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SyMenu v6.05.6775 Updated

billon on 21 Jul 2018
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Jul 2018
  • Suggested by SymoPd

SyMenu is a customizeable menu launcher that allows to organize and find your portable applications in a quick and easy way. Moreover, it can automatically link any application residing on host PC. Any linked item (SyItem) can be organized in a hierarchical structure with colorful folders and found with the internal search tool. The Standard for Portable Software (SPS) allows to install, update and remove the programs available in the SyMenu suites automatically, see more in Manual.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: .NET Framework 2.0 or higher
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SyMenu.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Portable Start Menu, PortAL, Tray Launcher, PStart
What's new? See:
https://www.ugmfree.it/SyMenuDownload.aspx
Latest comments
UGMFree on 2016-04-20 07:17

Why do the dependencies include the administrator rights?
SyMenu can work with normal rights too. It can even work from read only supports or network paths.

MIKLO on 2016-07-31 14:00

After Avast showed a virus I then checked with Virus Total which gave an 8 out of 54 report as Trojan,key logger etc.
MIKLO

smaragdus on 2016-08-01 14:15

As of 2016.08.01 Windows 10 is not officially supported:
http://www.ugmfree.it/SyMenuDownload.aspx

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Database Browser Portable v5.3.2.3 Updated

billon on 11 Jul 2018
  • 7MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 11 Jul 2018
  • Suggested by JohnTHaller

Database Browser allows you to connect to any database and browse or modify data, run sql scripts, export and print data. It works directly with Oracle, MS Sql Server, ODBC, MySql, OleDB, BDE, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MS Sql Server Compact, Interbase, Firebird and MongoDB.

Database Browser Portable is packaged in PortableApps.com Format for use alone or with the PortableApps launcher.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE inside the ZIP package and extract it to a folder of your choice. Launch DatabaseBrowserPortable.exe.
What's new? See:
https://www.etl-tools.com/database-browser/history.html
Latest comments
ja on 2010-12-19 20:06

How do you work with a local MySQL file?

crab on 2011-01-23 20:56

Can't use SQL files directly, have to connect to a server. useless.

scottG on 2011-02-16 13:11

Just a clarification, this doesn't work "directly" with Oracle, MySQL or other DB, it requires an ODBC connection set up. If it worked "directly" with those it would connect to Oracle via TNSNames on (default) port tcp/1521 and for MySQL tcp/3306. It does neither.

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Foxit Reader Portable v9.1.0.5096 Updated

Midas on 3 Jun 2018
  • 137MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 Jun 2018
  • Suggested by ekin_116

Foxit Reader is a fast PDF viewer that includes annotation capabilities, Javascript support, interactive form filler and built-in text converter. The interface includes text reading, two page view, rotation, autoscroll, text view, skins, measuring, text and background color replacement and supports drag-and-drop. Annotation tools include text "sticky notes" and standard text boxes, as well as form data import and export. Can insert images, bookmarks and files (including audio and video).

Includes PDF Standard 1.7 compatibility, support for the Adobe Portfolio format, Sharepoint integration, as well as command-line features and various signing tools (for both physical signatures and digital via DocuSign).

Foxit Reader Portable is PortableApps.com version of the program. Alternatively, a JPE launcher is available but paths are not portablized for recent documents.

Functional in 64-bit.

Category:
System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch FoxitReaderPortable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: PDF-XChange Editor, PDF-XChange Viewer
What's new? See:
https://www.foxitsoftware.com/products/pdf-reader/version-history.php
Latest comments
webfork on 2014-03-16 18:35

Specular: confirmed. However, the portable version doesn't currently include this.

CornHolio the Gringo on 2015-05-02 17:55

PDF-XChange is the PDF reader I use, but make sure You configure it
right before executing the programm.(fx. disable Java).
Foxit Reader doesnt have the tools I like that comes with PDF-XChange.

MIKLO on 2017-12-24 16:02

@CornHolio the Gringo agreed PDF-XChange is what I use for anything PDF and have been using for many years. Although I don't mean to take anything away from Foxit cause its good software in its own right. Even thought its been a few years since anyone has posted this is still an important download for anyone looking for a good PDF Reader that's Portable :)
MIKLO

