Linux's installation methods can come with certain annoyances when you're just testing apps, like needing extra repositories or dependencies. If you don't want to do a full app install, PortableLinuxApps.org can provide a (mostly) portable version for you to test out.
While their apps aren't truly portable in the traditional sense (since they store their preferences in your home folder), they serve their purpose of testing out single apps very well. Instead of doing a full install, you can download the app in question from PortableLinuxApps.org's rather sizeable database and try it out hassle-free.
Note that you will need to manually give the app executable permissions after downloading it. Just right-click on the app, hit Properties and go to the Permissions tab. After checking the "Allow executing file as program" box, you can just double-click to run it like a normal app. Hit the link to check out the database.
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