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Thoughts on the new site?

I'd love to get some feedback on the new site. It went live about 1/2 an hour ago to coincide with the release of Portable Firefox 1.5. The apps directory is still being completed and there are bound to be a few bugs here and there, but I'd love to hear any comments, suggestions, praise or criticisms.

Thanks!
John

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The new site is awsome, neat

The new site is awsome, neat and organized.  This site should be a great starting point for anyone looking to get some portable stuff on their drives.  And because of how simplistic you have made installing these apps, people wont get frustrated.  You have done a wonderful thing for everyone.  Thankyou 

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Yes -- well done.

OK... I was hitting re-fresh a lot yesterday and bummed, but I'm happy now.  I really like the "content logic" you used for organizing the new site.  Let's see... 35% download complete for Portable Firefox 1.5, I CAN'T WAIT!
 
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toddsherman (not verified)
The site is sick John.

And thats a good thing. It's very clean/efficient and the styling is right on. Thanks for all your hard work - I will make a donation shortly.

Anonymous (not verified)
The site is very fast and

The site is very fast and easy to navigate. Great Job!

carlma (not verified)
it's slow for me, maybe

it's slow for me, maybe since your server is in US?

I love your guys idea and this website so much...so lucky i found it a few days ago from a blog:)

if you need someone to do chinese version, I will be more than happy to be of help

kalan_vod (not verified)
It's Just Wow

This site is well developed and the style is just amazing.

spamspanker123 (not verified)
Kickass site John

Hey John. I have been visiting your site regularly keeping up on Portable Firefox. I have always been interested on apps that work entirely from a flash drive, and haven't yet found a site that is 100% devoted to just that, until this morning. Keep up the good work!

GamerSmurf (not verified)
Wow! This is so cool! I

Wow! This is so cool! I really hope you expand as much as it shows.. With the "comming soon" stuff.. Oh, and thanks so much for making all this stuff portable Blum

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New Site is Awesome!!!

I love the new site and I am anxious to see all the additional apps in that are "coming soon". I have been using your portable apps for a few months and don't know how I got along without them. I am also anxious for the development section to be put up. Like most other people, I have a few apps that I would love to make portable.

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The design of the new site

The design of the new site is awesome, congrats!!

Thanks a lot for the development of the in my opinion most important and valuable Firefox, Thunderbird, NVU, Sunbird, OpenOffice enhancement!! I'd wish there was a way to vote for you, so that you could win the Alienware machine offered by Mozilla for the best Firefox enhancement, you'd absolutely deserve it!!

- Dex

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A big App-lause

Portable Apps...the best idea ever!

Keep up the great work!

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Thank you for your work...

Thank you for your work and your apps!

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Great New Site

Thanks, John for all of the hard work. The new site looks great and is easy to maneuver. The new Portable Firefox also works great. The transfer from RC3 to 1.5 was smooth and didn't lose an extension or theme. Thanks again.

Jerry

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Great applications !

I will link you on my next site update.

Do you plan to track others portables applications as well ? if yes I could help you, and I know the guy from portablefreeware.com.

hundred of portable applications:
http://standalone.atspace.org/index.html

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Awesome!

I love this new site. This is going right to my bookmarks on my new Portable Firefox 1.5. Smile

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Looks great

This URL will definitely be easier to remember. Thanks so much for all you're doing!!

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Wonderful.

I love the new site. The design, the concept, and the apps.

Thanks so much for everything you've done!

Smile

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Great stuff!

I'm still exploring the site, but so far so good.

Perhaps there could be a security section under Applications? Something like 1/3 of my portable apps are security-related. (Portable Spybot, Trendmicro Sysclean, blacklight, anything from Sysinternals, etc.)

- me -

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I'll be here for a while.

I'll be here for a while. Keep it up, John!

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Thanks

Great Site and great work on Portable Apps

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Awesome Site!

Love the cool and sleek design. The navigation is fairly easy. Thank you for all your work!

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Congratulations!

Great looking site to go along with the fine work you do bringing us portable apps. Thank you for your efforts and keep up the outstanding work!

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Great site!

The site design is clean, clear and comprehensible. I think this would be a great portal for more great portable apps to be developed. Great job!

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It's pretty sweet, clean,

It's pretty sweet, clean, simple.
Can't wait to see more items listed.

