PortableApps.com Platform 10.2 Released: Automatic Updates, Folders, App Store, Search, Portable Fonts, Theming and More!
Submitted by John T. Haller on September 17, 2012 - 2:35pm
PortableApps.com is proud to announce the PortableApps.com Platform Version 10.2 (codename: Leo) stable release. This release adds incremental update support for apps (so the LibreOffice Portable update is 9MB instead of 140MB), new support for Armenian, updated translations, GUI enhancements and multiple bug fixes. Like previous releases, it also has automated and customizable folders (aka categories) in the menu, a full theming engine with multiple chrome styles, the Portable App Directory app store for automatic download and installation of portable apps, find-as-you-type search (just type / or F3) to easily find apps in your ever-growing collection, an improved updater, more-complete translations into more languages and lots more. The first 11.0 beta is just a couple days away as well (UPDATE: Releasing Thursday late morning or afternoon). If you'd like to see more features and functionality keep coming, please donate to PortableApps.com to help. The new platform releases is available for immediate download as well as for purchase bundled on the World's Best Flash Drive: The PortableApps.com Companion, which is now on sale for as little as $29.95. Read on for all the details...(permalink)
Existing users can automatically update by clicking Manage Apps - Check for Updates
New in 10.2
This release adds partial update support for apps, meaning that when we make a small patch to a large app like LibreOffice Portable, you can save bandwidth and install time with the PortableApps.com Updater by downloading a patch of just the changed files. Context menu icons have been cleaned up and additional icons added to the system tray and app right-click menus. The Options window now shows longer translations properly. Updaters from multiple platforms can now run simultaneously. Armenian has been added as a supported language. Updated translations for Polish, Hungarian, Italian and Slovenian are included. Several bugs related to free size calculation and updating, Wine use and shutdown were also made. Read the PortableApps.com Platform Changelog for the full list of features and fixes.
11.0 Beta 1 build progress
The first 11.0 beta build is nearly complete and will feature full keyboard navigation, screen reader compatibility and new functionality and bug fixes. It should be released by
Portable Apps - All Your Favorite Apps, Everywhere
PortableApps.com lets you carry all your favorite apps on a portable device or cloud drive and use them on any PC. Now you can have your own browser with all your bookmarks and extensions, your full office suite, your photo editor, your whole music collecion, your favorite games, your development tools and more. You can have everything you need for work and play with you on every PC you use. At work, at home, at school, visiting family and friends, even while traveling. And all your bookmarks, emails, personal files and settings stay right on your drive, too. Now, every PC becomes your PC.
Portable App Directory™ - Built-In App Store
The PortableApps.com Platform has an app store built right in, so you can find and install the apps you want with just a few clicks. You can find your favorite web browser, popular games, handy utilities, educational tools, image editors, chat programs and more. There are hundreds of free apps available with new apps added every week. With no download limit, you can download one app or one hundred. Best of all, you don't even need to give up your email address to get them.
Organize With Folders, Favorites, Type-To-Find Search and More
You can organize your growing app collection using the customizable menu so you can find the apps you need with ease. You can organize apps into folders automatically or create your own that work the way you think. Pick apps as favorites and they'll always be right at the top for instant access. You can even have the menu learn which apps you use most and keep them front and center. And when you need to find an app quickly, just hit / or F3 and then start typing, and you'll find what you're looking for. When you've found your app, just hit enter and the first app will start right up.
PortableApps.com Updater - Your Apps Are Up To Date
With PortableApps.com, you don't need to worry about making sure your software is up to date. When a new security fix for your browser is released or a new feature in your favorite game is available, the PortableApps.com Updater will automatically let you know. Just click a button and the updates are downloaded and installed without messing up your settings and saved files. And if you're in a hurry or using a computer on a slow connection, you can wait until later to update with just a click.
Themes, Colors and Your Personal Menu
Whether you want your menu to look modern or retro, light or dark, glassy or simple, the PortableApps.com Platform has an option for you. With a dozen bundled themes each with a rainbow of color selections, you could pick a different look every day for months and never have the same menu twice. And you can make the menu your own by adding your own personal picture to the upper right-hand corner.
The PortableApps.com Platform supports the ability to carry fonts on your portable device and use them with your portable software without needing to install them on the local machine. Now when you're working on that important presentation for work or that poster for your charity drive, you can be as creative as you like with the look and still have it look and print the same on every computer you use. TrueType (TTF), OpenType (OTF), TrueType Collections (TTC) and other font formats are all supported.
Whether you want to only see open source software, hide the word "Portable" in your app names, hide splash screens, automatically start apps when you start the menu, tweak the look and functionality of the menu or start checking out beta versions of our software, the PortableApps.com Platform has the power - and the options - to work the way you want it to. And if there's something we haven't added yet that you'd like to see, just ask in the forums. We add new features every month!
Please Sponsor the PortableApps.com Platform! Be Part Of The Action!
PortableApps.com needs your help to keep bringing you great software! Now you can sponsor the PortableApps.com Platform and help us keep delivering awesome software for free. With options ranging from having your name included to a full-blown site-wide sponsorship, there's a good fit for everyone. Sponsor us today and be a part of the action!
We also accept donations of any size to help with development and hosting:
World's Best Flash Drive: The PortableApps.com Companion
If you'd like a speedy new flash drive to use with the new platform, we have the World's Best Flash Drive: The PortableApps.com Companion available. This durable USB 3.0 drive comes laser-etched with your name, URL or other text and is a great way to carry your software with you. It's backed by a lifetime warranty, comes in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB sizes, and starts at under $30. Best of all, sales help support the PortableApps.com project and our mission to change the world of software!
Discussing The Release, Enhancements and Bug Reports
As there is much to discuss with this new release, we've separated out a few forum threads for discussing:
You can download the new version of the PortableApps.com Platform from the download page. Get it today!
Please note that any bug reports and feature requests go in the PortableApps.com Platform Bug Report and Feature Request Tracker.