue with is one from Verbatim.

  12. Tom
    March 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I'm a big fan of PortableApps.com. The total apps count might be smaller than for some of these others, but maybe it's just more focused -- it certainly has everything that I need, and then some.

  13. Keith Collyer
    March 12, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Grammar Nazi says: " lends to" or "borrows from"

    • Craig Snyder
      March 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

      You're right.

  14. swayaminfotech
    March 12, 2012 at 4:46 am

    With thousands of portable applications out there ready to creep onto your flash drive.

  15. SUDIPTO BOSE
    March 11, 2012 at 5:57 am

    makeuseof changed the way clueless surfers wandered through the web.above article is an example.i already use more than 500 apps in my 16 gb transcend but learned further from this writeup.great job!

    • Tina
      March 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you for the encouraging feedback!

  16. EddyGeek
    March 11, 2012 at 2:58 am

    liberkey is most resourceful for getting portable app.. the  client with autoupdate feature. just awesome.

    • forgot69
      March 11, 2012 at 4:02 am

      Agreed! LiberKey has changed my PC life! Carrying around all my favourite software, automatic take over of file associations, just double click go! Very trustworthy and frequently updated.

      • Larockus
        March 11, 2012 at 5:37 am

        Seconded. 

    • Craig Snyder
      March 12, 2012 at 11:07 am

      LiberKey is definitely my favorite portable suite. They've received a ton of criticism for "stealing" from other suites, but the fact is that it's free software and they're doing it right.

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