Superseded by new update here:
Greetings all! Welcome to another summary of what's going on in the world of PortableApps.com. Please help yourself to punch and pie in the back of the room.
Updating Current Portable Apps (In Progress)
As promised, we got 5 updated apps out last week - Sumatra PDF, 7-Zip, PokerTH, Virtual Magnifying Glass and VLC - all updated to the latest versions with new installers, digital signatures, etc. This week, we'll be posting updates to Pidgin, GIMP and Notepad++. FileZilla should be in there as well. And Steve has an update to Toucan that's being packaged for release. GIMP and Pidgin will probably see short pre-releases as they've both slightly changed the way they handle GTK and portability.
Additionally, a new revision of OpenOffice.org is being posted due to corruption in the included python scripts. I'll be working through Sunday to get all these done, so if they're not up by Friday, fear not.
After that, it's just a matter of re-releasing the other apps that don't need version bumps (AbiWord, Command Prompt, etc) so they're using the latest installers, new branding, digital signatures, etc. And then we're all caught up on the app front.
Development Test Releases (In Progress)
I'd like to get 3 or 4 of the development test releases that were posted as ready in last week's update out this week and next (that sounds do-able, right?). If your app is posted in the other topic, you're good and we'll get to it. If not, please post it here, whether you're willing to support it ongoing, etc. And here are the guidelines again for those interested:
- 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
PortableApps.com Format (First Draft Later This Week, For Reals)
Now that I'm done with jury duty (see below), I'll be getting out the first draft spec and posting in the forums for comments.
Now that I've got more time, I'll be posting the next beta of the 1.1 release. The alpha of 1.5 will be coming after that.
Registered Trademarks Granted
PortableApps.com and "Your Digital Live Anywhere" are now registered trademarks. The trademarks cover usage in software, digital media, newsletters and more. This is a good step forward in working with companies and getting the platform financially independent.
Development Licensing Progress
I'm sending out the email tomorrow to the developers coming on board regarding licensing that I was hoping to get out last week.
Tempering Responses (aka Friendly Attitude Adjustment)
I'd made a post entitled Tempering Responses (aka Being Nice to Users, New and Old) at the end of last week. This was based on an email exchange I had with a longtime user whose opinion I value and what he and I both saw as some issues with the overall attitude towards some new users, users of differing opinions, etc. I know I've been guilty of it here and there as well. So, I'm asking people to remember the responsibility we have to keep an open and patient attitude with all comers as this will be most folks first exposure to portable software and it will be many folks first exposure to open source and the type of online community that surrounds it.
Time Constraints Freed Up
I thought I'd posted, but it looks like I forgot last week. I'm done with jury duty. The accused plead guilty, so we got to go. I still wound up with a lot of catch up work in terms of work work due to being stuck in jury duty the whole week before (and being out of state 3 weekends in a row). I did some catchup work this past weekend as well.
Ok, that should be everything. Sorry this is a couple days late. The flow of releases begins tomorrow.