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Telegram Desktop v2.4.4 Updated

billon on 23 Oct 2020
  • 23MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 23 Oct 2020
  • Suggested by guinness

Telegram is an easy-to-use, secure messaging and VoIP service. The program can be installed on multiple locations and devices, and will synchronize with all connected tools. It supports video calls, broadcast messages, huge chat rooms and can transfer any file type, up to 1.5 gigs each.

Note the program requires a working phone number in order to log in (via SMS or automated phone call).

Cross-platform with clients available for Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and as a web app. A PortableApps version is also available.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder, Windows registry
Dependencies: Requires entry of a working phone number.
Stealth: ? No. HKCU\Software\TelegramDesktop

Also, by default, the program downloads media and documents into its own folder.
In order to make the program a little more stealthy, one can change Settings=>Advanced=>Data and Storage=>Download path=>Default folder to "Temp Folder, cleared on logout".
License: GNU GPLv3
How to extract: Download the "Portable version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch telegram.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: RetroShare, IsoToxin
What's new? See:
https://github.com/telegramdesktop/tdesktop/blob/master/changelog.txt
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FireRabbit on 2018-06-26 13:03

v1.3.8 - the BIG new feature here is that you can now export/backup your data.

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TeamTalk v5.6.3 Updated

billon on 21 Sep 2020
  • 22MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Sep 2020
  • Suggested by Fluffy_Bot

TeamTalk is a feature-rich conferencing application aimed at providing everyone a VoIP solution regardless of connection speed. Includes video conferencing, desktop sharing, file sharing, audio streaming, recording and much more. Audio push-to-talk and audio detection are both available. Features include quality controls, packetloss resistance, de-noising of outgoing audio, 3D positioning of sound and much more.

Note: This program may or may not function with public servers, meaning it will require a running server to connect with other users.

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Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application Folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and use Universal Extractor 2 to extract the program
  2. Open the folder {userappdata}\BearWare.dk and move the two files contained (TeamTalk5.ini and TeamTalk5Classic.xml) to the same location as the TeamTalk5.exe file.
  3. Launch TeamTalk5.exe

Optionally, delete other language files from languages and lng_classic folders.
Similar/alternative apps: TeamViewer, TeamSpeak
What's new? See:
https://bearware.dk/?cat=5
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joby_toss on 2014-12-09 07:10

Yes, it's portable, but it's only the classic 32-bit version. Nice find and let's hope they'll let the link up once they see it getting many hits.

hamasaki on 2020-05-03 20:56

{userappdata}\BearWare.dk folder doesn't exist, the files are in the root of the extraction with a .default extension. They just need renaming. So, info here out of date.

hamasaki on 2020-05-03 21:01

Sorry, forgot to say, in the {app} folder, not the root.

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Discord Portable v0.0.308-6 Updated

billon on 21 Sep 2020
  • 122MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Sep 2020
  • Suggested by Userfriendly

Discord is an easy-to-use, video and voice-over-IP program focused on gamers. The program functions with groups, includes high quality audio and maintains low CPU usage. The program also supports text chat, direct messaging, hotkeys, channels, permissions and embedded file exchange. The program integrates privacy settings, themes, streaming mode, notifications and more.

Discord Portable is a portable wrapper for the Discord instant messaging and VoIP program. The program is cross-platform with clients available for Web, Android, iOS, Mac and Linux. Alternatively, there is another wrapper developed by demon.devin.

Although most functions are free, some channel creations include premium features and games can be purchased via an integrated store.

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware/Open Source (wrapper: MIT, Discord: freeware)
How to extract: Download the self-extracting "setup" EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch discord-portable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Teamspeak, sPortable, qTox
What's new? See:
https://github.com/portapps/discord-portable/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md

Miranda NG v0.95.12

billon on 31 Jul 2020
  • 11MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 31 Jul 2020
  • Suggested by joby_toss

Miranda NG is a multi-protocol instant messaging client supporting most common protocols by default including Facebook, GG, ICQ, IRC, Jabber and MSN. However, additional protocols (including Discord, Skype, Tox, Twitter etc.), plugins and languages are available via "Main menu > Show full plugin list" (see online list).

As the program is a code fork of Miranda IM, an FAQ about the differences is available.

Alternatively, Miranda NG Portable is also available.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GNU GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the "stable" 7z package and extract (using 7-zip or a compatible program) to a folder of your choice
  2. Open mirandaboot.ini in a text editor and change the line

    ProfileDir=

    to

    ProfileDir=.\Profile

  3. Save the file and launch miranda32.exe or miranda64.exe (for 64-bit OS)
Similar/alternative apps: Miranda IM, Pidgin
What's new? See:
https://wiki.miranda-ng.org/Changelog
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webfork on 2014-01-05 02:55

smaragdus: My understanding is that they include all the popular plugins inside the distro. This is because plugin fragmentation and version issues were part of the reason for the Miranda NG code fork.

maxi on 2015-04-20 21:36

new skype support in developer version. skypeweb plugin found on there board

webfork on 2016-02-16 02:52

I really didn't like not being able to hit "enter" and have the message send. You can configure this behavior under options - Message sessions - General tab - Sending messages - checkbox "Send message on 'Enter'"

If that seems like a lot to go through to configure something fairly basic, that's kind of how this client works: a little confusing with a trade-off of intense customization.

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qTox v1.17.2 Updated

webfork on 27 Sep 2020
  • 45MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 27 Apr 2020
  • Suggested by smaragdus

qTox is an easy, secure instant messaging and VoIP client for the distributed Tox network. The program includes standard features like chat between users, group chats, file transfer with image preview, as well as high-quality audio and video calls with group call capability.

The program is peer-to-peer, meaning no central server is necessary for the network to function.

Cross-platform with clients available for Mac, Windows, FreeBSD and Android. Alternatively, qTox Portable is also available.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Windows 8 and 10: Empty folder written to \AppData\Roaming\tox
Windows 7: Duplicate user files saved to \AppData\Roaming\tox
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv3
How to extract:
  1. Download the setup-qtox-XXX-release.exe file and extract
  2. Copy the contents of setup-qtox-XXX-release.exe\_•€\bin to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch qtox.exe
  4. Create a username and optional password
  5. Click settings (gear icon), choose the Advanced tab, and select "Make Tox portable"
Optionally, close the program and delete the folder C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\tox\ (this makes the program more stealth)
Similar/alternative apps: Isotoxin, Ricochet, TorChat
What's new? https://github.com/qTox/qTox/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md
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smaragdus on 2017-04-27 01:44

Portability may be lost after update- re-enable it from "Settings" - "Advanced" - "Make Tox portable".

webfork on 2018-01-15 19:20

@billon: Thanks, posted something in forums about it.

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