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I have LiberKey and another suite of portable programs that I regularly use. I recently tried to consolidate everything to LiberKey because it just works better for me (and I like the launcher more, too). But, I am missing several apps, which forces me to keep the other suite installed if I want timely, automatic updates. I've gone through both suites and removed programs that duplicate functions, so this isn't a case of, "Well, this program calculates a file's MD5 hash and this one does the same thing, but beeps at the end." If there are similar LiberKey programs to the ones I'm missing (listed below), they either a) Lack critical/unique features, b) Have a significantly worse interface (not just look, but command line interface and batch processing), or c) The opposite of a+b, look worse or lack features, but are more reliable and offer a backup plan. (Example, I'd rather have 2 file recovery utilities made by different people and using different techniques than a single utility.)
The apps missing from LiberKey are:
- Image -
Hot Spot Studio
- Web -
Skype <- That's a big one
- CD/Audio -
Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch
- Office -
Foxit PDF Reader <- Even though it's gone downhill, I still find some PDFs that only Adobe and Foxit render correctly
- Dev Related -
SQLite Database Browser
XN Resource Editor
- Misc -
Zint Barcode Studio
- Utils -
Console (aka Console2)
DiffPDF <- Very useful for comparing PDFs. All other utils I tried just showed coding.
RegShot <- One listed on LiberKey is dead. This one is still active: http://sourceforge.net/projects/regshot/
SIW (System Information for Windows)
Spybot S&D <- Another semi-important one
Virtual Volumes View
Windows Error Lookup Tool
- Hardware -
I also noticed that LiberKey seems to be a little slower to update to new versions, even with popular software like VLC and Firefox. Not terribly behind, but sometimes off my more than a week. For example, FreeFileSync updated on July 1. It is July 27 and LiberKey still lists the old version as up to date. I don't know if this is a 1 person effort, and I'd be super-impressed if it was, but it would be nice to get new releases pushed out a little faster. Not a major issue, just bringing it up.
Thanks and keep up the awesome work!
Yeah, I've considered that, but I assumed you'd lose the ability to update through the PA.com launcher. So now I keep the two launchers and their apps separate to ease updating.
Though, this is the first time I've experienced one of these little European vacation seasons, and I'm not sure how much I like the 1+ month disappearance of updates. I understand stopping development on the launcher or other first-party things, but there should be a relatively automated process in place to deal with updates so that a skeleton crew could keep the apps up to date.
I do the same but the opposite way. I keep liberkey and portableapps side by side as well, but I use portableapps most of the time now and consolidated in that. The slow updates on the liberkey side and the fact that the portableapps apps work better most of the time lead me to that. The portableapps menu lacks a few features of liberkey, but nothing major in my normal use. And the couple things I do want seem to be planned for the next version. Liberkey seems more like a hobby project compared to portableapps which is fine as long as you know that ahead of time. I just really want my apps to be reliable and updated. I even made a little shortcut in the portableapps menu to launch liberkey when I need it.
Yeah, this is exactly what I'm thinking of doing now (ugh, and I just consolidated to LiberKey). I also use WSCC to keep SysInternals and NirSoft updated, which will get another little shortcut added to portableapps. I kinda hate the PA launcher, which means finally searching out a proper solution for launching any of the programs across all suites.
And then there's the question of how to deal with the ~100 other 'portable'/no install apps. My only thought for keeping on top of those is to have an html file with links to the download sites that I have to manually create. I know this has veered off topic, but anyone have a good strategy for handling those loose portable apps?
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