PortableApps.com Update (Week of Mar 3, 2008)
John T. Haller Homepage) - March 7, 2008 - 7:17pm
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Welcome all to another PortableApps.com Update. It's late in the week again (sorry about that), so it's a mix of summary and what's coming. And I ran out of punch and pie. But there's a drinking fountain in the back somewhere. And a guy with a water gun filled with seltzer for some reason. Anyway, here we go...
Updating Current Portable Apps (Re-Completed)
Though it was done last week, there were new releases of Notepad++, WinSCP and GIMP this week that needed updates to the portable versions. And I fixed the final bug in PuTTY Portable with the new launcher.
More Formalized Beta Testing
The Beta Testing Team is forming up nicely. The plan as of now is to use a listserv to ping people via email when there are new apps ready for beta or updates to fix bugs. It's setup on SourceForge and I'll be configuring it this weekend.
Development Test Apps to Pre-Releases
The next 5 new developer apps have been moved from Development Test to Pre-Release status including Jooleem, InfraRecorder, PeaZip, PDFTK Builder and Task Coach. Barring any major issues, they'll all be official releases next week.
Development Test Tracking
We're working on trying to track development tests better going forward. Zach (ZGitRDun8705) has kindly offered to be the official maintainer of the Development Test page and watch the forums daily for new releases and ensure they make it on the page.
Development Test Hosting
As we'll be doing more releases from outside developers, we'll need to come up with a better way for folks to get hosted. One option is to have a few more release techs (experienced, trusted members) on the main SF project and let folks post a ping in the forums when a new release is ready and uploaded via FTP. Another option is to do the same but with an alternate SF project (which could have more release techs). Other options are being considered including an FTP upload on the new downloads.portableapps.com server that will be coming online to host freeware. Other thoughts are welcome as well. The goal is to make it easy for folks to get dev tests up and not have me as a bottleneck.
Platform Development Team
The Platform Development Team is now official. In addition to myself, SmithTech (developer of the SmithTech Menu PAM clone), XRXCA (developer of the PAM Mod fork) and maggotboy (developer of the geek.menu fork) are all on board to work on the platform going forward.
PortableApps.com Platform 1.1 Final Beta This Weekend
I'm working out some things in the installer and upgrades, but the next platform beta is being posted this weekend. There aren't too many differences from the 1.1 Beta 4 release except automatic screen position remembering, ability to disable the personal picture entirely, some new translations, TEMP environment handling, the ability to rename the drive from the menu, etc. Nothing unexpected, really, but it will be nice to get this posted as stable.
PortableApps.com Platform 1.5 in SVN Next Week
I'm putting the final touches into the 1.5 platform for loading into SVN next week. Just a few files to sort out first. This has the PNG with alpha transparency support for the new themes, renaming of apps, etc support and we'll be adding in some other bits as we go. If folks are interested, I can release a 1.5 Alpha 1 so folks can see it in its unfinished state and begin to play with it.
While we support as many languages as we can with the multilingual apps (like FileZilla) some apps we need to pick and choose based on popularity as they require extra effort (OpenOffice.org, Firefox, Thunderbird and Sunbird). We currently do English, German, Italian and French. The next languages on deck are Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Spanish. We may be putting a push on Japanese as Mozilla Japan is keenly interested in having portable versions available for bundling on drives.
Drupal 6 Upgrade Status
We're still awaiting updates to the Spam, Views and SimpleNews Drupal modules to be able to upgrade the site. We'll probably have to upgrade the Mark All Read module ourselves (anybody with experience and time?). Once done, we'll have real forum mods, better multilingual support, better performance and more... so the sooner we can do it, the better.
New Press Articles
Added a few new articles to PortableApps.com In The News with stories from PC World, PC Magazine and PC Mechanic. We're also being bundled in an upcoming issue of Computerbild magazine with some new features in the upcoming 1.1 release, which is cool.
That's the gist of it. More to come. Have a good weekend.