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RocketDock v1.3.5

Checker on 6 Aug 2014
  • 10MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by USBman

RocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha-blended program launcher that resembles the "dock" found in Mac OS X. It features a simple drag-and-drop interface, multi-monitor support, running application indicators, compatibility with most dock skin format, relative path support etc.

Functional on 64-bit systems.

Category:
Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of drive-less absolute path (eg. \docs\personal\work.doc without the drive letter)
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. Create a blank file called Settings.ini in that folder
  4. Optionally, delete unnecessary language and help files and skins
  5. Launch RocketDock.exe
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Gmacri on 2010-09-22 17:41

Somebody know if there will be a program update?

webfork on 2010-09-23 17:14

Gmacri: looks like the last release was the "final" one. You might try emailing the authors.

giulia on 2013-10-31 19:06

No Stealth
it creates this folder HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\StackDocklet

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Splat v1.1.8

Midas on 4 Mar 2018
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Aug 2015
  • Suggested by Checker

Splat (Simple Program Launching and Termination) allows you to build profiles that can launch or close programs and services. Supports drag-and-drop, hotkeys, process priority, and includes the ability to open specific files, folders, URLs, and even other Splat profiles. The program can aggressively close (kill) applications that may not shut down normally or add delays of time, CPU usage, or whether the previous program has closed yet.

Great for a computer startup sequence that won't slow down your computer or for switching between different separate program groups (such switching from a view all your financial programs, data, and files to all your photo/video editing tools)

Category:
Runs on:Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Splat.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Lacuna Launcher
What's new?
  • Added the ability to create a profile shortcut in your startup folder. Right-click a profile and choose the option from the menu.
  • Fixed: Context menu did not work for reordering profiles.

a023.gif Applause for "Best new portable freeware of 2015" !
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webfork on 2015-01-18 22:43

I very quickly integrated this into the startup sequence on both of my main machines. Great to get multiple portable software up and running in a system-friendly way.

Midas on 2015-01-19 13:16

Thanks, webfork. Your comment made me realize that Splat can be used as a start-up manager... duh!

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JauntePE v0.6.0 Alpha

webfork on 21 Mar 2020
  • 799KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Jun 2011
  • Suggested by redllar

JauntePE is a suite of tools that allows you to make applications portable by virtualizing access to the filesystem and registry.

For discussion and support, please visit JauntPE Sourceforge web forum or our two JauntPE dedicated forums -- JauntePE Discussion and JauntePE Launchers.

Category:
Runs on:Win98 / WinME / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: GPL v3
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch JauntePE.exe.
What's new?
  • At redllar's request, I have updated this entry to point to the latest version of JauntePE and its new home/forum at SourceForge.net.
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rbon on 2014-09-18 15:22

Portable JauntePE 0.6.6 Beta
- web site: http://www.portable-jauntepe.com-about.com/
- download page: http://www.portable-jauntepe.com-about.com/download.html
- direct download: http://sourceforge.net/projects/jauntepe/files/JauntePE060Nightly.zip/download
The link above download the file JauntePE060Nightly.zip and if You unzip it and see changelog.txt:
- gui's file version to 0.6.4
- runtime's file version to 0.6.6
Author is Redlar.

olliebean on 2016-01-01 17:19

Seems like this doesn't work any more in Windows 10. Although apps portablised using it in previous versions of Windows still seem to work OK.

Key Liune on 2018-10-10 11:53

JauntePE downloaded, just want to try it) I am a fan of portable apps!!!
I have experience Molbox, but this is no longer supported. Then he switched to Boxedapp. These programs are very cool!

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PortableApps.com Platform v17.1.1

billon on 9 Sep 2020
  • 11MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Sep 2020
  • 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:
Runs on:Win2K / 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: Freeware/Open Source
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? See:
https://portableapps.com/platform/changelog
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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

shnbwmn on 2018-05-10 03:26

Latest version (v15.0) now supports .NET programs, the first of which appears to be KeePass Professional (or 2.x).

https://portableapps.com/news/2018-05-09--keepass-professional-portable-2.39-released

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ASuite v2.0

billon on 3 Aug 2020
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Apr 2020
  • Suggested by El Salvador

ASuite is a lightweight program launcher that allows you to define a hierarchical list of menus for launching applications, folders and web links from the system tray. Includes search tab, scheduling, hotkeys, most recently used programs list, custom background, automation tools on startup/shut down and more.

The program can scan for applications or import file structures from WinPenPack, Pstart, and other launchers. Supports relative paths.

Category:
Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: GNU GPLv3
How to extract: Download the 7z package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch ASuite.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Pstart, PortableApps Platform, WinPenPack NetMenu
What's new? See:
https://github.com/salvadorbs/Asuite/releases
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hamasaki on 2020-05-10 21:08

@El Salvador Great to see this launcher back in action. The new version is fantastic and the UI much nicer. It's the best launcher by far. Keep up the good work.

opsimathic on 2020-09-05 23:18

This is exactly what I have been looking for. Unfortunately, the icons beside each entry disappear. They were there to begin with, but then vanished! I went back to Properties and added the option Icon path - the icons appeared but after I rebooted my laptop, the icons have gone again. Can this be fixed? Many thanks!

opsimathic on 2020-09-06 08:46

Not quite sure how I did it, but I appear to have solved my issue with the disappearing icons. I probably just fiddled too much with the options. Anyway, it looks like it is functioning just fine now.

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