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One click install

Now with adding portable freeware to portableapps.com, there probably will be a lot of apps added to the list. So I think maybe it's time to make installing an app more convienent. Yes I know it's already very simple, but basically you have to do the same steps each time you want to install an app (going to portableapps.com , select the app, download the app from sourceforge, run the installer). So why don't make it more easy by instead of linking to portabbleapps.com , show a window with currently all apps available on portableapps.com, then if a user clicks an app, the PA menu will download and install the app automatically. This is a lot more faster (and easy) to install an app.

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They are working on it and it

They are working on it and it is planned to be released in the next version of the platform. The next version, most likely a beta, of the platform was hinted to be out soon.

Once you go portable...

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Ok, I didn't know this would

Ok, I didn't know this would be in the next release.
Thanks for the answer.

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Install from Internet

In my opinion is not always convenient to put the application directly from the Internet. Not everyone has a broadband connection to the network.

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Not quite sure what you mean

To me it seems like it was implied that the PA.c platform will merely download the installer, not install from over the Internet.

You have to download the installer from the Internet at some point, so what difference does it make if you open your browser and do it, or click a button on an application (the PA.c menu) somewhere and that application does it? And I would imagine that you'll still have the option of doing it the "old fashioned way".

I don't see that this is going to cause huge problems for non broadband users, they will still have options. Besides, since this is a portable platform, there's always the option of taking all your apps with you to a computer that does have a broadband connection (public library maybe?) and updating them that way.

Either way, you have to download a file eventually, maybe updates by the power of the mind will be in a future release (with apologies for heavy sarcasm).

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Thank you for your opinion,

Thank you for your opinion, but personally I do not have broadband Sad and can not always update the program due to poor connection quality. Therefore, I believe it is better to offer users the ability to choose installation options.

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I still don't understand

I still think you're missing the point. I don't think anybody here is suggesting we force application updates down your throat like a bad Windows update, merely that we give users options. I would imagine that you would always have the option to either: A) press the "cancel" button or B)Turn off "automatic updates" altogether (assuming that they were even automatic in the first place and not an on-demand system which is another possibility). I personally like the Ubuntu system for application updates where it tells you that there are updates, and how critical they are. Then it lists the updates that will be installed and gives you a choice of what you want to install or not. I would imagine that is similar to how a PA.c update feature might function. In which case, you would always have the option of saying "No thanks, not right now!".

To cut a long story short; I don't think you have anything to worry about.

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I was a little different! On

I was a little different! On installation! For example, Skype Portable, Google Chrome Portable and installed directly from the Internet, which is not very convenient for me personally, as well as for the most part of users to "bad" connection to the network.

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Licensing

It's done that way for licensing reasons. If you see Chrome or Skype bundled in an installer elsewhere, it's being done illegally.

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Thanks!

Thanks, but I hope you'll be, if possible, add to the package installation program does not require connection to the Internet.

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My initial thought on this

My initial thought on this was like others where you have to download the installer at some point so what is the problem. As I thought about it more I can see where there might be issues with live installers. If you are running the live installer and it has to download a decent sized installer with a BAD internet connection you run the risk of it cutting out. This would cause the install to fail and you'd have to start over again. If I had a bad connection I'd want to be able to use a download manager which has resume capabilities, which I'm assuming the live installers do not.

Once you go portable...

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First of all, let's all get on the same page regarding "installers". PAF installers are just scripts which unpack files to your flash drive. They don't write anywhere else and they don't do a single thing to the system you're on.

Other sites' installers (e.g. Mozilla.com, Google.com) do much the same thing, but they make a mess in the Windows Registry. They don't make apps portable. Quite the opposite.

What a PAF/live installer does is, it installs a launcher, and then it contacts the site the program is on, and downloads the installer. (Yes, the one that will mess with the local system.) It will then open it up and pull the files out, unpack them to the launcher's appropriate directory, and clean up the program's installer. Local system is untouched.

If you don't have broadband at home, it's fine. Take your flash drive to where you do have broadband and install from there. If you download, say, Google Chrome, illegally, you still have to download the same amount of data, you just do it all at once. To do it legally, you install the launcher, and the laucher's installer gets Chrome from Google and automatically unpacks it. You're downloading roughly the same amount, it's taking an extra step, but it's legal.

Once you get home, if you want to put it on another device, you don't have to download again. Simply copy the ChromePortable folder over to the other device.

Bottom line is, if you're going to use Chrome Portable, legally or not, you're going to have to download it at some point. You can't get around that. Unless you can't download anything, anywhere, and can only post on forums or something. So it's best to do it the legal way.

There might be another way to do it legally, but it would take some work. You'd have to download the live installer, and the actual Google Chrome installer from Google. Take them both to your sans broadband computer. Unpack the live installer. Unpack the Chrome app from its installer. Basically, manually do what the live installer does. Not sure how that would work though.

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How about an option that says, I have the installer downloaded on my desktop! or something like that so that people can choose when to download it?

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Or like this:

Or like this: When it comes to the step to download, it would prompt with a button saying "Download now" (this would give the user time to wait for IE/Fx downloads to complete that might be running, or pause their torrent software) with a smaller button saying "Have installer" (like "Have disk" for Add/Remove Hardware) that would let you browse to the installer.

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