Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Skype Portable, instant messaging, video chat and phone calls
The new version adds not only a fresh look, but also faster performance, easier group chatting, and better notification control. There's really no single communication service that offers everything Skype does. —Michael Muchmore, PCMag.com, June 23, 2013.
A great messenger for voice and video calls. —Iwillneverstop (a user), SnapFiles.com, Dec 26, 2012.
Honestly if I could I would give 0 stars. If Skype needs to start charging, I think they should. I'd rather pay an annual fee than to be exposed to this kind of ''video calls''. I can't even say 2 sentences before it disconnects. —Franklin of Tallahassee, FL on Oct. 4, 2014, ConsumerAffairs.com.
Skype keeps the world talking. Call, message and share whatever you want for free.

Size: 128 MB (134,524,928 bytes) Packed Size: 49.5 MB (51,965,952 bytes)
MD5: DAF535069C5CFF96BC294AF0CB9E9A97

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HoloLens plugin

  • We include the HoloLens plugin—FAQ about using Skype for HoloLens—that's why the size is bigger.
  • We don't have HoloLens, so if you have one, please tell us about it via versapps/at/gmail.com or Google+ or other social links at the top menu. If it's not working, we'll remove it from our next releases. Thanks for your feedbacks :)

Portability Notes

  • Skype writes non essential data to Windows registry and data folders while running.
  • Make sure it exits cleanly before plugging out your thumbdrive.

About the Publisher

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Soft Organizer Portable, Proper Installing and Full Uninstalling of Programs!
"Another important feature worth mentioning is represented by the possibility to install applications and trace the changes that are made to your system during the installation procedure. ... Soft Organizer allows users to view details about the traces that are left in the Windows Registry and file system." —Ana Marculescu, softpedia.com (Sep 26, 2017)
"I managed to track what changes were done on my PC by an application is was installing. Full Uninstall makes it easy to track those changes and revert them. Much better than Revo Uninstaller." —TIKITA2 (a user), download.cnet.com (January 3, 2012)
"Total uninstall unwanted software, simple interface, speed, tracking changes to the system they make programs to completely remove them and more.." —LOCO-78 (a user), download.cnet.com (January 26, 2013)
Soft Organizer — the new name of Full Uninstall — is a clean uninstaller for Windows that does more than just cleanly uninstall programs.
   With Soft Organizer, you can remove files, folders, and registry entries left behind by uninstalled programs, check installed programs for new updates, batch uninstall programs, silent install programs, and more.

Size: 20.4 MB (21,487,616 bytes) Packed Size: 7.65 MB (8,024,064 bytes)
MD5: F01D9885E8733D96D68A8AC9A1CC5D2A

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Administrator privilege.

How to activate

  • Go to the Free Soft Organizer (100% discount) - SharewareOnSale event page.
  • Get the license key from the post-download page.
  • Run and register the portable app.
  • Backup/archive the whole portable app. folder after a clean exit—i.e. no PortableApps.comLauncherRuntimeData-SoftOrganizerPortable.ini file in the Data folder.

Portability Notes

  • Soft Organizer do not have portable mode. It stores its settings in Windows registry and data folders while running.
  • Make sure it exits cleanly before plugging out your thumbdrive.
  • You can help by sending request to the official developer to add "portable mode" to their future release.

About the Publisher

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Aegisub Portable, Advanced Subtitle Editor!
"It is no wonder that Aegisub is the fan-sub editor of choice for millions of people. The incredible interface combined with all of the extremely well-made features of the application make it one of the best subtitle editors that you could possibly hope to find." —Adam Jones, filecluster.com (March 12, 2014)
"There's support for importing just about every video type, of course. And your finished work may be exported in all the usual formats: SRT, SUB, ASS/ SSA, STL, ENCORE.TXT, TTXT, TRANSTATION.TXT, or just TXT)." —Mike Williams, PCAdvisor.co.uk (10 December '14)
"Aegisub has a very clean interface even though it is full of features for editing and creating subtitles from scratch." —Bogdan Popa, Softpedia.com (December 8th, 2014)
Aegisub is a free, cross-platform open source tool for creating and modifying subtitles.
   Aegisub makes it quick and easy to time subtitles to audio, and features many powerful tools for styling them, including a built-in real-time video preview.

