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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Liberkey: 200+ Portable Apps Wherever You Go [Windows]

Liberkey (probably a play off of liberty, heh) is a freely downloadable program that groups a lot of portable apps together to make life that much simpler for people who need simplicity. 

And who doesn’t like simple, other than my grandmother? According to their website, they aim to be a “swiss army knife” type of tool, providing access to a plethora of various free programs that can be accessed at any moment on any computer (and in a variety of ways!).

Just to name a few of the many programs included:

- Notepad: text editor
- Google Chrome: web browser
- Ccleaner: program uninstaller and registry cleaner tool
- Windirstat: hard drive usage mapper
- GIMP: images editing and manipulation program
- Format Factory: video converter
- and many more.

The software is split into three different compilations – Basic (28 softwares) , Standard (106 softwares) , and Ultimate (all 200+ softwares). It is further divided into easily identifiable categories including video, system utilities, audio, CD-DVD, file management, among many others.

Aside from running Liberkey after it’s installed on your computer, you can also install it on a portable hard drive or USB and run it straight from the device. This saves the trouble of you having to install everything on a host computer, and it provides a lot more mobility.

Small and compact, like a baby!

The Liberkey application doesn’t take up much space at all, and its size is about that of Trillian or Pidgin. If you minimize, it’ll just be a small icon in the system tray. The reason I downloaded this program was that I thought its GUI (Graphical User Interface) was very intuitive. All of the programs are categorized very concisely and to the point, making it easy for people who aren’t that computer literate to be able to access everything without getting lost.

Liberkey prefers that you register an account with them before downloading their package, but it’s free to download so you’re not required to. Even so, Liberkey constantly updates their package and adds to its program repertoire. Members who are signed up through their website are able to instantly update their Liberkey software by automatically downloading any of the new addons through the internet.


Liberkey also has a “associate file extensions” feature which allows users to launch any file whether from a directory or drive without compatibility problems.

One last thing to note is that I think Liberkey is written by a group of French programmers, as their main website (and a lot of the correspondence including forums) is in French. But don’t worry, they have an English website as well.

If you’re interested, you can check it out here.

Have you used Liberkey? How did you find it? Any other better alternatives to recommend? Shout out in the comments!

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