Please see the new update here: PortableApps.com Update (Week of Feb 4, 2008)
As a followup to last week's State of PortableApps.com Update (January 14, 2008), I'm going to be posting weekly status updates to be sure we keep things on track and we're all on the same page.
Updating Current Portable Apps (In Progress)
I began updating the currently released apps after posting last week's update. So far KeePass, Sumatra PDF, WinSCP and ClamWin have been updated to the latest versions of the apps with the new launcher, installer, splash screen, help file and digital signatures. The remaining apps will follow shortly.
Development Test Releases (In Progress)
Several development test releases were made by various developers following last week's announcement and guidelines (great work guys ). We should see a few more this week. For those who missed them, here are the guidelines:
- Compile the new Development Test Splash Screen into your launcher
- Follow the current PortableApps.com Format spec 0.9.8 (as used in the current KompoZer Portable). This includes the AppInfo directory and the required files within there. Having an appicon.ico with 256 color and XP alpha in 16px, 32px and 48px sizes. And the other details of the PortableApps.com Format (see below)
- Use the current PortableApps.com installer with the PortableApps.com branded bannder 0.9.9.0 as used in the latest KompoZer Portable (the Mozilla apps are different) being sure to only alter code within the ";=== BEGIN: PRE-INSTALL CODE" style comments
- Doing a new release titled "Development Test 1" or appropriate number. The installer should follow the standard naming convention of App_Portable_1.2_Development_Test_1_en-us.paf.exe
To keep things in one place, if you've created a development test that you believe is ready for general release and are willing to maintain it on an ongoing basis, please respond in this thread with the name and a link to the forum post on the app. If you've posted one but are unable to maintain it, please post that as well and we'll find someone who can.
PortableApps.com Format (First Draft Later This Week)
I'm still completing the first draft of the PortableApps.com Format for release, but it's coming later this week as opposed to the beginning as hoped for due to some time constraints on my part (see below).
PortableApps.com Platform (This Week / Next Week)
I'm still completing the next release of the 1.1 platform and the first alpha of 1.5. 1.1 will be posted by Friday or Monday. 1.5 alpha will be next week.
Adding Developers (In Progress / Ongoing)
Ryan McCue's first official app, WinMerge Portable, was released yesterday and has been very well received. We'll be releasing more over the next week. Patrick Patience's first app will be released soon as well.
New Moderators (Completed)
Tim Clark, Patrick Patience and Steve Lamerton have kindly agreed to help out with moderation duties in the forums, joining Marko Moeller, Ryan McCue and myself. We'll be reworking the forum arrangement within the next few months and adding new moderators as needed... so keep the helpful (and kind) assistance coming and you may get a shot to help out, too.
Development Licensing Progress
I've made some progress in terms of the licensing to bring other developers on board core development (menu, backup, etc) while still giving us the ability to work with the commercial hardware vendors. I'll be contacting the development team via email tomorrow to finalize things for now so we can get moving.
Time Constraints (aka Jury Duty and Weddings)
Unfortunately, I'm under some slightly unforeseen time constraints this week. I have jury duty all day an hour away from me (why I can't serve at the Supreme Court in the same neighborhood is a question on my mind). I was hoping I wouldn't be called (it's random and you call in the night before), but I was, so that kinda kills a chunk of my week. I also had a wedding last weekend out of state and a skiing/poker bachelor party weekend out of state this coming weekend, so I wasn't able to catch up on the weekends. I'll be doing what I can at night to keep things moving, though.
I'll be posting more about the newsletter, promotional graphics and other things as I can.
I think that's it for now. Thanks for reading and for supporting us!