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PhraseExpress v10.5.35 Updated

Checker on 23 Oct 2014
  • 22MB (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.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract:
  1. Download and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch phraseexpress.exe -portable
Similar/alternative apps: Texter
What's new?
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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:

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

br3 on 2014-10-08 11:46

I'm using the latest version of PhraseExpress Portable on XP Pro, but it's putting two files (config.xml and pexdesktop.xml) into my Documents and Setting/Application Data/PhraseExpress folder.

Is there any way to change where these files are stored, so that the true portability of this application can be made?

Ennovy on 2014-10-08 13:45

Please read above "How to extract"
Start de programm with the -portable parameter
and all settings are stored in the application folder

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SyMenu v3.04.5400 New

Midas on 19 Oct 2014
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • 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.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
  • Microsoft Framework 2.0 or higher.
  • Administrator rights.
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? SyMenu update history is available from the download page at:

SlickRun v4.2.5.3 Updated

Checker on 28 Sep 2014
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by tproli

SlickRun is a floating keyword utility that allows you to create command aliases, or "MagicWords" that launch applications or URLs. For example, "browse" can be set to open Firefox, "note" to open Notepad, and more. You can type an application's path or location as well.

The program includes its own notepad program opened by typing "jot", but major applications such as MS Office and Online Shopping resources can be added using add-on packs available on the website.

SlickRun supports auto-completion, relative paths and $D$ (Drive letter) macro for maximum portability.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder.
Stealth: ? No. It creates a lone working registry entry that does not impact portability of settings at all.
Unicode support: Yes. for Jot, history, autocomplete, $W$, etc
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete NSIS].nsi and all the *.wav files (not needed as they won't be used in portable mode)
  3. Create a blank file in the folder called slickrun.local
  4. Launch sr.exe
What's new?
  • Fix crash when drag/drop text to SlickRun.
  • Release synchronized 32bit & 64bit builds.
Latest comments
Ruby on 2011-07-10 03:39


Those runtime libraries haven't been needed in SlickRun for a long time; they are now embedded within the program.

You do make a valid point about Universal Extractor not working, this needs to be looked into.

For now you can use 7-Zip to extract.

There's only 3 files needed to run SlickRun portably:
1. sr.exe
2. DefaultMagic.qrs
3 SlickRun.local (Create and leave blank)

smaragdus on 2014-09-27 21:15

SlickRun released, now there are both x32 and x64 versions available as separate downloads.

Checker on 2014-09-28 15:48

@ smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)

See all Platform v12.0.4 Updated

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

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:
Latest comments
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.

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.
Latest comments
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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