PortableApps.com Platform 12.0 Beta 1: Testing New Branding, New Theme, Manual Proxy Support
Submitted by John T. Haller on December 2, 2012 - 5:07am
PortableApps.com is proud to announce the PortableApps.com Platform Version 12.0 Beta 1 release. This first beta in the 12.0 line is designed to test a new theme and menu layout change, updated branding that's more subtle and manual proxy support as well as begin our 'new beta every few days' march to 12.0 final later this month. Like previous releases, it has automated app updates, customizable folders (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. If you'd like to see more features and functionality keep coming, please read a personal appeal from PortableApps.com founder John T. Haller to help! Read on for all the details...(permalink)
Existing users can automatically update by clicking Help - Check for Updates and getting a fast-install 1MB update patch if they have the beta channel enabled under the Advanced tab in Options.Please read the update on the 12.0 Beta and Release schedule.
New 12.0 Theme and Branding
For 12.0, we're simplifying the branding on the PortableApps.com Platform to make it more subtle and modern. The logo is also changed on the taskbar and system tray We're also introducing a new default theme that's more modern and clean with simplified iconography. The new theme is not yet complete, but we have included both a light and dark version, replacing the existing Default Light and Default Dark themes included in 11.0 stable. (Don't worry, we'll be bringing back the existing themes in an upcoming release for those who like them). The space at the top where the large PortableApps.com logo used to be will be used by an always-visible search bar in the final release which will have focus by default, enabling find-as-you-type search without the need for a hotkey. We recommend gray for folks testing out the new theme. It's still a work in progress and we're still finalizing the layout and colors, but we wanted our users to get a chance to look at what's coming.
New Manual Proxy Support
The PortableApps.com Platform has always had automated proxy support built-in, using the local PC's proxy settings and an "It Just Works" setup. But quite a few power users and corporate/university users wanted a custom option. It's live now in the Options window.
12.0 Roadmap, Stable In Time For The Holidays
12.0 will have multiple betas and we'll be releasing them quickly, with a new one coming every few days. When complete, 12.0 will feature built-in file associations (no more need for an add-on), improved themes, faster access to your most-used apps, improved Windows 7/8 integration, and lots more. 12.0 Stable will be landing later this month... in time for the holidays... so it's just around the corner!
We Need Your Help!
PortableApps.com needs your help to keep bringing you great software! To learn more, read a personal appeal from PortableApps.com founder John T. Haller. 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:
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 beta version of the PortableApps.com Platform from the PortableApps.com Platform Beta 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.