Best free por­ta­ble apps

Your favourite soft­ware, any­where…

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1 Li­breOf­fice Por­ta­ble­breof­­load/por­ta­ble-ver­sions/

Li­breOf­fice Por­ta­ble is the largest por­ta­ble app here, but it’s still amaz­ingly com­pact con­sid­er­ing it’s a full MS Of­fice sub­sti­tute. You’ll need an ex­ter­nal hard drive if you want to carry it, but you can eas­ily keep it in the cloud (the free ver­sion of OneDrive, for ex­am­ple, gives you 5GB to play with, while Drop­Box gives you 2GB).

Li­breOf­fice Por­ta­ble in­cludes al­most all the pro­grams from the in­stal­lable ver­sion: Writer (word pro­cess­ing), Calc (spread­sheets), Im­press (pre­sen­ta­tions), Draw (vec­tor draw­ing), Math (for­mu­lae), and Base (data­bases). The only thing miss­ing is Charts – although you can cre­ate graphs and other vi­su­al­i­sa­tions us­ing Calc.

Like many por­ta­ble apps, Li­breOf­fice Por­ta­ble is made us­ing open source code. This takes some time, so it’s a few ver­sions be­hind the in­stal­lable ver­sion of Li­breOf­fice. How­ever, that time has been well spent and it’s well op­ti­mised for use on the move, with easy ac­cess to doc­u­ments stored on a net­worked drive, an FTP server, or Google Drive.

2 GIMP Por­ta­ble https://source­

The por­ta­ble edi­tion of GIMP (AKA the GNU Im­age Ma­nip­u­la­tion Pro­gram) – the finest photo ed­i­tor money can’t buy – is too large for all but the most ex­pen­sive USB sticks – par­tic­u­larly if you want to change set­tings or down­load ex­ten­sions – but is ideal for other stor­age me­dia such as ex­ter­nal hard disk drives.

It’s a hefty folder thanks to all the nec­es­sary re­sources, in­clud­ing brushes, plu­g­ins and fonts. The need to ac­cess all of these means GIMP Por­ta­ble takes a lit­tle while to launch, but once it does you’ve got the per­fect tool for ad­vanced photo edit­ing, wher­ever you are.

It’s easy to open files from a lo­cal drive, net­worked stor­age, or even a URL, mak­ing GIMP Por­ta­ble bril­liant for edit­ing al­most any pic­ture re­motely.

The por­ta­ble edi­tion is based on the full ver­sion’s cur­rent sta­ble re­lease, so you’ll get all the lat­est fea­tures and built-in ex­ten­sions.

3 VLC Me­dia Player Por­ta­ble

VLC, from the VideoLAN project, is one of the most ca­pa­ble and widely-sup­ported open source me­dia play­ers around. Its main ap­peal lies in its abil­ity to play pretty much any au­dio or video file (in­clud­ing MKV, MP4 and WMV), plus al­most any au­dio or video stream, with­out the need to down­load ad­di­tional codecs.

That flex­i­bil­ity makes VLC Me­dia Player Por­ta­ble par­tic­u­larly handy. Keep it in re­serve and if you come across an awk­ward file that won’t play nicely with your reg­u­lar mu­sic or video soft­ware, then you’ve got the per­fect tool for the job.

VLC Me­dia Player Por­ta­ble can han­dle files from any lo­ca­tion, in­clud­ing lo­cal drives, net­work stor­age, and streams. You can even sup­ple­ment it with easy-toin­stall and freely avail­able ex­ten­sions to in­te­grate it with spe­cific ser­vices – although you should bear in mind that this will add to the ap­pli­ca­tion’s 22.3MB por­ta­ble foot­print con­sid­er­ably.

4 CCleaner Por­ta­ble https://www.pir­i­­load/por­ta­ble

CCleaner from Pir­i­form is the big­gest name in com­puter sys­tem main­te­nance – and is a peren­nial favourite here at Win­dows Help & Ad­vice mag­a­zine. It makes it easy to clear out clut­ter like tem­po­rary files and cook­ies that not only takes up valu­able space, but can also put your pri­vacy at risk.

CCleaner Por­ta­ble is a handy toolkit that you can run on any PC in need of a good spring clean. The down­load in­cludes both the 32-bit and 64-bit ver­sions of the pro­gram, so you can pick the right one for the OS that is run­ning on the af­flicted ma­chine.

CCleaner Por­ta­ble is ideal for help­ing out friends and fam­ily mem­bers whose ma­chines have started to slow down – although you should al­ways check be­fore delet­ing their cached lo­gins.

Oh yes, and if you’re run­ning it from your Down­loads folder, don’t worry – it won’t try to delete it­self.

The por­ta­ble ver­sion of Li­breOf­fice is al­most as fully fea­tured as the in­stal­lable ver­sion.

Get your im­age edit­ing kicks with the por­ta­ble ver­sion of GIMP.

VLC Me­dia Player Por­ta­ble is one of the most ver­sa­tile au­dio and video play­ers around.

Quickly solve PC prob­lems with this CCleaner Por­ta­ble.

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