I use my 2GB Kingston U3 enabled USB drive a lot. The reason? The availability of a variety of portable applications and most of them for free. For your reading pleasure, here are a few of my favorites.
- Mozilla Firefox – Very handy to have if you frequent your IE using friends or relatives. (Firefox 3 beta 4 is available as a portable app right now)
- GreatNews – A portable feed reader I am very fond of.
- Trillian – Excellent IM chat application.
- myPodder – Great tool for podcast lovers – needs a podcastready.com account.
- KeePass – Password manager on the go. Uses good encryption.
- OpenOffice – A full fledged alternative to Microsoft Office. AbiWord is an excellent choice if you just looking for a Microsoft Word alternative.
- EditPad Lite – Supercharged Notepad with lot of nice features.
- FoxIt Reader – A simple and fast PDF reader. Download the zip file for a standalone app.
- 7-zip Portable – Excellent archiving tool supporting multiple formats like zip, unzip, tar, etc.
- Portable Live Writer – Your Windows Live Writer to go.
- IrfanView – Lghtweight but feature rich image editor. If you like Gimp, there is a portable version for it too. (Free Vectors)
- Filezilla – Small and portable FTP client.
If you don’t want to mess with individually downlading each of these, Portable Apps offers a PotableApps Suite in 3 flavors to download a bunch of apps at one shot.
PortableApps Suite (Standard Edition) – 89.5MB
PortableApps Suite (Lite Edition) – 30.4MB
Now, you can put that USB drive you won in a contest or the one they gave away in a conference or the one you bought from a SlickDeal to good use. Never be without your favorite app anymore.
If you have found some cool portable app that is not in the list, I would love to know.