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PortableApps.com Platform Changelog

Each release of the PortableApps.com Platform includes bug fixes and new features. They are detailed below.

12.0 Beta 3.2 [2014-05-20]

  • FIXED: Updater not automatically closing on platform updates
  • UPDATED: Armenian, Bulkgarian, ChineseSimplified, Dutch, English, EnglishGB, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Spanish International locales
  • REMOVED: Legacy option to update browser's start page

12.0 Beta 3.1 [2014-05-04]

  • FIXED: Progress bar not showing properly in updater/app store

12.0 Beta 3 [2014-04-30]

  • ADDED: New app store/updater algorithm. Improves update check speed by 10x or more and has an app database download that is 1/5 the size.
  • ADDED: Hold shift key to disable automatically starting apps on startup
  • ADDED: Collapse categories on menu minimize, optionally
  • ADDED: Windows 8 style checkboxes under Windows 8
  • ADDED: Official OEM branding support ala KeyZ, Gigs2Go, etc
  • UPDATED: 18 locales
  • FIXED: Backup details window shows error in beginning and doesn't turn echo off
  • FIXED: Check for Errors in Help does not work in XP (switching verb to open)
  • FIXED: Beta theme preview doesn't show correct icons for all themes
  • FIXED: MB/GB/KB not translated in drive free space
  • FIXED: free drive space not updated immediately after locale change
  • FIXED: Invalid floating point error when run on network drive, thread)
  • FIXED: Beta white default theme right-hand text invisible
  • FIXED: Custom categories with unicode are lost on next run (workaround: open the PortableAppsMenu.ini within the PortableApps\PortableApps.com\Data directory in Notepad++, switch encoding to UCS2-LE and save)
  • FIXED: Start.exe and PortableAppsPlatform.exe only have 16/32px icon sizes (need up to 256px)
  • FIXED: Apps aren't selected by default in updater in screen-reader friendly mode, will be set to update all if no selection made.
  • FIXED: Window focus issues due to the inetc component (menu minimize on startup before click when update check done, menu can't be minimized on start during update check, etc)
  • FIXED: Error when uninstalling two apps at the same time, which should be impossible *
  • FIXED: Ampersands don't show properly in Uninstall window
  • FIXED: Improve SendRequest error message in updater/app store
  • FIXED: The box "All applications are up to date" appears below other windows
  • FIXED: Updater/App Store says 'finished' when user clicks next without selecting

12.0 Beta 2 [2012-12-27]

  • ADDED: TEMP checked for existence and write permission
  • ADDED: Start update before auto-starting apps
  • UPDATED: Dutch, French, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Simplified Chinese, Slovenian
  • FIXED: Beta scrollbar in wrong place
  • FIXED: Beta personal picture cropped
  • FIXED: Scrollbar should not get keyboard focus
  • FIXED: Beta PA.c logo fuzzy
  • FIXED: Beta app store/updater has old branding
  • FIXED: Beta theme top border lost

12.0 Beta 1 [2012-12-01]

  • ADDED: Subtler and more modern branding and logos
  • ADDED: Modern icon set
  • ADDED: Modern default theme light and dark
  • ADDED: Manual, direct and automatic proxy support

11.2 [2012-10-14]

  • ADDED: Descriptions are shown in app tooltips (when platform is set to English, other languages coming)
  • ADDED: Show EXE name for non-PA.c Format apps in tooltips
  • ADDED: Ability to show errors for updater running in startup mode
  • UPDATED: French, Simplified Chinese and Slovenian locales
  • FIXED: Autorun protection disable only disables realtime detection, not detection on platform start
  • FIXED: I/O error 32 on certain drives with autorun protection on, realtime disabled by default and warning included
  • FIXED: Platform can get stuck not auto-hiding if updater on startup fails to complete
  • FIXED: Closing Options resets the app list view even if no changes requiring that to happen were made

11.1 [2012-10-07]