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jPortable v8 Update 171 Updated

billon on 28 May 2018
  • 157MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 May 2018
  • Suggested by Checker

jPortable (formerly Java Portable) allows you to easily add a Java runtime environment to your portable device. It can be used in combination with jPortable Launcher to open Java JAR programs (many with their settings made portable) or used automatically with Java-enabled apps like PortableApps.com versions of LibreOffice and OpenOffice as well as web browsers like Chrome/Chromium, Opera, SeaMonkey and Firefox.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware / Partially Open Source
How to extract: Download the EXE and install to the folder CommonFiles\Java relative to the applications that use Java. For example:
  • If you have installed LibreOffice to Z:\PortableApps\LibreOfficePortable, install Java Portable to Z:\PortableApps\CommonFiles\Java
  • Similarly, if you have installed the Java Portable Launcher in Z:\PortableApps\JavaPortableLauncher, install Java Portable to Z:\PortableApps\CommonFiles\Java
Java programs can be launched via batch files as well (thanks to user bro).
What's new? See:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/8u-relnotes-2225394.html
Latest comments
-.- on 2011-03-06 06:46

works with any java jar files too. Download the java launcher from portableapps to use it though since you need something to launch program with

SYSTEM on 2011-03-06 07:57

I've got jPortable working with X-LibreOffice as well. :)

E:\X-LibreOffice\Lib>dir /a
Volume in drive E is OHJELMAT
Volume Serial Number is A4D5-8D47

Directory of E:\X-LibreOffice\Lib

02.03.2011 20:19 <DIR> .
02.03.2011 20:19 <DIR> ..
30.01.2011 10:36 <DIR> 7za
02.03.2011 20:19 <JUNCTION> Java [E:\CommonFiles\Java]
0 File(s) 0 bytes
4 Dir(s) 12 645 406 208 bytes free

The trick is that E:\X-LibreOffice\Lib\Java is a junction that points to E:\CommonFiles\Java. This way the content of E:\CommonFiles\Java shows up in E:\X-LibreOffice\Lib\Java.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS_junction_point

webfork on 2011-06-21 21:50

freakazoid: jPortable can work independently of PA programs, including muCommander and some others I've tested. I tried to edit the entry to help give some idea of how to make that work.

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PortableApps.com Platform v15.0.2 Updated

billon on 18 May 2018
  • 11MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 18 May 2018
  • Suggested by gp_hbk

PortableApps.com Platform is an all-in-one tool for portable software download, management and updating. An included launcher shows nested folders organized automatically by function or favorite status, as well as a cascading app view on right-click of the tray icon. The program's appearance can be customized with transparency and several color, texture, and background options.

Other tools include a find-as-you-type search functionality, available cloud installation, drive error checker, backup/restore utility, portable fonts, automatic application closing on shutdown and more. The program can also work with portable software outside of the PortableApps format (see Extract instructions).

Functional in 64-bit and WINE, includes broad language support and proxy support.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract:
  1. Download and run the portable installer
  2. Options are provided to extract to the local PC, connected portable drives, cloud drives, and custom directories
  3. Launch Start.exe

To add non-PortableApps applications place the program in its own subfolder under the \PortableApps subfolder and press F5 or restart. The new app will appear in the launcher menu under Other.
Similar/alternative apps: WinPenPack NetMenu, ASuite
What's new? See:
https://portableapps.com/platform/changelog
Latest comments
ihateyou on 2013-03-15 21:39

The PortableApps Platform has been updated (a few times) since this was last updated.
I believe the current version is 11.2 (also there is a version 12 beta, I think its Beta 2)

Please update this listing!

webfork on 2013-03-16 15:13

ihateu: checker got it

shnbwmn on 2018-05-10 03:26

Latest version (v15.0) now supports .NET programs, the first of which appears to be KeePass Professional (or 2.x).

https://portableapps.com/news/2018-05-09--keepass-professional-portable-2.39-released

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Simple x264/x265 Launcher v2.87 Updated

billon on 12 May 2018
  • 80MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 11 May 2018
  • Suggested by deathcubek

Simple x264/x265 Launcher is a lightweight front-end for the x264 H.264/AVC as well as the x265 H.265/HEVC encoder, based on the Qt toolkit. It uses the 64-Bit version of x264 with the 32-Bit version of Avisynth. That lets you use 32-Bit Avisynth plug-ins (e.g. DGDecodeNV) and still benefit from the speed improvements of 64-Bit x264. Optionally you can also use 64-Bit Avisynth, which is still considered experimental, if desired, as well as x264's built-in LAVF/FFMS input.

Includes full batch encoding support for running several encoding jobs in parallel.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies:
  • Avisynth input only available with Avisynth 2.5+ installed
  • YV16/YV24 color spaces require Avisynth 2.6
  • VapourSynth input only available with VapourSynth R19+ installed
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Rename x264_launcher.exe into x264_launcher_portable.exe
  3. Launch x264_launcher_portable.exe
What's new? Updated:
  • x265 to version 2.7+348.
  • NVEncC to version 4.01.
  • Build environment to Visual Studio 2017 with Update-7.
Latest comments
siegfried on 2015-10-17 15:33

Sorry, errata corrige (info's missing here on portablefreeware): you can avoid the user's %localappdata% folder entries renaming "x264_launcher.exe" into "x264_launcher_portable.exe".

