It's time for another 'PortableApps.com Status Update' on what's new in the last week. We've got the finalized 2.0 release schedule, new platform translation strings tomorrow, progress update on the site upgrade, 126 new apps in 126 days, the status of additional new app releases, getting caught up on app updates and more. Read on for the details
126 New Apps in 126 Days, Temporary Hiatus Til 2.0
We've released 126 new apps in the last 126 days up until April 5th, which is pretty amazing. All kinds of apps and games, many of which were never available for portable use before and that you'll find nowhere else. As we countdown to the 2.0 final release, though, we need to focus all our energies on the platform, so new app releases are taking a temporary hiatus for about 2 weeks. After the 2.0 release, we'll be re-opening the floodgates and have several days of more than one app per day to catch back up!
Lots of App Updates
If you've been following along, the last couple months have involved a ton of updates. But we're all caught up and all the apps in the system are up to date. And if you're a 2.0 Platform Beta user, you can just click Check for Updates and ensure all your apps are at the latest version.
Drupal Upgrade Progress
We've made some progress on the Drupal front and have some of the scripts ready for manually converting data from Drupal 6, which the site is currently running, to Drupal 7. We have both up and running in the same database to make the transition easier (and faster once we run it). The new Drupal 7 theme for PortableApps.com is nearly complete and is looking really good. Time-permitting, we're planning on working on the upgrade this coming weekend (April 16th and 17th). We'll need to take some services offline while this is in progress, but we'll have notices available and try to minimize downtime. We may be able to have the site simply be read-only for part of the time (no new posts or comments) to mitigate any lengthy downtime issues. We'll keep you updated!
Nothing new to report on this front, so I'm including last week's upgrade for continuity...
We're ramping up for a fund-raising drive in association with the 2.0 release. We like the idea of a PortableApps.com store where you can buy t-shirts, mousepads, mugs, etc and have made some progress on that front with our designed. 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 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.
2.0 Platform Release Schedule, String Translations
As we mentioned last week, we're nixing the idea of doing a 1.9.0 and followup releases and going with a straight 2.0 release. This release will consist of the current features of the 2.0 Beta 5 release plus a finalized app updater, the ability to automatically download and install apps via the updater interface, categories/folders which work automatically with the app categorizations as well as manual classifications, polished versions of the 2.0 Beta 5 themes, numerous bug fixes and stability improvements and an improved installer.
As the new interface will involve several changes, we'll be posting a new set of strings for translation during the week. We'll be posting them as a zip file including the English final version along with the current versions of all supported languages. Over the week, we'll be accepting updates from our translation team and other members of the community in a special forum topic. We'll be announcing this on the front page.
Later this week, we'll be releasing 2.0 to the community as a '2.0 Release Candidate' and promoting it to much of our existing community and encouraging everyone to upgrade and fully test it out. We'll be including what we hope is the final version of 2.0 along with all the updater translations from the community to that point to ensure that they are all working as expected in the actual interface, as well as giving users the ability to adjust them as needed and submit changes for each locale.
As long as no major showstopper bugs appear, on Tuesday, April 19th, we will be releasing 2.0 Final and promoting it to the entire PortableApps.com community as well as the rest of the world via press releases, partners, social media, our newsletter and lots of other little ways. Hopefully, this will also involve a new homepage and site theme (see Drupal upgrade above) but we have some contingency plans if the upgrade is unsuccessful.
Once 2.0 has gone gold and is pushed out to the community, we'll be continuing to work on 2.1 which adds in several of the other features we'd originally planned for 2.0. This release is currently scheduled for May 10th and will be automatically pushed out to all current platform users, as will subsequent releases. As mentioned in the last update, we're adopting an accelerated upgrade schedule akin to Firefox post-4.0 and Chrome. As our users will automatically receive upgrades from here on out, we won't need as prolonged a test period or to do as monumental (and time-consuming) updates as we have been. By keeping to a tigther, more specific schedule, we'll be able to push out bug fixes, new features and speed improvements about twice a month.
That's it for this update. Keep an eye on this blog for the next update, keep an eye on the site for the 2.0 Release Candidate and 2.0 Final releases and have a great week everybody!
Exciting things are afoot...