It's time for another 'PortableApps.com Status Update' on what's new in the last week. We've got new apps, an update on the platform progress, an update on site upgrade progress, and more. Read on for the details
In the last 7 days we've had another 7 new apps go live. You can easily track new releases in the New Apps Tracker we debuted last week. It's linked from the homepage just below the news announcements, too.
- GoldenDict Portable - dictionary and encyclopedia lookups
- HM NIS Edit Portable - NSIS development environment
- MuseScore Portable - music composition and notation
- PhotoFiltre Portable (Freeware) - image editing and effects
- System Explorer Portable (Freeware) - task manager and process analyzer
- ToDoList Portable - customizable task management
- wxDownload Fast Portable - multi-threaded download manager
Drupal Upgrade Progress
Some more progress has been made on the Drupal upgrade scripts. We may wind up hiring a Drupal expert to assist with the process, though, due to the complexity. We should know more at some point this week. As a reminder, Drupal is the content management system on which the site runs and it is in need of an upgrade to the latest major version release. However, the upgrade process is crashing without any useful errors or any indication of the issue. So, we'll be performing a manual upgrade from version 6 to 7. This will allow us better localization and allow us to implement our site redesign and new app directory.
Nothing new financially to report this week, so I am including last week's report here...
We're still exploring some options for fund-raising in the run-up to 2.0. We like the idea of a PortableApps.com store where you can buy t-shirts, mousepads, mugs, etc. We're also looking into doing a branded drive just as a fundraiser. We don't want to do it long-term as we're not looking to compete with our upcoming hardware partnerships.
As mentioned before, bandwidth costs continue to grow and the need for additional hardware presents itself, the additional funds are definitely going to help. In terms of monthly unique visitors, we're closing in on the likes of BoingBoing, SlashDot and similar sites and the hosting costs are reflecting that. Currently, we're covering the additional overhead from personal funding sources.
We still plan to kick this off soon after the 1.9 release is posted and will be providing more details at the time. We may do something similar to wikipedia's call for donations, though likely without my face looking sad on every page of the site. :) We're always looking for ideas and suggestions as well, so feel free to drop us a note to our developer contact address or post a note in the forums.
1.9 / 2.0 Beta 6 Platform Progress
We're going to stick with a single way to list new apps to add to the platform for now until the Drupal 7 upgrade is complete (to eliminate some duplicated work). I'm hopeful that we'll have some screenshots to show everyone in the next few days and the 1.9 release soon after that. We'll have a good handle on the timeframe for 1.9, 1.9.1, 1.9.2 and 2.0 in the next few days and be posting it here.
That's it for this update. Sorry it was a few days later than expected again. I'm hopeful we'll have it out mid-week this week to keep everyone up to date. So keep an eye on this blog. Have a great weekend everybody!