Most of us might be using the portable applications. They are required as often as possible and compressing them would be as handy as possible. Thus, there is an option of software which can help you in this regard. The AppCompactor, which has been introduced by one of the biggest resource of portable applications, the PortableApps.com, shall allow you to compress your portable applications, and thus reduce the file size thus enabling you to increase performance when you need to run from a comparatively slow media like a pen drive or a thumb drive.
The AppCompactor is actually comprised of packages as UPX and 7-Zip within it which shall allow you for having easy compression of the EXEs, DLLs and other binaries of your portable applications using the UPX and then also provide for the recompression of ZIP and JAR files using the features of 7-Zip. There is a provision even for you to choose from the available four different methods of compression which include NRV2E, NRV2D, LZMA or BRUTE mode. Apart from this, there is an option which shall enable you to decompress the binary files of the portable applications which were compressed previously using UPX methods.
For you to compress an application, all you need to do is select the directory which has the files of the portable application. Thus, in this way, all the files as DLL, EXE, ZIP, JAR, IRC, PYD and BIN files which are contained in that directory, shall get compressed. Though it depends on the files, but the AppCompactor shall actually provide for a size decrease of approximately 50% or even more and this will be done without even affecting the functionality of the portable application.
Now, for information, a portable application is actually any application which is capable of working in your computer without the need of its installation on the computer. Thus, any of your previously installed applications in other machines may even ply to run on your machine by just a simple transfer of the folder where the installed files rest for that application in the other computer. Here comes the necessity of the AppCompactor. If your pen drive of the thumb drive is too small to accommodate the entire folder, this software shall prove of great use as by this provision you can transfer large folders easily achieving 50% or more compression of the files in that folder. Thus, in situations as those, you can actually visualize that the AppCompactor is actually of great help and is even necessary most of the times.
Apart from this use, the applications which are portable can even be used from an external drive directly without the need of having it copied on to your desktop if the memory space on your desktop is scarce and you need to still use the application. Thus, the AppCompactor shall prove to be of great help. So, go ahead and enjoy ample use of large portable applications using this heavily useful software.