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Feature Request: Categories

The only thing that's missing (for me, obviously) are Categories. Even rudimentary ones like Geek.menu would be wonderful!

Please consider this, and thanks for the great work on all of PortableApps!

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Categories or Folder

What if the Suites Platform also has Categories or Folder feature too?

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add more feature

i need new feature like panel to edit and add plugin or app to easy drag drop and launch. and remove feature not working and make my flash disk corrupt. i thing search build in is good feature and like win7 start. customize menu for can easy. and also cleaner for delete junk file in flash disk. good work john and now i wait beta 4.

Andibad, i interesting about this portable app website and great can save all file to my flashdisk 2-8 gb and no file in host computer, i like that.

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Quick Beta 2 (which became 3) Release

I just posted a quick beta 2 (which became 3) release to fix a few quick bugs like the always on top thing slowing everything down and the menu not refreshing properly. The menu will also now properly clear on refresh, making the progress bar easier to see.

I'm still at OSCON in San Jose, so I'll have time to get the new release with the updater in as Beta 4 when I return.

Enjoy!

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I'm guessing Updater didn't

I'm guessing Updater didn't make it into b3, either?
Cuz I can't find it in the menu.
Unless I'm really spacing out.
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2 became 3

2 became 3 due to a bug. You didn't think a week's time passed that quickly did you?

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You didn't think a week's

You didn't think a week's time passed that quickly did you?

...that could be due to a phenomenon my coworkers and I refer to as "office time" where about 6 hours seem to pass and you look at the clock and it's only been 5 minutes Shock

plus probably more than a little excitement at PAP 2.0 being released Biggrin

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Wait a minute - is it still July?

That's it, I'm going back to bed!

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I found another "dead spot"

I found another "dead spot" on the menu like the now-fixed backup button. The fourth app in the list won't highlight, respond to clicks, etc if you hover over the text. It works if you hover over the icon (so like the opposite of the hover button issue). I'm using beta 2.

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Fixed in Beta 3`

I posted out beta 3 which fixes this.

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Eject Button

Could you setup the eject button to automatically eject the USB drive? I have used another start menu for a little while and it's eject button does the process automatically without any intervention from me. There isn't much of a difference between the eject button in the menu and doing the process manually.

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Small Bug Found

Hello There

Just downloaded your beta3 and updated my drive. apparently the new PA launcher doesn't recognise open office portable, its showing an error saying "[PAF Error - Missing Name]" next to the Open Office icons, i guess it could be due to the out of date Open Office Portable software that im going to update now, but i thought i should just make you aware of it.

also some of the icons appear to be missing, again this is probably due to out of date PA's

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Version?

What version of OpenOffice.org Portable are you using?

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ack!

darn i should have noted that before i did the update, sorry. It has been a very long time since i updated my apps on my drive, so it needs doing anyway. doing so seems to resolve both problems (the icons not appearing in some apps, and the PAF Name error too)

aha! i did have another backup anyway! and yes, it is a rather old version xD

OpenOffice Portable Launcher 1.2.0.1

do you want the versions of the applications with missing icons before i update them all?

regards

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Hmm

I'll take a look at it either tonight or next week when I get back from OSCON in San Jose. I don't think it should do that. If you want to post the versions, that would be handy... not sure how many folks are affected. You can get the app version of these old apps from the help.html file in the app's root directory.

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List of apps & Versions

Sudoku Portable 1.1.7.1
7-Zip Portable 4.42 Revision 2
and i believe Sunbird Portable 0.3 has this issue as well

as i said, rather old portable apps that needed updating anyway, but if others can't update (for whatever reason) then they may get this issue.

If there is anything more i can do to assist, please let me know

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Custom Theme Switching

After changing to a custom theme, the menu would automatically hide. Please change this.

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Yeap,

Kinda annoying! ¬¬

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future

I really like the new beta. Two things that I am missing are the use categories for apps and customization of the folder links (for example redirecting the music link to another folder). Will this be added in a future release or is this already possible in some way?

