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LibreOffice Portable v6.1.2 Updated

billon on 18 Oct 2018
  • 493MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 18 Oct 2018
  • Suggested by JohnTHaller

LibreOffice is a complete productivity suite including word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, database, drawing tool and more. Includes strong compatibility for 100s of file formats including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio etc.). The program is similar to OpenOffice, a program that it was derived from, but has added many new features and improvements.

LibreOffice Portable is a special build developed in conjunction with the publisher. On systems without Java installed, some functions such as document creation wizards and the Base database application etc. can be enabled by adding jPortable, though this is optional and can be skipped if those functions are not needed. Alternatively, X-LibreOffice is also available.

Other available portable versions:

  • Still - more tested and stable but with fewer features/capabilities
  • Legacy - for WinXP/Vista users (unsupported)

The program is cross platform with versions available for Mac, Linux/BSD (comes default with most distros) and supports a variety of extensions.

Category:
System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: GNU GPL/LGPL
How to extract: Download the portable installer and install to a folder of your choice. Launch LibreOfficePortable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: OpenOffice, SoftMaker Office
What's new? See:
https://www.libreoffice.org/download/release-notes
Latest comments
JohnTHaller on 2018-03-20 00:21

LibreOffice Portable Still 5.4.5 was released almost a month ago and fixed the shared DLL issue on Windows XP.

CornHolio the Gringo on 2018-08-13 18:28

LibreOffice Portable 6.10 is out at http://www.winpenpack.com

CornHolio the Gringo on 2018-09-01 13:58

LibreOffice 5.4.7 is last ever version for WinXP

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Google Chrome Portable v70.0.3538.67 Updated

billon on 18 Oct 2018
  • 150MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 18 Oct 2018
  • Suggested by JohnTHaller

Google Chrome is a web browser designed for simplicity and speed. Its minimalistic appearance and capabilities can be extended with themes and extensions. The rendering and underlying code is similar to Apple's Safari browser.

Available for Mac, Linux, Android and iOS.

Google Chrome Portable is PortableApps.com version of the program. It and includes automatic support for jPortable to enable web-based Java apps. For users interested in the cutting edge, the Beta, Development and 64-bit channels are also available.

Category:
System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the portable installer and install to a folder of your choice. Launch GoogleChromePortable.exe.

Optionally, to run in a more stealthy mode, start with --incognito to avoid saving history and cookies after program close.
Similar/alternative apps: Chromium Portable, SRWare Iron
What's new? See:
https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/search/label/Stable updates
Latest comments
Ennovy on 2016-04-06 07:00

Tested on Windows 10 64bit:
After closing Chrome and the PortableApps.com platform 13.0 I found files in this folder:
C:\Users\MyUserName\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
AND in the registry I found settings in these keys:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\PreReadFieldTrial
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome

JohnTHaller on 2016-04-08 13:25

There was a Crashpad issue causing the APPDATA directory to be left behind that was fixed in today's releases. I can't reproduce the others on any OS. Please post a complete bug report in the support forum here: http://portableapps.com/forums/support/other_apps We have hundreds of apps and bug reports as comments on another site often won't be seen and won't wind up being addressed, at least not in a timely manner.

Ennovy on 2016-04-08 13:42

@JohnTHaller: Thank you for the new release. Regarding the registry entries that are left behind I will post in the forum.

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XAMPP v7.2.11 Updated

billon on 17 Oct 2018
  • 481MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Oct 2018
  • Suggested by Hank7

XAMPP is an integrated server package that contains many different tools such as mail, Web, FTP and WebDAV. Various open software packages are combined to power the various services including Apache, MySQL, FileZilla, PHP, JSP Java, OpenSSL and more. Tomcat and Perl can be added using add-ons available from the website.

XAMPP-Lite is also available. It takes up less disk space, but removes mail, FTP and other tools.

Note: XAMPP has many capabilities, including a portable MediaWiki or Wordpress installation.

Category:
System Requirements: Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the "portable" 7z package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch xampp-control.exe to run the control panel or start the different servers with the corresponding start/stop batch files.
What's new? See:
https://www.apachefriends.org/blog.html
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webfork on 2012-06-02 02:04

freakazoid: is there an advantage to using the portable version? I couldn't find anything on the site explaining it and the default program is natively portable.

freakazoid on 2012-06-02 20:22

webfork: Because it's their preferred portable build. Not everyone will need the full package. The lite / portable build should be sufficient for people building a website for testing locally and on the go.

olliebean on 2018-10-19 14:51

Just for clarification, is the full version portable? Because the only version labelled "portable" at the download link appears to be the lite version, without FTP or Mail.

