Portable Version - No Formal Installation Required
Portable Debrief® is a special version of Debrief® that can run on a personal computer without being explicitly installed on that computer. For example, it can be run from removable media such as a USB flash drive, or from a personal folder on the hard drive. It can often be used with only guest privileges.
Why be Portable?
Portable Debrief was designed so it may be used on removable media such as a USB flash drive. When placed on a flash drive, the software and data can be moved from computer to computer without being formally installed on the computer.
Features, Editions, Pricing, Licensing
The Basic, Standard, and Professional editions are also available in Portable Debrief. Likewise, Pricing and licensing procedures are the same as the main version.
Choosing Between the Main and Portable Versions
The features and licensing are the same in both the main and portable versions.
The main version is suitable for most situations. Even with the Main version, Debrief data is portable. The data can reside on a USB flash drive, and be transferred between two PCs that have the main software installed. With the Portable version, the software location is portable, too.
Because the installation of the main version of Debrief is more automated than the portable version, it is recommended to use the main version unless the portable feature is explicitly needed.
Why Choose the Main Version, Instead of the Portable Version?
Indeed, the Portable version runs fine on a hard drive. Where software portability is not needed for a particular reason, the Main version follows mainstream install and uninstall conventions. For example, at installation the Main version:
Performance Differences Between the Main and Portable Versions
Software performance is the similar between the Main and Portable versions. However, hardware can make a difference. Software on a hard drive often operates faster because internal PC storage hardware paths are faster than external paths, such as through a USB interface. Generally, the difference is most noticeable when the software starts and exits, and is similar while reading and editing notes.
The Portable verion can be set up on a hard drive for the same performance as the Main version.
System Requirements for the Portable Version
Minimum system requirements for the portable version:
Portable Version Setup
Because the installation of the main version of Debrief is more automated than the portable version, it is recommended to used the main version unless the portable feature is needed.
The setup package for the portable version is a self-expanding zip file. The files are placed in a location determined by the user, such as a USB flash drive or a personal folder.
The default file location for the Portable Debrief software is
The default location for Portable Debrief notebook data is
How the Portable Version is Set Up on a PC
The setup for the portable version is a self-expanding zip file. By default, the portable version places all Debrief files in two folders, next to each other, for both program files and notebook data. This is where the program files are stored, most notably the Debrief program, DebriefPortable.exe. The default folder is:
The notebook data is placed in a folder next to it, in the \DebriefDocuments folder. The backup folder is one level lower, as \DebriefBackup For example, if you were to install on a USB flash drive that has been designated as the D-drive, the folder structure would be:
Optional tips for tailoring the layout for Portable Debrief:
About Using Portable Software on a USB Flash Drive
When your data, a Debrief notebook in this case, is on a USB flash drive, remember not to remove the drive while the software is running. Be sure the software has completely closed before removing the external drive.
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