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SlickRun v4.3.0.1 Updated

Checker on 8 Oct 2015
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 5 Oct 2015
  • 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 drive letter macro for improved portability.

System Requirements: 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 an empty text file in the folder and name it slickrun.local
  4. Launch sr.exe
Latest comments
Checker on 2014-09-28 15:48

@ smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)

smaragdus on 2015-10-08 00:33

The latest version of SlickRun is

Checker on 2015-10-08 05:11

@smaragdus: Thanks ... and updated ;)

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AdvancedRun v1.00 New

Checker on 6 Oct 2015
  • 108KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 5 Oct 2015
  • Suggested by Checker

AdvancedRun allows you to run a program with different settings that you choose, including - low or high priority, start directory, main window state (Minimized/Maximized), run the program with different user or permissions, Operating system compatibility settings, and environment variables.

You can also save the desired settings into a configuration file and then run the program automatically from command-line with the desired settings.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch AdvancedRun.exe.

PhraseExpress v11.0.122 Updated

Checker on 1 Oct 2015
  • 25MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 29 Sep 2015
  • 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 / Win10
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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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

bartelsmedia on 2015-07-29 10:16

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See all Platform v12.2 Updated

Checker on 27 Sep 2015
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 27 Sep 2015
  • Suggested by gp_hbk 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.

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: Open Source (GPL code, some MIT, some CC images)
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
What's new?
  • Added: Context menu button support on menu app list using keyboard mode.
  • Added: Errors moved to end of updater/app store to avoid interruptions of long sets of apps.
  • Updated: Bulgarian, Chinese-Simplified, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Korean, Polish, Romanian locales.
  • Fixed: Wallpaper switcher produces blank color background on Windows 8/10 with external drives.
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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 v2.46 Updated

Checker on 26 Sep 2015
  • 100KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Sep 2015
  • 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 / Win10
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?
  • Bug fix: In the text box to enter longer run commands was not possible, the length of the input text was limited to the Edit window width.
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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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