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MKLink

Customizing folder links is possible by using MKLink "like this :

mklink /D Music "the actual fully qualified path

type the above command in the document folder of your portable documents!

And whala...

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Language

Arabic Language isnt working,, i guess its from the Decoding.
i can help with the translation if u want.

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Character encoding

It'll be to do with the character encoding. If you've got Arabic installed on the local machine (e.g. in the form of Arabic Language Pack for Vista, 7) it'll work, otherwise it may not. This will be fixed when the Platform goes to using Unicode encoding, which I believe is on the plans for sometime soon.

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I have the Arabic language

I have the Arabic language pack installed in my Computer but it doesnt show the char's,, mostly as u said changing the encoding will solve it.

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Beta 3

Uninstall on XP works, icons on the menu are refreshing, but drive space bar will show the old data until you hide/unhide the menu by clicking on the tasktray icon.

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German Uninstall Text

The german uninstall text is a little bit too long.

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Install directory and blank menu

Sorry if my question seems obvious but I'm not that familiar with PortableApps interns.

When I start the install of the beta, it doesn't detect my previous installation and ask for a directory for the installation. I did install PortableApps on my hard disk, so I give the path where I installed everything :
"C:\Documents and Settings\sigbt06\Mes documents\PortableApps"

But it doesn't seems to detect the previous apps and I all I get is a new blank menu. Do I have to reinstall everything ? Should I give the path to the PortableAppsMenu application ?

From the documentation I can't find out, sorry for my ignorance.

Anybody knows ? Please help.

Thank you,

BT

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I think you got the wrong folder

I may be wrong, but I think you installed one folder too deep. When installed on a flash drive's root folder, the installation creates some files in the root folder, then creates a PortableApps folder and puts the apps in there. It sounds to me that you installed the new version inside a folder of the old one, which is why it didn't find any old apps. Look inside "C:\Documents and Settings\sigbt06\Mes documents\PortableApps" and see if there is another PortableApps folder, as in "C:\Documents and Settings\sigbt06\Mes documents\PortableApps\PortableApps." If so, I think you can fix it by deleting (edit: probably re-naming it first would be safer... then re-install and see if it works, then delete) that folder and all its contents, then re-install to "C:\Documents and Settings\sigbt06\Mes documents\" and everything should work as before, just with the new menu.

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Installed in wrong directory?

On a removable device, PAM would typically be installed to the root, eg. "x:\", while all portable applications then are installed to "X:\PortableApps". Your previous installation may have been to "C:\Documents and Settings\sigbt06\Mes documents"

If so, the old "StartPortableApps.exe" should still be in this directory, and any portable apps you had previously installed would be in "C:\Documents and Settings\sigbt06\Mes documents\PortableApps". If you installed PAM2.0 to this directory, your portable applications would have to be installed in "C:\Documents and Settings\sigbt06\Mes documents\PortableApps\PortableApps".

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Great minds think alike....

Great minds think alike....

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Thanks, it works like a charm!

Exactly what was wrong.
You have to give it the name of the parent folder not the PortableApps folder ...

It make my day Smile

Thanks a lot,

BT

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D'oh

Yep, that's what I get for goofing off with this stuff while at work. Beat by 10 minutes while I had the compose screen up dealing with pesky work distractions.

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Thanks

My icons work again (I'm using a 720p TV as my monitor on the computer I use most) and everything seems to work. I'm looking forward to the updater being finished. I get tired of coming to the web site every couple of days to see if anything has been updated.

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Categories?

For me all the new features (while great) are useless with out the long promised "Categories" I must assume they have been abandoned since they are not even mentioned in official postings about this release.

I will stay with PortableApps Menu MOD 1.1 R30.

Paul

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Has anyone said that officially?

The categories, as seen in other posts about the platform's new version, are not easy to implement correctly. As with the updater, It'll come when it come (Zach Thibeau's).

