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OBS Studio v30.2.0 Updated

SYSTEM on 13 Jul 2024
  • 357MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Jul 2024
  • Suggested by webfork

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio is a powerful and flexible screen recording and screencasting tool. The program includes real-time recording, broadcasting, and audio mixing and layouts. The "scene" system allows building custom input settings with numerous audio and video sources (multiple microphones, webcam, applications, screens etc.). Available filters allow for automatic, live filtering including crop, color correction, sharpen, chroma key, audio gain and more.

Cross-platform with versions available for Mac and Linux. Alternatively, PortableApps' OBS Portable is also available.

Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch obs32.exe --portable or obs64.exe --portable (for 64-bit OS).
Similar/alternative apps: ShareX, Easy Screencast Recorder
What's new? See: https://obsproject.com/blog/obs-studio-30-2-release-notes
Latest comments
Specular on 2019-03-05 08:39

@vmars316 - I checked and OBS Studio is QT-based rather than Electron-based (though a different project called Streamlabs OBS is). I've updated the entry.

Yucca on 2019-06-12 11:35

As of June 12, OBS version 23.2.0 is a release candidate and not the current stable version. The current stable version is 23.1.0. If you post a release candidate, that should be stated in the description so users can know what they are downloading.

rb161 on 2020-12-16 23:25

My recently purchased webcam only works with one version of OBS so I'm unable to upgrade to use new features. I have always had problems playing any video except uncompressed and despite being able to play and edit just about any anything in other software on my PC. Other people have complained about the same issue (videos showing as a black screen) for years but the problem is never addressed by the developers. If you can work around issues such as these or are lucky enough not to be plagued by them, then OBS is nice, light software and recording and streaming work well.

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Notepad++ v8.6.9 Updated

Special on 13 Jul 2024
  • 21MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 13 Jul 2024
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Notepad++ is a tabbed source code editor and Notepad replacement with a customizable interface. Includes source code "folding", allowing users to quickly reduce and expand sections of code to see the overall document. In addition, it features multi-language syntax highlighting, auto-completion, Perl-compatible regular expression search/replace, macro recording and playback, document map etc.

A host of additional functionality is available via the plugins admin view, including tools for file analysis, programming languages, viewers, calculations, user interface and many more.

Alternatively, Notepad++ Portable and the outdated X-Notepad++ clean the local folder.

Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract:
  1. Download the "Portable" ZIP or 7z package according to your OS and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete unnecessary localization files
  3. Launch notepad++.exe
Similar/alternative apps: AkelPad, PSPad, EditPad Lite
What's new? Changelog at: https://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/.
Latest comments
Pendrive on 2021-12-08 16:48

Where is this "v8.1.9.3"?

PAFuser on 2022-01-19 09:26

8.2 does not seem to have sessions check box under general tab, and session does not seem to load or save. Any comments?

Mike.S.G. on 2022-01-20 09:43


Things have changed a bit, can you make something happen by tweaking settings in Backup & Multi Instance... looking at the changelog some settings have been tweaked regarding Sessions???

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WinSCP v6.3.4 Updated

Andrew Lee on 12 Jul 2024

WinSCP is a feature-rich tabbed file transfer client with a variety of views including single-window, dual-pane and tree view interfaces. The program supports standard FTP as well as secure connections using WebDav, S3, SSH, SSL/TLS and legacy SCP. The program can search, perform directory synchronization between local and remote, change properties, and edit text/binary files.

Includes support for scripting, task automation, various authentication tools, proxy, SSH tunnels and IPv6.

Alternatively, WinSCP Portable is multilingual and supports PuTTY Portable.
An outdated X-WinSCP, packaged in winPenPack's format, is also available.

Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create winscp.ini with the following content:


  3. Launch WinSCP.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Bitvise SSH Client, FileZilla
What's new? See: https://winscp.net/eng/docs/history
Latest comments
dmiranda on 2024-03-15 16:21

The newest version at this time (6.3.2) works again in windows XP.

dmiranda on 2024-04-20 00:12

WinSCP v6.3.3 continues to work with XP. I think it's fair to think support has been effectively restored.

hamasaki on 2024-07-11 19:41

Now at 6.3.4

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FileOptimizer v16.70 Updated

Special on 12 Jul 2024
  • 194MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Jul 2024
  • Suggested by I am Baas

FileOptimizer is a broad format file compression tool used to reduce file size without changing the quality, known as "lossless." This is done via wide variety of optimization and recompression tools and techniques. Original files are sent to the recycle bin for restoration in the event the uncompressed version is preferred. A list of the 400+ supported formats include audio/video (MP3, OGG, M4A), image (GIF, JPEG, PNG), office formats (DOCX, XLSX, ODT, PDF) and system files (DLL, EXE).

Supports drag-and-drop of files into the window or onto the program icon. Note that by default the program removes metadata for many file types. This information reduces overall file size and protects privacy but is important to some users (e.g. photographers) and file search tools.

A 64-bit version is available within the folder, the author reports the program is functional in WINE, and can be used on the command line. Many images here on TPFC including our logo have been compressed using FileOptimizer.

