Years ago, an open-source fork of the PA.c platform showed up. It was called Geek.Menu and held several advantages over the original platform. It included a search bar in the bottom corner, with compatibility with Google, Google Images, Google Maps, and Wikipedia. It did not discriminate between portable apps and packaged executables; if it saw an executable, it listed it as an icon on the menu, with the included option to remove the icon. The menu even allowed users to organize their apps into personalized folders, a very appealing utility. It could also autorun apps upon starting. It was completely customizable and skinnable. I am just curious as to why some of these features were not included in this new beta version of PortableApps.com Menu.
Did you even try the latest beta? Most of the features mentioned, apart form the search bar and categories are existent in the beta 5 and were in beta 4 (listing executables with removing icon, autorun, skinnable). And Beta5 included the updater.
The upcoming release of 2.0 will add categories and some other awaited features. It is near launch, can only be a couple of days (ok, maybe weeks but that doesn't matter). The topic on top of the page containes more infos.
I did in fact follow the beta releases, but was somewhat disappointed in the lack of ability to make folders, like in Geek.menu, so after every update I would toy with the menu, then switch almost immediately back to G.m. I also await the final 2.0 feverishly for several features. My main issue actually was the folders/categories, and the search bar is somewhat convenient, but not truly necessary in the menu.