PortableApps.com Suite 1.5 Released In English and German
Submitted by John T. Haller on March 6, 2009 - 6:34pm
PortableApps.com is proud to announce the English and German release of the PortableApps.com Suite 1.5, making it easier than ever to carry your favorite software with you. This new update makes the most popular portable software platform even better than before, updating to the latest PortableApps.com Platform and all the bundled apps. Browse the web, check your email, chat online, listen to music, keep your passwords secure, work on documents, check your datebook and even play a few games... all on the go. And, as always, it's all open source and completely free.
The PortableApps.com Suite 1.5 Standard and Light Edition are available for immediate download from PortableApps.com.
All versions of the PortableApps.com Suite include the integrated PortableApps.com Menu (pictured at right) and the PortableApps.com Backup utility along with a set of custom icons, an autoplay configuration, folders and a quick start shortcut. In addition, the packages include:
*Note: The Light Suite includes AbiWord Portable (word processor) instead of OpenOffice.org Portable.
New In PortableApps.com Platform 1.5
The PortableApps.com Platform 1.5 release adds lots of new features including:
New Theme - The PortableApps.com Menu has a greatly improved display engine and a slick new theme to go along with it. It's PNG based allowing transparent hovers on buttons and other great looking extras. And the next release of the platform in 2 weeks will let you theme it yourself.
App Icon Renaming - Now you can rename all your apps so they appear just as you like.
App Icon Hiding - You can easily hide icons right from the menu. This is especially useful when you add apps that aren't in PortableApps.com Format (Did you know the PortableApps.com Platform works with all portable apps?).
Better Multilingual Support - The Platform now supports 37 languages and has a 55 langauge installer making it easy for everyone to install and use.
App Language Switching - When you switch languages in the menu and then launch one of our apps like Pidgin, GIMP, Notepad++, VLC and others, the app will automatically come up in the language the menu is set to. This way, you don't have to hunt around in an app to figure out how to change its language.
Improved Wallpaper Swapper - The built in wallpaper swapper now supports widescreen and standard wallpapers and will automatically use the best one for the PC you're on.
Run As (Admin) - You can now run individual applications as an admin or other user directly within the menu.
Hide Desktop Icons - You can optionally have the platform hide the PC's desktop icons while it's running, giving you a cleaner desktop.
Transparency - The menu supports a new transparency setting to give it a glassy effect and see the desktop below it.
App Details on Hover - When you hover over an app's icon, you can see all the details of the app. Now you don't have to start it up to remember what version you have installed.
Installing and Upgrading
Whether installing or upgrading, with PortableApps.com, it's a snap. Just download the new PortableApps.com Suite 1.5 release, Standard or Light depending on your needs, and install it to your portable device's root directory. If you're upgrading, it will automatically detect your existing install. Please note that if you are using a modified version of the menu or the theme from the 1.1 release, it will be replaced with the official 1.5 menu and theme.
Another Release Coming Soon!!
Best of all, another release of the PortableApps.com Platform is coming within the next couple weeks. We did this interim release to get some new features and functionality in the hands of users and so that OpenOffice.org could give away the latest and the greatest at CeBIT in Germany this week. The 2.0 release will have all the features of 1.5 plus new theming options and other advanced features. Look for the first beta test to hit the forums within a few days.
The English Standard and Light Editions of the Suite are available from the PortableApps.com Platform / Suite homepage. The German Standard and Light Editions are available from the PortableApps.com Platform / Suite German homepage. Download it today!