Checker on 2015-10-17 16:01

@siegfried: Thanks ... and changed ;)

mukhi on 2017-03-27 04:21

Symantec Endpoint Protection is detecting netc.exe as a risk, and quarantining it.

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XVA Assistant v0.8.2018.0409

billon on 20 Apr 2018
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Apr 2018
  • Suggested by smaragdus

XVA Assistant is a stylish launcher for programs, files and websites, organizing items into panels and folders. The program can reside either in task-bar next to start menu (Cool XVA-Button) or in sustem tray. The program supports skins (any BMP, JPG and PNG images) and two view modes: "View as Pad" and "View as Phone".

Other features include autostart, always on top, animation effects, minimize after launch, minimize on losing focus, hot key and more.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch XVA.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Qsel
What's new? See:
http://www.softpedia.com/progChangelog/XVA-Assistant-Changelog-251045.html
Latest comments
Stroport on 2017-09-09 07:41

Good news, this app is interesting is there a place to post features suggestions ?

__philippe on 2017-09-09 11:28

Perhaps contact developer XuanYuan YuShun directly ?
Email: debuger@outlook.com

Belga on 2017-09-11 16:56

That's the best solution.
FYI, developer gives this answer related to keeping the enlargement of the window after reboot :
"I guess when the system shutdown, OS didn't give XVA enough time to save configuration files, so the windows size don't save correct, and I would optimize it in the next version.
You can use the temporary plan as follows:
1. Adjust the window size.
2. manually exit.
3. restart XVA."
It worked for me !

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Quick Cliq v2.1.1

billon on 17 Apr 2018
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Apr 2018
  • Suggested by I am Baas

Quick Cliq is an application launcher and productivity tool that provides quick access folders, files, programs, links and command-line operations as well as window management, clipboard manipulation and text "memos". The compact menu can be displayed anywhere via keyboard shortcut or mouse gesture, even within applications.

A video preview is available.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Quick Cliq.exe.
What's new?
  • Fixed many Windows 10 compatibility issues.
  • Other minor fixes/improvements.

Qsel v2.25

billon on 20 Feb 2017

Qsel is a flexible program launcher with categories and icons. It supports easy configuration of launcher items via drag-and-drop.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch Qsel.exe
  3. Optionally, right-click on the window and select "Keep Window opened?" to keep Qsel around after you launch an application
What's new?
  • Configuration: Sort function available in item list context menu.
  • Category menu by ALT key: will not pop up when Shift or Ctrl also pressed.
  • General Settings, new option: enable/disable ALT key for Category menu.
  • Display: better behavior when slow build-up due to malware scan.
  • Fixed:
    • System tray menu issues;
    • Display issue after font enlargement;
    • Issue with ampersand in category name.
  • PureBasic ver. 5.51.
Latest comments
horst on 2012-09-14 06:49

@Shadeclan: Maybe your virus scanner software makes a full scan of all exe files when the menu is displayed, although the files are just opened to pick the icon. (I had the same problem when I used "MS Essentials" for a while.)

Midas on 2012-09-14 15:58

I'm having the same problem with another launcher, and horst explanation seems pretty accurate to me...

Napiophelios on 2015-03-15 16:22

I have used this program for a long time and I really like it;
I have always used it to launch programs,
but recently I have been using it to launch shortcuts to folders
and 2 out of 3 times that I do it,it crashes explorer.

Has any one else had this happen?

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Portable Start Menu v3.5

billon on 6 Apr 2017
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Jan 2017
  • Suggested by USB_Kx

Portable Start Menu is a program launcher that allows you to organize your programs via a simple menu system and launch them through a tray icon. If you are running from an USB memory stick, Portable Start Menu can be configured to automatically close all launched applications when it terminates.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. The application is in the {app} folder
  3. Launch psmenu.exe
Similar/alternative apps: ASuite, PStart, SyMenu
What's new?
  • Improved:
    • Better compatibility with 32/64bit system when starting certain applications.
  • Fixed:
    • Program icons were not displayed under certain circumstances when scaling was larger than 100%;
    • Entered applications could not be launched on some systems;
    • Ejecting an USB stick could cause the error message "Missing file psmstart.exe".
  • Smaller fixes/improvements.
Latest comments
starshakur on 2017-04-05 12:36

There's no 64-bit version...

billon on 2017-04-06 02:50

@starshakur, @Orca:
because it's work on 64-bit
there are psmstart32.exe for launching 32-bit programs and psmstart.exe - for 64-bit

starshakur on 2017-04-06 16:56

psmstart.exe may be essential to launch 64-bit applications (psmenu.exe doesn't start with either missing), but that doesn't change the fact that psmenu.exe is a 32-bit application.