  • ADDED: Realtime and between-run monitoring of autorun.inf malware and viruses
  • ADDED: Check Drive For Errors ability in Help menu
  • ADDED: Customizable platform hotkey (via INI file)
  • ADDED: Support for downloading 3rd-party apps while PortableApps.com website maintenance in progress
  • UPDATED: Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latvian, PortugueseBr, Russian, Slovak locales
  • FIXED: 11.0.x won't update to beta channel properly, won't cause an issue as will be another stable release which fixes it before beta the next beta
  • FIXED: Selecting Options from the system tray produces an error if Options already visible
  • FIXED: Updater doesn't return focus if already running from previous platform close
  • FIXED: Updated doesn't pre-select platform when screen-reader friendly navigcation is on

11.0 [2012-09-27]

  • For stable users, all the features of 11.0 Beta 1 to 3 plus:
  • ADDED: New Releases and Recent Updates views in Portable App Directory
  • UPDATED: Slovenian, French and PortgueseBR locales
  • FIXED: Help - About and About title not translated
  • FIXED: Incremental platform updates not working in 11 Beta updater

11.0 Beta 3 [2012-09-26]

  • ADDED: Sort by Title in Portable App Directory
  • ADDED: Alternate mode of selection in app updater/app store to allow for keyboard selection of one or more items (in Advanced Options)
  • UPDATED: Slovenian and French locales
  • FIXED: Bronze Sponsors not translated in About window
  • FIXED: Drive space not showing up properly, showing 'Transparency'
  • FIXED: About title not translated
  • FIXED: Setting StartMinimized to true while turning the taskbar icon off on Windows 7 produces a 'Cannot focus a disabled or invisible window' error.

11.0 Beta 2 [2012-09-24]

  • ADDED: Report of PAF and non-PAF apps installed in About
  • ADDED: Windows 7 taskbar progress of loading portable app list
  • UPDATED: Slovenian, Polish, PortugueseBR, Italian, French locales
  • FIXED: Click to sort columns not properly disabled in updater/directory due to bug in EmbeddedLists component
  • FIXED: Can't escape from search and continue navigating using keyboard arrow keys in 11b1 (will fix, use TAB for now)
  • FIXED: Windows 8 shows as "Unknown OS" in About dialog
  • FIXED: Untranslated strings: Explore Here, $DRIVEFREE free of $DRIVETOTAL, Donate to PortableApps.com, "...downloaded copy of X is not valid...", Support (under Help), "Search Installed Apps" in the Search context menu, "Downloading ... of ...", "Installing ... of ...", Connecting..., "... KB of ... KB (... Seconds remaining)", etc
  • FIXED: Error if you try to uninstall another app while one is already uninstalling.

11.0 Beta 1 [2012-09-20]

  • ADDED: Platform accessibility and keyboard navigation support
  • ADDED: Ability to show installed apps in App Directory
  • ADDED: Optionally bold favorited apps
  • ADDED: Ability to have other folders/categories collapse when you expand one
  • ADDED: Incremental updates to platform via updater
  • UPDATED: Polish, Slovenian, Portuguese (Brazil) locales
  • FIXED: No GUI to enable/disable hide desktop icons
  • FIXED: Presentations listed twice in English translation
  • FIXED: Help - Check for Updates wasn't translated

10.2 [2012-09-17]

  • ADDED: Incremental update support for updating apps: smaller downloads and quicker installs
  • ADDED: Ability for updaters from different platform instances to run simultaneously
  • ADDED: Submenu icons for tray right-click and app right-click menus
  • ADDED: Armenian locale
  • UPDATED: Polish, Hungarian, Italian, Slovenian locales
  • FIXED: Submenu icons jagged when highlighted with classic Windows theme and on XP or when used with a dark theme
  • FIXED: Some translations are too long in the Options screen.
  • FIXED: Free size in menu not calculated correctly for over 2TB
  • FIXED: Free space not updated after install from app directory if menu is visible
  • FIXED: Wine not all theme layers become opaque, Find-as-you-type-search causes platform to hide
  • FIXED: PA.c Platform doesn't save settings on Windows shutdown, option changes are now saved as you exit the Options window

