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Seconded

The Documents Folder collects dust easily.
My flash drive layout:

+Current Projects
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|-+Music
|-+School
|-+Videos
|-+Spare Time
|-+Web Sites (for HTTrack)
+Dropbox
+Resources (commonly used stuff)
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exactly

my flash gets really cluttered too, I try to keep it clean, by creating a "others" folder in the drive's root, with non portable apps, and a downloads folder, but in the end, I get (almost) not using the documents folder for anything. plus, I really don't want to use this folder structure because it's unaccessible from pa.c menu. I'm editing the source code but I didn't find a delphi compiler yet to test it :S plus I don't really have much experience with pascal, so I'm just editing, trying not to mess up anything. when I compile it I'll test it and post feedback here Wink

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In the meantime

I have a post that shows you how to show Folders in the menu with the other icons.
https://portableapps.com/node/20498
If you make them Favorites, they will stay at the top of the menu.
If you have a lot of Favorites, you can keep them at the top of the Favorites by renaming them; remember, the menu sorts alphabetically, so if you rename shortcuts to start with numbers, or special characters (like . or !) then they will be at the top.

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nice but...

I tried the Win7 theme above and it works, but when i close the pa.c platform and open it (anywhere at all) it does not remember selected theme and returns to the default. Please fix.
Also please add a theme folder (possibly in \Data\Themes?) that we can add our themes to so we dont need to browse for it every time and it comes up in menu under separator line.

Thx.

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Clipped Icons?

Has anyone else noticed this issue? My icons in Beta 3 (the first of the beta menus I've tried) appear overly large and clipped to square at the bottom and right sides.
This is most noticeable in circular icons like CoolPlayer.

http://tinypic.com/r/2j0mvr9/4

I'm running Windows XP at a screen resolution of 1680x1050.

All of the other aesthetic changes are really great.

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Known issue

This is a known issue; I think a fix is due in beta 4.

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Feature request involving Eject Button

Sorry for the late reply to this comment, but here is another feature request:

Could you setup the eject button to automatically eject the USB drive? I have used another start menu for a little while and it's eject button does the process automatically without any intervention from me. There isn't much of a difference between the eject button in the menu and doing the process manually.

Can't you add an option to let the eject button call EjectUSB? (As far as I remember - didn't check right now - it is FOSS and quite small. My experience is that it works like a charm (so much so that I added ejectUSB to my PA Menu and created an autorun file that calls an AHK script that adds a hotkey to my desktop for running ejectUSB. I now *never* use the eject button any more.

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Slow startup: Possible solution

I've noticed that many people complain about slow startup. I don't know whether it still works that way in 2.0beta (I actually haven't had time to download and install it yet, but going to as soon as it's midnight (SA time) - when I can download for free at university) but in 1.5 you could select Options>Load Apps from DB to make loading a lot faster (just remember to refresh after you've installed/uninstalled an app).

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Thanks

I know you get this a lot, but that's probably because you really earn it. Thank you very much for all you're hard work with PA.c - especially this new version. I can't wait for Updater and the stable version of 2.0 Wink

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New Release?

I believe I read somewhere that the Beta 4 version of the menu might be released tomorrow? Biggrin

You, sirs, have made my entire week, and I thank you for it.

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New release!

Same here, I read one of Mr. Haller's comments on the Lifehacker "Portable Suites" page and he said that beta 4 would be out. That has made my week as well.

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You know...

...I might have spoken too soon. It's nice to know that Beta 4's on its way, however. Looking forward to it. I know you guys have worked hard on it! Biggrin

I actually have a question, though. Are there additional lines that can be added to the .ini file that goes with the menu? If so, where can I find a list of them, or a short description of some of them? I'm just curious, that's all. Smile Thanks,

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I hope beta 4 comes with many

I hope beta 4 comes with many many new features. Like hiding the icons, faster load time, new organization ability, adding separator capability, software updating, icon changing of softwares, and when you uninstall, it actually deletes the entire software directory including portable apps not made by portableapps.com... etc etc etc.

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New release

Now you got me... I'm checking the site every 15 minutes for Beta 4... Pardon

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You and every other die hard

You and every other die hard member. Come on John, you're killing us here Biggrin

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yea BRING US BETA 4

yea BRING US BETA 4

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Seriously,

...the suspense is killing me. There has to be some way to get an instant notification, so that I don't have to keep checking every 2 minutes. Or maybe some way to keep me from accessing the website 'till it's here? Biggrin

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Yeah...

