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PortableApps.com Platform Bug Report and Feature Tracker

IMPORTANT: Please include your operating system version, 32/64-bit, install path, new vs upgrade, platform version, any antivirus/firewall running, etc. Help us help you!

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. Some bugs listed as fixed in the changelog for a current beta release will still be present in the older stable release. Bugs fixed or features added in our internal build that will be included in the next release are marked with an asterisk (*). Last Updated: 2015-05-26

Unconfirmed Bug Reports - If these happen to you, please report

  • LazPaintPortable and PicPickPortable claimed could not install to 3TB drive due to insufficient space. This is fixed in the current PA.c Installer and should not occur with these apps. No one else has been able to reproduce and the user has not responded to inquiries. (sl23)

Known / Confirmed Issues

  • Italian locale has wrong glibc string. Should be 'it'
  • App Installers report 'no free space' when installing to unmapped network shares via the platform updater, app store, or Apps - Install a New App. As a workaround, map the network share to a drive letter for now or run the paf.exe installer directly. This is now fixed in the current PA.c Installer and rolling out to apps.
  • Platform installer self-deletes when manually run from the platform
  • "Apps" shown as label for the the app list and the app management list in system tray
  • Can't rename or delete categories (feature coming soon)
  • Cannot upgrade platform while another platform in another location is running
  • ESET firewall/AV may cause some large downloads to hang, contacted publisher (thread)
  • On resolution changes, menu moves. May be able to pin it.
  • Empty ns*.tmp directory left behind 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
  • Allow alt temp or permission fix when TEMP invalid and platform won't run (workaround included)
  • Please close running apps window sometimes appears behind other windows
  • Some issues with wallpaper changer on Windows 8 and/or 8.1 (thread)
  • Running Start.exe doesn't always bring the app to the topmost window (example)
  • Platform can't exit if INI isn't writeable

Upcoming Features Confirmed Coming In An Upcoming Release

  • Ensure enough free space in system TEMP for downloads, PA.c Installer needs to check for downloads/extraction space, too
  • Ability to have updates start automatically on platform start with a minimized updater
  • Ability to 'Exit Anyway' and 'Try Again' on the Apps still running on exit dialog
  • Cancel updates/app installs mid-way through the process
  • Portablize Flash cookies
  • SOCKS proxy support via CURL for updater / app store *)
  • 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 (no eXpresso or Portable File Associator addons), including default browser/email
  • 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
  • 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 *
  • Improve detection of TEMP issues to include unexecutable, add translations for strings in Start.exe and offer users to setup a contain TEMP on the fly

Possible Future Features (Suggested by Users, Under Consideration)

  • Cleanup left behind individual app settings after power outtage/PC crash
  • 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
  • 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.
  • "Expand categories by default" interacts oddly with "Collapse other categories when one is expanded" or "Collapse categories on minimize"
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Error on Right Click for Admin

Hello,

Thanks for the continued updates to the great PA.c Platform and apps.

I found that when right clicking on a app to run as administrator produces the following error. (However, it does not seem to occur if the app is searched for and then right clicked on.

"Access violation at address 005A40EB in module 'PortableAppsPlatform.exe.' Read of address 00000008."

This particular message occurred with Autoruns Portable, but I am able to recreate it with others giving slightly different values.

Thanks!

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Can't Recreate

This works fine for me on my Windows 7 box with Autoruns and every other app I've tried.

Please provide more: "IMPORTANT: Please include your operating system version, 32/64-bit, install path, new vs upgrade, platform version, any antivirus/firewall running, etc. Help us help you!"

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More Info

Sorry about that. I forgot to include it

Windows 8.1 x64
C: Drive
Upgrade install
PA.c 12.0.4
K7Antivirus Premium

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Full Path

Is it installed right to the root of C:? So C:\PortableApps is where all the app directories are?

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Yes

That is correct.

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I tried it with the Platform installed to C:\ (within C:\PortableApps\PortableApps.com is the actual PortableAppsPlatform.exe) on my Windows 8.1 x64 machine and I can right-click on Autoruns Portable and run as admin with no errors. Is there any way you can post your PortableAppsMenu.ini so I can see if a specific configuration change you made from the defaults is interfering?

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Collapse categories

I looked further into it and it seems to be caused by the collapse categories on minimize setting.

Thanks for the continued support!

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Ah

I had tried that but I don't think I had it with categories visible at the time. I'll try to reproduce again shortly. Sadly, it wasn't in time for 12.0.5 which is posting now.

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No problem!

That's fine! Sorry for the delay in posting Eye

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it display Windows 8.1 x64, with Windows 10 x64.

it display Windows 8.1 x64 when inside Windows 10 x64.
it's when i go to help inside the portable menu.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/w4ed1xndwhob4ei/DetectionNotWindows10x64.jpg?dl=0

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Already Fixed Internally

It's already fixed in my internal build, I just hadn't updated the bug tracker.

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Loosing focus

When going to Apps -> Install a New App, browser window for selecting .paf.exe pops up.
If I click on anything other than that selection window or PortableApps Platform window,
focus is moved there and selection window and PortableApps Platform window becomes invisible.
There is now way to move focus back to selection window or PortableApps Platform window.
If I click on PortableApps Platform icon in tray, it appears just for a split of second and disappears again.
Only way to gain back control is to close it with task manager and restart.
Just for info, I'm using Windows 8.1 Pro, but it was same on Windows 7, so it is not OS related

I already posted this content here: http://portableapps.com/node/52523 (I've found this topic later)

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I have a feature request to

I have a feature request to add: allow the installation alongside of several versions depending on stability classification. For example, portableapps.com includes the version 1.6 of Frhed (stable), while latest available is 1.7.1, classified as "Alpha Release" by the developer, but works even better than the stable. Frhed hasn't been updated for 6 years so I think is fair enough.

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You already can (with a little bit of work)

You can change the installation directory of any portable app to allow multiple versions to exist side-by-side. The updater will ignore any apps not in the default named directory, so they will never try to update on you.

For example I keep multiple old copies of Firefox for testing purposes, each of them installed to a directory with the version number included, and just keep one with the default directory name so it is always at the latest version.

Otherwise this is already possible (we have multiple streams of Firefox, Chrome, Thunderbird etc.), it just isn't done often because of the additional workload involved.

It's not a bug, its a feature.

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