LiberKey (which I’ve reviewed previously – version 4.1 – March 2010), is a compilation of freeware, and open source portable applications, 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 – installing LiberKey to my F: drive. You might consider a similar solution – an install to a Flash drive and a further install to your HD.
Available applications cover a huge area of interest including Audio, Video, Graphics, Internet, Games, Security, Education, System, and more.
Basic suite: 13 Applications, Installed size: 120.51 MB
Standard suite: 83 Applications, Installed size: 561.61 MB
Ultimate suite: 144 Applications, Installed size: 711.47 MB
As an bonus, more applications can be added at a later date using LiberKey’s catalogue. Additionally, you have the 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. I’m not convinced that this
You will then have the opportunity to select the most appropriate suite for your needs as per the following screen capture. I’m not convinced that this process is instinctive, but……
I choose the Ultimate edition adding (144 applications), which took approximately 11 minutes to download and install (in a single seamless process), to my Hard Drive. The same install to a Flash Drive, ate up roughly 30 minutes.
Following installation, you’ll notice that the Menu has been populated.
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 FastStone Image Viewer, brought up the application.
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.
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.
System requirements: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Win 7
Download at: LiberKey.com
The developers have put up a short install demo video you might find worthwhile viewing.