Size: 384 MB (403,222,528 bytes) Packed Size: 142 MB (149,458,944 bytes)
MD5: 94640AD018178CF9D204A7FE1B08E90B

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Release Notes

This release includes:
  • All dictionaries and thesauri.
  • Offline user manual.
  • Video tutorials.

Portability Notes

  • Aegisub stores some of its settings in Windows data folders while running.
  • Make sure it exits cleanly before plugging out your thumbdrive.

About the Publisher

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Sweet Home 3D Portable, draw floor plans and arrange furniture freely!
"All things considered, this program is definitely one of the best of its kind, if not the actual number one choice once can make when it comes to creating and visualizing home designs." —Olivian Puha, Softpedia.com (July 20th, 2015)
"While the results of Sweet Home 3D were impressive, we were slightly disappointed with its control. Placing items in the room will take some patience, as it feels rather clunky. However, with a little practice, we are certain users will be able to use this free program to design something impressive." —Download.com staff, download.CNET.com (June 16, 2009)
"The online tool is probably a better option." —secretlibby (a user), download.CNET.com (November 10, 2014)
Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps you draw the plan of your house, arrange furniture on it and visit the results in 3D.

Size: 400 MB (420,110,336 bytes) Packed Size: 223 MB (234,627,072 bytes)
MD5: AB6BDD4A0588CE7D1044C3836EB9DEE3

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  • OpenGL capable graphics card.
  • DirectX, you can get it from:
    • DirectX 9 (directx_Jun2010_redist, June 2010 redistributable, 95.6 MB) for Windows XP or older.
    • DirectX 11 (DXSDK_Jun10, 572 MB) for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7 or newer.
    • Web installer, better, if you have Internet connection.
  • Java portable (32/64 bit) and Java launcher (32/64 bit) to run both the FurnitureLibraryEditor-x.x.jar and TexturesLibraryEditor-x.x.jar—included in the App\SweetHome3D folder.
  • Please read the help file before running this app.

Portability Notes

  • Sweet Home 3D and its Java dependency writes to Windows registry and data folders while running.
  • Make sure it exits cleanly before plugging out your thumbdrive.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Google Drive Portable, a safe place for all your files!
"With interface improvements and more features, Google Drive keeps getting better. In fact, it’s practically indispensable if you rely on Android or Chrome OS devices for your work." —Stuart Andrews, CloudPro.co.uk (22 Feb, 2015)
"...Google Drive is best suited to those wedded to the Google ecosystem, only really coming into its own if your company uses Gmail or relies on Google apps. For those who do most of their work in the traditional Microsoft Office apps, it has considerably weaker appeal... Performance is a little snappier after the initial device sync, but for those in the Windows world, we see few compelling reasons to trade OneDrive for Google’s offering." —Barry Collins, ITPro.co.uk (24 Mar, 2015)
"We would not recommend using Google Drive as a backup service because essential features are amiss such as automatic backups, scheduling or a decent way to select folders across your operating system. Is Google Drive worth it? Certainly, if your use of the service is limited. If you’re backing up huge amounts of data regularly, you might want to explore other online backup solutions." —Mauricio Prinzlau, Cloudwards.net
Google Drive is a cloud storage and file backup for photos, docs, and more.

Size: 53.4 MB (56,082,432 bytes) Packed Size: 40.9 MB (42,934,272 bytes)
MD5: CF14C74A3CC07581D5E41B5272FF53D8

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Reason for discontinuation

The portable app. has a habit of crashing Windows' File Explorer on first run, and we feel quite uneasy about it. And we just find a good replacement: RcloneBrowser.