Sometimes you need a little genius, and some duct tape.

NinJA999 (not verified)
Awesome

Great site, awesome graphics. Only one thing, and that is the development area. I can't wait until that is up.

kvfb97 (not verified)
Brilliant

Brilliant site chum! need any help give mea shout! Smile

Anonymous (not verified)
Finally!

The web has been in need of a good, no-frills site for portable apps for a long time. Thanks for going ahead and making a clean, easy-to-navigate, and ultimately useful site. Smile

Edit: I just noticed that tags on this forum aren't contained to a single post. I forgot to close and it emphasized all of the text on the page. Might want to look at that. Wink

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Suggestion

Great site!
How about this for an addition? A rating system for all the great sugessted software. Maybe based on how many use said software?

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A job well done ! TThanx for

A job well done !
TThanx for the hard work.

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I've been noticing many

I've been noticing many people bringing up other sites from which there are portable apps. Perhaps in each section you could have a sub catagory for alternative portable apps that do similar things, and provide a link to it. This way you can keep the stuff that's original to this site as the stuff you recommend while providing alternatives as well.

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Forum

I have just found this forum and its great Thanks guys ...

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Love the site

I found this site a while back when I was looking for a way to put FireFox on my USB drive (before realizing that FireFox installs and runs just fine as is when I direct it to do the installation on my drive), then came back for OpenOffice. I like how some of the open source programs I know and love can be run anywhere and this site shows you how!

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But how do you launch?

Firefox actually won't install and use a profile on a portable drive out of the box when you switch computers.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

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Using FF

It worked OK for me, even if you only have "Guest" rights on the computer that you're using. Simply have Firefox install to the USB drive, and run it after it's finished. All the information is stored on the local hard drive, including extensions, plugins, and user information. If the folder were to change (for some reason, Windows 2000 likes to change "My Documents" folders now and again, and Firefox loses all of its exensions and user profiles). Assuming that the My Documents folder doesn't change names (it's really hard to describe what happens at work, but suffice it to say that the name changes from myname.002 to myname.003), you'll be fine. Firefox itself runs from the USB drive, and works just fine.

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-Perfecto- 10 puntos!

Cool site and perfect order....

Congrats....have you been slashdoted yet??? Smile I think soon.

Greetings from Lima-Peru in south america.

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great new site ! I'd love

great new site !
I'd love Portable Apps !
Cheers

Embrace your dreams

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THANKS!!!!
I just wanted to respond with a heartfelt thank you for all the kind words about the new site and the apps. I'm really glad that people are liking the layout and the functionality. I spent quite a bit of time over the past few months working on it. The whole site is run on the Drupal open source content management system. I added a few custom hacks and a from-scratch layout. I did the XHTML/CSS/layout and a friend of mine did the graphics design and served as my official idea-bouncer-offer.

I've been a bit slow in updating the Apps Directory but several major updates are coming this month along with the new Development section. Once much of that is up, I'll be putting out a call for Mac and Linux developers so we can start making all of this stuff cross platform for everyone to enjoy.

I'm also busily working on the other apps I mentioned. Portable OpenOffice.org 2.0.1 was released today. I'm putting the finishing touches on Portable GIMP for release later tonight or tomorrow.  And I have 2 more apps in the pipe as well. A new version of the full Portable Apps Suite will be forthcoming, too.

Hope everyone's new year is off to a great start.

Best,
John

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Excellent Site and tools.

New to the forums and just wanted to say thanks also.

My Portable Fx and OpenOffice go everywhere with me and even gave me a good reason to get a 1 gig key chain to replace my 512 mb model.

Site looks excellent as well and is easy to navigate.

Fx 1.5 Portable, Open Office 2.0 Portable, Thunderbird 1.5, Firefox 1.5 Pacifica Branch

Fx 1.5 Portable, Open Office 2.0 Portable, Thunderbird 1.5, Firefox 1.5 Pacifica Branch

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newb

new to this site!

thanks! First experiment is getting Mac on a stick put already stuck :/

is it possible to give more options on the forum? Like searching, mark all read etc etc

i also suggest some smaller and (with all respect/no offence) dull looking sites merge into this one!

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yes

I agree that this site should be the central place for all things portable. It looks the best and has great app support. Another great site for Portable Apps:

http://www.portablefreeware.com/all.php

-Justin

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reset new discussion counts?

