2.0 Feature Test: Disable All Splash Screens
John T. Haller Homepage) - June 23, 2010 - 1:20am
As has been discussed amongst the development team, one of the handy new features in the PortableApps.com Platform 2.0's "Advanced Preferences" window is going to be an option to disable all app splash screens. All our launchers already let you disable the splashes individually by moving and editing a config file, but we thought we'd make it easier for the folks who want to disable them all.
So, to try it out now, just download this StartPortableApps.exe replacement file and replace your existing StartPortableApps.exe in the root of your drive with it. It'll let the menu know to send the command to have the apps disable their splash screens.
Keep in mind, that this will only work for apps which have been updated to work with this new feature. Currently, that includes the most recent versions of SeaMonkey, ClamWin, VLC, Firefox, Miranda IM, Sunbird, Thunderbird, ConvertAll, Audacity, Warzone 2100, DOSBox, VirtualDub, DVDStyler, PeaZip, Songbird, FileZilla and AbiWord. This will not work for apps with their own built-in splash screen (Stellarium, GIMP, OpenOffice.org, etc), though we are exploring building that feature into our launchers as well.
This feature is built into the PortableApps.com Launcher 2.0 (the no-code way to make apps portable) which is debuting tomorrow as well.
As an aside, for the folks who wonder why the splash screens are still used, there are several reasons, but the most important three are:
Well, that's about it. If you'd like to give this a try, please do. And let us know about any issues or other feedback.