Update Nov 6 2006: To avoid confusion I’ve moved all this back to the original page.
Here’s a directory of applications designed to run on USB drives, a subject I wrote about in the AWSJ and WSJ.com (subscription required; sorry). This list includes those suggestions kindly sent in by readers from the last posting. Please keep them coming (I haven’t checked to see whether those suggested run without hacks off USB drives, and I have left off some of the more sysadmin type tools the general reader might not have much appetite for.)
- Alternative Windows shell: BBLean
- Anti malware: Ad-Aware
- Browsers: Portable Firefox
- Calculator: Calc98
- Chat/instant messaging: ICQ (not yet available), Miranda, Trillian Anywhere, Easy Message
- Editor: Papyrus, EditPad
- Email: JBMail, Portable Thunderbird, EmailVoyager, PocoMail PE, FoxMail, i.Scribe / InScribe, Email Segway
- Encryption: CryptoAnywhere, Cryptainer
- File manager: Total Commander
- FTP clients: FileZilla
- Games: Beneath A Steel Sky, Flight of the Amazon Queen
- Medical profiles: Angel Mobile Medical Profile
- Music: Zoom Player, XMPlay, Coolplayer
- Network diagnostics: PingPlotter
- Office: AbiWord, OpenOffice (instructions in a PDF here)
- Offline browser: HtTrack
- Operating Systems: Linux, Windows CE, VPM (Linux), Damn Small Linux
- Outliner/note taker: TexNotes Pro
- Password manager: Roboform Portable, DigiSAFE PassVault, Password Agent, Keepass
- PDF reader: FoxIt PDF Reader
- PIMs/organisers: EssentialPIM, Sunbird
- Servers: The Uniform Server, MiniServer
- Sticky notes: ATNotes
- System information tool: SIW
- Task Organisers: ToDoList
- Video player: Media Player Classic
- Web Authoring: NVU
- Wikis: MediaWiki
Then there are all the applications designed to run on Iomega’s proprietary Active Disk, some of which also come in non-Active Disk versions. There are also some other sites that have collected these kind of applications:
- Portable Freeware
- What’s On My Pen Drive?
- Haxial (actually software written by them for XP and Macs: All work on USB drives)
- Engadget posting + comments
You may add:
*webserver: ServCD http://sourceforge.net/projects/servcd/
*video tool: VirtualDub http://www.virtualdub.org/
Also, Password Manager XP (www.cp-lab.com)
Is there a list like this for OSX apps?
NoteTab Pro will run off a usb drive.
The games on neave.com run incredibly on a flash drive.
TrueCrypt (Free open-source disk encryption for Windows XP/2000/2003) Has a traveller mode, whereby you can run the program without installing it.
home page is http://truecrypt.sourceforge.net/
a very good, very small, video and audio player and streamer
Dekart Private Disk for the Crypto part (http://www.private-disk.net)
airWRX is an application framework that runs from a USB flash drive, and turns its PC host and other nearby PCs into a multi-screen, web-like work environment. airWRX makes a flash drive into a mobile application server, and any available PCs into your personal workspace.
The airWRX framework is lightweight, extensible, and includes full source code. airWRX enables developers to create sophisticated mobile and collaborative applications that unify PCs and data like no tools before it.
I’m told by Eyal Kaplan of Inmatrix that “Zoom Player is a powerful Media Player, with playback abilities ranging from MP3’s, through a wide range of Media formats, including video. Zoom Player Professional can also be used to view DVD’s and is the most powerful DVD front-end on the market today. Therefore it is clear that Zoom Player should be added or moved to the Media Players, or Video Players categories, rather than remain under Music, its current placing.”
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1 very good email client to be added: Foxmail
It allows you to send emails from any connected computer running Windows and it has also a remote administration module for you accounts.
1 remark for VLC mentionned by gadgetboy: This very good program doesn’t need any codec installed to read a Divx… I have few movies on my USB drive and I can watch them on any Windows PC.