>> There has to be some way to get an instant notification, so that I don't have to keep checking every 2 minutes.

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Alright...

Touche, sir. Wink

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beta 4

Yes, John had mentioned that that beta 4 was going to be available on the 28th on the responses to the lifehacker.com poll. (Along with some interesting teases to added functionality.) But as long as it doesn't fall into the "it'll be ready when it's ready" mode ala Duke Nukem, I think we can wait a bit. (At least until the week-end! Wink )

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Categorizer

I posted this in the Platform forum but then I felt really guilty about because I didn't test it. I didn't really want to make another post, so I'm just puttting it up here.
There's an old hack that doesn't work too badly if you really badly want categories, found here.

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Re: Categorizer

O. I guess @digitxp posted his previous post while I was posting mine (the one with the subject "Some exstra features of my own (load from DB & categories)"). I'll look into his Categorizer, but I think my trick'll work somewat different. So it may still be worth it for me do try my own hack.

[edit: Added info about which post of my own I'm referring to to avoid even more confusion. Sorry guys - and gals. ;-)]

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Some exstra features of my own (load from DB & categories)

1. Sorry for my mistake in a previous post. I said

in 1.5 you could select Options>Load Apps from DB to make loading a lot faster (just remember to refresh after you've installed/uninstalled an app).

I forgot that the reason for that is because I have R34Mod installed. Sad

2. I've looked at part of the source code of PAM 2.0 beta 3 and I may have a way to easily implement "load from DB" and categories (though I won't be certain until I've gone over the entire main unit). However, I don't know how to test the app. (I've last really used Delphi in the days of Delphi 3 and all I could remember well enough or figure out easily enough to do was look at the source code and forms). Can anyone explain to me how to test it, since I get an error (Field frmMenu.trayIconMenu does not have a corresponding component. Remove the declaration?). This looks like a bug in the source code or (more probably) a missing component/dependency. I haven't had a chance to look into it yet (and as I've said, my Delphi is very rusty) and may be someone else can save me some time. I say "no" and get the error [Fatal Error] dialog.pas(7): File not found: 'pngimage.dcu'. I guess makes sense due to me sayning "no" at the first error. PS. I used Delphi 7 (installed on the university's computers). I can't be more helpful than that.

PS. I know beta 4 is expected soon, so don't ask me why I don't wait for it. I guess I'm just in a hurry to switch from R34Mod ;-).

[edit: Corrected a spelling error in subject (and some other errors before it)]

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Re: Some exstra features of my own (load from DB & categories)

2. I've looked at part of the source code of PAM 2.0 beta 3 and I may have a way to easily implement "load from DB" and categories (though I won't be certain until I've gone over the entire main unit). However, I don't know how to test the app.

OK. I've gone over all the source code I needed to and I'm now quite sure my modifications'll work. Now comes the fun part. (Actually implementing it) Smile Biggrin

[edit: Added last sentence.]

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Good Luck

Good Luck getting on the menu team--you probably won't need it ;).

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Share It...

If it works then, upload your source, here so we can check it out...

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Re: Share It...

If I can get John's own code to compile, it'll be a lot easier to get my own to work. Until then I'm sort of stuck.

PS. Sorry if this counts as a cross post of https://portableapps.com/node/21090#comment-132216. If anyone can help me, please post your answer at the above link's location.

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Beta 4

Aaaahhhhhhggggg..... Can't wait any more.
John, give it to us. Please.... Smile

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Beta 4

Really John, you said it would be out on October 28 here: http://lifehacker.com/5389421/five-best-portable-apps-suites#c16291205

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Well...

...Honestly, even a "hey, heads up, this is gonna be a bit later than I thought" would be nice... I mean, you're kinda leaving us wondering, here. Sad

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Expect It and Move On

You should've seen him with the menu a year ago. He recruited all the MOD devs, and 1.1 (I think) was coming out the door... only it didn't. Back then, Tim had a sig that said "The wheels of John turn slowly, but they turn." or something to that effect.
Hey look, the release announcements:
1.1 Comes Out
1.5 Comes Out
Look at the difference.
(Sorry for sounding harsh, but I'm trying to lay down facts so that nothing needs be overhyped.)

