In the past few days we have talked about a couple of applications which will allow you to selectively install a compilation of freeware applications – Ninite, and ZeuAPP. There are slight difference between these two applications, but the overall objective of each application is the same; to save the user time.
It never rains but it pours, right? In some cases that can be a good thing – like now. Regular reader David W. has pointed out another great application that has also been designed to save the user time.
LiberKey is a compilation of freeware, and open source, portable applications, which is offered in three flavors that can be installed on, and run from, a USB drive.
Available applications cover a huge area of interest including Audio, Video, Graphics, Internet, Games, Security, Education, System, and more.
Checkout the developer’s site to view a listing of included applications.
LiberKey Basic 4.8: 12 Applications, Installed size: 120.02 MB
LiberKey Standard 4.8: 90 Applications, Installed size: 442.27 MB
LiberKey Ultimate 4.8: 168 Applications, Installed size: 586.97 MB
As an bonus, more applications can be added at a later date using LiberKey’s catalogue. Additionally, you have an option of building your own LiberKey platform. Neat idea!
At a glance:
Ready to use.
Automatic online updates.
You can synchronize the display of the online catalog with your LiberKey.
This can help you to locate applications that could interest you.
I choose the Ultimate edition adding (168 applications), which took approximately 40 minutes to install to my USB drive. Lots of time – but lots of applications!
Following the installation, I reviewed the application’s “Stat” screen to ensure I had a seamless install. It turns out the total number of applications installed numbered 184, and not 168, as advertised. The developer needs to update the relevant documentation to reflect this variance.
The portable application launcher is user friendly, and no learning curve is involved, as the following screen capture indicates.
A cool feature that caught my attention was, the application launcher icon sitting in my taskbar. A small, but important, feature.
I already had a ton of portable applications on the USB drive I installed LiberKey to; but free and easy have always appealed to me. Perhaps to you as well.
System requirements: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Win 7
Download at: LiberKey.com
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