Welcome to another status update from PortableApps.com. As a lot has been happening over the past month and a half, we thought it would be a good idea to do an "all-hands" status update so everyone know what's been going on behind the scenes. There's been some good (62 shiny new apps, LibreOffice from The Document Foundation), some not so good (site performance issues) and some bad (a SourceForge outage and a platform release schedule delay). The good news is that the daily app releases continue, the site performance issues are fixed, the platform work is continuing and the SourceForge fixes are progressing well. We'll be announcing any major developments as well as the platform release on our RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, homepage and in our newsletter, so keep an eye on one to find out right away. For the complete details, please read on...
- New Apps - 62 and Counting!
- LibreOffice Portable Published With The Document Foundation
- Drupal 7 Upgrade, New App Directory and Site Localization
- PortableApps.com Site Performance Issues Solved
- SourceForge.net Outage Issues
- PortableApps.com Platform Release Target Missed
- Updated Platform Versioning and Release Timeframe
New Apps - 62 and Counting!
Since December 1st, we've released a new portable app every day. Originally, it was going to be a month-long holiday present for the end of the year, but it's been so well-received by users and brought so many new publishers on board that we've got a ton of releases in the queue just waiting for everyone to enjoy, so we're going to keep up the pace. Here's a quick recap of the last 2 months of new apps:
- AkelPad Portable - lightweight plaintext editor
- Notepad2 Portable - Simple, lightweight text editor
- SQLite Database Browser Portable - Simple SQLite database management tool
- Gramps Portable - genealogical research software
- Marble Portable - virtual globe and atlas
- TypeFaster Portable - touch typing tutor
- Armagetron Advanced Portable - 3d lightcycle game
- Battle for Wesnoth Portable - turn-based fantasy strategy game
- Brutal Chess Portable - 3d chess
- Freeciv Portable - empire-building strategy game
- Hedgewars Portable - turn-based strategy, artillery and comedy game
- IceBreaker Portable - wall-building-style arcade game
- LMarbles Portable - pattern-matching puzzle game
- Monster 2 - retro-style role-playing game
- Neverball Portable - 3d rolling ball obstacle course
- OpenTTD Portable - urban planning simulation
- Pathological Portable - color-matching puzzle game
- Puzzle Collection Portable - dozens of single player puzzles
- Rocks'n'Diamonds Portable - fast-paced gem collection game
- T^3 Portable - 3 dimensional tetris
- Tick5 Portable - 5-in-a-row puzzle game
- Twin Distress Portable - color matching puzzle game
- WAtomic Portable - molecular puzzle game
- WinBoard Chess Portable - advanced chess engine
- Zaz Portable - color-matching puzzle game
Graphics & Pictures
- AniFX Portable (Freeware) - full-featured cursor editor
- Fotografix Portable (Freeware) - lightweight image editor
- Fyre Portable - 2D computational artwork
- IrfanView Portable (Freeware) - lightweight graphic viewer
- K-3D Portable - 3D modeling and animation
- Feed Notifier Portable - RSS/ATOM popup feed notifications
- Juice Portable - podcast receiver and manager
- Maxthon Portable (Freeware) - fast, powerful browser
- Private Browsing by PortableApps.com - enhanced private browsing
Music & Video
- cdrtfe Portable - CD, DVD, VCD burner
- XMPlay Portable (Freeware) - Full featured audio player and library
- Finance Explorer Portable (Freeware) - personal financial management
- FocusWriter Portable - distraction-free word processor
- Gnumeric Portable - full-featured spreadsheet
- LibreOffice Portable - word processor, spreadsheet, presentations with excellent compatibility
- Money Manager Ex Portable - easy-to-use personal finance software
- RedNotebook Portable - modern journal and diary
- Stickies Portable (Freeware) - lightweight sticky notes
- The Guide Portable - two-pane outliner
- WinDjView Portable - a lightweight DjVu viewer
- Spybot - Search & Destroy Portable (Freeware) - Spyware detection and removal
- Ant Renamer Portable - Advanced file renaming utility
- AquaSnap Portable (Freeware) - Screen productivity enhancement
- Console Portable - console window enhancement
- Converber Portable (Freeware) - convert units of measurement
- Daphne Portable - process explorer, killer and debugger
- Disk Cleaner Portable - cache, temp file and history cleaner
- DSynchronize Portable (Freeware) - directory synchronization
- Free UPX Portable (Freeware) - advanced executable compression
- IObit Uninstaller Portable (Freeware) - uninstaller and cleaner
- Regshot Portable - registry and file comparison
- Revo Uninstaller Portable (Freeware) - easy to use uninstaller
- Smart Defrag Portable (Freeware) - disk defragmentation and optimization
- Synkron Portable - file and directory synchronization
- UUID-GUID Generator Portable - generate unique identifiers
- WinMTR Portable - network diagnostic tool
- XN Resource Editor Portable -lightweight binary resource editor
We couldn't have done all of that without the new developers and publishers we've brought on board to help with app releases. You'll find the full list of developers on our team page. Please join me in thanking them for the work they are doing. And remember to thank the publisher of your favorite app when they give permission to for their software to be packaged portably.
