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SyMenu v5.02.5953 Updated

billon on 20 Apr 2016
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 19 Apr 2016
  • 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.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft 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?
  • The search bar has evolved: now it is able to search inside the items description too. With the search inside the description mode, you can specify more than one word or portion of word and every chunk will be search in AND.
  • SPS Manager: you can execute or open the container folder of the currently focused item with a right mouse click on the program list.
  • An item can be emphasized.
  • Bug fix.
  • SPS Builder: the script before install supports now the extended syntax with the THEN command (example: 7z THEN foo.rar).
Latest comments
Checker on 2015-05-04 19:20

@ JohnyZlo: Thanks ... and updated ;)

Drakkn on 2015-10-23 19:40

The best portable launcher out there! Extremely supportive and active developer.

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.

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PortableApps.com Platform v14.0 Updated

joby_toss on 26 Apr 2016
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Apr 2016
  • 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: 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, ASuite
What's new? Added:
  • AAbility to automatically close system tray apps Ditto and PNotes with more on the way.
  • Full page scrolling by clicking empty area of the scroll bar.
  • Backup and Restore 64-bit mode for improved performance.
Updated:
  • French, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Vietnamese languages.
Fixed:
  • Eject fails on some Windows XP machines.
  • Access violation occurs if both What's New and autorun.inf change warnings show at the same time.
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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SideSlide v3.6.00 Updated

Checker on 28 Mar 2016
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 Mar 2016
  • Suggested by risk

SideSlide is a desktop extension that docks to any screen edge. It allows you to store your favorite RSS feeds, shortcuts to files/folders/URLs, notes, reminders etc. in "containers" that you can arrange, shrink and fold in the workspace. You can also drag-and-drop text/images from your web browser to the workspace to create web snippets.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: To display RSS feeds, you must have Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0 installed.
MSXML6 is preinstalled in Windows XP SP3 and higher
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the self-extracting EXE and launch
  2. When prompted for a "Normal" installation, choose "Portable" from the drop-down menu
  3. Delete unins000.exe and unins000.dat
  4. Run SideSlide.exe

OR
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Move all the files in {app}, {sys} and {userappdata}\SideSlide to a single folder
  3. Launch SideSlide.exe
What's new? New and Changes:
  • Recent Shortcuts right-click menu: The new submenu (under New in the main worskapce menu) keeps track of the last shortcuts/commands that you launch and allows you to quickly relaunch them in the future. This feature is useful to quickly reopen previously running programs after you restart your computer.
  • The dialog that allows you to choose whether to restore the workspace or not when SideSlide wasn't properly closed (Windows crash, etc) was removed. The workspace will be automatically restored to its most recent state.
  • New keyboard shortcut: [F7] to maximize/restore the workspace. You can keep containers, shortcuts, pictures and notes in the maximize state and quickly access them when needed. You can also double-click the title-bar to maxmize the workspace. Use Ctrl+Tab to navigate worskpace wide tags.
  • Quickly open all shortcuts that share the same tag via the Keyboard Launcher: Enter "tag:" or "t:" followed by the tag name. For example, add the tag "browsers" to all of the installed web browsers and enter: "t:browsers" to open all of them at once. Remember that you can also right click a shortcut and select "Tag Start", or select the "Tag Start" check-box from the Shortcut Properties dialog.
  • Added backup information to the About dialog.
  • New Reloader dialog style (Settings dialog [F3] >> Ignore Changes [F4]) with the ability to close the dialog before SideSlide restarts.
  • Press [Alt]+[Space] to show the Dock menu (where you can change the position of the workspace, maximize it, etc).
  • The message that the Global Hotkey (Win+S by default) could not be registered will no longer appear on new installations.
  • Other misc. minor changes.
Fixes:
  • Shortcut icons failed to refresh when applying new container colors via the Appearance dialog.
  • The ampersand symbol (&) wasn't showing in the Keyboard Launcher dialog.
  • The shortcut mini-toolbar remained open after deleting shortcuts when the Delete Confirmation option was unchecked.
  • Fixed instances wheh a Picture moved when double-clicking to open.
  • Fix for resizing pictures.
  • Other misc. minor fixes.
Latest comments
joby_toss on 2013-03-30 05:18

The file is hosted by MajorGeeks.com. Link changed.

klangenfarben on 2013-04-01 12:26

Thanks joby_toss, got it now. Will comment when I get a chance to take it for a spin.

Midas on 2014-06-03 15:54

SideSlide v3.5.40 released (changelog: http://www.northglide.com/sideslide_changelog.html)

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QuickWayToFolders v1.3.5 Updated

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
TP109 on 2016-03-21 12:48

@thehop

Thanks, those are interesting apps. I really find ShortPopUp especially useful.

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

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PhraseExpress v11.0.132 Updated

billon on 11 Mar 2016
  • 25MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 23 Feb 2016
  • 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: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
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? See:
Latest comments
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

It would be great if you would vote for our other new related software Mouse Recorder, announced at http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=2726

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