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new portable appsI am a big fan of my USB stick Encrypt Your USB Stick With Truecrypt 6.0 Encrypt Your USB Stick With Truecrypt 6.0 Read More and so one of my favourite websites is John Haller’s Portable Apps. However, it’s been some time since I last checked the site and when I finally took a look at it again at the weekend, I was pleasantly surprised to see that he has been busy.

So let’s take a quick look at five of the new useful portable apps that have appeared on the site :

Cool Player Portable

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A very easy to use audio player that, to me, looks a little like Winamp. The playback quality is amazingly good and it has all the features you would expect from a music player such as playlists, skins, shuffle and so on. You just drop the music tracks into the playlist box and it immediately plays. So simple even my grandmother could do it.

Eraser Portable

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I really like this one. Eraser is something I have previously profiled on MakeUseOf in how to securely delete files How To securely Retrieve and Delete PC files How To securely Retrieve and Delete PC files Read More . It is a secure file eraser tool and now a portable version is here for the USB stick. Just drag and drop the files onto the interface then go to Task->Run All to delete everything securely and permanently. Works like a charm.

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GIMP Portable

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Everybody knows GIMP (free Photoshop alternative) and the portable version is no different than the full version. Having it on your USB stick means you can edit and redo your images while you are on the move.

JK Defrag Portable

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JK defrag portable is a good one for any computer repair people who go round to repair other peoples computers. You can now have a portable defrag program on your USB stick.

VirtualDub Portable

virtualdub portable

Another of my favourite apps which I covered when talking about splitting and merging video files Merge Multiple Video Files With VirtualDub Merge Multiple Video Files With VirtualDub Read More . VirtualDub is a video editing program where you can cut videos, join videos together, remove the audio, add audio and much more. Now you can do this from your USB stick!

There’s lots more on the PortableApps site. I strongly recommend you take a look!   There’s even a portable version of Celestia which Jorge covered yesterday Explore Space Right From Your Computer With Celestia Explore Space Right From Your Computer With Celestia Read More .

  1. Martin Fry
    November 19, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Do you know this one?

    • jcalkie
      January 16, 2009 at 10:10 pm

      @Martin Fry
      I've been a fan of portableapps site for a long time but had never been to the site you recommended. Thanks for the tip.

  2. venkat
    November 18, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    You have not mentioned Firefox,VLC ,Clamwin portables they are all very useful too.

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 19, 2008 at 7:02 am

      But they are not new. I only wanted to cover new apps that have appeared on the Portable Apps site.

  3. ridhoyp
    November 18, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Wow , the portable application maker now is going greats more and more,, nice article ^ ^ i must try it :)

  4. The Windows Fix
    November 18, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Soon we will be able to carry an entire OS in our pocket.

    • Zia
      November 19, 2008 at 6:33 am

      Not soon...Now! Just google it and you will see it is already reality!

    • Johnny Tsunami
      November 24, 2008 at 5:02 pm

      Yeah, it's called live usb. I run BackTrack 3 like it's my duty.

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