Application Installer Soft2Base 2.0 Released - gHacks Tech News

Application Installer Soft2Base 2.0 Released

Back in 2010, when I reviewed the application installer Soft2Base for the first time, I found it to be an interesting program for users who wanted to install multiple popular freeware programs silently on their system.

Soft2Base 2.0 has just been released, and the update improves the program significantly. The developer has done away with the configuration screen that was displayed in previous versions on program start. The interface itself looks a lot cleaner, with app categories displayed in a sidebar, and the available applications in list form on the right.

soft2base application installer

You'll immediately recognize that Soft2Base is now displaying the version of installed programs in the application listing. That's handy if you do not want to download and install a program that you already have installed on the system.

Available programs are listed with their name and version, a short description, and the language they are offered in. Icons in the listing indicate whether a program is already installed on the system, needs updating, or is not installed at all.

You can modify the selection by using filters that are displayed underneath the category listing in the sidebar. Here you can filter all programs that are the same version as the installed programs, display only top programs, or only display installed applications that are not up to date.

When you look at the available program listing you will notice many popular programs in the list. From Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera, over CCleaner and ImgBurn, to Skype and Libre Office. You will certainly find programs missing in the selection, like TrueCrypt or Notepad++ for instance.

To install a new application or an update, check the program's box in the interface, and click on the next button. If you click install here, the selected applications will be installed silently and without version comparison. You can modify setup options before you do that on the screen. This includes changing the interface language of the programs that you want to install, or to select to download the programs only to the local system.

A installation log is displayed afterwards that reveals if all installations have been completed successfully.

Closing Words

The improvements that have made their way into Soft2Base make sense, and improve the usability and functionality of the application installer. Especially the ability to filter out installed applications from the listing, the new program interface, and the inclusion of additional programs need to be mentioned here.

Soft2Base is compatible with all recent 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.

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Comments

  1. Rodney said on April 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm
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    Thank you for making me aware of this great software. There is a website “https://ninite.com/” that allows me to pick multiple applications to install. When I am done selecting the apps to install it sends me a small executable that when run will download the apps and silently installs them. The installer always gets an app’s latest version no matter when you made it. 32 bit or 64 bit Ninite installs the best version of an app for your PC, and installs apps in your PC’s language. Ninite automatically says “No” to toolbars and other junk. They claim that if you run your Ninite installer again at a later date it will update the apps to their latest versions, but I am unsure if it ignores the apps that are already up to date or automatically installs them again. With a small yearly subscription you can get your updates automatically with their pro version.

    1. Titou said on April 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm
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      don’t you need to download ninite exec each time you want to update the application list ?

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 10, 2012 at 5:42 pm
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        Good point.

      2. Rodney said on April 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm
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        No. The executable does not contain the update. It downloads the most current version and then installs it. I think the current versions are maintained on their site because it has to be modified to not install the unwanted extras. read about it at “https://ninite.com/”.

  2. ilev said on April 7, 2012 at 9:50 am
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    +1 for Ninite.

  3. hotdog said on April 8, 2012 at 5:33 am
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    Do they have a tools to upgrade drivers automatically?

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