10.1.2 [2012-06-15]

  • ADDED: Launch find-as-you-type search with F3
  • FIXED: Find-as-you-type doesn't launch with / on non-English keyboards

10.1.1 [2012-06-15]

  • FIXED: Stray debug message left in build

10.1 [2012-06-15]

  • ADDED: Updater/App Store progress in Windows 7 taskbar icon
  • UPDATED: Dutch, German, Polish, Hungarian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Slovenian, Greek, Romanian, Catalan, Finnish locales
  • FIXED: Icons in folders (Documents, PortableApps, etc) cause folders to be invisible to some apps and operating systems (30133)
  • FIXED: Uninstall window stuck in loop if focus lost during uninstall (30614)
  • FIXED: File Write Error when trying to add or update with Microsoft Security Essentials (31163)
  • FIXED: jPortable (and 64) appear in Get More Apps even once installed (32348)
  • FIXED: Using/changing a Personal Picture can cause a platform crash. Right click to remove and eject can also cause the crash when a picture is used. (30146)
  • FIXED: Unknown Software Exception when Ejecting on some computers (30200)
  • FIXED: Installing to 2TB or larger drives shows "not enough free space on the target drive" (28052)
  • FIXED: Updater / app store checkboxes are not Windows Vista/7 native
  • FIXED: Portable fonts works with ttf but not TTF (should be case insensitive)
  • FIXED: Find-as-you-type doesn't handle unicode characters or key modifiers (Shift-1 isn't !) for 1st letter. Some other characters may get handled incorrectly as well. Workaround is to type a / first.
  • FIXED: ALT- shortcuts don't work for Documents, Music, etc in menu
  • FIXED: Updater shows errors when running on startup. This happens if you run the updater while it is already running (and it auto-runs by default now). Or attempt to run more than one copy.
  • FIXED: Your apps are up to date message box has a blank titlebar
  • FIXED: If all apps installed, Get More Apps yields "All portable apps are up to date."
  • FIXED: Backup/Restore and bundled 7-Zip need update to Unicode

10.0.1 [2011-12-09]

  • FIXED: Find-as-you-type launched Explorer windows

10.0 [2011-12-09]

  • Stable users see all changes in 2.0 Pre-Releases plus:
  • FIXED: Version number updated to eliminate past confusion
  • FIXED: Glassy theme not squared in Wine
  • FIXED: Find-as-you-type loses the second letter if 2nd key pressed before first released
  • FIXED: Some theme and color combinations result in invisible text

Note that versions numbers prior to 10.0 got a bit muddled due to an 'extended beta' during which most users used the beta version of the platform as it was considered 'stable'. Version numbers have been partially reconciled and the original version listed alongside.

6.0 (aka 2.0 Pre-Release 6) [2011-12-07]

  • ADDED: Final themes added and refined
  • FIXED: Theme colors not translated
  • FIXED: Options window widened for longer description translations

5.0 (aka 2.0 Pre-Release 5) [2011-12-05]

  • FIXED: Portable fonts still available after platform close
  • FIXED: Platform not displaying ampersands in app names in menu
  • FIXED: If minimized while building app list, platform will not respond when icon clicked.
  • FIXED: Unicode strings not sorted properly (screenshot, code, code)
  • FIXED: Not prevented from creating a second category with the same name.
  • FIXED: checking for updates on startup causes the platform to minimize on launch

4.2 (aka 2.0 Pre-Release 4.2) [2011-10-25]

