Description: One of the greatest names in freeware is the OpenOffice software suite for productivity, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, powerpoint presentations, graphics, and a couple math apps. Merchants often advertise commercial counterparts to OpenOffice (mainly Microsoft Office) to customers buying a new PC, which come at a very expensive price. OpenOffice allows you to smirk back at them with confidence!
OpenOffice is free and open source, it does almost everything commercial suites do, and it saves/loads document formats compatible with Microsoft Office. You can get the PortableApps version or the winPenPack x-version. Verified TruPortable.
LibreOffice is proving to be very popular and well worth the down load and can be downloaded from portableapps.com
Other Download Sites: winPenPack's X-OpenOffice
Alternate Products: SoftMaker Office (no portable download and writes to registry, see steps to make it portable)
Description: If you only need a lightweight word processor, then AbiWord is an excellent choice. "It's a multi platform application and reads many standard document types (OpenOffice, MS Word, WordPerfect, RTF, HTML...)." You can add extra plugins and tools to enhance it (such as dictionaries or fonts), see here for how.
Description: There are many lightweight alternatives to Adobe reader. PDF-XChange is an excellent choice for its good text clarity, and its ability to make annotations without watermarking. "It loads reasonably fast, prints PDFs, exports PDF documents to many formats (BMP, JPEG, TIFF, PNG), magnifies text, and extracts text and images. It also allows you to save and fill Adobe PDF forms." And the portable download is half the size of the regular installer. Verified TruPortable.
Description: If you need specialized financial software to avoid messing around with custom spreadsheet functions, GNUCash can make things easier. "It will ease you into accounting equations and help you keep tabs of your budget. You are allowed to easily create as many accounts as you need. The program has a reporting and graphing module to generate a full suite of standard and customizable reports, including balance sheet, profit & loss, portfolio valuation, etc. On the downside, it doesn't provide encryption of files, but you can rely on third party encryption software to keep files confidential and secured if necessary." Its online banking features write settings to the registry.
If you need to automatically retrieve financial quotes, see just below here for information on Perl Portable.
Description: Personal Information Management (PIM) software helps store and organize your information electronically. EssentialPIM Free includes "tools to satisfy your calendar, contact management, to do list, notes and email needs." The portable version saves all your data in one file and encrypts it (with standard Rijndael, a 128 bit key). Get the "free portable" version (ZIP download).
EssentialPIM also has additional syncing and scheduling features: "It does many of the same things as Outlook and can import your Outlook data and/or Outlook Express contacts as well. There is no way to schedule repeating to-dos, but by creating an all day repeating "task" (which is essentially an appointment) you can effectively create a repeating to-do which begins before the day grid." Verified TruPortable.
Related Portable Apps
- Convert Images to PDF: i2pdf
- PDF Tools: PDFTK Builder Portable
- Text Editor: Notepad ++ | EditPad Lite
- Sticky Notes: PNotes Portable
- Outliner: TKOutline
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