PortableApps.com Installer 0.90.0 and PortableApps.com Format 0.90

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Submitted by John T. Haller on May 16, 2009 - 3:31pm

logoPortableApps.com is proud to announce that PortableApps.com Installer 0.90.0 has been released along with the updated PortableApps.com Format Specification. The PortableApps.com Installer allows you to quickly package your portable apps in an easy-to-use installer without having to write or compile any code. The updated PortableApps.com Format Specification and installer are now available for outside developers to use and can be used freely with free open source and freeware applications. Commercial use is available by contacting PortableApps.com.

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PortableApps.com Installer Features

Installer ScreenshotThe PortableApps.com Installer allows you to easily package your portable apps. It features:

  • Proven NSIS installer core
  • Excellent compression for distribution
  • Easy configuration with no coding required
  • Multilingual with 58 Languages
  • Optional sections
  • Automatic integration with the PortableApps.com Platform
  • Works from command line and Send To (just pass the portable app's main directory, e.g. X:\PortableApps\FileZillaPortable)
  • Licensed for use with free open source and freeware
  • Commercial use by contacting PortableApps.com

What's New in the Format and Installer?

This update of the PortableApps.com Format makes it much easier to create installers and package your apps in PortableApps.com Format. This update of the PortableApps.com Installer allows software publishers to package their apps using our popular tools. Open source projects can use our installer (and all source is included and licensed under the GPL) and release their own PAF files. Freeware publishers can also use our installer with no special permission. Commercial publishers can contact us for permission.

We'll also be opening up the App Directory to open source, freeware and commercial publishers within the coming weeks, so the sooner you get your software in PortableApps.com Format and out to your users, the better!

Get Help Packaging for PortableApps.com

If you need help packaging your software in PortableApps.com Format or using the PortableApps.com Installer, just post a note to the Development Forum and we'll help you out.

PortableApps.com Installer / PortableApps.com Format

PortableApps.com Installer is packaged, appropriately, as a PortableApps.com Installer so it will automatically detect an existing PortableApps.com installation when your drive is plugged in. It supports upgrades by installing right over an existing copy, preserving all settings. And it's in PortableApps.com Format, so it automatically works with the PortableApps.com Suite including the Menu and Backup Utility.


The PortableApps.com Installer is available for immediate download from the PortableApps.com Installer homepage. Get it today!

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The PortableApps.com Installer is a global system we use for all of our application here at PortableApps.com. The installer is custom-made by the project founder and lead developer. This installer allows for easy integration with the PortableApps.com Suite, as it directly finds the install path if already available. The PortableApps.com Installer also supports saving plugins from being removed of overwritten on upgrade, and the best part about the format and installer in combination is what we call 'in-place upgrades', allowing you to simply install the application update right over top the existing binary without losing any of your data.

This application release here allows you to automatically generate a PortableApps.com Installer for your own application so it may easily integrate with the our Platform, provided your application is in the documented PortableApps.com Format. All this takes is having your application in the PortableApps.com Format, and this program will generate an installer for your program using options and info defined in an INI file such as name, version numbers, plugin path, etc.

That's the just of it. It really has extreme differences from a compressed archive, all in efforts to make things easy for users and other third-party developer to integrate with our suite.

-- My thanx John for your forward looking vision & contribution in the spirit of "paying it forward" -- something many more in this world could stand to emulate. Following in the spirit of Covey's "8th Habit" may you be blessed as Zig Ziglar has proclaimed: “You can have anything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”
-- Although not anticipated, I've a couple of application development arenas to tip/promote your move have already come to mind.