LibreOffice Portable Published With The Document Foundation
January also saw the official release of the new LibreOffice office suite. The same week, we released LibreOffice Portable 3.3 in partnership with The Document Foundation as the official portable version of their software. A lot of work went on behind the scenes to make this happen and Marko, Florian and the rest of the folks were all a big help in making this happen. We're looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership with them.
Drupal 7 Upgrade, New App Directory and Site Localization
We've been working behind the scenes on getting the site upgraded to the latest version of our content management system, Drupal. This upgrade will allow us to finish the build-out of our improved app directory and finally launch improved site localization software for our translators. Unfortunately, the upgrade failed during our scheduled maintenance window on January 9th due to some issues within the database. As we've been running and upgrading an older version of Drupal, we aren't confident that Drupal's upgrade process will be able to handle the upgrade properly, so we're planning for a manual upgrade, copying the data (posts, users, articles, comments, etc) out of our existing install and into a fresh Drupal 7 install. We'll keep you updated as things progress.
PortableApps.com Site Performance Issues Solved
As our regular visitors have noted, PortableApps.com has had some performance issues since the end of December. These issues have particularly been affecting logged-in users who have been met with periodic "Server Overloaded" messages. It's affected guest users occasionally as well and on occasion impacted some downloads of freeware and 3rd party hosted software. We've been working hard on the issue behind the scenes with some server cleanup and reconfiguration. We'd hoped that some of the optimizations we planned for Drupal 7 would help as well, but the upgrade did not go as scheduled. We were able to optimize some additional bits and disable some internal functionality like live statistics. As a result, the site is working very well again with pages coming up quickly for both guest and logged-in users. The only thing visitors may miss is the live statistics on the forum page which detailed how many guest visitors were online. While this was a nice stat to show off, it wound up limiting us to around 6,000 simultaneous users and we thought our users would like it better if they could access the site.
Site popularity is continuing to grow and we're now in the top 5,000 websites worldwide. To cope with the traffic growth, we are looking to accelerate some server changes that we'd originally slated for later this year. We're discussing things with our managed, dedicated host to figure out a timeline and pricing that works for us.
SourceForge.net Outage Issues
SourceForge.net, which provides us with hosting for our open source platform and apps, was subjected to an attempted hack last week. As a result, new release functionality has been disabled since January 25th. The immediately affected release of Juice Portable is being temporarily hosted on our freeware server and Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta 10 is available for users by installing Beta 9 and performing an automatic upgrade. Unfortunately, additional new releases and updates of open source software have been on hold since then. We've got an updated topic on the SourceForge issue in the forums where we will post updates and answer any questions on the issue.
SourceForge provides us with hundreds of terrabytes of download bandwidth that would otherwise cost us tens of thousands of dollars. Even so, we have active backup contingencies in place should this issue continue for too long a time. We'll begin releasing open source software via another avenue should the need arise.
Update (Feb 1 @ 2pm EDT): The release system has come back online but is understandably overloaded. We've started uploading releases and will ensure the files are properly available on multiple download servers before we post and announce them.
PortableApps.com Platform Release Target Missed
As many users have noticed, we missed our updated target release timeframe for the new PortableApps.com Platform 2.0 Beta and stable releases. This was due to a number of issues, both technical and personal, but ultimately, the responsibility falls on me. I, again, set a timeframe and publicly announced it without taking into account several possible issues and, in the end, let you down. And for that, I am truly sorry. Our community of users and developers is really one of the things that makes us great and helps drive this whole project forward and it's unfair to set up high expectations for you only to disappoint you when they don't come to pass. Even though our software is free, many people like you rely on it to live, work and play and we have a responsibility to ensure you are able to continue doing that. I take that responsibility seriously and will not let this situation happen again.
