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Running virtualized apps from the browser can come in handy when you’re working from a limited computer.

Cameyo offers a comprehensive catalog of desktop software and if you find something that’s missing, you can add it. Cameyo is a nice alternative for Chromebook users when portable apps The Best Portable Apps The Best Portable Apps Portable apps are light software versions that can be run from a USB drive without being installed on the host computer. We have selected the best ones for a number of tasks. Read More are not an option. With Cameyo, you can access your favorite Windows apps without installing a virtual machine!

Cameyo’s App Library

The collection includes browsers, communication and education tools, players and editors for media files, productivity apps, and more. Applications can be browsed by category under App Library, shown in the left-hand sidebar. While all programs can be launched in a virtual environment, it only makes sense for those that won’t need access to your hardware. For example, you can only enjoy silent movies and your Skype contacts won’t hear you either.

Cameyo is a repository for portable applications PortableApps.com Suite: The Best Portable Applications Manager & Database PortableApps.com Suite: The Best Portable Applications Manager & Database Portable applications are no secret – they have grown in popularity as their benefits continually become more well known. PortableApps.com should be given a lot of credit for this. Sure there are several portable application... Read More and running them on a virtual machine What Is a Virtual Machine? What Is a Virtual Machine? Virtual machines allow you to run other operating systems within your current operating system, but why does that matter? What are the pros and cons? Read More in your browser is an additional feature.

Cameyo Software Catalogue

Behind each tile you’ll find information about the application version, size, number of downloads, and its “virtualization score”, which is based on user votes. Users can add descriptions, comments, and screenshots.

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You can test launch applications, but without being signed in, that will only let you do so much. What you can do without an account, is download Cameyo executables, pack them onto your USB stick, and run Windows software as portable apps How Portable Apps Can Make Your Life Easier & Save Resources How Portable Apps Can Make Your Life Easier & Save Resources If you frequently switch computers and have cloud storage space or USB drives to spare, here's an idea: outsource your applications. Read More .

Cameyo Setup

To virtually run an application and work with your files, you need a Cameyo account linked to your Dropbox. All it takes to create an account is an email address and a password; no further information asked.

The Dropbox link is necessary because the virtual environment won’t let you access files on the computer you’re on. Neither can you copy and paste files into your virtual applications. You can, however, sync files to and from a Dropbox folder. This virtualization preserves your computer’s security.

To link your Dropbox 5 Tools For The Dropbox Power User 5 Tools For The Dropbox Power User The popularity of Dropbox makes it difficult to start using any other kind of cloud storage. Here are 5 add-on tools for you if Dropbox is an essential part of your web workflow. Read More to Cameyo, expand the menu next to your email address in the top right and select Edit Profile. Click on the Link button next to Dropbox and follow the instructions on screen as you log into your Dropbox account and confirm Cameyo’s access. Cameyo may initially report an error, but once you receive the confirmation email from Dropbox, you should see that your account has been linked.

Cameyo Dropbox Setup

As you might have noticed in the screenshot above, no profile image has been assigned to my account. I couldn’t find a way to manually change the image and I assume there’s an error or delay in syncing to Gravatar.

Running Applications

Once you’re all set up, return to the App Library and open an application you’d like to run. When you press Play, the app will load in a new browser tab, which can take a while. When your virtual desktop is ready, you’ll see Cameyo’s status bar at the bottom of the browser tab. You can run the virtual desktop in full screen mode via the respective icon on the far right and select your sync preference using the save icon on the left.

Cameyo Desktop

If you select sync Desktop files or sync app settings & data, files you create will be saved in a folder under \Apps\Cameyo\ on your Dropbox. The second option also saves your app preferences. The exact folder structure depends on the application and its “save to” location. Sometimes you will save files to the Desktop, other times to your user folder. If you want everything in one place, be sure to always select the Desktop as your target.

Since you cannot add files directly from your computer, you have to go through your Dropbox.

For example: If you would like to edit a screenshot, you need to save the file to the Desktop folder in your Dropbox, then launch Cameyo, make sure files are syncing, and find the file on your virtual Desktop.

Adding Your Own Apps

Cameyo’s App Library is extensive, but you might find a program that is outdated or maybe you have a special tool that it doesn’t contain, yet. Either way, head to Add App on the website, select either Create a new Cameyo package or Upload existing Cameyo package, enter a URL or choose the file from your computer, pick a destination, check whether you need to set Advanced options, and hit Submit.

Cameyo might need your help in creating the executable, if your program requires user interaction during setup. In that case Cameyo will simulate the installation process and record your actions.

Cameyo Semiinteractive Installation

Apps for which you store data or executables in your Dropbox will be available under My Apps.

Cameyo Is a Workaround

Cameyo makes sure you’ll always be able to run a specific app, as long as you can open a browser and access the Internet. On the downside, it only supports single tasking, meaning you cannot run more than one application at the same time.

In the beginning, I often ran into connection errors, both while loading and using applications. Other times, applications appeared stable and ran smoothly. The tool may be more busy during certain times of the day. Just make you frequently save and back up what you’re working on.

Cameyo should be useful for running Windows software on a Chromebook VMware Virtualization Brings Windows Apps And Desktops To Chromebooks VMware Virtualization Brings Windows Apps And Desktops To Chromebooks Google comes together with VMware in move to bring you the best of both worlds – the low cost of ownership with a Chromebook, and the use of Windows as a virtual service. Read More or for trying out applications without installing them on your own machine. And if you ever find yourself on a locked down computer that’s missing a standard application, remember that you might find it on Cameyo.

For which applications could you have used such a workaround in the past? Is there anything missing from Cameyo right now?

  1. ReadandShare
    April 29, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Wonder if anyone has tried Cameyo with Quicken? I have 25 years of financial history on Quicken. It's the one thing keeping me from jumping ship to Linux. Sigh...

  2. Cris
    March 31, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    AWESOME! I've always loved Cameyo's portable apps and this is even better!

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