  • ADDED: Platform automatically closes during upgrade process when upgrading from 4.2 and higher
  • UPDATED: Locale code changes suggested by Chris et al
  • FIXED: When adding apps, final box should not be "All portable apps are up to date."
  • FIXED: App name not displayed when uninstall fails due to read-only files or similar (screenshot)
  • FIXED: The updater, app directory, options window and backup/restore are now accessible to screen readers via the tray icon
  • FIXED: Checking for updates on startup results in an error that the updater must be launched from the platform. (introduced in 4.1, will be fixed in 4.2)

4.1 (aka 2.0 Pre-Release 4.1) [2011-10-18]

  • FIXED: Prevent updater from being directly launch to avoid issues with language selection and installers not being silent
  • FIXED: Platform hangs on exit when local apps fail to respond to font update message
  • FIXED: Platform doesn't yet let already-running apps know of added fonts

4.0 (aka 2.0 Pre-Release 4) [2011-10-16]

  • ADDED: jPortable plugin support in app directory and updater
  • UPDATED: Local corrections mentioned previously but missed
  • FIXED: Platform installer left in TEMP on platform upgrades
  • FIXED: Greek locale's Localglibc setting is el_GR instead of el
  • FIXED: Updater updates single-language apps to English instead of current language (affects Portuguese (Brazilian), and both Simplified and Traditional Chinese)
  • FIXED: 2nd option in ordering in different font at 120dpi (screenshot)
  • FIXED: font size changes after opening closing options at 120dpi (before, after)
  • FIXED: When 'portable' is hidden, should not be searched on in find as you type
  • FIXED: Closing the find-as-you-type search box is not obvious (use ESC for now)
  • FIXED: PgUp PgDown is slow
  • FIXED: Unicode languages show question marks in updater and app store for descriptions and category names (ANSI-UTF16LE issue)
  • FIXED: App search not listed in Search submenu
  • FIXED: Custom categories created with same beginning of name as existing categories (Example: "Utilities (OS)" or similar) will not show the apps correctly within their own category

3.0 (aka 2.0 Pre-Release 3) [2011-08-09]

  • FIXED: uTorrent Portable fails to install as an invalid download
  • FIXED: Danish language not showing properly
  • FIXED: Fix proxy authentication properly so updater/app directory prompt for login Fix available for PR2.1
  • FIXED: Updater shows blank screen when no updates (details and screenshot)
  • FIXED: Task bar icon does not properly show/hide on all OSes as intended
  • FIXED: Donate/Support links don't properly execute browser
  • FIXED: Only Firefox Portable or system browser used for menu-launched URLs (Fix involves searching for Firefox, then Chrome, then Opera, then Maxthon [though Maxthon fails due to a bug in the app]. This is a temporary fix until file associations are integrated from add-ons).
  • FIXED: Better hiding of "Portable" in names. Example: Private browsing byApps.com
  • FIXED: When showing hidden apps, strikethrough can show on folders

2.1 (aka 2.0 Pre-Release 2.1) [2011-07-28]

  • ADDED: New advanced options (Disable splash, Hide Portable, Disable scrollbar) are not saved between sessions
  • UPDATED: PortugueseBrazilian and fixed encoding

2.0 (aka 2.0 Pre-Release 2.0) [2011-07-28]