Read the help :)

  • Please read the help file first.
  • You have to manually reconfigure Google Drive each time you move or rename the portable app. folder.
  • Somehow Google Drive will crash Explorer on each first run—a dark screen with even task bar gone for a while—but not on subsequent start.
  • When closing/exiting, please watch your Task Manager—since it will take quite a while.

Portability Notes

  • Google Drive do not have portable mode. It stores its settings in Windows' registry and data folders while running.
  • Make sure it exits cleanly before plugging out your thumbdrive.
  • You can help by sending request to the official developer to add "portable mode" to their future release.

About the Publisher

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

WonderFox DVD Ripper
"This software has more than 250 conversion profiles that can optimize your DVD conversions for nearly any device you happen to own." —toptenreviews.com
"People who are not satisfied with the price of this software might resort to the free edition, however it has fewer features. ... This amazing DVD ripper earned a top spot in various best DVD rippers reviews online due to its amazing features such as easy to use interface." —dvd2dvd.org (March 8, 2017)
"DVD Ripper Pro is close to perfection. It takes a potentially complex task and makes it wonderfully quick and simple, while still offering incredible range of options and output formats." —Mark Wycislik-Wilson, techradar.com (September 11, 2017)
Ok, first things first, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) forbids circumventing copy encryptions contained on commercial discs. The DMCA makes no exceptions for circumventing these encryptions for personal use. TA.O (thumbapps.org) does not endorse piracy or any other illegal activity.
   DVD ripping software like this can be used for both legal and illegal purposes. WonderFox points out that DVD Ripper Pro can not only bypass DVD content scramble system (CSS) and region coding, but also remove a variety of protection techniques like Multi-angle, RCE, Sony ARccOS, UOP, Disney X-Project DRM and Cinavia Protection.
   What you chose to do with the software is up to you. Just keep in mind the law that governs your activities where you are in the world.

  Phew..., now, we all know that in this age of mobile, we tend to rip any movie DVD/BD disc so we can watch it on the road. Be it on our smartphone, tablet, or laptop (right-click → open image in a new tab, for bigger image).

Watching videos on mobile gadget
   And this is where WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro comes really handy. You can rip a feature-length movie in around 30 minutes to 1 hour (full version edition) with the default settings to a huge range of video and audio formats, including AVI, MP4, MKV, MPG, WMV, MOV, MTS, M4V, ASF, DVC, MTS, M2TS, WEBM, FLV, SWF, VOB, F4V, 3GP and 3GP2, or to HD video formats for better playback on a larger screen.
   It sports an intuitive interface that you really don't need a manual to use it,

WonderFox DVD Ripper user interface
   It has a lot of preset Output Profile for video, Web, audio, HD/4K, and a lot of gadgets including TV and others (right-click → open image in a new tab, for bigger image),
video profiles hd/4k profiles web profiles audio profiles apple profiles sony profiles samsung profiles htc profiles microsoft profiles lenovo profiles google profiles huawei profiles lg profiles tv profiles amazon profiles other profiles
   All in all, it's more than 250 conversion profiles you can choose from to do a 3 simple steps to rip: Load DVD (disc/ISO/folder) → choose Output Format → Run,

Load, set, and run!
   But the result of the default preset Smart Fit (480p) without Deinterlace option results in slight interlaces here and there—as appears here on the artist face,
  interlacing in default preset
   You can fix it by ticking the Deinterlace option, and while at it we might as well try creating a 720p mp4,

