If you have a U3 enabled USB drive, then you should be trying out the portable applications which are available free of cost. This is specially useful for all bloggers while traveling or when using a different computer for blogging. Here is a list of Top 10 free portable applications for bloggers.
1. OpenOffice.org: OpenOffice is a complete office suite, including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, drawing package and database. Its compatible with Windows and easy to use and feature rich suite.
2. FireFox Portable: Mozilla Firefox is one the most popular web browsers and Portable edition has all the features of the full version. The portable edition does not leave any personal information on the system you are browsing.
3. Windows Live Writer Portable: This is one of the best portable application for bloggers. If you use WLW for posting to blog, then WLW portable edition is a must have for all bloggers.
4. Notepad++ Portable: Notepad++ Portable is the handy Notepad++ text editor packaged as a portable app so you can do your development on the go. It has all the same great features of Notepad++ including support for multiple languages and an extensive plugin system.
5. Irfan View: IrfanView is a very fast, compact and innovative FREEWARE image viewer/converter. IrfanView is fast and small, with extremely low system resources requirements.
6. 7 Zip Portable: 7-Zip Portable is the popular portable application for archiving your files and work with your compressed 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, RAR files and more.
7. Thunderbird: Mozilla Thunderbird is the safe, fast email client that’s easy to use. It has lots of great features including quick message search, customizable views, support for IMAP/POP, RSS support and more. The portable version leaves no personal information behind on the machine you run it on.
8. FileZilla: FileZilla is a portable FTP client so that you can take your server list and settings with you. You can place it on your USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drive or on a CD and use it on any computer, without leaving any personal information behind.
9. VLC Media Player: With VLC Media Player Portable, you can take your audio and video files along with everything you need to play them on the go. You can place it on your USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drive or a CD.
10. Pidgin Portable: Pidgin Portable is an instant messaging client to take your IM settings and buddy lists with you. It has all the same great features as Pidgin, including support for AOL, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ and Jabber networks.