P.D. I dunno if it's a mistake, but the latest version of the mod is 1.5.2 R34

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Quoting John T. Haller from NOV. 4, 2008

The following is a quote from over 8 months ago:

Coming

John T. Haller (Homepage) - November 4, 2008 - 5:01pm

It's coming in the next release. The first test version (Alpha 1) is being released this week but it won't be enabled (Alpha 2 will have it).

It's called categories and it follows the categories of the app directory here on the site (Internet, Office, Music & Video, Development, etc). All our apps are categorized by default. But, of course, you'll be able to override, create your own, etc.

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Except...

EspaÑaksThe categories, as seen in other posts about the platform's new version, are not easy to implement correctly.

Except for the fact that the aforementioned Mod has had the feature for over a year and a half, and nobody's complaining about how it works.

EspaÑaksHas anyone said that officially?

The general apathy and latent hostility toward mention of the subject heavily implies it. There is no question that JTH and the other developers have the ability to add the categories feature; they could even lift the code from the Mod, being as both are Open Source. So the perpetual postponements imply that it is not a priority.

Which is fine. The official menu is fine for me. A new version of the Mod will probably come out when 2.0 goes final, so that option will continue to be available for those who really want it.

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Exept!

Have you ever compared the source-code of them both, if so, you would have seen that the implementation of the application-list is totally different, otherwise the mod34 would not only been an recompile with a version and name change but a real remake!

And the from MOD-site is since 2007 no real activity visible!

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Backup / Restore Not Working

The Backup / Restore function from within the Menu does not work unless you tick the box "Show Details".

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2me2

I first thought it was a Wine issue (Beta3 was released just when I was testing a local linux distro to definitely ban M$ of my home) but I had to select the restore option even 4 times for it to work. My second idea was about trying to restore without installed apps to get my TBP profile, but it wasn't the case. Any idea which not implies gettin' bored clicking again & again "restore"??

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I just tried backing up my Documents and my AppData without the show details window and it worked. I use Version 2 beta 3.

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Complete Backup

I always select the top option "Complete Backup". Maybe that's where the problem lies. I will do a few more tests.

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Maybe

It were data-only backups (In my case)

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Backup Fails

I have tried all 3 types of backup and they all fail. If you check the "Show Details" box then they all work OK. Do you know where can I download the source for the backup operation???

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Turkish (tr_TR) translation

A found a typo in my translations here: https://portableapps.com/node/18730#comment-116736
It's corrected below:

COLOR_SILVER=Gümüş

I couldn't find in which page they were translated. "Uninstall" and "Transparency" strings, you see when you right-click an app in PA.c Platform menu, are translated below:

Uninstall = Kaldır
Transparency = Şeffaflık

And additional strings translated by Gotcik (https://portableapps.com/node/19987#comment-123273) was not correct. I've also translated them below:

INVALID_INSTALLER=Bu kurucu PortableApps.com biçiminde değilmiş gibi börünüyor. Taşınabilir uygulama değiştirilmiş olabilir veya tamamen taşınabilir olmayabilir ve bu dosyanın kaynağı doğrulanmadan kullanılmamalıdır. Kuruluma devam etmek istiyor musunuz?
CHECK_DRIVE=Sürücüyü Hatalar İçin Kontrol Et
CHECKING_DRIVE_WINDOW_TITLE=%DRIVE% sürücüsü hatalar için kontrol ediliyor...
AUTORUN_CHANGE_WARNING_TITLE=Uyarı: Otomatik Çalıştır Değiştirildi
AUTORUN_CHANGE_WARNING=PortableApps.com Platformu bu aygıtın otomatik çalıştırma yapılandırmasının değiştiğini algıladı. Bu değişiklikler bir virüs veya casus yazılım bulaşmasından veya autorun.inf dosyasını değiştiren başka bir uygulamadan kaynaklanıyor olabilir. Eğer değişikliği kendiniz yapmadıysanız, aygıtınızı virüs ve casus yazılımlar için taramalısınız.
APP_MENU_FAVORITE=Sık Kullanılan

I was unable to test keyboard hotkeys (e.g Alt+H for &Help). They're not working.