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I wasn't going to say this,

I wasn't going to say this, but I guess I will.

Don't hold your breath. It will get here when it gets here, and I will continue to breath normally.

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It'll be here when it's

It'll be here when it's ready. It's not like John's holding it back to build suspense or anything. My guess is he has encountered a couple bugs he wants to fix before releasing Beta 4. Therefore please be patient. Complaining about the wait will not speed things up and likely will slow it down if anything.

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Let's make him follow what everyone says Linus Torvalds doea and release early and often! Wink

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Have Some Patience

Guys, just have some patience. The comments about waiting for Beta 4 by some have been not very nicely put, and, quite frankly, none of them are necessary. John is a busy man - and I'm sure that the Rackspace failure yesterday (yes, again...) has put things back at least another day which he would have much rather spent on other things. He knows that people are waiting for it. He's working on it. Remember also that John has another job to keep himself alive (PortableApps.com is currently a financial liability rather than an asset), and also he's working "behind the scenes" to make PortableApps.com profitable - at the moment thus he can't spend so much time on the software here, but he's working to make it so that he can spend more time here. He wants PortableApps.com to succeed even more than we do.

It'll be here when it's ready. Just have patience in the meantime.

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I'm not trying to be mean. I

I'm not trying to be mean. I just usually come across that way.

As far as the failure, that's money that should go back to John's pocket in some way or the other.

And I didn't know he had a real life job. I thought this was his job

At whatever rate, I don't mean to be rude to John. He'll get there when he gets there. As for the rest of you people, knock it off.

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I too am a little frustrated

I too am a little frustrated at the delay. Now before anyone gets all defensive let me clarify. I am not in the least frustrated that 'I' have to wait for a release. I am not one of those to sit on the side lines and scream when I don't get what I feel is coming to me. For those of you that are selfishly bitching, then role up your sleaves and help (something I would love to do, but unfortunately do not have the time to commit). As a developer I can attest first hand to the unexpected last minute release hurdles. Ranging anywhere from hardware malfunctions to show stopping bugs. The only thing that bothers me is that John announced that Beta 4 would be released "tomorrow" on a site that has very high traffic and exposure. People introduced to PortableApps through lifehacker's poll, will start the ride with a feeling of uncertainty and distrust. As has been mentioned many times in the forums, this is a community. So the negative impression to new comers is a reflection of everyone here. To promise a hard date so near in the future for release is a mistake unless it is already wrapped, tested and is ready to push out to distribution servers. If this is not the case than inevitably there will be something that will happen out of your control to push back the release.

I really hope that this post in no way comes across as a complaint/rant. I truly do appreciate and value the time, effort and end results of everyone's hard work. My only aim is to express concern as to the image being portrayed of the PA community.

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Just like categories were to

Just like categories were to be in the Alpha 2 release mentioned by John a year ago. Dates will be made and missed. It will be out when its out. I am certain John has good intentions when he mentions a date but since its a volunteer open source project he cannot always deliver.

Happily using PAM MOD 34 until categories are officially released...yet still anxious for the day Wink

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sorry about that

Sorry about that, I guess I was a little harsh. I was just really hoping that it would be out with its much wanted features.

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Sorry

My only gripe is that there was so much false hope. I feel like John falls off the face of this Earth every few days and comes back saying he'll finish it tomorrow.

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guys, let's let off. Okay?

guys, let's let off. Okay? Okay. Thanks

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Not entirely unnecessary, but...

Chris MorganGuys, just have some patience. The comments about waiting for Beta 4 by some have been not very nicely put, and, quite frankly, none of them are necessary.

Actually, I think they're all spot on. Let's look at the bright side: nobody got really ugly. Nobody said anything really rude. But they do express a little disappointment. And let's look at why. During that Lifehacker poll, John went to war with Lupo over their license issues, and then over the cheating of some of their members. And in trying to make PortableApps.com look better, he said a new version would be "out Wednesday" with a lot of the features people have been asking for.

Wednesday came -- nothing.

The next Wednesday came -- still nothing.

People have every right to be disappointed, man.

I'm a little disappointed, but I am not surprised. When Beta 3 came out back in July, he said the next version would be out "next week" -- and that was four months ago. You can probably see proof of that on page 1 of this topic -- I doubt he edited it out.