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Opera v56.0.3051.52 Updated Adware

webfork on 17 Oct 2018
  • 137MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Oct 2018
  • Suggested by Specular

Opera is a fast and secure web browser with tabbed, customizable interface. Features integrated searches, themes, device sync, mouse gestures, and built-in ad blocking. Also available is a service that includes a bookmarks and password sync along with an "off-road" mode that uses server-side compression to speed up browsing especially for low speed internet connections (account signup required). A variety of add-ons are available to extend functionality.

Based on Google Chrome, the program is available for Mac, Linux, Android and a variety of mobile phones and tablets. Opera v12 (Presto) is also available and includes many features not present in the newer version.

Alternative Portable versions:

Category:
System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. HKCU\Software\Opera Software, HKCU\Software\MozillaPlugins, HKLM\Software\MozillaPlugins.
Unicode support: Yes
License: Adware (was initially freeware when added to the database)
How to extract:
  1. Download and launch Setup.exe
  2. Select Options and choose Stand-alone installation (USB)
  3. Set Install path to a folder of your choice and click Accept & Install
  4. Launch launcher.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Vivaldi, Google Chrome Portable
What's new? See:
https://www.opera.com/docs/changelogs/windows/
Latest comments
PAFuser on 2018-01-03 12:12

Opera 50 is available. Not Beta. https://get.geo.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/50.0.2762.45/

jcaiken on 2018-10-17 15:39

Opera is built on Chromium, the open-source version of Chrome, and as well as having its own extensions is compatible with most Chrome extensions (but not Chrome Applications).
The reference to the older version of Opera (v12) should also identify that it also lacks many of the modern features that are only available in the newer versions, e.g. Chrome compatibility, built in ad-blocker and free VPN, etc.

webfork on 2018-10-17 21:36

jcaiken: Thanks for the suggestions but these entries really aim to just be a summary of the application. There's really no way to make sure we're highlighting all the tech, features, and difference from other applications, but you're right that the ad-bocking by default is notable so I'll add that in.

Also, should note that the included "VPN" is really just a proxy.

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SRWare Iron v69.0.3600.0 Updated

billon on 9 Oct 2018
  • 160MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Oct 2018
  • Suggested by freakazoid

SRWare Iron is a privacy-enhanced web browser based on Chromium, the open source project behind Google Chrome. By default, Iron sends out less information as compared to Chrome (e.g., creating a unique user ID or the submission of entries to Google to generate suggestions), making it potentially more privacy friendly and secure in operation.

Iron supports both official and unofficial themes and some extensions from Chrome. Additionally, to enable blocking ad servers, a 'adblock.ini' is present in the program folder, and Opera's 'urlfilter.ini' can easily be converted to Iron's accepted format by following these instructions (or see comments below).

Note: It is recommended you change the homepage. The Iron default homepage may contain ads or links to fake adware-containing downloads.

Alternative packages:

  • Iron Portable (adds password portabilization, path portabilization, registry cleanup and Java support)
  • X-Iron (idem)

Category:
System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. It creates some registry keys in 'HKCU\Software\Chromium'. Start with --incognito parameter to prevent saving history and cookies after program closes.
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: No
License: BSD
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch IronPortable.exe.

XP/Vista is no longer supported but the last release version 49 is available.
Similar/alternative apps: Chromium Portable, Google Chrome Portable
What's new?
  • New browser interface.
  • Bug-/Security fixes.
Latest comments
random17 on 2016-08-07 14:16

Just noting that Iron Portable and SRWare Iron Portable, as well as GoogleChromePortable and X-Chromium, create these registry keys:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Google
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions

HKU\*\Software\Google
HKU\*\Software\Google\Chrome
HKU\*\Software\Google\Chrome\Extensions

Also note that the HKLM key is hidden in regedit. I can see it being created using Regshot and get to it and delete it with an alternate registry editor. I don't know how the key is protected. (Any info appreciated.)

The only Chromium browser that doesn't create these keys is Chromium Portable (http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=2169).

They also create the following folders/files:

C:\Users\*\AppData\Local\Chromium
C:\Users\*\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data
C:\Users\*\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data\Crashpad
C:\Users\*\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data\Crashpad\metadata
C:\Users\*\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data\Crashpad\reports
C:\Users\*\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data\Crashpad\settings.dat

webfork on 2016-08-09 00:09

random17: thanks for the info but, as that addresses multiple programs and not just Iron, posts like that really belong in forums.

MIKLO on 2017-08-15 13:51

Very nice have been using for a long time and really like, thanks.
MIKLO

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