In yesterdays post on Sandisk Cruzer Micro, I was mentioning how U3 Smart technology allows you to carry your favorite PC programs on the flash drive.
Turns out that U3 is not the only technology available to accomplish this task. There is an open source project called PortableApps using which you could turn any flash drive/iPod into a “U3 smart” device.
A portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a portable device and use on any Windows computer. When your USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device is plugged in, you have access to your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC. And when you unplug the device, none of your personal data is left behind.
Even though you can run the PortableApps along with U3, I decided to first test it on my iPod. There are 3 different flavors of installation available.
|PortableApps Lite||30MB||Uses AbiWord Portable (word processor) instead of OpenOffice.org|
|PortableApps Base||800KB||Stripped down package with just the PortableApps Menu, PortableApps Backup utility and custom folders, icons and autorun|
Download any of the above 3 flavors and extract the contents to the root of your flash drive.
Unlike U3 Launchpad, PortableApps Menu doesÂ notÂ have the ability to auto-launch when the flash drive is connected to the PC.
The PortableApp application are of “paf” format and can be installed via the PortableApps Menu. The number of Portable applications is limited and is listed on this page.