But neither do I really blame him. The current menu (even the "Beta" version) works fine. It's a solid product. It doesn't *need* to be updated. It's got fewer features than forks of the project released nearly 2 years ago, but that's nothing new. And I definitely know about real life and work -- as we so often say with Internet commitments, "real life happens".

The thing is, commitments and promises should not be made lightly, and that's where disappointment comes in. If all he'd said was "we're always working to improve the platform", that would have been true. Nobody could deny it, and we wouldn't have *this*. But no, he gave himself a very tight deadline, which implied he actually had something, that just needed the finishing touches. Now we know he really didn't have anything ready and just said it to say it. If he, as you say, "wants PortableApps.com to succeed even more than we do," it would be advisable not to make commitments you can't keep. Especially if you want to establish business relations with companies that are out to make a profit. Flash drive manufacturers, I mean. If they see that someone they're working with consistently promises stuff they want but keeps falling short, they're gonna look elsewhere. (Of course, if that happens, hopefully they're paying him well enough that it becomes the "real life" that "happens".)

I didn't want to weigh in my opinions on the matter, because expressing them isn't going to help John with the next version. I did, however, want to stop this "you guys' comments are really unnecessary" train before it got too far out of the station. While I'm sure that I've made a few commitments I failed to keep, I've learned from them. For example, I'm doing that NaNoWriMo thing this month... 50,000 word novel in 30 days.... I stayed ahead of the game for a while, but I have to take Wednesdays off, that's my day to get stuff done -- so now I'm behind schedule (1321 words to write now to get on track -- in the next couple hours). I'm probably not gonna make it, but November 30 is a long ways away and I'll have plenty of time to make up over the weekend, when I'll need to blast ahead again for next Wednesday. Thing is, I've never promised anyone I'd make the 50,000 -- I've said that I'll finish, even if I can't do it by November 30. I'll be done when I'm done. Might even go past 50,000.

Shameless self promotion isn't the point though. That's what we all gotta realize. Yeah, he said Wednesday because it looked good on Lifehacker. And it is alright to be disappointed, no matter what the other devs say. But the next version will come out, at some point, when it's ready. And it might even be better than we all expect. And that's how I see it.

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Platform 2.0

Good day Mr Haller,

I was wondering when Platform 2.0 will be coming.
hope and wishing its arrival.

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Apparent he gave us all a

Apparently he gave us all a trick instead of a treat for Halloween.

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I Found An Issue!!!!!!!

If you hide an item that you renamed it will go back to the default name when you make it hidden.

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Yes

I second that. I hope this is fixed in the next beta!

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Patheme Broken Glass screenshot and downloads http://punkwj.com/2009/11/06/broken-glass-patheme/

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Nathan

I have just read Nathans comments and totally agree with him.
He hit the nail on the head.
If Beta 4 was not ready John should not have said it was going to be released.
If it was ready and there is a problem, John should at least post a message telling people the reason why.
Saying it was going to be released and then not releasing it and saying nothing just annoys people.

Come on John sort it out one way or the other please.

PS punkWJ. Wrong thread for your theme.

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Excuse! Where to me to write?

Excuse!
Where to me to write?

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Where to write?

There's a topic that says "Themes--Posts only No Discussion" or something similar in the General Forums. Good Luck!

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For those that want to

For those that want to complain about beta 4 not being available yet, John has posted an status update so read that first.

https://portableapps.com/node/21342

Once you go portable...

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http://portableapps.com/node/21342

Mr.Haller,God bless you.
Thank you.

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punkWJ, Here's where you post

punkWJ,
Here's where you post your theme.

https://portableapps.com/node/6178

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Thanks!

Thanks, I will write there!

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I'm not one to complain about

I'm not one to complain about free stuff, and I'll take quality over deadlines any day, but I am pretty anxious to get my hands on the new PAM. So I'm curious. After all the waiting and hype, what is the actual difference going to be between beta 3 and beta 4/2.0 final? I know the updater will be included, but are there any other goodies to make the wait even harder?

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how do i make a theme?

how do i make a theme? i REALLY want to make one, plz answer quick!

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plz create it quick

Tutorials
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quick quick quick
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beta3 -> beta4

when will there be beta4 finally?
i'm waiting and checking 2-3 times a week.
i need it because of its auto-update function

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...