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LiberKey v5.8.1129

SYSTEM on 1 Aug 2016
  • 19MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 30 Nov 2015
  • Suggested by opendev

LiberKey is a portable launcher that serves as a gateway to prepackaged portable apps available in the LKS format (basically 7Zip archive with a particular directory structure). It works just as well for non-LKS apps, and comes with a whole suite of other functions including portable file associations, portable desktop shortcuts, and online updates of LKS applications.

The launcher itself is flexible with right-handed quick launch bar and supports tabs, categories, smart search etc. Includes a floating quick launcher that you can pin to the desktop.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch LiberKey.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: WinPenPack NetMenu, PortableApps Platform
What's new? 2014/11/10 - LiberKey 5.8.1104
  • Improved, Portabilizer: .NET framework detection
  • Improved, Portabilizer: Use the x86 version of an application when the x64 version is missing
  • Fixed, Menu: Various bug fixes
  • Added, LiberKey: Breton translation [br-FR] Thank you Diloar (new contributor)
  • Added, LiberKey: Macédonien translation [mk-MK] Thank you mite71 (new contributor)
  • Added, LiberKey: Serbe (cyrillique) translation [sr-Cyrl-RS] Thank you Bojan Pavlović (new contributor)
  • Added, LiberKey: Serbe (latin) translation [sr-Latn-RS] Thank you Bojan Pavlović (new contributor)
  • Updated, LiberKey: Arabic (Tunisia) translation [ar-TN] Thank you Trabelsi Youssef
  • Updated, LiberKey: German translation [de] Thank you Paul Bichler
  • Updated, LiberKey: Hungarian translation [hu-HU] Thank you Juhász Sándor
  • Updated, LiberKey: Italian translation [it] Thank you Maurizio Ballo
  • Updated, LiberKey: Dutch translation [nl-NL] Thank you Ralph Langendam (new contributor)
  • Updated, LiberKey: Russian translation [ru-RU] Thank you mrBG et askras (new contributor)

2014/11/15 - LiberKey 5.8.1114
  • Added, LiberKey: Slovak translation [sk-SK] Thank you kamilpolner (new contributor)
  • Added, LiberKey: Romanian translation [ro-RO] Thank you Adrian (new contributor)

2015/11/30 - LiberKey 5.8.1129
  • Fixed, Portabilizer: .NET framework version detection
Latest comments
rogerthedodger on 2012-07-21 02:01

guess thats an advantage, if theres any, of using adaware.

doudoudidou on 2012-08-06 10:24

I use LiberKey for years and I never had any problems. This platform is currently the best. There are jealous ...

smaragdus on 2016-07-31 23:13

I did a brief testing of LiberKey version 5.8.1129 (only the launcher, not the suite) and my first impressions are very good- it is a well-designed, flexible, solid program with a nice set of features.

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QuickWayToFolders v1.3.5

billon on 21 Mar 2016
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 19 Mar 2016
  • Suggested by crownixx

QuickWayToFolders provides quick and easy access to a folder on your computer via a taskbar icon. The program window disappears when you click outside the window. Display modes include:

  • Desktop: Act like a mini-desktop, with small icons
  • Small Browser: very similar to Windows explorer in "details" view
  • Menu: Display folder content in a menu
  • Multiple Folders Menu: Display multiple folders content in a single menu (note that you must manually add them or nothing will appear when you click the icon)
In the "Menu" and "Multiple Folders Menu" settings, the program can act like a Program Launcher. Multiple instances of the program can be run with customizable icons and each entry is added to the taskbar.

To use the program as a root folder of a portable folder choose Options - Local path, then use a forward slash: "\". To set an image as a background place it in the application folder and set path as "image name.jpg" etc.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPLv2
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch QuickWayToFolders.exe
  3. Right-click the taskbar icon, select Options and uncheck "Launch at Windows Startup"
What's new?
  • Bug solved : for menu with .lnk files (shortcuts), if no shortcut arrow option was used, the target icon was used instead of the shortcut icon.
Latest comments
billon on 2016-03-21 17:06

Executable says 1.3.5, site says 1.3.4, who to believe?

smaragdus on 2016-03-21 21:28

@billon
Better trust the executable. Softpedia also corrected the version number:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Launchers-Shutdown-Tools/QuickWayToFolders.shtml

Midas on 2016-05-24 11:17

The version discrepancy should be noted -- the changelog at http://jacquelin.potier.free.fr/QuickWayToFolders/history.php stops at v1.3.4 ...

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Task Coach Portable v1.4.3

billon on 1 Feb 2016
  • 31MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 31 Jan 2016
  • Suggested by JohnTHaller

Task Coach is a simple todo manager to keep track of personal tasks and todo lists. It grew out of a frustration that most task managers do not provide facilities for several activities so Task Coach was designed to deal with composite tasks. In addition, it offers effort tracking, categories, and notes.

