Previously, I’ve reviewed a number of applications which will allow you to selectively install a compilation of freeware applications, including – 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.
LiberKey (which I’ve also reviewed previously – version 4.1), 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. Additionally, the application can just as easily be installed, and run, from a Hard Drive. In fact, for this updated test and review, that’s exactly what I choose to do.
Available applications cover a huge area of interest including Audio, Video, Graphics, Internet, Games, Security, Education, System, and more.
LiberKey Basic 5: 12 Applications, Installed size: 141.58 MB
LiberKey Standard 5: 89 Applications, Installed size: 535.54 MB
LiberKey Ultimate 5: 164 Applications, Installed size: 701.47 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.
There have been major changes since I first reviewed LiberKey. This time out, on launching the application, you will find that you are presented with a blank LiberKey menu applet.
You will then have the opportunity to select the most appropriate suite for your needs. Checkout the developer’s site to view a listing of included applications.
I choose the Ultimate edition adding (164 applications), which took approximately 40 minutes to download and install (in a single seamless process), to my Hard Drive. Lots of time – but lots of applications!
Following installation, you’ll notice that the Menu has been populated.
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.
The portable application launcher is user friendly, and no learning curve is involved, as the following screen capture indicates. In this example, simply clicking on HD Tune, launched HD Tune – Hard Disk Utility.
With so many applications to choose from, finding the right tool for the job could be a bit of a hassle. But the developers have anticipated this, and provided a pop out description of each application – making it easy to put your finger on just the right tool.
System requirements: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Win 7
Download at: LiberKey.com
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