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PortableApps.com Platform Bug Report and Feature Tracker

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John T. Haller
(Homepage) - July 19, 2011 - 11:29pm

Please report any bugs you find with the platform here. There is a separate forum thread for localization discussion and another for apps that need an update. Bug reports made in comments will be deleted once added to this categorized list. Duplicate reports will be removed. Fixed bugs are listed in the PortableApps.com Platform Changelog. Bugs fixed or features added in our internal build that will be included in the next release are marked with an asterisk (*). Last Updated: 2014-06-23

Known / Confirmed Issues

  • *Platform updates switch EnglishGB to English
  • Platform updater shows language selection for multiple apps when platform not in English (details)
  • Proxy configuration is ignored (discussion)
  • Updater progress bar doesn't properly progress with over 75 apps
  • ESET firewall/AV may cause some large downloads to hang, contacted publisher (thread)
  • Platform crashes after 100+ refreshes due to GDI leak, can happen quicker if you have 100s of apps and update dozens at a time. [50% fixed in release]
  • Can't rename or delete categories (feature coming soon)
  • Cannot upgrade platform while another platform in another location is running
  • On resolution changes, menu moves. May be able to pin it.
  • Empty ns*.tmp directory left behing in the TEMP directory after platform upgrade
  • Wallpaper switcher: disables Win7 wallpaper slideshow, no GUI
  • 120dpi: menu not scaled, some icons large/cropped, black boxes (custom dpi)
  • Wine-Specific: Black boxes, button hover states stick when dropdown appears
  • Updated/App Store says 'install complete' even when some fail
  • Get error if click Get More Apps while auto-update in beginning is running. Possibly wait or better error.
  • Context menu button not functional when using keyboard mode
  • Smoothing out, speeding up scrolling
  • Allow alternate temp or possible permission fix when TEMP invalid and platform won't run (workaround included)
  • Disabling the taskbar icon does not work in Windows 8.1

Upcoming Features Confirmed Coming In An Upcoming Release

  • Cancel updates/app installs mid-way through the process
  • Portablize Flash cookies
  • Automatic proper closing of running portable apps on close/eject (awaiting component licensing confirmation)
  • SOCKS proxy support via CURL for updater / app store *)
  • Cascading menu on tray right-click
  • Disable menu tooltips option
  • Double-click apps to launch (in addition to single click)
  • Install all languages when installing apps via the app store option
  • File associations built-in rather than needing eXpresso or Portable File Associator addons, including selecting default browser
  • Configurable close/eject/minimize buttons in the lower right
  • Custom theme add, select and remove
  • UI options for advanced features that don't yet have them
  • Customization of the folders' (Documents, etc) name, icon and location to open, ability to add folders
  • Remove apps from the smart list
  • Run platform from read-only media. May skip this.
  • Search app directory
  • Windows 7 task bar customizations
  • BAT file on start and exit for advanced users with platform env vars available
  • Cache apps to improve menu start/refresh performance
  • Save installers for later use
  • Specify preferred SourceForge mirror
  • Hide Java apps in app directory (off by default)
  • Ability to select between minimize to tray, taskbar or auto in GUI
  • Change the icon of an app
  • Right-click Command Prompt Here
  • Right-click View App Homepage
  • Switch download indicator to show MB instead of KB
  • Improve multi monitor supportdetails
  • Ability to exclude apps from the updater (possibly show unchecked after checked updated apps)
  • Ability to manually add apps from other directories
  • Ability to adjust app command lines
  • Ability to resume dropped downloads (may be in combination with setting specific location for download)
  • Customizable systray icon
  • Autorun/Autoplay component installable locally (test version available
  • Ability to disable balloon tooltips in the menu
  • Search box repositioned, visible and focused by default (ala Windows Start Menu)
  • Ability to re-install and reset apps
  • Always on top option
  • Ability to hide non-commercial use apps in the app store
  • Ability to list out dev test apps in the About Apps screen
  • Language-specific Help - Support, Donation, etc landing pages
  • Ability to delay auto-started apps
  • Ability to have only favorites on front page (no recent or smart)
  • Ability to have updater/app store handle PA.c Installers with multiple downloads, also requires PA.c Installer update *

Possible Future Features (Suggested by Users, Under Consideration)

  • Ability to have favorites listed in favorites section and in category in same list
  • Settings export/import
  • Ability to show installed apps with size, metrics on install/update, used, etc
  • Right-click app details (description, size used, etc)
  • Reconsider mandatory upgrades of platform before apps
  • Ability to remember expanded categories
  • Show local Java and .NET installed versions in About window
  • Ability to hide apps that don't permit business use in the app store
  • Delay apps set to autorun until after the updater has done a check, possibly not starting the ones that require an update
  • Ability to display sub-categories as folders
  • Independent portable desktop with its own icons

No Immediate 'Fix' Planned

  • App directory window is not resizable (limitation of programming language, will eventually be rewritten)
  • Apps in nonstandard sub-directories don't automatically work with the updater (keep apps as AppID)
  • Keyboard friendly navigation uses the less-than-intuitive Windows' default of working with a listbox: Hold CTRL to start selecting, use arrow keys or TAB to move around, hit SPACE to toggle a selection on or off. We're looking for a developer to assist with adding some custom C++ code to the NSIS EmbeddedLists component (Source Code) we use to display this list so that keyboard navigation will work with the checkboxes.

PA on remote host

When I use PortableApps remotely (over rdesktop or citrix) sometimes this happens:

When I connect to remote host for the first time and start PortableApps it works without any problem.
If I disconnect from host, leaving PortableApps running, and come back later I get situation like on image above.
I hope that this gives you a clue about possible cause.


Working Here

I just tried it connecting into a Windows Server 2003 session via Remote Desktop, opening the PA.c Platform, opening options, disconnecting, and then reconnecting. The options window was still displayed correctly.

What OS are you seeing this on, what color depth, do you have the latest remote desktop installed, etc?

Personally, I've always found Citrix/Remote Desktop buggy when disconnecting and then reconnecting to a running session, so I usually try to avoid it.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

Those windows should not be visible

@John: This isn't from reconnecting with the Options window open, this is reconnecting to a running session with the Platform running in the background.
Citrix and rdesktop are apparently setting the (hidden) top level windows (TfrmMenu, TfrmOptions, TfrmAbout, TfrmDialog) to be visible when the Platform itself has not (and thus has not drawn their contents onto them). This can be simulated by running the Platform, and using Process Hacker's View > Windows option to manually set these windows to be Visible.

@nevenr: I would say this is more an issue with Citrix and/or rdesktop, or a computer specific issue as I've never seen it outside of my … experiments (described above), and they shouldn't be setting anything as visible if it wasn't set that way before.

I don't know how "back" I am, but for now: here I am.