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU AGPL
How to extract: Download the self-extracting 7z.exe package and launch. When prompted, select a folder of your choice. Launch FileOptimizer32.exe or FileOptimizer64.exe (for 64-bit OS).

At startup, the program will optionally show ads to support program development. These can be disabled at any time.

Optionally, to save space:
  • 32-bit systems: delete FileOptimizer64.exe and the \Plugins64 folder
  • 64-bit systems: delete FileOptimizer32.exe and the \Plugins32 folder
  • Delete unnecessary language files
Similar/alternative apps: ArcThemALL!, PngOptimizer, RIOT
What's new?
    - Added cjpegli x64 from libjxl when JPEG lossy is enabled.
    - Updated libwebp to 1.4.0 RC1.
    - Updated pingo to 1.23.9 x64 version.
    - Some minor optimizations and code cleanup.
    - Updated to C++ Builder 12.2 Ikaria Beta.
Latest comments
mcodex on 2018-12-24 11:44

That's not portable. I can only get a setup file installing in C: drive.

kilouiski on 2019-09-20 12:09

I just tried to reduce the size of a video and it has left me exactly the same and with either option: fast and the best.
Any explanation?.
Best regards.

webfork on 2019-10-06 22:40

@kilouiski: FileOptimizer exists because so few programs take the time and energy to fully compress your files with available tools. It sounds like the program used to generate your video was an exception.

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SoftMaker FreeOffice v2024 Rev 1216 Updated

Ennovy on 12 Jul 2024
  • 232MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Jul 2024
  • Suggested by Stone Tablet

FreeOffice is a fast and lightweight office suite with word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation tools. The interface supports themes, a dark mode, and classic or ribbon-style toolbars. All components include a wide variety of formatting, functions, and animation.

The program will import and export to standard Microsoft formats with reasonable fidelity. A forum post about the previous 2006 version can be found here.

NOTE: The program will eventually require email registration, but a workaround is available.

Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download and install
  2. Copy the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Softmaker Office 2021\ to a destination of your choice
  3. Uninstall the program
  4. In the destination folder, create two empty text files:


  5. Launch TextMaker.exe, PlanMaker.exe, or Presentations.exe

Optionally, delete the inst/banners subfolder and the files SoftMakerUpdaterTool.exe and usbstick.exe
Similar/alternative apps: LibreOffice
What's new? See:https://www.freeoffice.com/en/download/servicepacks
Latest comments
freakazoid on 2021-12-31 16:34

@webfork - The software name is FreeOffice. I think it's obvious that there is a Pro version judging by the name of the program. When using FreeOffice, some upsell will be shown within the interface of the program, so if the user is interested in their enhanced features, they can do so at their own perusal.

Antolion on 2022-02-05 03:39

This is possibly a greatest (portable) prog-suite. I' using only the portable version. There is a serious problem/bug I1 experienced. After want to save my presentatuons in presentations-maker its failed, and the prog said: it's not possible because it's an illegal (pirate) version of a progam.. The non-portable waersion works flawlessly!(I think, the root of the the problem, that the portable-version put the samples/sablons etc. in different way. And, misfortunately, the portabilizing-process is not work for hunspell dictionaries, but its a minor problem. Thanks!

NunoSilva on 2022-11-17 08:31

There is also (with the same architecure) Ashampoo Free Office:
a related, a bit older (2012), but rather compact, full-fledged compatible office suite.
One might need to supply an e-mail (may be temp) to get a product key.
To make it portable one just needs to have a file called "portable.txt" in its folder.

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PhotoDemon v2024.7 Updated

lintalist on 11 Jul 2024
  • 30MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 11 Jul 2024
  • Suggested by I am Baas

PhotoDemon is a fast, feature-rich photo editor with rotate, resize, crop, etc. and a variety of color, contrast, filters and other graphics tools. The program also allows adding text, a metadata viewer/editor, on-canvas paint tool, layers, screenshot too, and works with common graphics formats including BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIFF, PSD, JP2, JXR, PPM, TGA and WEBP.

The program also supports macro edition and batch processing.

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: BSD license
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch PhotoDemon.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary language files.
Similar/alternative apps: LazPaint, paint.net
What's new? See:
Latest comments
PhotoDemon on 2020-09-11 16:28

Hi Zorro. PhotoDemon developer here. PD shouldn't have any new dependencies between v7 and v8. (In fact, its system dependencies haven't really changed since the Windows XP era!)

If the app was working for you in the past but it doesn't now, please get in touch so I can investigate. Contact info here: https://photodemon.org/about/contact/

No .NET libraries are required by PD or any of the 3rd-party libraries it uses, but like all Windows apps, it does require *some* system libraries to be present. This includes the VB runtimes built into Windows 8.1 and 10 (full list here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/previous-versions/visualstudio/visual-basic-6/visual-basic-6-support-policy#runtime-definition). If a determined user manually removes those libraries, PD is unlikely to run. I'm afraid I don't have a way to prevent this. :(

Thank you in advance for any follow-up information you can provide. I no longer have a Windows 8.1 system available for testing, but if I've somehow broken PD on it, I'd love to fix it as quickly as I can.

zorro on 2020-09-20 14:01

Hi PhotoDemon ;-) - just wanted to send you a screenshot of the message appearing when I try to start the program... but PhotoDemon updated itsself and now the problem is gone. Means version 8.2 is working like a charm (and like old version 7.0) on my machine. Thanks for so much backwards-compatibility!

