Best Free Software Suite

 
Introduction

Software Suites are downloadable programs that contain several utility applications that perform multiple tasks. OpenDisc, Lupo Pen Suite, and Liberkey are examples of programs that provide integrated programs that perform a variety of tasks.

For our top rated Software Suites, see the ratings below.

Office Suites are a subset of software suites, but provide only office type functions such as Word Processing, Spreadsheet, and Presentation programs. We maintain a separate category for those programs: Best Free Office Suites.

 
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Discussion

Liberkey remains as my top pick yet again. This suite comes in 3 sizes: Basic (13), Standard (85) and Ultimate (146). However you do not have to pick a suite, you can build your suite how you like it from their applications catalog. I have read comments in the past that Liberkey comes incomplete and other suites are more balanced. I would have to disagree.

Liberkey has 293 applications to choose from including some of the most popular ones. If you know what you want I would suggest installing Standard suite and adding other apps to your taste.

Another nice option is automatic updates which are carried out frequently keeping your suite up to date. Also, I have not encountered any threat detections with Avira for a change. Highly recommended.

 

Lupo PenSuite is a completely free suite of portable programs and games (no need to be installed).

Optimized to be loaded on a pendrive, this suite works perfectly well on any hard disk. It includes over a hundred programs and lots of games, classified into several categories.

Lupo has quite a few additional apps you can add to the suite. Actually the suite is built in a way that you could almost add any portable app in the directory and just drag and drop an executable file in the suite to add to it. Very nice suite but not without a few drawbacks.

First of all there are quite a few apps that are being detected as threats by antiviruses. The ones I have checked proved to be false positives however, it does not strike you with confidence when you encounter a 'virus threat'. Also, it does not auto update like Liberkey.

Every time you try to go to the additional apps page it launches internal portable Firefox asking you to close already running applications, very annoying! On top of that it has failed to connect to the server for 3 days running.

 

OpenDisc offers for free, a wonderful collection of 39 software products you need to run a PC, including the latest version of OpenOffice. Many of these freebies substitute admirably for expensive commercial products. There is Abi Word as an alternative to MS Word, LibreOffice for MS Office, Thunderbird for Outlook, The Gimp for Adobe Photoshop, 7-zip for WinZip and many, many more.

This is an extraordinary collection of software. Do note, though, that the full ISO download is 1.16GB. (If you have a slow connection they will send you 2 disks for a donation of $20). The downside is that you are stuck with 39 apps which cannot be updated.

 

WinPenPack is another software suite that comes in numerous and various suites for differing needs. It does have a good amount of applications with some extra ones available for download. A 2Gb suite showed as being clean with an Avira scan.

The downside of WinPenPack is that you have to download additional apps first and apply them manually. Also, there is no update option available and all updates have to be done manually (except for X-software).

 

Portable Apps is a very light suite that comes with 16 essential applications for day-to-day surfing and office needs. The basic platform is only 2Mb and you have an option of either a light suite (52Mb) or a standard suite (137Mb).

I have also tried to install WinInizio PenSuite 2.1 but have aborted the installation after Avira started screaming during the installation. Yes most likely it is a false positive, but my take on this was that we already have 4 good suites and I am not going to review a software that cannot even be installed without triggering alarms! NB Please be wary before installing.

 
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Quick Selection Guide

Liberkey
4.5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Hundreds of programs included in 3 sizes. Portable use (installed on USB key, external hard drive, etc.), auto update, clean suite. Very easy to add/remove software.
Limited to 293 applications.
http://www.liberkey.com/en/
5.7.0530
4.36 MB + applications
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
This product is portable.
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Very good website, you can easily see what's in each size.
View the changelog here

Lupo PenSuite
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Lots of software programs. Includes some games.
Very busy website. Some false virus positives.
http://www.lupopensuite.com/
2013.04
120 MB lite 300 MB full
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Win98/98SE/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7

Good suite all in all, very hard to connect to additional apps server.
v2013.04 released 19 April, 2013
View the changelog here

OpenDisc
3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
39 applications included, many on Gizmo's list.
Very large download, but for a $20 donation they'll send you 2 disks. Cannot be updated.
http://www.theopendisc.com/
12.09
1.7 GB
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

You can click on a category and then select specific programs and be directed to their download sites.
v12.09 released 01 September, 2012
View version release notes here

WinPenPack
3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Lots of software programs. Includes some games.
Additional apps and updates need to be installed manually.
4.3
478.09 MB essential 662.64MB full
Unrestricted freeware
This product is portable.
Win98/98SE/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7

Decent suite but does not live up to above applications.
v4.3 released 29 June, 2013

 
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