Best regards,
Thank you.

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Tested

I tested and liked the features very much. Thank you.

But I do have a question. Does the portable apps menu resize itself to fit a smaller resolution? I am currently still using PAM 1.5.2 because whenever I load start the portableapps menu it takes up half the screen rather than just stay in the corner like the older version. and Also how do you update to version 2.0 without copying the folders to another location? Can I just install the new menu directly onto the existing flash drive?

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No/Yes

It doesnt resize itself to fit a smaller resolution. I think thats planned for a later release though.

Yes, you can update the platform (just like all our Apps) right over the old one.

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I just wanna say that I got

I just wanna say that I got to look at this, and I'm liking it very much. Can I make a request that the favorites don't move? I kinda expect the "no new features" line, and that's fine, but I figured I'd ask. Thanks.

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Favorites always on top

Hi,

I'll also prefer having my favorites always in sight. Maybe it's possible to add a feature to stick favorites to the top not scrolling with all the other items.

Thanks for these great apps,

x-ray

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Updater also as stand-alone?

Will the Updater be offered as a stand-alone option also (once it is released)?
I would prefer not to use the whole PortableApps.com Platform, due to my USB drive configuration, but would like to benefit from auto-updating.

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AAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!

Yeah! I downloading this! Thanks!

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Nice...

I've tried, tested it against, the unofficial MOD's! Very nice, but on the mayor Portable HD, I'll keep the MOD until the Categories appear!

I have too much tools on this HD to use PAM without categories.

And please let us normally customize the folder links!

if you do something like this in the code

procedure TfrmMenu.imgButtonMusicForegroundClick(Sender: TObject);
var
iniSettingsFile: TINIFile;
begin
iniSettingsFile:=TINIFile.Create(ExtractFileDir(Application.ExeName) + '\Data\PortableAppsMenu.ini');
try
ShellExecute(0,'open', PAnsiChar(ExtractFileDir(ExtractFileDir(ExtractFileDir(Application.ExeName))) + iniSettingsFile.ReadString('Maps', 'MUSIC', '\Documents\Music\') +#0), Nil, Nil, SW_SHOW);
finally
iniSettingsFile.Free;
end;
end;

then we only have to edit the ini file like this

[Maps]
Documents=\User\Documents\
Pictures=\User\Pictures\
Videos=\User\Videos\
Music=\User\Music\

This is a quick and dirty solution.

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Transparency & consequencies

Hi!
I've just tried this new version and was notified by flickering popup menus (options, or items right click). I'm sure it is because of transparency switch. Why not to turn transparency on only when more that 0% is selected?
Sorry for my english and thanks for things you doing!

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UAC Icon

Is it possible to add the UAC shield to the Run As Admin menu item (like you see when right-clicking a shortcut in Vista/7)?

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Love It

I am loving the direction this suite is going I see that a lot of the options that were in geek.menu are now in this suite still would like to see an option to create sub-folders to place certain programs in for easy access like Games, Internet, Office etc...... I had tested version 1 of the 2.0 & it looks really good but needs a way to actually install new themes it just took it from the local file on my hard drive(windows 7 theme)but when I switched the themes the windows 7 was no longer an option. Also it needs a little more stability it would cause some of my apps to freeze & also won't release some apps like Firefox from my system ram I left it alone watching it in task manager to see if it closed it was on almost 24hrs. That is all I see so far I will need to update to version 3 to see if it has gotten any better.

