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PortableApps.com Platform v12.0.4 Updated

webfork on 16 Sep 2014
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by gp_hbk

PortableApps.com Platform is an easy-to-use program launcher, app store, and updater. The program allows users to easily find more applications from the built-in app store, as well as manage applications with an automatic app updater, find-as-you-type search functionality, folder and most-used organization, removal tools, automatic closing of apps on shutdown, and more. It works just as well with standalone and zipped portable software as well (see details below).

Also includes a cascading app tray menu on right-click, drive error checker, backup/restore utility, and portable desktop background switcher. Launcher appearance can be customized with transparency and several color, texture, and background options.

To add other applications place the program in its own subfolder under the \PortableApps subfolder and hit F5. The new app will show up in the launcher menu.

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System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Open Source (GPL code, some MIT, some CC images)
How to extract: Download and run the portable installer. Options are provided to extract to the local PC, connected portable drives, cloud drives, and custom directories. Launch Start.exe.
What's new? ADDED: Cascading app menu on tray right-click
ADDED: Automatic proper closing of running portable apps on close/eject/shutdown
ADDED: Selectable Automatic, Eject, Power button by right-clicking
ADDED: Subtler and more modern branding and logos
ADDED: Search box visible and focused by default
ADDED: Option to include app descriptions when searching
ADDED: TEMP checked for existence and write permission
ADDED: Portable TEMP directory support
ADDED: Manual, direct and automatic proxy support
ADDED: New full-featured installer with support for portable, cloud drive, and local installs
ADDED: New app store/updater algorithm. Improves update check speed by 10x or more and has an app database download that is 1/5 the size.
ADDED: Hold shift key to disable automatically starting apps on startup
ADDED: Automatic secondary download server fallback for app store / updater
UPDATED: 26 locales
UPDATED: Improved existing themes and added search box theming to dark themes
FIXED: GDI leak causing platform crash with hundreds of apps and lots of refreshes
FIXED: Dozens of smaller errors: http://portableapps.com/platform/changelog
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mrpink on 2011-12-16 20:53

Nevermind, i only wanted to change utorrent icon to the old square one that i like. The new design is awesome!

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

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Run-Command v2.33 Updated

Checker on 5 Aug 2014
  • 100KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Checker

Run-Command is an alternative to the standard Windows "Run" tool, including additions such as running a program with administrator permissions and adding to favorite commands. Favorites can be managed by grouping by command categories.

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System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Lauch Run-Command.exe (for 32-bit OS) or Run-Command_x64.exe (for 64-bit OS).
What's new?
  • Improvements for Windows Server 2012.
  • Update of the language files.
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timtimtim on 2013-11-21 16:10

I couldn't run this on win2k; it hides in the system tray without a way to display it. I even tried using Process Explorer's Properties.Image.Bring to Front resulting in the msgbox: No visible windows found for this process

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Portable Start Menu v3.3 Updated

Checker on 6 Aug 2014
  • 802KB (uncompressed)
  • 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: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
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
What's new? Version 3.3 (29-Jul-2014)

TrueCrypt support removed as development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014
Creation of Autorun file was removed since it is not supported by current Windows versions
Smaller fixes and improvements
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TP109 on 2011-12-14 21:03

Great app. Been using this for awhile and I haven't experienced any of the problems indicated here. Very light on resources even with over 250 entries. No problem with drag and drop and the menu disappears normally if no menu item is selected just by clicking outside the interface. True, it can't launch apps with admin rights, but it's not a big issue on Vista with UAC disabled or going to the app folder and launching directly using RAA.

bok4600 on 2012-03-19 17:02

love this app

Technomancer on 2013-11-03 19:02

I've been using this app on 2 or 3 of my PenDrives. It's really user friendly and intuitive. One of the great features is that it ejects my drive(s) easily where other 'disk ejectors' don't manage to.
Excellent.

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PhraseExpress v10.1.59 Updated

Ennovy on 30 Jun 2014
  • 19MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by JohnW

PhraseExpress is a keyboard macro utility that manages all your frequently used text phrases from a taskbar icon and allows you to paste them into any application with a single mouse click, a keyboard shortcut, or a text macro command. The program is ideal for email reply templates, signatures, addresses, and any other information that you find yourself typing repeatedly.

PhraseExpress also includes powerful macro functions to launch programs, files or email messages, offers support for dynamic macro commands and comes with a unique text-prediction feature.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract:
  1. Download PhraseExpress_USB.zip and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch phraseexpress.exe -portable
Similar/alternative apps: Texter
What's new? The text output and macro processing engine has been significantly enhanced since v10.0.35. Please test for compatibility with your macro functions before using in your production environment!

NEW Drastically improved phrase insertion performance. Linked phrases are now combined in an internal buffer before inserted into the target application.
NEW Improved clipboard handling if phrases are pasted via clipboard while the phrases perform complex clipboard operations.
NEW New macro functions {#SETTEMP } and {#GETTEMP } to create and output temporary variables.
NEW Added export option for PhraseExpress Android App.
NEW The Editor now offers rulers and customizable tab stops in formatted phrases.
NEW If macro hightlighting is disabled, the macro function placeholders now represent the editable text output formatting of the macro output.
NEW Enhanced table editing features.
NEW Tables can now be nested with other cells or tables in formatted phrases.
NEW The {#URL } macro function now allows you to select a specific browser to open a web site.
NEW Tray icon now indicates if PhraseExpress is executing a phrase or if it blocked from applications.

The option "Route ENTER and TAB through PhraseExpress" is now disabled by default and can be configured in the expert options.
Improved handling of HTML-formatted phrases.
Improved display of tables.
Improved text insertion and clipboard handling.
Phrase output can be cancellede with the hotkey ESC.
Phrase file synchronization improved.
Input buffer is now resetted after #cursor macro function.
Fixed Search & Replace feature.
The Outlook AddIn temporarily blocked Outlook in rare occasions.
Improved of the WIN-key as a hotkey.
The sorting order is now preserved when duplicating phrase folders.
Solved bug if round brackets are used in math expressions in the {#CALC } macro function.
Solved display problem of linebreaks in the phrase input window.
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Manwolff on 2014-07-06 08:51

Morning folk, must say I agree with RedTed, I have just downloaded and unzipped the app. I am now the proud owner of a German app. Have tried to change the language, but it's a no go. I am running a 64bit Dell Inspiron, could be that it's only meant for 32bit systems???

webfork on 2014-07-06 20:04

Manwolff: would recommend contacting the author: http://www.phraseexpress.com/contact.php

bartelsmediagmbh on 2014-07-21 10:59

PhraseExpress normally auto-adapts to the language set in the regional settings of Microsoft Windows.

Here is a step-by-step procedure how to set PhraseExpress to English language:
http://screencast.com/t/zNolPepl1rpE

This also disables the automatic language detection. Hope, this helps.

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Pretty Run v8.1.0.5 Updated

Checker on 28 Jul 2014

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 prettyrunsetup.exe
  2. Extract this file to a temporary folder
  3. Move the contents of the {app} folder to a folder of your choice
  4. Open PrettyRun.ini in a text editor and add, under [Options], the following line:
    Portable=1
  5. Launch PrettyRun.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Executor Launchy
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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