PortableApps.com is proud to announce that the PortableApps.com Format Specification 1.0 has now been published. This release marks the culmination of over a year of work with dozens of developers to create the world's first open portable software format. The updated PortableApps.com Format Specification is 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.
PortableApps.com Format is a simple specification that governs the file and directory layout as well as operating behavior of portable apps. File are distributed as easy-to-use .paf.exe™ installer files. The full details on the format are available in the PortableApps.com Development Resources section.
PortableApps.com Installer 1.0
Applications in PortableApps.com Format are packaged by way of the PortableApps.com Installer. 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)
- Interactive mode to assist with missing entries
- Licensed for use with free open source and freeware
- Commercial use by contacting PortableApps.com
What's New in the Format?
This update finalizes the specification for 1.0. Minor additions include the ability for an application to advertise its need of Java Portable or the .NET Framework on the local PC to the PortableApps.com Platform.
The 1.0 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.
Get Your Software on PortableApps.com
Once you have your software packaged in PortableApps.com Format, it's eligible for listing on PortableApps.com and our millions of users and visitors. Please contact us for details.
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.
The new PortableApps.com Format is available in the PortableApps.com Development Section. Read it today!