Task Coach Portable includes a launcher to handle portablization. X-Task Coach is also available from the download page.

Cross-platform (OS X, Linux, BSD, and iOS) with synchronization features available via the Funambol service.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch TaskCoachPortable.exe.
What's new?
  • Finnish translation fixed and enabled.
  • The shortcut to delete tasks is now Ctrl+DEL instead of just DEL.

Hoekey v1.22

webfork on 22 Dec 2015
  • 51KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Nov 2015
  • Suggested by nevemark

HoeKey lets you assign most keys on your keyboard to various different actions. You can use it to run programs, control window actions, create and run aliases, hide/unhide windows, or even use it as a portable launcher.

Configuration is done in a text file access by Edit Config.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Download the the latest version of HoeKey from the homepage and overwrite the existing HoeKey.exe file
  3. Launch HoeKey.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Clavier+, X-HotkeyP, Slickrun, TyperTask, HotKeyz
What's new?
  • Added %z in strings to get current directory of first selected file (%Z for url-encoded).
  • Fixed not copying first char of define.
Latest comments
BGM on 2015-11-02 15:54

Oh - forgot - with HoeKey you also get a little panel that lists all of the hotkeys you assigned. That's really handy.

freakazoid on 2015-11-02 18:11

This used to be one of my favorite programs back in the day! :)

webb on 2015-11-03 04:01

It's now at version 2.0

Add string aliases, *foo=something to define, ~N=MsgBox|Some text:%{foo} to use.
Add SetBrightness command. e.g. ~N=SetBrightness||Absolute Value (0-100)|Relative Value (-100 - 100). Requires Vista or newer.
Remove RunAlias command.

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Splat v1.1.8

Midas on 4 Mar 2018
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Aug 2015
  • Suggested by Checker

Splat (Simple Program Launching and Termination) allows you to build profiles that can launch or close programs and services. Supports drag-and-drop, hotkeys, process priority, and includes the ability to open specific files, folders, URLs, and even other Splat profiles. The program can aggressively close (kill) applications that may not shut down normally or add delays of time, CPU usage, or whether the previous program has closed yet.

Great for a computer startup sequence that won't slow down your computer or for switching between different separate program groups (such switching from a view all your financial programs, data, and files to all your photo/video editing tools)

Category:
System Requirements: Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Splat.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Lacuna Launcher
What's new?
  • Added the ability to create a profile shortcut in your startup folder. Right-click a profile and choose the option from the menu.
  • Fixed: Context menu did not work for reordering profiles.

a023.gif Applause for "Best new portable freeware of 2015" !
Latest comments
webfork on 2015-01-18 22:43

I very quickly integrated this into the startup sequence on both of my main machines. Great to get multiple portable software up and running in a system-friendly way.

Midas on 2015-01-19 13:16

Thanks, webfork. Your comment made me realize that Splat can be used as a start-up manager... duh!

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GUIPro PortAL v1.5.0

I am Baas on 8 Dec 2015
  • 166KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 21 Jun 2015
  • Suggested by I am Baas

PortAL is lightweight launcher based on hotkeys, menus, and system tray icons. Note that all of PortAL configuration is based on a single XML file which contains the list and the organization of applications.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: MSVCR90.DLL MSVCP90.DLL
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract / (un)7-Zip to a folder of your choice
  2. Move img folder from $_OUTDIR to doc folder
  3. Delete $PLUGINSDIR and $_OUTDIR folders
  4. Launch PortAL.exe

Note: To extract the 64-bit version too, choose "Auto Rename" (u) when prompted. The 32-bit executable is smaller in size.
What's new?
  • Addition of a skin system.
  • Addition of the event attribute.
  • Addition of the variables section to define internal variables.
  • Addition of the clipboard variables.
  • Addition of the %config% variable.
  • Improvement of the file notification system.
  • Fix memory leak when reloading the configuration.
  • Avoid error when a percent character is not forming a variable.
  • Avoir error when loading a config file with an empty group.

Full changelog at https://github.com/obsidev/guipro/releases.
Latest comments
Shadeclan on 2015-07-03 17:22

Current PortAL version is now 1.5 as of 22 Jun 2015.

Although I am not the developer, I've been doing some user testing for him and I might be able to help some of you with issues.

veyselcelik: I looked at the message you posted and that comes up when the configuration file has an error. You might try restoring the default file and see if the message goes away.

Proteanic: The app icons are appearing just fine in my configuration. You may want to go out to the Obsidev/GUIPro Issues section of GitHub and report the problem - the developer may be able to resolve your problem. Personally, I find that explicitly pointing to the icon in the config file usually takes care of any issues of that sort.

