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Virtual CDRom Control Panel v2.0.1.1 Updated

billon on 25 Jul 2017
  • 32KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Jan 2003
  • Suggested by XPect

Virtual CDRom Control Panel enables you to mount ISO disk images as virtual CD-ROM drives.

Note: This tool is not supported by Microsoft so you will not be able find it even through a search on Microsoft website.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Dependencies: Administrator rights
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch VCdControlTool.exe.

To enable the virtual CDROM drive:
  1. Click "Driver Control", followed by "Install Driver". You will be asked to specify the location of vcdrom.sys
  2. Click "Start" to start the driver
  3. Exit from the "Driver Control" dialog box. Then click "Add Drive" in the main window
  4. Click "Mount" to mount the desired CD image

Reverse the steps above to remove the virtual CDROM drive.
Similar/alternative apps: OSFMount, WinCDEmu
Latest comments
bitbuerster on 2010-07-22 08:12

Two caveats: The directory path where the tool is installed to may not contain spaces (or you'll end up with a "mount failed" when VCDControlTool tries to actually mount an ISO). And 2nd, using the tool with Vista will work as admin only and you'll see the freshly mounted drive only from within an admin CMD.EXE command line (or from within VCDControlTool.exe's built-in file browser), but not from Vista's Windows Explorer.
-Anyone else with a 1) portable, 2) free and 3) Vista/Win7 compatible ISO-mounting utility?

aeris on 2010-07-30 10:58

bitbuerster: Any external file system on Windows must be part of Installable File System chain in order to be visible as a drive, thus by design it must be installed -> cannot be portable.

Even this method here "installs", but uses a pre-loaded driver to fool the system. Functionality of any alternative program would be the same, as it would have to access the same driver in the same fashion.

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

sockittoome on 2010-12-20 02:14

@bitbuerster, this is the best you can get for windows xp, other wise i'd go looking into how to write portable launchers, and uninstall/install drivers etc

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CDex Portable v1.89 Updated

billon on 25 Jul 2017
  • 36MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 25 Jul 2017
  • Suggested by Alan G Oleski

CDex converts your CD collection into a variety of popular formats and supports advanced jitter correction, volume normalization, CD database lookup (CDDB), cdparanoia tools, ID3 V1 and V2 tags, playlists (M3U and PLS) and recording from an analog input line.

Formats supported include MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, OGG, WAV, MP2, Musepack, APE, VQF and more.

CDex Portable is a wrapper program for portability. Alternatively, X-CDex is also available.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download CDExPortable_x.xx_online.paf.exe to a folder of your choice and launch.

Note: It's online installer requires internet connection
Similar/alternative apps: fre:ac, AudioGrabber
What's new? See:
http://cdex.mu/download
Latest comments
romulous on 2015-05-28 10:07

@smaragdus: You will note that the SourceForge page is now listed as being owned by 'sf-editor1'. That is one of the SourceForge staff accounts. What that means for CDex is detailed here in this Ars article:
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/05/sourceforge-grabs-gimp-for-windows-account-wraps-installer-in-bundle-pushing-adware/

tl;dr: SourceForge decided that the project page was abandoned, took it over and bundled the installer with ads, as they have done for a number of other well known projects.

AndTheWolf on 2016-06-18 16:26

The link on this page still points to CDExPortable_1.7.8.paf.exe, not to version 1.8.1. PortableApps.com has the updated link.

webfork on 2016-06-18 17:33

@AndTheWolf: Good catch - I'm just using the PA home for both the website and download links.

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PAST v3.16 Updated

billon on 23 Jul 2017

PAST (PAlaeontological STatistics) is a data analysis package aimed at paleontology. Inspired by PALSTAT, it includes common statistical, plotting and modeling functions. It features a spreadsheet-like data entry form, and supports both interactive user interface and scripting.

Category:
System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None. It does write the paths of the last used files/folders to a file called pastsetup.txt in the user profile folder (under "My Documents"), but that should not affect its portability.
Stealth: ? No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Past3.exe.

Version for older systems can be downloaded here.
What's new? See:
http://folk.uio.no/ohammer/past/versionlist.html
Latest comments
suksumo on 2013-04-26 20:32

I read the menu ,this is very practical and powerful stat software.Could anyone show me how I can find the user manual / or tutorial. thank youu.suksumo

Checker on 2013-04-26 22:29

@ suksumo: See http://nhm2.uio.no/norlex/past/doc1.html

Emka on 2013-12-15 14:10

Major new version 3 is out. Still portable?

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DropIt v8.4 Updated

billon on 23 Jul 2017
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 23 Jul 2017
  • Suggested by Lupo73

DropIt provides a floating target image on your desktop that you can drag-and-drop files to quickly process them with a predefined action. Actions include: copy, compress, extract, rename, delete, split, join, encrypt, decrypt, open with, print, upload, send by mail, create gallery, create list, create playlist, create shortcut, copy to clipboard, change properties and ignore. A destination can be chosen for each association defined, as well as group associations in any number of profiles.

Users can create rules to filter files based on name, directory, size, date, properties, content or regular expressions. Existing files in destination folders can be defined to overwrite, skip, or rename them. It includes a multi-language interface, folder monitoring, shared folders support, SendTo and Command-Line support, environment variables support, automatic update and much more.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch DropIt.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Drop Zone
What's new? See:
http://www.dropitproject.com/changelog.txt
Latest comments
treis on 2011-05-31 14:37

Congrats. Dropit has a mention on lifehacker.
http://ca.lifehacker.com/5806828/dropit-keeps-your-desktop-clean-by-sorting-all-your-files-for-you

hamasaki on 2013-11-11 08:49

Great little utility. I regularly have a lot of zip files I need to move to different locations. This is a real timesaver.

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Pixia v6.03f Updated

billon on 21 Jul 2017
  • 16MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 21 Jul 2017
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Pixia is a powerful raster graphics editor with a unique user interface. It includes various photo filters, brushes, layers, text and broad file format support. Note that the program has a fairly unique interface so, when learning Pixia, it's easier to discard everything you know about other editors like Photoshop or Paintshop and start from scratch with the tutorials and help files.

64-bit version compatible only with Win8+.

Category:
System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and install to the default folder
  2. Optionally, download and install help files and additional filters
  3. Copy all files to a folder of your choice
  4. Uninstall the program
  5. Launch pixia.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Artweaver Free
What's new? See:
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/mighty/knight/

Note: Pixia 64 bit is at ver. 6.03c.
Latest comments
webfork on 2013-02-10 20:55

Checker: a portable version of Paint.net is available, but untested and not something I would use: http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=61988#p61988

Fixitman on 2013-11-01 23:15

Webfork is correct, there is a portable version. Worked fine for me on XP. I also like the knockoff of it called Pinta available for Linux. It's not full-featured yet, but it certainly works.
Off-topicP If you really want portable, put your favorite version of Linux including whatever programs you want on a USB stick and you've got an entire portable OS!

AndTheWolf on 2013-11-13 17:48

Download link still pointing to Pixia 6.00G rather than to 6.00H and gets a "not found" error.

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