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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 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: 2016-02-05

Known / Confirmed Issues

  • * File error when user manually deletes the whatsnew txt file
  • * Save settings immediately after What's New screen to ensure user doesn't see twice if they crash the platform
  • * Access violation can occur when the platform loses focus or minimizes from the What's New About window or autorun.inf change warning window on platform launch when attempting to re-show the platform from the system tray
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Platform can't exit if INI isn't writeable
  • Platform installer doesn't warn of already-running platform when run directly

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 (thread)
  • 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
  • Advanced option to have the platform force-close apps without windows

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"
  • Switching from Aero theme to Windows Classic on Windows 7 with the menu running causes visual artifacts due to a Delphi bug. Restarting the platform will fix the artifacts. This does not affect Windows 8 and later as the classic theme was removed.
Gord Caswell
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Themeless theming

There's a feature request for "themeless" theming. See here:

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Since version 12.2 it shows the "What is new" window

on every start!

Windows 10 (64 Bit)

John T. Haller
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Properly Closing

Are you letting the platform properly exit? Is the drive it's running on writeable? The only reason this would happen is if the platform can't save its settings which it does on exit.

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

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No, I've only shut down the

No, I've only shut down the computer before. Because of your recommendation I've directly hit the exit button of the platform and the window doesn't show up anymore. Thanks for the help!!!! Eye

Ken Herbert
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Cancelling the Updater while

Cancelling the Updater while downloading an update for an app (SeaMonkey in my case) shows a warning dialog with no text content.

Platform 12.2 on Win7x64

the developer formerly known as winterblood

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Feature in or out of the list?

Is there any "app shortcut" feature planed? In instance I'd to start the Windows File Explorer from the PA Launcher. This would virtually allow to not to use the Windows Start menu.
I don't think this is included in the list.

Last seen: 3 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 2005-12-09 12:01
[Feature Request] When opening a category auto scroll

Reposted in correct forum... was at
[Feature Request] When opening a category auto scroll so it's entries are visible.

Current operation:
When opening a category in a fuller menu if you expand lets say utilities and it is at the bottom nothing except the scroll bar changes.

Expected operation:
Ideally when opening any Category if the entire categories contents will not be displayed display them.
Specifically auto scroll so either bottom entry in category is visible or if there are too many entries to fit them all, then scroll so category name is at top of window with the fist xx category entries listed below.

Logically stated:
Scroll up until either recently opened category is at top of list or it's last expanded entry is visible.

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