Portable Apps for Mac?

Discussion in 'OS X and OS X Apps' started by dasaint, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. dasaint

    dasaint PhilMUG Addict Member

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    I am using a number of programs from Portable Apps ( http://portableapps.com/)
    the pocket version of Firefox , Thunderbird , Gaim (chat) , Openoffice which are stored in my 512 USB drive which allows me to bring my browser , email, office and chat to any PC with all of my settings intact. and pulling my USB drive knowing none of my browser history chat etc is left on the computer i used.

    Basically I enjoy the freedom of plugging to any computer and work.

    My question is does anyone know of anysoftware like this for mac or perhaps multi platform since I think they were originally for Linux?

    Thnaks for the help
     
  2. berniej

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    Almost all small apps written for Macs are "portable" because unlike their Windows counterpart, they simply need to be copied over to a machine to run. I can't see why they can't simply be stored on a flashdrive and be executed from that "portable" device.
     
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    dasaint PhilMUG Addict Member

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    hmm i ll try that later
     
  4. S13

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    I think the difference with these portable apps for Windows and Linux is that they don't write anything in the System registry or save anything on the PC hard drive. If you just copy Mac apps to a flash drive and use them on another computer, they will still write the app preferences and whatnots on the computer's hard drive. So they're not strictly "portable". It would be nice to have Mac versions of these portable apps. Anyone care to compile some for OS X? They're open source, anyway.
     
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    lol. its really amusing to see how features we take for granted are considered über features on the other side just like plug and play. ;) although i do think firefox needs to be reconfigured to use no disk and memory cache for it to work for the paranoid, and i believe 99% of mac apps still store a pref file in the boot partition...
     

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