The Portable Freeware Collection

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[UPDATE] CDex Portable v2.24

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.

[UPDATE] Sigil Portable v1.3.0 Rev 2

Sigil is a tabbed editor for the EPUB format commonly used in eBooks. The program includes basic formatting, customizable fonts and styles, hotkeys and spellcheck. You can generate a table of contents, embed files (audio, video, or other), edit/add metadata, rearrange or split pages, add vector (SVG) images and available "clips" for frequently entered text.

As the format is based on simple HTML, the program includes a WYSIWYG-style book vs. code view, the ability to modify cascading style sheets and additional functionality via plugins. The program can even shrink some eBooks by discarding unused media elements.

Cross-platform with clients for Linux, Mac and supports many languages. Sigil Portable is a wrapper version of the program and X-Sigil is also available.

[UPDATE] MyPaint Portable v2.0.1

MyPaint is a fast and easy graphics application for digital painters, utilizing a brush system that's versatile and configurable. You work on your canvas with minimum distractions, bringing up the interface only when you need it. Supports graphics tablets made by Wacom and similar devices.

Cross-platform with clients available for Mac/Linux.

MyPaint Portable is a wrapper program for MyPaint. Alternatively, X-MyPaint is also available and can be updated to the latest version via this process (thanks shnbwmn).

[UPDATE] SoundVolumeView v2.20

SoundVolumeView displays general information and current volume level for all active sound components on your system, allowing instant mute/unmute. This is useful both for viewing audio management details as well as tracking down (and silencing) a given program sound from your system. Additionally, the program also allows for loading or saving custom sound configurations for a given situation or toolset. A config file contains volume level, mute/unmute state of all sound components and default sound devices.

A command-line interface is also available with extensive support, allowing you to save/load profiles, change the current volume of every sound component and mute/unmute every sound component.

[UPDATE] QOwnNotes v20.8.4

QOwnNotes is a text editor / notepad replacement with markdown support and todo list manager. The program supports themes, keyboard shortcuts, syntax highlighting and encryption. Includes available nested file list, tags, search and more. Optionally works with the notes application ownCloud or Nextcloud.

Cross-platform with clients available for Mac and Linux.

[UPDATE] LibreOffice Portable v7.0.0

LibreOffice is a complete productivity suite including word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, database, drawing tool and more. Includes strong compatibility for 100s of file formats including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio etc.). The program is similar to OpenOffice, a program that it was derived from, but has added many new features and improvements.

LibreOffice Portable is a special build developed in conjunction with the publisher. On systems without Java installed, some functions such as document creation wizards and the Base database application etc. can be enabled by adding jPortable, though this is optional and can be skipped if those functions are not needed. Alternatively, X-LibreOffice is also available.

Other available portable versions:

  • Still - more tested and stable but with fewer features/capabilities
  • Legacy - for WinXP/Vista users (unsupported)

The program is cross platform with versions available for Mac, Linux/BSD (comes default with most distros) and supports a variety of extensions.

[UPDATE] PDF-XChange Editor v8.0.341.0

PDF-XChange Editor is a fast, feature-rich PDF viewer and editor with a tabbed interface. The program includes edition of text-based PDFs, OCR of image based/scanned PDF's to fully text-searchable PDFs, full document spellchecking, rotate/crop documents, add comments/annotations to any PDF file, QR codes and more. You can apply custom stamps from any image/PDF file/Windows clipboard, mark-up pages with text and objects and add/edit hyperlinks.

The program supports export to text or image (BMP/JPEG/TIFF/PNG etc.).

Note: The free PDF-XChange Editor lacks some features present in the registered version (payware). Some "Pro" features can be used, but will add a watermark upon saving.

[UPDATE] Ahnenblatt Free v2.99o

Ahnenblatt is designed to manage your genealogy data and to generate impressive reports and graphical trees. Many import and export features make it easy to share data with others (GEDCOM, HTML and more).

Note that the "Free" version lacks many features of the "Full" shareware version, supporting only basic events and only 1 source and note per person.

[UPDATE] DevManView v1.70

DevManView is an alternative to the standard Windows Device Manager. It displays all devices and their properties in a flat table, instead of a hierarchical treeview. In addition to displaying the devices of your local computer, DevManView also lets you view the device list of another computer on your network, as long as you have administrator access rights to that computer.

DevManView can also load the devices list from external instance of Windows and disable unwanted devices. This feature can be useful if you have trouble starting Windows on a particular machine and you need to disable a problematic device.