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Software License Giveaway Drawing: CodySafe Sigma

Folks, I am pleased to announce my latest software license giveaway drawing.

The folks at Codyssey have generously donated 10 licenses for CodySafe Σ (Sigma) to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank them for that. So I am going to do a random drawing¹ contest from folks who “enter” by posting a comment (below). The drawing will close  midnight (Pacific) Thursday, July 22nd, and the winners announced Friday. So act now.

CodySafe is essentially a portable applications launcher and portable drive management tool for use with USB drives, and making them a “computer on a stick”.  With it, you launch your “portable” programs and files from a Vista-like menu.  Below, I will give you my impressions and some screenshots, but first…

CNet Editors say,
“Every now and again, a free utility or application stands out from the crowd. CodySafe from Codyssey is just such a tool..

CodySafe is handy, unique, fun, and free. It opens the door to a world of compact, portable, and efficient applications, and we recommend it.” (Read complete review here)

I know there are many portable app menus and launchers available, but this one may be the most feature driven, nicest looking portable apps menu I have experienced thus far.
Rick Robinette, What’s On My PC, CodySafe FREE – The Ultimate Portable Apps Menu

Why use a USB flash drive as a mere data shuttle? The free CodySafe is one of the cleverest ways you can find to turn a USB flash drive into what the developer calls a “computer on a stick.“”
~ Preston Gralla
, PC World, Editorial Review of CodySafe

Publisher’s description:

“The CodySafe line offers a collection of best portable apps menu tools allowing you to carry computer applications with you, to launch them directly from the USB stick with ease and leave no “footprint” on the host PC. Its Drive Doctor feature keeps flash memory healthy; its ViruSense technology detects and prevents virus infection, and the Find-if-Lost tool allows storing your contact information to aid in recovery if you lose your USB stick. Along with all these options and tools the next generation – CodySafe Sigma – grants you instant access to hundreds of portable apps, fast search and launch option and nested grouping of apps.”

This slideshow illustrates some of the features of CodySafe. Here, I am copying a program installed on my laptop to my “thumb drive toolkit” – in this case, the ZIP file tool, 7Zip, and I put it in the “Utilities” folder. (This is just to illustrate the method..)

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“CodySafe Sigma enables you to manage, group, sort and launch programs directly from your USB drive with no need to install them on your computer. CodySafe Σ (Sigma) integrates the “Apps Depot” feature, enabling instant access to the world’s widest library of portable applications, one-click download and immediate installation of the application to your portable drive. You can quickly launch your programs, access documents, media files or explore the content of your USB drive.

The program includes an application manager that makes it easy to add new programs to the launch menu. Other features include a built-in hotkey manager to launch applications and URLs, applications instant search, autorun management, support for advanced script options and much more. CodySafe offers unparalleled convenience and ease of use, fitting any level of user proficiency.”

I found it easy enough for beginners (I do suggest plugging in your thumb drive before launching the CodySafe setup though) and, I think even the free version is superior to either the PortableApps or U3 suites. (Compare CodySafe editions, here. Read my other articles on portable apps here.)

Unless you have a true OS on your pen drive (aka “thumb drive, aka “memory stick”), “computer on a stick” smacks a bit of hyperbole – however , I do carry a tech “toolkit on a stick”. In fact, that was how I first came to learn of CodySafe, as their free “Admin Swiss Knife Suite” version comes pre-loaded with many tools and utilities useful for solving PC troubles. I used it as a starting point; deleted some apps (with a click) and added others from other sources – such as anti-Spywares – to build my own custom portable PC repair toolkit. This is not the only use for CodySafe though! A friend of mine uses his CodySafe enabled drive mainly as a music library. CodySafe is very versatile.

How to enter? Residents of the US and Canada may enter the drawing by simply clicking on “comment”, and entering a name and valid e-mail (so I can send you the key) in the form. Actually commenting is optional. And, I shouldn’t have to say this, but multiple entries will result in disqualification.

Again, I thank the folks at Codyssey for making this giveaway possible. Try it out yourself. (And then leave a comment. You may just win an activation key..) You can get started by looking at the applications list, here, or click any of the links above.

¹ All entrants will be placed into’s “randomizer”, and the top 10 results will be the winners.

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July 19, 2010 Posted by | advice, computers, free software, gadgets, Portable Computing, software, tech, thumb drives, USB storage devices | 49 Comments