720p with deinterlace option
   And it really works,

720p mp4 with deinterlace result

The Pros

   But the most interesting things we notice are these:
    • the image quality of 480p (left picture below) and 720p (right picture) looks good and indistinguishable by the naked eye to the original one (click picture for larger view).
    • the video ISO we use is compressed from its original 217MB to 45.1MB (20%) for the 480p and amazingly only 44.1MB for the 720p!
    • the time it took to make a 480p video is around 4 minutes, and 7 minutes for the 720p with deinterlace enabled.
480p mp4 smart fit result 720p mp4 custom result
   So, if we use our sample to estimate say to make a 4.7GB DVD into 720p mp4 file, then it would take around 20 times longer—around 2.5 hours—and around 1GB in size.
   As for a 8.5GB Blu-ray into 720p mp4, then it would take around 40 times longer—around 5 hours—and will get you around 2GB in size.
   We use giveaway license, but with full version license the speed can be up to 50 times faster.
   The pros on the Internet can compress a video to around 10% of its original size. So 20% is not too bad for amateur, considering you can do it without hassle! (Though we don't mind if in the future WonderFox can match that pro compression ratio :)

The Cons

The unregistered/freeware copy can only rip 15 minute run time,

freeware limitations
   The giveaway license that we use for this review is not as fast as the full version—which can go up to 50 times faster,

giveaway license limitations
   You can support our website and buy the full version through our affiliation link here. If you like we can put your name or nickname in our upcoming new "thank you page" if you send us your recent proof of purchase to our email versapps[at]gmail.com.

The Competition

There are alternatives that we'd already released for this app: HandBrake or WinX DVD Ripper Free Edition.[]

Monday, October 23, 2017

ClipGrab Portable, a friendly downloader for YouTube and other sites!
"If you are a Google Chrome fan, for example, you will find that Google doesn't allow any kind of extension in its store that can facilitate the download of clips from Youtube or such... ClipGrab is a hassle-free application that is able to fulfill the simple task of downloading [video] from an online source." —Silviu Stahie, Softpedia.com (September 30th, 2015 15:45 GMT)
"Great piece of software! All you do is copy and paste the url into the program and it gets you the video super quick." —dmoney2023 (a user), download.CNET.com (November 30, 2015)
"The interface is clean and easy to see what to do. Have it running while you browse your fave video site. As soon as you copy the link to the video Clipgrab will popup and ask what you want to do. Select save as original or many other video formats or even just as mp3." —bigaussie (a user), download.CNET.com (October 04, 2015)
ClipGrab is a free downloader and converter for YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe, Dailymotion and many other online video sites.
   It converts downloaded videos to MPEG4, MP3 or other formats in just one easy step.

Size: 73.2 MB (76,783,616 bytes) Packed Size: 22.1 MB (23,175,168 bytes)
MD5: 79679FCA62ED3A25F549FB3C1061AB55

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Portability Notes

  • ClipGrab do not have portable mode. It stores its settings and writes non essential data in Windows registry while running.
  • Make sure it exits cleanly before plugging out your thumbdrive.
  • You can help by sending request to the official developer to add "portable mode" to their future release.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

AnyBurn Portable, Free Solutions for CD/DVD/Blu-ray burning!
"Free Any Burn is very low-demanding when it comes to the CPU and system memory, has a good response time and carries out a task in reasonable time." —Elena Opris, Softpedia.com
"Free AnyBurn can't create video DVDs. It's free, portable, and seems to deliver the burning basics very well, though, and if that sounds appealing then we'd recommend you give it a try." —Mike Williams, PCAdvisor.co.uk (19 Aug 15)
"Worked with Windows 10's latest debacle update...does NOT allow you to save your compilations, which is most annoying." —rjfrech (a user), download.CNET.com (March 31, 2015)
Any Burn is lightweight, but professional CD, DVD, or Blu-Ray burning software that everyone must have.

Size: 12.9 MB (13,627,392 bytes) Packed Size: 3.12 MB (3,272,704 bytes)
MD5: 58839691A404C9F4FECD6EA73CFD0FB3

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Portability Notes

  • AnyBurn writes non essential data to Windows data folder while running.
  • Make sure it exits cleanly before plugging out your thumbdrive.

About the Publisher

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