A friend of mine wanted to try PortAL but couldn't get it to run. The current version of PortAL needs the Microsoft Visual Studio Redistributable package installed to work (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40784) but the developer has agreed to compile the necessary binaries into the installation package so that users should not need to install the Re-distro package in the next release.

The developer has added the ability to create user-defined variables inside the configuration file, which has been a big convenience for me. He has also created some cool new skins which can be changed within the PortAL tag in the config file, along with the ability for users to make their own skins. A local help file which explains how to configure PortAL is not included in v1.5 but will be included in the next release. Until then, you can find configuration help here: https://github.com/obsidev/guipro/wiki/PortAL-Configuration

I discovered a few issues during user testing which will be fixed in the next release. My user testing notes can be seen here: https://github.com/obsidev/guipro/issues/13. The developer is very responsive - feel free to give observations, report bugs or make comments in the obsidev / guipro issues section of GitHub.

Checker on 2015-07-03 18:33

@ Shadeclan: Thanks ... and updated ;)

webfork on 2015-07-03 19:34

Shadeclan: Thanks for the data. See response in forums.

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Pretty Run v8.2.0.6

webfork on 8 Apr 2016
  • 7MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Jan 2015
  • Suggested by lautrepay

Pretty Run is a powerful keystroke-based program launcher and search tool. It searches the start menu, desktop or any other folder for the shortcuts or files that meet your query. More than that, Pretty Run allows searching Internet Explorer favorites, Firefox and Chrome bookmarks, Control Panel items, Printers, mp3 files (by tags), jpg files (by exif data), databases, clipboard and on the internet (more search engines can be added to those already included).

Program also includes screen capture tool, Magic Words, a note manager, etc.

Note: To help compensate for drive letter changes that happens with removable drives, use the %PrettyRunDrive% environment variable.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract the file prettyrunsetup.exe
  2. Use Universal Extractor on this file, saving to a temporary folder
  3. Move the contents of {app} to a folder of your choice
  4. Open PrettyRun.ini in a text editor
  5. Under [Options], add the following line:

    Portable=1

  6. Launch PrettyRun.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Executor Launchy
What's new?
  • Added engine to search GDrive.
  • Added engine to search OneDrive.
Latest comments
oblivion on 2014-03-12 11:45

Interesting, effective, but slow.

An option to limit folder recursion might help (you can say %PrettyRunDrive%\portableapps -- for instance -- but the scan subfolders option is going to make PrettyRun go to a lot of unhelpful places, whereas if you could restrict it to just one subfolder down, it might be faster.

The MP3 tag search is also quite slow.

It's not the most intuitive to set up, either.

FindAndRunRobot (from www.donationcoder.com) has a similar philosophy to this but is much, much faster (despite also taking a similarly non-indexed approach) and has a lot more functionality, too.

Midas on 2014-06-02 11:13

Pretty Run changelog hasn't been updated since v6.1.0.17 (http://www.pretty-software.com/prettyrunhistory.txt)...

Ganamyde on 2014-06-04 04:15

Avoid-ware.
Installs adware and spyware in background.

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μStart v1.5.3

webfork on 7 Dec 2014
  • 148KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Replika

uStart is a lightweight, minimalistic program launcher with a small program size and limited features (no drag and drop) but a very small program size.

Note: Although the homepage is in German, the program is in English.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application Folder
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch uStart.exe.
What's new? fixed some bugs in configuration and UI
Latest comments
hK on 2008-08-26 13:03

I replaced my U3 Launch-thingie with this. I've been a happier man ever since.. :)

PSquid on 2010-10-20 10:03

@a: "Most content of this web site is or will be in english language."
No need to use Google translate or anything like that.

Midas on 2012-11-13 14:34

Lean and mean x32 tray menu launcher, let down only by the lack of further development (seemingly ended in 2010) and drag'n'drop support -- uStart is a single 78 KB executable, and IMHO it's on par with PStart. Recommended.

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Launcher v2.1.0

webfork on 17 Oct 2014

Launcher is a personal shortcut manager that can launch files and programs. In "Manage Items" mode, it is possible to configure shortcuts by dragging files from an Explorer window and then dropping them into Launcher. Supports an unlimited number of user-defined subfolders and item shortcuts.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. The application is in the {app} folder
  3. Edit muc.ini to read:

    [Misc]
    DataAccess=app

  4. Launch one of the following based on your OS:
Win9x - NT: Launcher_32b_W9xNT4.exe
Win2000 and above (32-bit): Launcher_32b_W2K.exe
Any 64-bit: Launcher_64b_W2K.exe
What's new?
  • Some important bug fixes and improvements.
Latest comments
mehtuus on 2008-06-02 01:55

It should be noted that if you do not change the *default* settings for "Always show in system tray" (Preferences...>Miscellaneous), the program will add to your registry:
============================================================
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"MicroSys-Launcher"="***your path here***\Launcher.exe"

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-981525854-1381673208-3913934247-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"MicroSys-Launcher"="***your path here***\Launcher.exe"
============================================================

Upon closing, Launcher seems to always check your registry. If the box IS checked it will make sure that the above is in your registry. If the box is NOT checked it will make sure that the above is not in your registry.