PSPad (http://www.pspad.com) is maybe the finest pure text editor I’ve ever used, is totally free, and runs like a charm on a USB disk. 🙂
A program that I like is Mike Lin’s Startup Control Panel. It allows you to stop programs that automatically startup with the computer and does a better job than MSCONFIG. And it’s on 76Kb in size.
Get it at http://www.mlin.net/
Autoruns 8.0 also does the same but it is a little bit more complicated but has a few more features. http://www.sysinternals.com
I installed Opera on my USB Flash-drive. Works fine as browser/mailer/rss-reader.
Just install anywhere you want, while installing remove “different profiles foe differenrt users” and edit some lines in opera6.ini.
In Russian… But you can which see lines to change.
From the maker of i.scribe [email client]:
Portable FTP program that I have used. Lean and mean.
Hi, great forum
Being an extensive traveller, a portable computing environment is a MUST. A great little program I came across is Runit (http://magister-lex.at/RUNit/). It is a little program launcher with all its settings stored in an ini file (portable). I wrote a little batch file to edit the ini file to refer to new locations of programs when the drive letter changes, so far this little program has been the most useful of the lot for me as it allows me to easily access all my portable apps without having to browse through folders. Here is the batch file:
**********START BATCH FILE***************
echo @echo off> volume.bat
echo set getdrv_=%%3>> volume.bat
dir | find “Volume” > go.bat
if exist volume.bat del volume.bat
if exist go.bat del go.bat
for /F “tokens=1” %%o in (.olddrv.drv) do if %%o==%getdrv_% (
echo Current drive is %getdrv_%, INI drive reference is %%o. INI file references OK!
start runit.exe %getdrv_%:USBAPPSRUNITrunit.ini
) ELSE (echo Current drive is %getdrv_%, INI drive reference is %%o updating INI drive references!
echo %getdrv_% > olddrv.drv
sed “s/%%o:\/%getdrv_%:\/g” runit.ini > runit.inz
echo y | del runit.ini
ren runit.inz runit.ini
start runit.exe %getdrv_%:USBAPPSRUNITrunit.ini
***********END BATCH FILE*****************
Effectively the script looks for the old drive letter (this will have to be set up manually at first in a file called olddrv.drv in the program directory – create with notepad) compares it to the current drive letter and if it is different, updates all the references to programs in the ini file.
You will need to have sed (Google search) in the same directory as Runit.
My directory structure is as follows
With this little program I am able to plug in my USB drive into almost any windows PC and have all my programs available through one small floating menu.
Active programs on USB drive now
Archive Pass Cracker
Foxit PDF Reader
Office Pass Cracker
Win PW Crack
Any problems mail me.
WASTE …for exclusive encrypted mesh..perfect for file sharing..instant messaging..chatting…
heres their official site..
and here’s a site that runs a public mesh.
Easy ways of making the K-Meleon (Gecko-based) browser portable are described in detail on my webpage at: http://kmeleon.uk.to
Windows users will find K-Meleon loads faster and uses less system resources than Firefox!
AT Notes don’t exist any more – it’s been discontinued.
I’d luv a stickynote applet that’s truly portable.
I use the portable version of Essential PIM (Free Version) – I’m happy with it, but I’ll have a look at ToDoList app you use
In one your weekly BBC-WS sessions you mentioned web based word processor, any chance I sending the URL
Suprised that Mr Postman isn’t mentioned. I use it in conjunction with Thunderbird Portable to access 4 mail accounts, include my home ISP.
I use the FTP extension to Firefox – excellent, as is the latest Tab Mix – it’s Session Manager is excellent for Road Warriors
pstart “portable start menu”: launcher, to do list, notepad, search, system info.
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I’d recommend Total Organizer (portable PIM)
thank you for giving us this directory of applications designed to run on USB drives. That’s what I need. I deeply appreciate everything you do for us. Because you make our life easier by giving us the opportunity to use all these innovations.