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More Bugs

I just installed beta 3 and I tried the uninstall option when right clicking on an app and it froze my computer for a few minutes then the uninstall screen just stayed even after the app was uninstalled also on that same note why not have the uninstall dialog box underneath the help tab since there is all that available space down there also you can place the progress bar there. I see a lot of options were from the geek.menu platform which I liked a lot before the project was abandoned I liked the search bar at the bottom of the geek.menu app also just a suggestion & there is no categories option or option to create categories & then placing the apps in those categories or can u do that from the .ini file & if so how. Also there is a long lag on the progress bar to refresh the apps menu. I used the install app option under the options tab & when I did there was a long lag to get the app to install & would be nice to see a confirmation window before you install it just automatically installs the app so it is really of no use & if so you might be able to centralize the install screen right under the help tab as well just a space saver a unique idea take it or leave it. The update option is gone also. I think that is about it will post again if I find anything else.

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New issues

I just noticed every time I close the portable app menu & then relaunch it it always does a refresh of the app icons which lags for a few minutes also when portable app starts it lags for awhile maybe that is due to the rehashing of the apps icons or after an install of a new app. Also this issue has been going on since the release of 1.5.2 that when I disconnect my flash drive from the USB port and go to a different computer or back to my own it doesn't auto start the portable apps menu like it used to so was wondering about that also. All in all though I am liking this app kinda makes it better for me that I can use the original app than geek.menu even though I liked that more at the time and the options it had. Good job on the revamp of this suite I used to really hate the old original suite that is why I tried the geek.menu suite anyway good job can't wait for the final release.

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Thanks! etc.

I appreciate the work all you guys are doing, looks great so far. The only thing I can possibly think of wanting other than what you guys have already done is categories! Thanks again.

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Some thoughts about...

Hi!
This one's really good, keep doing that way Wink
Just some things to the developers, since i'm using codyssey.com's CodySafe application launcher synchronously:

Hotkey
Alt-Win-SPACE is a good idea for showing the main window, but i would rather
like to set another one (or two):
On CodySafe i have Win-F4 for Exit Launcher and Win-X for Eject Drive!
Would a "custom HotKey(s)" option be possible/good?

AutoRun as Admin
What about combining the "Automatically Run App" CM Item with "Run As Adnmin"?
so PortableApps Launcher asks for the Admin Name(Yes, with WindowsNT's Gpedit.msc it IS possible to rename the Admin UserAccount to e.g. root like in Linux, my Admin is actually named that, btw, and the "guest" is named "nobody" Wink ) and the password for all apps that are tagged ( AutoRun | AsAdmin)...

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CodySafe stores a "RunCount" Variable in each application's appinfo.ini, and sorts
the apps in a Most frequently used at top manner, allowing to switch between normal (All apps, except ones that have been tagged "hidden" by the user) and the MFU one. but the alphabetical view is also good,
thats what CodySafe won't do! Wink

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Customizable Hotkeys and Views

I'm going to make the hotkey customizable in the next beta. Not sure about an eject/exit hotkey since it's something you really only use once at the end of the session. Is anybody else interested in that? If I add it, I think it'll be off by default.

As for the autorun as admin, there are security issues with that (we don't want to be saving admin logins and passwords I don't think). It should ask for the login now as we use 'runas' through Windows which should auto-prompt.

I'm going to add additional sorting options including most frequently used in the next release.

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Exit and Eject comment --

Thank you, John --- this new beta is looking very good. No issues to report...

Since you asked about ejecting the thumb drive safely, I would like to see that implemented somehow with the 'exit' button. Perhaps you could add 'safely eject' to the 'exit' button .... could be made an option, then users could choose if they want 'exit' to include 'safely eject'.

My thought is to make one click ('exit'), the PA app would end then eject my thumb drive so it's ready to remove!

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Fixed German locale for next release

Howdy John,
I've sent a fixed German locale to You a few days ago. Please use it for the next Beta please in order to fix the issue with the uninstall dialog.