P2011 on 2011-08-28 16:08

PStart is so much more portable, simple and focused to the task.

prizm1 on 2011-11-12 17:38

Portable Application Launcher includes all the features this launcher has plus many, many more.

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AutoStart v1.0.0.59

webfork on 13 Jun 2014

AutoStart creates an icon in the system tray for each external memory device connected to the system. Right-clicking on this icon opens a context menu that allows you to conveniently perform various related functions (explore, search, eject, properties).

Left-clicking opens the drive in Explorer by default but the default application can be specified in the "shell" parameter of AUTORUN.INF. AutoStart also comes with a rudimentary launcher that is functional if you have a small number of applications stored on your memory stick. It can also be made work with a portable launcher like PStart.

Note: Main download site is offline -- pointing to Softpedia mirror.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: None
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract:
  1. Download the single EXE file to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch AutoStart.exe

    Optionally, right-click on the icon in the system tray to bring up the content menu, and you will be given the option to copy AutoStart (and an autorun file) to your PC or USB memory stick.
Latest comments
Ryan McCue on 2006-11-30 01:35

I wouldn't call the the launcher "rudimentary". It works great and I actually find it better than other menus.
It is only supposed to be the underlying code though, with the Launchpad extension coming soon.

Sugeng Wigiyantoro on 2008-02-15 20:57

I like to try and download free software. In this site i can take many free software. Thank you...

Midas on 2014-03-18 16:18

Still available from Softpedia. Tested, works as expected. Shame about the lack of Unicode support, but still extremely handy.

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Executor v0.99.12b

freakazoid on 26 Jan 2015

Executor is a program launcher and replacement for the Windows "Run" tool. It supports user-defined keywords, hotkeys for apps, auto-completion for keywords/file system/history, optional Vista-like results list, integrated calculator etc.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create a blank file called Executor.ini in the same folder (otherwise settings will be stored in the user profile folder)
  3. Launch Executor.exe
What's new? Fixed Several stability bugs (fixes ported from latest test build 0.99.17).
Latest comments
freakazoid on 2015-08-11 20:01

Carl - I am using Executor on Windows 10 and it's working fine for me.

I'm using Executor 0.9.9 (Build 18) (64-bit) though. You can find a link here:
http://executor.fr.yuku.com/topic/171/Latest-test-build-available-here-32bit-and-64bit

See if that fixes your problems.

Carl on 2015-08-14 18:22

Thanks freakazoid but I am already using this version and nothing seems to fix my problem.It could be an option causing this freezing behavior.

Carl on 2015-08-16 11:30

Nevermind, I was not waiting long enough for the indexing to finish. It seems a bit longer with windows 10. Last 64 bits version work fine.

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Unlocker v1.9.0

webfork on 26 Apr 2016
  • 112KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Unknown

Unlocker Assistant helps unlock files locked by operating system permissions or other issues. The program automatically launches if you are trying to delete/rename/move a file that is locked. When not in use, it stays in your system tray bar. Additionally, individual locked files and folders may be drag-and-dropped onto unlocker.exe.

Alternatively, Unlocker Portable (beta) is a launcher-only version of Unlocker.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
License: Freeware (see website to donate)
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice.
  2. Select a folder based on your operating system (how to determine if you are x86 or x64)
  3. Launch UnlockerAssistant.exe or drag locked files onto unlocker.exe
Similar/alternative apps: FileASSASSIN
Latest comments
bankr on 2013-09-25 16:58

Sorry. Last portable version is definitely 1.9.0 (according to author).
I'm using 1.9.2 and posted about it mistakenly as it works for me.

olliebean on 2015-08-23 18:21

Is this still available? I clicked on the portable download from the website, which redirected me to a download site, which redirected me to another download site... about half a dozen sites later with no download in sight, one of them finally tried to get me to download and install a dodgy "Download Software Manager" app. I gave up at that point.

webfork on 2015-08-23 19:22

olliebean: confirmed. Switching download link to point to softpedia.

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Portable Application Launcher v3.1.12.1

Checker on 6 Aug 2014

Portable Application Launcher organizes shortcuts into groups and categories. It's accessed via the system tray or user-defined hotkeys. Several styles and some languages are included. It can also be used as a portable desktop. PAL is capable of automatically installing PortableApps.com Format (PAF) applications, as well as many entries here on PortableFreeware. An included browser for downloading apps can be used with Universal Extractor and a simplistic updater module.

