Ramblings of a Digital Educator

December 20, 2006

Portable Applications for Mac OS X!

Filed under: General Blogging — dtrask @ 12:20 pm

I discovered this site yesterday when I was checking out the Portable Apps site for Windows. I “googled” for OS X portable apps and came across this site from FreeSMUG. I decided to download Abiword, Firefox, Adium, and few others to try on my own USB thumb drive. Wow! They all work flawlessly! OS X FOSS portable applications are packaged so you can carry around on any portable device, USB thumb drive, iPod, portable hard drive, memory card, other portable device (or also on your internal hard disk), taking your preferences with you. My daughter actually tried some of the apps last night (she is an 8th grader here in Maine and has a school issued OS X iBook). The application that was most exciting to her was Adium. Adium is an IM client. She currently uses iChat on her OWN iBook, but iChat is disabled on her school iBook….now….after school she can use Adium on her thumb drive to keep in touch. She also was pretty impressed with portable Firefox….now her preferences, extensions, and bookmarks travel with her. I thought that was pretty cool too….in fact in installed Foxmarks (see my previous post about Foxmarks) and synched my bookmarks! Firefox also gives you the option of copying over your profile from your Mac to take with you. Check out the portable apps below! Very cool….and useful!

OS X Portable Applications — FreeSMUG

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