As mentioned in this thread, John has been sick.

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A search bar.

I think it would be good if you could have a search bar beneath the words, SEARCH and HELP.

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I'm assuming you mean a text box to add search terms?

The Search function in the menu only calls existing search functions from other places.
Choosing Search this Drive or Search this Computer activates the Windows Search function; Search the Web opens your browser to a Google Search.

Integrating any or all of these into the platform would be a whole 'nother coding project, and would bloat the menu; on top of it, it would be impossible to get all the functionality of the Windows search or Google into one text box, unless it opened those functions anyway, so you it's a lot of effort to be able to type into the menu vs. into the search engines themselves.

K.I.S.S.

I prefer the menu to be simpler, and let Windows Search or Google do all the work.

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i would like a little search

i would like a little search bar that tapers down the number of apps listed as I enter more keys. Sorta like the search bar in vista.

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Menu Request

I think that the menus on the right hand side (Backup, Options, Search, and Help) when clicked should open the default option or last option used, but have a down arrow that opens the menu centered and themed:

Suggested defaults
Backup - Backup files
Options - Open Menu
Search - Search this Drive
Help - PortableApps.com/Support

Also Hide Desktop Icons (Options Menu) Hides the Icons on my desktop, but does not restore them when unchecked.

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Desktop Icons

Eeek! How do I get my desktop icons back!
Oh no hang on they came back... I cant replicate this, I hid them all, then unhid but they didnt come back. I closed the Platform, they remained hidden, reopened then toggled "Hide Icons" and now they hide and unhide correctly.
Hmmm as I cant offer anything useful on that whatsoever I will ask if it is possible to make Favourite Apps freeze to the top so that they do not disappear when you scroll through the list - like frozen rows and columns in spreadsheets.

EDIT: Ok I CAN replicate it. If you "Hide Desktop Icons" then click "Show Desktop" you cannot toggle the icons back again without clicking "Show Desktop" again to bring everything back again - then you can toggle the icon off and on again with the platform. If I had any idea how Vista's "Show Desktop" thing worked I might be able to offer a suggestion here but I cant sorry!

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It's a registry thing

I've always found the PA.c platform Hide Desktop Icons to be kinda buggy. Not really worth it for me.

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The only thing...

The only time I have had this happen to me is when I end the platform process, which kinda makes sense...

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Yeah

It doesn't use the registry at all. The desktop icons are actually shown by a specific window, believe it or not, and we just hide and unhide it using the standard Windows API.

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Application Group Folders

What if there are more than one kind of portable applications. Like System Utilities for instance. I have Free Commander Portable, Update Notifier, PeaZip Portable, etc. That mean more than one application with the same category or type.
So, is there any chance that the next release would also be improved with Group Folders feature?
Thank you.

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Yay, but No.

It works very well, and I like the new font styles and themes, and I love that the Pictures and Music folder links work now, but there is a major issue for me, or actually two:

1) My apps don't load.
2) The autorun now will not load the menu.

Love the software, but I will be downgrading back to 1.0. Smile

Update1: I am going to move the original menu files to my desktop and try again. Apparently after installing 1.5 again, now the pictures and music folder links work. Smile

Update2: Yes! It works! Apparently, I placed it in a subfolder and screwed up the installation. Thanks PortableApps.com! Now for the Win7 Theme Shock

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Cool but...

hi, the new platform is awesome but i was hopping in the new release you will implement run whit options, like : firefox -P "Joel User" , the black theme is so evil Wink . thank you.

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Please make a scrollbar!

Please make a scrollbar!

I have a lot of apps and it's a pain to scroll every time with the mouse's scroll when I just want to go to the end of the list fast!

Thanks in advance!

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you can

use your arrow keys and page up/down to scroll.

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If you double-click on the arrows

If you double-click on the arrows at the top or bottom of the list, it will page up or page down.

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Oh I see it now. Thanks. But

Oh I see it now. Thanks.

But still, would love to see an options for it.

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Very disappointing

There are some improvements which is great, but there is still no ability to organise the menu - create folders, etc. Why not? Am I the only person who likes to organise the menu so that programs are logically grouped for quick access?