Is there a way to reset the "new topic" or "new replies" counts? The only way I've found to clear "new replies" is to actually enter each discussion, whether or not I'm interested. I haven't found away to clear the "new topics" counts. Logging out and back in hasn't helped.

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Love this site. Don't

Love this site.
Don't suppose that you could tell us (i.e. me) what hacks and modules you used. Just out of interest?
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All source is included

All modifications are explained on the support pages. I'm releasing a full suite of software to assist in making apps portable later this month.

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I ment to the site's Drupal

I ment to the site's Drupal code.
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Oh, Drupal...

It's mostly a standard drupal install. I added in modules like: smileys, invisimail and urlfilter. The apps directory is a hacked version of the book module. The theme is an original one. I did the XHTML/CSS and a buddy did the graphics. We're going to release a few versions of this theme with different colors back to the Drupal community under a GPL license sometime in the next few weeks.

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Where did you get invisimail

Where did you get invisimail from?
I can't find it.
BTW i'm asking cause i plan to set up Drupal soon
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AWESOME SITE!!!

I realize this may be a bit late, but I just saw this post now. Anyway, this is an awesome site. There are a lot of good portable freeware sites with many more applications then the amount listed here, but I prefer this site, because these applications are the best!

Thanks a lot!

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Congratulations

After hearing about a portable release of OpenOffice.org, I stumbled accross your site and I have to say well done! At last a dedicated location for portable applications. Keep up the good work!

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link

Just wanted to let you know that I linked to your site in my new blog. The URL is http://tech-ramblings.blogspot.com. Hopefully this will drive some traffic to your site.

-Justin

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Great Site Great Apps

I only recently downloaded the portable apps. suites and started looking at your website. Both are awsome. Since I stumbled upon your handy work, I have found POO and PFF both completly indispensible.

Keep up the great work!

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Nice Site, Nice Forum layout

I'm a portable apps virgin (behave!) looking to learn about this stuff. I just started a commuter marriage and need a lot of portability. Seems nuts to spend $1500 on a laptop that operates at half the speed of desktops when I can buy a USB flash drive for 1/10th and use it as an epiphyte.

John, any chance in the future you'll add a Hardware Forum for corresponding appropriate discussion?

And how do I include an active URL in the interests section of my profile - is HTML not allowed in there?

-- John

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Hardware / Homepage field

That's what the homepage field is for. Just be sure to include the http:// and it will show up as an active link in your profile. The other sections in the profile don't support HTML.

I will be debuting a hardware section of the site soon including a new forum section as well.

Regards,
John

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Homepage/Interests

Tain't really my homepage, it's my 'Home Forum' and major online interest. Ok, I'll tack it on.

Been lurching and lurking through the site, thanks for putting it up.

-- John

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Forum layout change?

Is it just me or has the forum layout changed
It now looks crap on a PSP

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Working on it

I had to disable it for now, it had some issues. I'll be working on it offline. I had started online in the hopes that it would only be a 20 to 30 minute thing (hence working on it on Sunday). But it will be up sometime this week.

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Cool

Just make sure its PSP friendly Blum
Looked good though
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Won't happen

I don't have one and I'm not interested in owning one.

I test in IE 5/5.5/6, Opera, Safari, Konqueror, Firefox, Links.

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PSP friendly

I don't have a PSP but am interested in owning one, seems to me that I/you/we should be asking SONY to make the PSP more browsing friendly!
I just want to add that as far as I am concerned Sir J Haller is the portable app messiah! I hope that you ( John ) realise that you are freeing the oppressed from their home PC's
"Vive le revolution"
Regards and thanks NMC

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I agree

with NMC but can you please let us have a choice
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Suggestion for the Site!

just found this! http://www.explorerdestroyer.com/ check it out i think that it would be blasphemy not to have it on portableapps.com

gbailey (not verified)
Wow

I've been searching for quite a while for a site like this. I currently use about 4 usb drives, but to be able to do more with them than just storage is really cool. The main purpose of mine is for troubleshooting, spyware removal.... so this is really cool

Dozer (not verified)
All In one

I signed up before I even browsed the website knowing that it would be good, and so far have not been dissapointed yet.
This is nice to find most available Portable apps in one place. The ease of browsing and information provided for unfamiliar apps are nice.

Keep up the good work

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