I've changed the entry for the updater in the headline from Beta 3 to 4 Wink

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I like this release

There's some nice additions to this menu. A few things I'd like to see... not expecting them all to come in one version, but for future ideas:
- Allowing you to change the location that StartPortableApps.exe uses (I've set my directory to Software\PortableApps.com, so I have to use a batch file instead)
- Allowing you to change the location of the Documents, Pictures, etc. folders, possibly adding folders
- Adding themes to the theme list (extracting the patheme into its own folder in the Themes directory doesn't find them)
- Bottom app pinning like already suggested
- Rearranging of apps/folder categorization (also with an extra option to reset and sort alphabetically)
- The platform, backup, and restore all show up in the menu... not sure if this is supposed to happen, but I'd prefer not to have to hide them (since the backup/restore is on the right, and you don't want to launch the platform from the platform)
- Name aliases for apps (for example, I could make "Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition" show up as just "Firefox")

Again, not really all for the next version, but some ideas in the general scope of things.

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Some Won't, Some In Now, Some Coming

Hey ClassixRetroX. The StartPortableApps.exe has to be in root and the apps have to be in X:\PortableApps. That won't be changing (it'll become more apparent as we add more features like password protection in the upcoming releases). The reason platform and backup show up in the menu is because you changed the location of them. If they are in X:\PortableApps\PortableApps.com, they won't be visible. Actually as long as they are in %whateverbasedirectoryyouuseforallapps%\PortableApps.com they shouldn't show up.

You'll be able to change the right-hand folder icons and locations in the next beta or the one after.

Bottom app pinning will probably be dropped permanently as it will conflict with our category implementation.

You can already rename/alias apps, just right click them and select rename.

A full theme selector will be coming. For now, the next release will allow you to place themes in a specific directory and easily access them (rather than re-browsing).

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"Bottom app pinning will

"Bottom app pinning will probably be dropped permanently as it will conflict with our category implementation."

Will that also mean top pinning will be removed? I thought of this solution, when pinning an application you could maybe add an extra shortcut in the menu, maintaining the original on its original location in the category folder.

Also to me the bottom pinning with no-scroll seems a cool idea but might run into problems if you have as much 'pinned' apps as there's space in the menu, in that case the whole menu would stop, hehe. Well what about this, a kind of favorites tab in the menu, one tab is the categories and showing all apps, the other with a list of your favorite apps. Well, this might need major changes of the source and maybe unwanted at this point.

I surely hope categories/folders will be coming soon as that's what I would find very useful. Maybe it's possible that the categories could be represented by the folder structure in the PortableApps folder. (Maybe not as some apps can't handle long folder paths.

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Nice

I like the tabs idea. Maybe, the favorite apps should be in bold in the "normal" category view

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Any possibility to add a

Any possibility to add a button that allows custom command line parameters?

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How can I install this new

How can I install this new PAM onto a flash drive with an existing PAM without copying out all the Portable apps?

And why is the menu about 4 times bigger than the PAM 1.5.2? Is there anyway I can change it?

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Install to root

You install it to the root directory just like the existing one. It'll upgrade and remember your settings.

It's bigger because you have your screen resolution set to 120dpi. The old version doesn't handle this properly, the new one does (it's supposed to get bigger).

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Alright...

Okay. I'll use that to upgrade my existing PAM, but how can I make the menu smaller? Like back down to the size of the old menu?

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120dpi Setting

It's based on the 120dpi setting in Windows. You'll notice that the Windows start menu also gets bigger as a result. This is the way applications are supposed to work on 120dpi. If you set Windows back to 96dpi, the Windows start menu and the PortableApps.com Menu will both be smaller.

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portable apps PA.c2

it's verry fun xD
y have the firts version but is red and y hate red xD

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Me too

Funny, it was my favorite color as a kid. Now it's too... I don't know... loud?

Try these. Unpack them in any folder you like, and on the menu choose Options, Theme, ... to browse. I prefer Dark, with 10% transparency.

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Remembering last position in menu

Just installed Beta 3 - fantastic work, well done John and team
Every works well, only niggle I have is that if you scroll down your list of apps and fire one up, when you go back to the menu later, it remembers where you were in the list rather than resetting back to the top - a bit of a pain if you want one of your favourites that you have pinned to the top. Can you get it to always default back to the top of the menu? Guess it won't be as much of an issue once categories are built in, so there will be less on the menu screen!