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Please read the thread before just commenting; you'll see that there are more than a dozen requests for it in this thread alone - and it is not the place to request such features. It has also been requested dozens of times in other threads in the forums. John has said that it is coming - some time. There are other higher priorities in making PortableApps.com stable financially and from a business perspective.

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No, but apparently we are the vocal minority

> Am I the only person who likes to organise the menu so that
> programs are logically grouped for quick access?

No, but apparently we are the vocal minority. It is promised in an upcoming release. (for over a year now)

If you can't wait try PortableAppsMenuMod34 PaTChed at:

http://ptc.kain-planet.de/details.php?file=283

This menu works well but is not officially supported here.

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Im waiting for categories for

Im waiting for categories for years Smile
Have a poll and see that its not a minority Biggrin

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I am in

and see below...I want that too...I support the pool too.

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Grouping folders

Hello,

I am a bit old fashioned. For ever and ever I group my apps depending on purpose. Lets say system and media. In this folders I have all my apps. Across all my computers and so far also all my portable apps.
However, the platform does not seem to support the grouping folder. All functions have to be on one level. I am okay with this for installation, but within the menu it would be nice to have some kind of grouping.

In my opinion, this is necessary. I have 40 portable apps. I do not want to scroll them all the time...

What I mean:

Portable menu
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|-System
....|-folder app1
........|-app1.exe
....|-folder app2
........|-app2.exe

|-Media
....|-folder app1
........|-app1.exe
....|-folder app2
........|-app2.exe

Thanks

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Hack

MaggotB0y has had a hack for this for a while now (before even 1.5 was out). It worked in my tests...

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Categories implementing by Multiple Menus

I, too, have been waiting for the use of categories, but until then, there is another viable alternative for those who have many portable applications on the same drive.

1) The root of the drive contains the base PortableApps.com menu system.
2) Under the PortableApps folder of the root drive, create a new folder for the category that you want. For this example, let's call it Games.
3) Run the PortableApps.com installer and tell it to install to the \PortableApps\Games folder.
4) Run the base PortableApps.com menu from the root of the drive's StartPortableApps.exe.
5) In the program list will be Start PortableApps. Right-click on this entry and choose Rename. Name it to Games. If desired, set it as a Favorite to show at the top of the list.
6) Now when you want to access programs from the Games "category", use the menu item and a new PortableApps.com menu will launch. This one can be customized separately and have the games installed to it separately through its menu.

Now let's give John some peace about categories. I am still hoping for larger icons than 16px, but I don't see that happening any time soon either. The PortableApps.com menu is clean, efficient, and works great. Better yet, we can use the menu in multiple ways as well.

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R34

Like pmlabrier says,if you want categories try the Mod R34.
This mod has had the categories for about 2 years now.

I can't for the life of me understand why the official menu hasn't got categories.
John seems to think that the people who want categories are in the minority but judging by the amount of posts iv'e read quite a lot of people are wanting it.

At the rate this next update is taking we may get catagories in about 2 years time.

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yeah no kidding right?

no category's... its kinda like the coding thing... "its free source is available" (ZING: you have to pay out the arse for the Delphi software to compile/debug!), im not worried about the code its done in particularly... im just pissed off thats its been over 6 months (might only be 4) since BETA/Alpha was announced and we still dont have 2.0... hell even Beta4 with the updater (which is whats holding me back from using PA again)

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For those wanting folders

Can I recommend use use quick way to folders found here

http://jacquelin.potier.free.fr/QuickWayToFolders/

and get it to autostart via PA menu.

Aim it at your other portable software folder and organised sub folders.

Select Browser Type and the include only *.exe.

Hey presto you know have an expanded menu sitting as a separte icon in your toolbar. It is the best menu starter i've seen.

Cheers

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great

it works smooth but really, take an existing searcher and ejecter from the web, ask permition and include it in the app.
the windows system SUCKS

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sooooooo close to what we all

sooooooo close to what we all need. not a bad suggestion.

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Will definitely be putting

Will definitely be putting this on my new USB HDD.

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PortablesApps 2.0b3

Este é um excelente produto. Com ele, em qualquer máquina que conecto, tenho a segurança de que todos os meus aplicativos irão funcionar sem problema. Muito bom mesmo.

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where are we now

hi how long is it till the official 2.0 platform is finished. I see there is still a bit of work left to do ion this

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