Portable Applications and the PortableApps.com Platform

On May 20, 2015, I gave the Portable Applications and the PortableApps.com Platform presentation at the Boca Raton Computer Society’s general meeting.

The linked Portable Applications and the PortableApps.com Platform PDF is a version of the slides, used for the presentation, with more text information than visual.

I have used portable applications and the PortableApps.com Platform itself for a long time. One of the best reasons is because these are free, though they might ask for a donation, and I can take all my settings with me.

PortableApps.com Home Page Screenshot

Summary of Presentation

An overview of portable applications for MS Windows in general

  • What a portable app is
  • Why to use a portable app
  • Where to get portable apps
  • What I consider essential portable apps

An overview of the PortableApps.Com Platform

  • PortableApps.com home page
  • PortableApps.com Platform 12.0.5 download
  • PortableApps.com Platform install


After the presentation, I performed a live demonstration of installing the PortableApps.com Platform v12.0.5, how to start it up, the options, the menu items, and how to install apps with the platform.

The following videos show all but the installation itself.

PortableApps.com Platform 12.0.5 Startup
This video shows how to start the platform, and explains the menu items.

PortableApps.com Platform 12.0.5 Options
This video is a  run through of the options for the platform, the defaults and what I like to change.


Do you use portable applications, with or without the PortableApps.com Platform?

What are your favorites, or what you consider essential?

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BPCA PortableApps Presentation

On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, I gave a presentation to the Broward Personal Computer Association, about Portable applications for the Windows OS.

Portable Applications for MS Windows from Steve Costello


The presentation is under a Creative Commons License shown on the next to last slide.

If you are with another computer user group and wish to use this as a basis of a similar presentation, go to the contact page of this blog, and request that I send you the notes.

Please include your name, title, the club’s site address, and any other information that I can verify.

Summary of Presentation

  • What a portable app is.
  • Why to use a portable app.
  • Where to get portable apps.
  • What I consider essential portable apps.
  • A practical demonstration of installing the PortableApps.com Platform, and adding portable apps, to a blank USB drive.

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Note: Updated March 20, 2013 to replace PDF copy, with a link to the Slideshare presentation.

Do you use portable apps?
What are your favorites, or what you consider essential?

Firefox Add On – Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer 0.84

I use Firefox 2.0 on my desktop and the BPCA laptop, as well as Firefox Portable on a USB Drive. Getting my bookmarks and RSS feeds synchronized manually was very tedious and error prone.

When I upgraded the other day to 2.0, one of the recommended add ons was the Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer, so I thought OK give it a try.

I made back ups of the various profiles, as I always do in case of a foul up and then installed the Foxmarks extension, available at , and ran the setup on each of the computers and the USB drive. Now I have the same bookmarks on each of my devices.

Part of the setup includes getting a free account at http://foxmarks.com/, where all your bookmarks are stored. Also, you can access your bookmarks from that site, using the user name and password created during setup, from anywhere, yes even using IE provided Javascript is enabled.

More in-depth information is available through the Foxmarks FAQ: .

I find this a very useful Firefox add on, making my collection of bookmarks available no matter where I am accessing the Internet from.

What are your favorite Firefox add ons?