Can't wait for Beta 4 with the Updater - have the beta version of that installed and it's really really useful!

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Is there an estimated "ship

Is there an estimated "ship date" on that beta4?
I can't seem to get the old updater to work anymore - is there an alternative for me?

and does the updater automatically update things like virus defs for clamwin? now THAT would be useful!

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SUMo

try a program called SUMo. It's not perfect but is handy tool for updating programs.

Hope that helps for now Wink

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I see that you've mentioned

I see that you've mentioned that the app switcher will be improved in future releases. Just thought I'd mention that it would make sense for custom themes to get installed to \PortableApps\PortableApps.com\Data\something in keeping with the spec on settings, plugins, themes, etc. You could just copy the .patheme files there and then use the current method of just extracting them when they are selected.

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Closing the menu...

First off, let me say that I'm not entirely sure this is because of the beta release, but I am posting here because I am using it.

When closing the menu I follow this route:
Close programs open from menu
close menu
safely remove...

However, I get the still in use error almost every time...
Even when NOTHING is running from it Pardon

Could it be related to the beta???

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Probably Not

There is a program called unlocker that can help you figure out what is still in use.

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I usually watch whats going

I usually watch whats going on with process explorer...
Does unlocker show things that it wont?

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Yes

It'll tell you exactly what process is locking a file on the drive.

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I think I solved it...

John T. HallerIt'll tell you exactly what process is locking a file on the drive.

Well, unlocker showed nothing...:?
Which is good in a sense because it NO PA.c app was responsible :cool:

What I did, was to format the memory stick and put everything back on and run a few things...and it worked properly when I tried to remove it.

Thanks for trying to help, and sorry if I may have divulged the thread a bit...

-Scott-

EDIT guess not, same problem...don't worry about it, I'll live with it...

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Check 7-Zip Options

Make sure that 7-Zip is not configured to integrate into the shell context menu (or any other apps that might have that option). The setting is in the Tools menu, Options, Plugins tab, 7-Zip Options...

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Korean Language Doesn't Show Properly

The Korean language items show up as correct Hangul. I get instead gibberish characters.

If it's a translation problem, let me know and I'll help.

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Windows Code Page

It will only work properly on a Windows machine with Korean set as the non-Unicode default code page (usually a Korean version of Windows).

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Lost all icons on XP desktop

Beta 2 #1 and just tested and confirmed with #3.

Run portable apps menu, and my XP desktop loses all icons.
Close portable apps menu and they reappear.

Hard restart does not clear problem.

This problem did not start when I first started using Beta 2 #1, it just started 1 day. I am on an XP Pro machine, logged into a company domain network.

Have not pursued a work around - obvious 'click show desktop icon on taskbar' does not work.

Thanks, I absolutely love portable apps, and just close the menu after I run Thunderbird for the time being.

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Options

It's in the PortableApps.com Platform Options menu. Hide Desktop Icons. Just uncheck it.

It's off by default. You may have accidentally turned it on at some point previously.

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Correct

John,

Thanks, I did not realize the option existed. I apologize for not being more thorough before posting.

I in no way want to say that it is not a good feature, but when would someone actually want to use this?

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Messy Desktop

When using a private or public PC that is not your own that has a bunch of annoying icons on it that you have no intention of using. It unclutters your view and makes it more your own PC for a while.

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Interesting bug

Funny, I just tried the hide desktop icons option, and I noticed that right clicking on the desktop gets disabled. Is that normal or intended?

I have an idea related to this, but I'm writing up a post about it (started yesterday, saved to notepad). Specifically some solid ideas for the Platform. Won't contain a request for categories, I promise.

//edit: Posted the post, linked to it.

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It's a Windows thing. If

It's a Windows thing. If desktop icons are off, right clicking is disabled.

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