The program includes several extras not included in other launcher programs including favorites bar, "most-used apps" menu, file manager &amp; search, simple RSS &amp; iCal readers, timer, and more.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

Note: Main site currently offline. Linking to Softpedia (thanks Baas).

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Launch.exe (for 32-bit OS) or Launchx64.exe (for 64-bit OS).
What's new?
  • 64bit-Version included.
  • Plugin: Heatmap (Java).
  • Spanish translation updated.
  • Improved Truecrypt support.
Latest comments
abc on 2013-01-20 19:45

Unfortunately the website and download links are not accessible: "403 Forbidden" and "404 Not found" errors.

ahaider7 on 2013-04-05 10:01

This is THE BEST portable launcher I have found so far with tons of features and customizations. Sadly, it looks like development has been discontinued. The website is down and there hasn't been an update since long :(

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Famulus v1.00.5b

smaragdus on 7 Feb 2017
  • 760KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by dmg

Famulus is a simple file and application launcher, and Windows Run replacement. Press and hold the numpad * key for a fraction of a second to bring up a text prompt. Type a predefined custom command and hit the Enter key to run an associated file, folder, application or website.

Written in AutoHotkey.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Famulus.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Run-Command
What's new?
  • Fixed two significant bugs in how the activation key works.
Latest comments
freakazoid on 2012-03-22 06:40

An update from my first comment, if you follow the instructions above, the filesize drops to 538kb! :)

Cornflower on 2012-04-06 13:58

I added the commands famulus and "famulus ini" to manually add/edit commands and settings (and use the mouse less). This is a great find. Thanks, dmg.

guinness on 2012-05-24 23:15

@loner - How many times do we have to tell you, don't flood the comments section with irrelevant comments. Use the Forum please.

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TrayLauncher v2.6.0

Andrew Lee on 12 Feb 2013

TrayLauncher is a program launcher that stays in the system tray helping you access your files and/or programs much faster. It also features a powerful "Run" dialog box and keyboard support.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download TrayLauncher.zip full package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch TrayLauncher.exe.
What's new? [2012-05-19] v2.6.0
new release with xml format(using pugixml), to support more features. New features will be added if no bugs found in xml release.

[2012-02-12] v2.5.2
[TrayLauncher]
Added : display language version in language menu.
Added : updated default command example.

[2012-01-05] v2.5.1
[TrayLauncher]
Fixed : run dialog position not saved on system shutdown or user logout.

[2012-01-03] v2.5.0
[TrayLauncher]
Added : run dialog match command name not only (but prefer) from beginning.
Added : run dialog try to execute when user click enter.(the list refreshes on each type, may be improved later.)
Added : remember run dialog position in setting file.
Added : new command line --sid=<session-id>, --ini=<setting-file>, for running multiple instances.
Fixed : do not disable the menu item any more if run failed, could be a UAC cancel.

[2011-12-15] v2.4.2
[TrayLauncher]
Fixed : Holding Ctrl to run as admin should work for mouse click too.
Fixed : error message not displayed if cancel run as admin in run dialog.
Fixed : files not listed if directory has variables in run dialog.
Fixed : error while run non-executable file in run dialog.
Added : vs2008 project file.
Added : remove history if run command failed.
Added : type ":exit" to exit traylauncher.

Latest comments
dZon on 2010-11-11 22:15

Really good for me ! Freeware, Open Source, Light, customizable... I like it for my portable applications. I'm waiting impatiently the gui editor. Thanks Chao !

TP109 on 2012-05-20 18:46

Responsive and light on resources. However, there is no one-click feature to easily remove entries from the interface.

Shadeclan on 2012-06-01 15:00

My Win XP installation has toolbar problems - the toolbars take upwards of 15 seconds to initialize and often need to reinitialize during the day; probably some strange conflict with my antivirus software. To compensate, I've been looking for a good application launcher that allows me to group / subgroup the shortcuts and I think I've found it with Tray Launcher.
It takes very little time to initialize on my system and the menus always come up instantly, unlike some other application launchers I've tried. The skin functionality is attractive - I liked the "Office" skin particularly - and creating custom skins or changing existing skins appears to be very straightforward, although the documentation is somewhat incomplete. The provided menu editor does take some getting used to and the hotkey functionality seems to have some issues (I'm using HotKeyP and there may be some sort of conflict) but otherwise, this is just what I've been looking for.
If you try this program and are also having problems with the HotKeys, set up a hotkey or shortcut that simply calls the app. This duplicates the "ShowMenuAtMouse" functionality.
As of 01 Jun 2012, the documentation needs a lot of updating but the creator of the app is very much on top of maintaining it and has told me that he will be revising it soon.
Tray Launcher is a work in progress but is already a solid and attractive app and is very much worth using, especially if you're having the same problems with toolbars as I do.

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