PhotoDemon on 2020-09-21 15:49

Thank you so much for the follow-up, Zorro! My favorite bugs are the ones that fix themselves. :D

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EssentialPIM Free v12.0.3 Updated

Ennovy on 10 Jul 2024
  • 25MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Jul 2024
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

EssentialPIM includes a calendar/scheduler, todo list, contact manager, basic e-mail client, and tree-like multi-level notes tool that supports rich text, formatting and images.

While many advanced functions such as synchronization and encryption are exclusive in the Pro version, the program is capable of manually importing from variety of formats including Outlook, TreePad, Google calendar etc. Additionally, it can export to many formats including HTML, vCard, iCal, RTF, CSV, iPod, text etc.

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Liteware
How to extract: Download the installer, run and choose "Portable version". Launch EssentialPIM.exe.
What's new? See: https://www.essentialpim.com/blog-and-news/version-history
Latest comments
gjsmith1949 on 2020-10-24 15:09

I have used this PIM for many years however since Yahoo inflicted their new security measures I have been unable to download messages from my Yahoo account, I have followed all the instructions provided by Yahoo to add Essential PIM to the list of message services but to no avail.

Even Anton at Astonsoft could not help as his recommendations were exactly the same as those from Yahoo.

DzejPy on 2020-10-26 09:34

EssentialPIM free since version 9 can not add e-mail account Google (Gmail) or Microsoft (Outlook) - fails 2-step verification (OAuth).
Version 8 can do it...
Tested repeated on different computers and operating systems.

FireRabbit on 2021-12-14 00:27

PSA: I've tested both Outlook and Yahoo in version 10 and they both work fine for me.

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PDFsam Basic v45.2.3 Updated

Midas on 10 Jul 2024
  • 73MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 23 Apr 2024
  • Suggested by robzuc

PDFsam Basic lets you split, merge, and extract pages, as well as rotate and mix PDF files. Input files can be merged completely or partially, and a page selection can be set in the form of comma-separated page intervals (eg. 1-10, 14, 25-), letting you specify what pages you want to merge.

Generated PDFs can include a table of contents at the start of the file. A list of clickable entries will let you easily navigate through the merged files.

Versions for Mac and Linux also available, as well as a commercial version with additional features.

Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the portable ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch pdfsam.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: PDFArranger
What's new? See: https://github.com/torakiki/pdfsam/releases
Latest comments
PAFuser on 2024-07-06 10:21

Current Version 5.2.3 is available.

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Shotcut v24.06.26 Updated

lwc on 2 Jul 2024
  • 311MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 26 Jun 2024
  • Suggested by webfork

Shotcut is a non-linear video editor with wide format support, a customizable interface, and support for a variety of connections and devices. It is codec-independent so it does not rely on system codecs. It encodes/transcodes to a wide variety of formats via FFmpeg. It also supports streaming from any video file or capture source.

Shotcut is cross-platform, with clients available for Mac and Linux.

Shotcut is natively portable with some additional command line parameters, but if that is not your thing, check out Shotcut Portable.

Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Leaves traces in %LOCALAPPDATA%\Meltytech\
License: GPLv3
How to extract: Download the portable ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch using shotcut.exe --appdata .\Profile so all settings are written to the local Profile folder.
Similar/alternative apps: Handbrake
What's new? See: https://www.shotcut.org/blog/new-release-240626/

Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition v115.12.2 Updated

Ennovy on 2 Jul 2024
  • 449MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Jul 2024
  • Suggested by Eu Gene Lim

Mozilla Thunderbird is a skinnable, feature-rich email, calendar, task and instant messaging client with support for plugins and many protocols. It comes with advanced search tools, message filtering, Bayesian spam detector, built-in spell checker, mailbox compression and many more. Program features can be extended with add-ons, including a specialized version of email encryption tool GPG.

Email protocols include SMTP, POP3, IMAP (including uploads, albeit a date issue), NNTP and RSS and chat support for IRC, Twitter, XMPP, Google Talk, and Matrix. Also supports OAuth for use with accounts that require it instead of a password.

Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition is a special build licensed by Mozilla. Alternatively, X-Thunderbird is also available. For XP/Vista, version 52.9.1 is available here.

Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes. Note that available add-ons may or may not break stealth status, writing to AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Launcher: GPL, Thunderbird: MPL
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch ThunderbirdPortable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: i.Scribe, Sylpheed
What's new? See: https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/releases/
Latest comments
i_messed_up on 2020-05-22 15:13

I've noticed a folder in AppData/Roaming/Thunderbird/Crash Reports containing a file "InstallTime20191031083309" and an empty folder "events."

i_messed_up on 2020-05-26 21:32

Another folder: /AppData/Local/Thunderbird/updates/31986B0A98BCC43C

i_messed_up on 2020-05-30 22:26

Also found this key in the registry: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Thunderbird\Crash Reporter

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