Updated Platform Versioning and Release Timeframe
We're changing the way we do updates to the platform in the leadup to 2.0. Instead of posting a 1.7 stable release with the PA.c Updater and then a 2.0 Beta 6 release with categories/theming and building on it from there, we're merging the two branches into a single release path. The next release will be a stable 1.9 release and it will have the PortableApps.com Updater enabled. It will be quite similar to the current 2.0 Beta 5 release. However, it will also have categories, theming and some other beta features included but disabled by default. A quick "Enable Beta Functionality" toggle and the 1.9 stable release behaves as 2.0 Beta 6. We'll do this for another 1 or 2 quick releases and then ship it out as 2.0 stable.
Though unconventional, this will allow us to operate off a single release path and internal build environment (one version of Delphi and associated tools), allow us to retire the aging 1.6 branch as soon as we make our next release, allow us to start meeting some of our hardware partner's needs immediately and quickly progress to the final 2.0 release. It's been a long-running joke that the Beta release was more stable and functional than the Stable release. Now, they'll be one and the same and both moving forward. As the platform will have the capability to update itself, this will also allow us to quickly address any major issues that may arise.
Rather than announcing a new date and having it slip, further proving to everyone that we are operating on Valve Time, I'm going to begin posting weekly progress updates on this blog on the status of the platform and our other initiatives. So, every week, you'll get an update on where things stand and, often, an announcement of a new release to download and use. I'll be doing additional quick mini status updates in the forums as things come together as well and link them in from this announcement and post them in our twitter account.
I think that's it for this update. Thank you all for your continued support, patience and encouragement. We look forward to bringing you lots of new cool things in the weeks ahead!
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Thank You Very Much
Thank you to all PortableApps developers, you've made PA.c a one-stop-shop for all apps portable.
A special thanks to John, your commitment to making this project successful is greatly appreciated. It is also a testament to your character that you've taken the community criticism on the chin, and come back with a plan to improve the situation. I don't think anybody can argue with your planned goals and objectives for leading PortableApps.com through a very successful 2011.
All the best to all PortableApps development team members.
Thank you so much!
John, I found this site back when I entered high school, and it has provided me with so many useful tools, and so quickly enabled me to help others, I'd like to say, thank you. This site is amazing, community support is growing (congrats on reaching the top 5000!) and it introduces people to a bunch of program they may never have heard of! There is so much I could say, but mostly, I just want to type out random gibberish in the name of PortableApps.Com, because thats kinda how excited all this stuff gets me!
In the end, thank you for all your effort.
A very big thank you to John T. Haller, the developers and the whole team for a really wonderful beginning of the year (and the end of the last year). Keep up the good work.
Sometimes it's good to glance back and be proud of what you have achieved so far. Going forward then makes even more sense.
can't wait to see the new changes after the Drupal 7 Upgrade
like how my valve time comment made it in here XD
also, i like you merging idea! keep up the good work John and the rest of Portable Apps!
I love the whooshing sound deadlines make as they fly by. XD
I'm having so much fun with all those shinny new applications I hardly noticed the missed deadline, but thanks for the heads up anyway!
Thank you for the update and
Thank you for the update and good luck!
A stable environment and a bug free app is more important than a release date. From my point of view only [Removed by mod JTH. We don't permit discussion of illegal software. We only do legitimate, legal software with publisher permission, trademark licensing approval, and following open source licenses and freeware EULAs here.]
Thanks for the update!
And congratulations to you and all of our developers for the large number of apps released in the recent months.
I'm especially glad to see my old friend IrfanView added to the list, and the lightweight graphics editor Fotographix. Also, looking over this list, there are some pleasant surprises that I didn't expect!
I also like the new approach to the Platform.
Great work all around!
for the update.
A big thank you goes to all the new and old developers for all their work. The flood of apps has been (and still is) exciting and thrilling! For some time now there has been some complaints and frustration about the fact that soo many releases were left hanging in the forums.
Since December, this situation has improved and lots of apps have been released. For that, another bog thank you goes to John T. Haller for his incredible work on a daily basis to get them all up and out. It would be nice if more and more devs could start testing apps in the forums as this would reduce the workload for John. Be it by joining the release team or just posting detailed reports in the forum threads.
I am looking forward to the new platform release and I think its a good way to get the process flowing again. This has been tried in the past and I hope it will work better this time.
Glad the same thing that's
Glad the same thing that's happening with Mozilla isn't happening here
The Firefox 4 betas are continuously missing release dates, while the 3.6 branch is getting old and outdated.
if you follow the bugs its because they are introducing entirely new things into the system and a lot of release blocks came up at once
Hey, just like here
Hey, just like here
you are the best!
Thanks for your portable apps ..
