PortableApps.com Platform 11.0 Beta 1 Released: Keyboard Navigation, Advanced Menu and App Store Options
Submitted by John T. Haller on September 20, 2012 - 9:31pm
PortableApps.com is proud to announce the PortableApps.com Platform Version 11.0 Beta 1 (codename: Curiosity) test release. This release adds keyboard navigation support to the PortableApps.com Menu, incremental platform updates and several advanced options. It's intended for testers, advanced users and translators to get things in shape before the stable release. If you'd like to see more features and functionality keep coming, please donate to PortableApps.com to help. It's never been more important. The new beta platform releases is available for immediate download. Read on for all the details...(permalink)
Existing users can automatically update by clicking Manage Apps - Check for Updates if they've turned on the beta channel in Advanced Options
New in 11.0 Beta 1
This new beta release's biggest feature is keyboard navigation and screenreader compatibility in the PortableApps.com Menu itself. This is the key feature we're testing in the first beta. (Partial compatibility in the updater and app store will be replaced by full compatibility in Beta 2.) Incremental platform updates have been added as well, which means we'll be able to do small patch updates for each new platform beta and subsequent stable release (quick to download, quick to install, with just the files that changed). Some advanced options were added as well including: The ability to show installed apps in the app store, hide desktop icons within Advanced options, bold favorites, and collapse other categories when you select one were also added. Several bug fixes were made. Translations for Polish, Slovenian and Brazilian Portuguese were updated as well. Read the PortableApps.com Platform Changelog for the full list of features and fixes.
11.0 Beta Roadmap
We'll be releasing a new beta with additional functionality and fixes every 2 to 3 days on average going forward, which will be quick and painless to users thanks to the new incremental platform update support. Planned features for 11.0 and 12.0 over the coming weeks include integrated file associations (instead of needing an add-on set to auto-start with the platform), retention of app installers, customization of platform folders, new automation functionality, search enhancements, speed improvements and lots more. We're debating between a longer 11.0 beta with all the features and splitting it into an 11 and 12 release with 11.0 stable done within a week or two to get more features out and 'stable' faster and then immediately releasing a 12.0 Beta 1 the same way we released 11.0 Beta 1 right after 10.2 stable. Turn on the beta channel in the PortableApps.com Platform Advanced Options window or watch our RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook or Google+ accounts to be notified. And please donate to PortableApps.com or sponsor the PortableApps.com Platform to help us keep bringing you more great software for free!
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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 beta version of the PortableApps.com Platform from the PortableApps.com Platform Beta Download Page. Get it today!
Got a bug report or feature request? Visit the PortableApps.com Platform Bug Report and Feature Request Tracker.