Portable Software Solutions

This page discusses the increasing range of Assistive Technology Solutions that are now available as on a USB flashdrive to allow the user to carry the solution with them at all times

Portable Apps website


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www.portableapps.com has details of a range of free assistive technoologies and other applications that will run from a USB drive without requiring an installation onto a harddrive

These are examples of what is available:

In addition a number of companies and vendors are creating USB versions of their software to support hotdesking and mobile workers and students.

Accessible portable applications in your pocket



How learners use Access Apps


ELearning Accessibility and Inclusion


AccessApps consists of a range of open source and freeware assistive technology applications which can be accessed from a USB flash drive.
These programs will run without the need to install them onto a computer and offer a range of e-learning solutions to support writing, reading and planning as well as visual and mobility difficulties. AccessApps pendrive

AccessApps VI is targeted at people with visual impairments and includes the NVDA screen reader and other programs.

There are over 40 applications, utilties and learning games pre-installed on AccessApps - something for everyone!

AccessApps also features the complete series of JISC TechDis ‘Accessiblitly Essentials’ in an accessible web-based format as well as a comprehensive easy-to-follow user guide.Introductory video clip If you are still unsure what open source software and portable applications are you can find out more by watching the introductory video clip.

To download and view the video clip select this link

Step-by-step tutorials To get you up and running with AccessApps and to help familiarise you with some of the portable applications and utilities, you can download a step-by-step introductory guide. This is available in a variety of formats, for example, Word, PDF, Open Writer as well as range of accessible and alternative formats such as MP3 and DAISY/digital talking book.


The MP3 and DTB files are in a compressed folder. Right click on the folder and select ‘Extract All’ to your desktop or a location of your choice.
You can play the DAISY files in Amis, a DAISY reader on AccessApps.Video tutorials We have also provided video/screencasts which you can use to supplement the guide or use as standalone tutorials. These guides are based around the assistive technology support programs and include tutorials on alternative web browsers, mind mapping and magnification software.

To get started select the tutorial of your choice from the list below:

  • Vu-Bar If you find reading large chunks of text difficult Vu-Bar will help you to read on line of text at a time.
    Watch the Vu-Bar tutorial
Downloading portable apps

The type of software solution required by a student is often dictated by their own individual learning support need. The aim of the download section is to allow learning support staff and/or students to choose which portable application best suits their individual need and to download the chosen application to their USB drive.

This flexible approach will enable AccessApps to be used to support a range of learning needs. For example, AccessApps could comprise of portable applications to support specific and general needs, such as visual, reading and writing etc.

We would like thank the following developers for allowing us to use their software on AccessApps.

RapidSet and Vu-Bar: http://www.fxc.btinternet.co.uk/

TheSage: http://www.sequencepublishing.com/thesage.html

D-Speech: http://dimio.altervista.org/eng/

Power Reader: http://www.projectpossibility.org/viewProject.php?id=1

Amis DAISY Reader: http://amis.sourceforge.net/

Type Faster Typing Tutor: http://www.typefastertypingtutor.com/

Virtual Magnifying Glass: http://magnifier.sourceforge.net/

WebIE and Podcatcher: http://www.webbie.org.uk/

Click N Type: http://www.lakefolks.org/cnt/

MouseTool: http://www.mousetool.com/index.html

Dasher: http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/dasher/

ArtWeaver: http://www.artweaver.de/index.php?artweaver_en

Gimp: http://www.gimp.org/

Audiobook Cutter: http://audiobookcutter.sourceforge.net/

UnFREEz: http://www.whitsoftdev.com/unfreez/

Wink: http://www.debugmode.com/wink/

Scribus: http://www.quate.net/newsnet/read.php?id=31

KompoZer: http://kompozer.net/

CamStudio: http://camstudio.org/

7-Zip: http://www.7-zip.org/

ClamWin: http://www.clamwin.com/

KeePass: http://keepass.info/

Converber: http://www.xyntec.com/converber.htm

PDF Producer: http://www.paraschopra.com/software/pdfproducer.php

TobOCR: http://www.topocr.com/

Soduku: http://www.easysw.com/~mike/sudoku/index.html

Joolem: http://jooleem.sourceforge.net/#Downloads

Othello: http://www.cylog.org/games_3.asp

Stranded II: http://www.unrealsoftware.de/game_stranded2.php

Anagrmarama: http://www.coralquest.com/anagramarama/




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