You Guys and Gals are Top Notch Professionals
Thanks for all the hard work and continuous upgrades. This is truly a platform.
Monster 2 -> Monster 2 Portable.
Portableapps.com has come such a long way in such a short time. I am staggerd by the amount of work in this recent boost, and am loving seeing many apps i know and love in portable form.
It's my dream to never have to install software ever again, being able to drag and drop entire programs, from one folder to another and one computer to another with no consequence.
This is how computing should be, simple to backup, simple to organise and easy to fix when anything goes wrong (How much easier than deleting an app folder then extracting a new one can you get?).
Keep the software coming, I'd love to see Miro, PS3Video9, and VirtualDubMod (VirtalDub's great but aac is very common).
The VirtualDub Portable Plugins pack is available right from the VirtualDub Portable homepage (just below the download button). It adds FLIC, FLV, Matroska, MPEG-2, AC-3 and WMV codecs... which is what VirtualDubMod used to do before it was abandoned.
shouldn't that be our users?
Quite right, good sir. Fixed.
Thanks for all of the work that the PortableApps.com team puts into a great service. This update is great and I look forward to the release of 1.9 and future releases.
We love P.A anyway !!!
John, don't beat yourself for what happened !!
Just wanted to say how I love what you are doing with P.A. It has become such an important daily tool for me, which I can't see myself without my flash drive and the P.A's.
Any delay is only for the best.
Hey, at least you've been releasing tons of new apps, as opposed to being stagnant. Because of the new app releases, I remain fully confident that PortableApps is going on strong, and will continue to be my one stop place for flashdrive apps.
Also, Valve time. :3
Thank you for all your work.
I just use a few apps (Firefox, Thunderbird, ...) but appreciate the work all of you are doing, for instance with PA format, ... You convince me that portable apps is the future.
Thanks again and good luck
"to for" should probably be either "to package their software portably" or "for their software to be packaged portably", not the current mixture of both.
Keep the releases coming. I wouldn't mind seeing some of them being Platform releases once in a while.
Over two months of App-Ness have kept me happy enough that the updater works and I can grab every application as it comes.
new idea to throw out
an app catalog inside portable apps platform, with a picture of the logo and the name, maybe a link to the web page hyper-linked in the name, and a button that downloads and installs it? perhaps it tells you if you already have it installed or if it has an update avalible and could links you to the changes for that update?
so a list with entries like
[pic] [Portable app] [instal]
[pic] [Portable app] [instal]
[pic] [Portable app] [instal]
[pic] [Portable app] [Un-instal]
[pic] [Portable app] [instal]
[pic] [Portable app] [instal]
[pic] [Portable app] [update]
[pic] [Portable app] [unsupported/obsolete]
Something like that is coming. The pre-release is already in testing by our development team in the field.
Is it going to be like a repository on the Platform (like, say, aptitude for apt-based package managers)?
If so, I can't wait... the one thing I've always wanted was a repository so that I can figure out which apps I have and which ones I don't.
this would be pure
this would be pure awesomesauce
maybe have a online downloader for all the latest apps. like http://ninite.com/. just a suggestion, dont know if it will work or not.
something like this is coming.
I believe this will be (has been) solved by the updater
The updater built into the current platform, by default, allows you to download the latest version of apps you already have installed. You can get a complete list of apps by running from a command line that says
The next version of the platform should include the ability to select any app from the Sourceforge repository.
I tested it, and it works! (Well, mostly.)
I quite like it. Obviously, the UI might need a better update, but it's all right for just downloading the new apps as they come along.
A few problems (with apps and the updater database, not with the updater) occurred, however. The test build of Opera Portable isn't downloading at all (404), and the nightly Minefield build isn't downloading the build at all during installation (again, 404).
This mode of the updater is not yet supported and was not supposed to be made public (bad developers, no cookie). It was designed for development team testing of an upcoming feature only. It's 'use at your own risk' at the moment as it has known issues.
Let me know if you need testing, as that feature specifically is more useful to me than the Updater itself.
It is the best list that I
It is the best list that I had ever read. Let me bookmark it first. Thanks for sharing the awesome stuff.
Parabéns à Portableapps.com
Parabéns a todos vocês pelo excelente trabalho.
Com este pacote de programas portáteis, vocês facilitaram muito a vida de todos.
Utilizando todos os programas num pendrive, podemos agilizar e otimizar o nosso trabalho, tornando-o mais seguro, caso queiramos utilizar um outro computador, sem deixar rastros pessoais.
Muito obrigado e, parabéns mais uma vez!