Today we've gathered together a bunch of applications that you can use directly off your flash drive. We we're inspired by the release of portable Firefox and portable Thunderbird which was developed by John T. Haller. Basically what he did was optimize Mozilla's Thunderbird and Firefox to be used on a flash drive. Why would you want to do that you may ask? Well imagine if you will that you could use your applications such as your browser on any computer and still have access to your favorites/bookmarks, or your email in the case of Thunderbird.
Through some hunting and searching on the net, we 've narrowed down a few choice useful applications that are small and will work completely off a flash drive. Most if not all of these are also freeware which is nice bonus.
We'll start things off the two most well known first.
The free and safer browser alternative to internet explorer. A fast and easy to use browser with hundreds of plugins to customize Firefox to your liking. It also features tab browsing and pop blocking built in.
XMPlay is an audio player, supporting the OGG / MP3 / MP2 / MP1 / WMA / WAV / CDA / MO3 / IT / XM / S3M / MTM / MOD / UMX audio formats, and PLS / M3U / ASX playlists. A load more formats are also supported via plugins.
XnView is a utility for viewing and converting graphic files. It can import about 400 graphic file formats and
Export about 50 graphic file formats. It can also Copy/Cut/Crop and resize graphics and add effects to them.
Cdex is a tool to do all sorts of things audio related. Mainly focused on ripping and converting, things like turning your home Compact Disc collection into an mp3 collection on your hard drive become extremely easy. With built in support for many encoders you wont find any shortage of options for your media files.