  • FIXED: IE Cache - Updater/App directory downloaded files (installers, update.ini) are left behind in the IE cache directory (Temporary Internet Files, typically) due to the way the download component works. This will be fixed in the next release.
  • FIXED: Refresh missing from Manage Apps
  • FIXED: Japanese locale doesn't work (encoded UTF8 instead of UTF16LE)
  • FIXED: Check for Updates on Startup does not work and should not be used. If any updates are available, it will leave a hidden updater window stuck in the background and will block platform updates.
  • FIXED: Scroll bar has visual glitches under Aero
  • FIXED: Updater looks for PortugueseBr instead of PortugueseBrazilian locale file, probably similar with others
  • FIXED: Updates to the platform can get stuck due to updater stuck running in the background
  • FIXED: Favorites mis-ordered in Show All Apps By Category display
  • FIXED: Drive space contrast is too low
  • FIXED: Icon sizes are off in 120dpi mode
  • FIXED: Black background on app icons in 120dpi mode
  • FIXED: If you use find-as-you-type search and click an entry with the mouse button (instead of using ESC to cancel or ENTER to launch the first entry), the search box is not cleared and the menu remains in search mode until you manually change it
  • FIXED: Updater Wrong Header - The updater shows the wrong header text while apps are being downloaded and installed. ("Please wait while PortableApps.com Updater is being installed.")
  • FIXED: Scrollbar cuts overly in applist.
  • FIXED: Drive rename has focus stolen by findasyoutype search
  • FIXED: Vietnamese, Thai, many Unicode langs not showing properly in Updater/App Directory
  • FIXED: Updater/App directory window loses focus as it is displayed
  • FIXED: Custom categories not sorted alphabetically in Category submenu
  • FIXED: SubMenu icons (Get More Apps, Donate, etc) aren't properly transparent when Aero is off
  • FIXED: Upgrades of older versions leave existing Start= and Open= options intact pointing to old StartPortableApps.exe
  • FIXED: Trend Micro alerts that autorun.inf exists (bug in Trend Micro software). Installer will detect Trend Micro and avoid creating autorun.inf. For existing users who have manually deleted the file, it will not be rewritten. (Trend Micro processes: CNTAoSMgr.exe, NTRtScan.exe, PccNTMon.exe, TMBMSRV.exe, TmListen.exe, TmPfw.exe, TmProxy.exe)
  • FIXED: Some apps don't have icons yet in the app store. They're just not online in our repository yet.

~1.9 (aka 2.0 Pre-Release 1.1) [2011-07-20]

  • FIXED: 'List index out of bounds' in Options window after upgrading from 2.0 B5
  • FIXED: Pink corner in the menu when on Windows 2000/XP, Linux with Wine or Vista/7 with Aero disabled
  • FIXED: Folders within Windows Explorer no longer have custom icons
  • FIXED: Pink corners in the theme preview in the options screen
  • FIXED: Custom categories assigned to non-PAF apps aren't remembered
  • FIXED: Danish language not appearing properly (encoded in UTF8)
  • FIXED: Vietnamese language not appearing in menu properly
  • FIXED: Error shown when attempt to register hotkey fails

~1.8 (aka 2.0 Pre-Release 1)

~1.7 (aka 2.0 Beta 5) [2010-07-06]

  • App updater included by default, was an optional add-on

1.6.1 [2010-05-28]

1.6.1 Beta 1 (aka 2.0 Beta 4) [2010-02-03]

1.6 [2010-01-28]

1.6 Beta 2 [2010-01-28]

1.6 Beta 1 [2010-01-27]

1.6 Alpha 4 (aka 2.0 Beta 3) [2009-07-21]

1.6 Alpha 3 (aka 2.0 Beta 2) [2009-07-21]

1.6 Alpha 2 (aka 2.0 Beta 1) [2009-07-19]

1.6 Alpha 1 (aka 1.6 PR0) [2009-04-08]

1.5.2 [2009-03-13]

1.5.1 [2009-03-13]

1.5.1 RC 2 [2009-03-12]

1.5.1 RC 1 [2009-03-11]

1.5 [2009-03-06]

1.2 RC 4 [2009-03-06]

1.2 RC 3 [2009-03-05]

1.2 RC 2 [2009-03-03]

1.2 RC 1 [2009-03-02]

1.1 [2008-05-21]

1.0 Updater (Alpha 1) [2008-03-12]

  • PortableApps.com Updater released as a platform add-on

1.0 Initial Release [2006-11-20]

  • Initial release of base version
  • Called "PortableApps.com Suite Base" as the download
  • Consisted of the original menu and backup utility

Previous releases going back to 2006 will be posted soon.