Having recently upgraded from a '4GB Sandisk Cruzer' thumb drive to an '8GB PNY Attache Optima' thumb drive I had hoped to see my PortableApps experience increase in usefulness threefold.
Precise expectations I know, but the read and write speeds of the new drive were around three times better than the old one. Unfortunately this simply isn't the case. Infact, the newer more capable drive has actually made PortableApps worse somehow.
It would appear that before loading the interface PAM scours the entire drive for content. This is the only way I can explain why it sits there in the tray, unresponsive and for all I know doing nothing for so much longer.
May I suggest that PAM only ever loads the first 20 items prior to the display of the menu, and loads every subsequent 'page' of content after this initial boot. In this way I can start to work with my portable apps and folders and if needs be wait longer for the rest of the apps to appear in the menu should they be needed.
So doing would I hope make PAM load super-fast regardless of the capaciousness of your particular storage medium.
Alternatively, have PAM keep a history of what apps are currently available instead of refreshing itself every time I plug in the drive. (Which is a complete ball ache on old USB 1.0 machines by the way.) Manually refreshing the list takes all of two clicks anyway.
Thanks for the continued development of what has become an essential toolkit for me, and I hope that my feedback proves of some use to somebody. Despite these grievances I do infact love the platform and its functionalities.
Thanks for your time. Included is a screenshot of my 1.1 modification of an existing XP theme that I found floating around in these forums. If anyone's interested in it I don't mind sharing.