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PDF-XChange Viewer Portable 2.xx Dev Test 6

Application: PDF-XChange Viewer
Category: Office
License: Freeware
Language: Multilingual
Description: Those wishing to view PDF files on their Windows PC's now have a choice - PDF-XChange Viewer is smaller, faster and more feature rich than Adobe Reader, which has until now been the reader of choice for PDF files.

Download PDF-XChange Viewer Portable 2.xx Dev Test 6 [1+8MB download / 19MB installed]
(MD5: FCC8BF65C3FAD11E55B60BF966C48C7B)
Online Installer: This is an online installer that will download additional files during setup.

Plugins:

Download Help for PDF-XChange Viewer Portable 1.x Dev Test 1 [1+7MB download / 7MB installed]
(MD5: 3149CEE5CF4F0C5C9F7A1DBB3DCE8B2A)
Online Installer: This is an online installer that will download additional files during setup.

Download OCR for PDF-XChange Viewer Portable 1.x Dev Test 1 [1+8MB download / 20MB installed]
(MD5: 9E770843B6B55BEB45D9AF34EEE8675D)
Online Installer: This is an online installer that will download additional files during setup.

Release Notes:

2.xx Dev Test 6 (2012-01-04):

  • Fix for stamps being left on the local machine.

Plugins (2011-12-16):

  • Added plugins for help file & new OCR feature.

2.xx Dev Test 5 (2011-11-24):

  • Updated to PAL 2.1.2.
  • Added default "Export To Image/Destination Folder" directory (clean install only).

2.xx Dev Test 4 (2011-07-07):

  • Updated to PAL 2.1.
  • Added path portability.
  • Added default "Downloads" and "Save As" directories (clean install only).
  • Language selection now works without the (PA) menu.
  • Added appicon_128.png.
  • Updated links in help file.

2.xx Dev Test 3 (2010-03-06):

  • Fix for HKLM reg key being left behind.

2.xx Dev Test 2 (2010-03-04):

  • Language and drive switching added thanks to Gringoloco :-)

2.xx Dev Test 1 (2010-03-03):

  • ZIP file directory structure has changed so files were extracted to wrong location. Fixed.
  • Still can't figure out how it saves the path and language settings :-(

2.0.42.9 Dev Test 1 (2009-11-26): Initial release

Known Issues:
No drive or language switching.

Tested with:
XP Home SP3 (Admin)

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Sweet!

Thanks Prapper. I've been hoping for this one. Hope Docu-Track take a peek at it and decide to give permission for it to have the binaries packaged with it.

Cheers Smile

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A fresh install

gives me this...

(ERROR: PDFXCview.exe could not be found)

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Looks like they changed the

Looks like they changed the structure of the ZIP. The extracted files will be in the main "App" directory so you can just move them into "App\PDFV_Portable".

Thanks for reporting this. Fixed now.

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Updated to 2.xx Development Test 1

See release notes for changes.

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I had a look at the settings

I had a look at the settings file, for the drive switching.

It is one of the real horrible settings files, I just can't figure out at all how it is saving anything in this file and I tried several approached ! (sorry)

As well I thought maybe it would be an option to use the installer, instead of the portable version. But the installer can't be extracted by 7-zip. But even if it did, the installed version uses the registry heavily. Still you could have a small chance it would be possible. I'll do some more testing and keep you informed.

Anyway, did you try contacting the developer, to ask what his portable version of PDF-XchangeViewer does to create this (REALLY AWKWARD) settings file ?

[edit: some good news, if you delete Portable.dat the app will use the registry for it's settings and you are able to update the drive-letters, and probably the language!]

[edit(again): found the lang value

HKCU\Software\Tracker Software\PDFViewer\International\LocaleID: 0x00000413

This was for Dutch, you can probably get the launcher to read the language .xml config, to get the language ID's]

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Nice

Great detective work there! Thanks, consider it done Smile

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Updated to 2.xx Development Test 2

See release notes for changes.

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He super, it's a really nice

He super, it's a really nice app.

A view things:

1. I just realize now looking at your source code, as I said the lang-ID for if you convert the hexadecimal lang-ID to decimal, it equals the PAM 'LocaleID' environment variable.

2. A minor thing, but if you include logiclib.nsh, why not use it!

3. Hope you're into getting this official one day, but otherwise it would be a nice tester for PAL as well ?

Ps.: Do not feel obliged to update immidiatly, there is no need to for these small changes !

[edit:
1. I forgot to delete some part, done!
2. ok you did use it for a small part, sorry!
3. ???
4. PDF-XChangeViewer is using a HKLM registry key as well, this really should be fix.
I don't think this will effect non-admin use, though.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Tracker Software\PDFViewer\FileAssociations]

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You're right, I'll try and

You're right, I'll try and fix that later. I pulled it for now.

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As for PAL, you could have a

As for PAL, you could have a go with this launcher.ini, it even does the launguage switching.

[Launch]
ProgramExecutable=PDFV_Portable\PDFXCview.exe

[Activate]
Registry=true

[RegistryKeys]
PDF-XChangeViewerPortable=HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Tracker Software\PDFViewer
PDF-XChangeViewerPortable2=HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Tracker Software\PDFViewer

[RegistryCleanupIfEmpty]
1=HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Tracker Software
2=HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Tracker Software

[RegistryValueWrite]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Tracker Software\PDFViewer\International\LocaleID=REG_DWORD:%PortableApps.comLocaleID%

[FileWrite1]
Type=Replace
File=%PAL:DataDir%\settings\PDF-XChangeViewerPortable.reg
Find=%PAL:LastDrive%\
Replace=%PAL:Drive%\

Just I will ask Chris if he can do something about appending the .reg file!

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Is there any need to save the

Is there any need to save the HKLM key? File assciations are set to 'off' on first run anyway.

Yeah, the language switching code isn't very efficient. How do you convert the PAM LocaleID string into the correct format?

I hadn't looked at PAL yet so I downloaded it to try your INI, which worked great, but I got three debug messages on exit -

line 221.13:

"pathto\PDFXCview.exe" has finished.
line 232.13:

Waiting til any other instances of PDFXCview.exe are finished.
line 245.13:

All instances are finished.
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I wouldn't think there is

I wouldn't think there is need to actually save the key, but it should be backed-up if already existing, and not left behind if it didn't exist before. I couldn't get PAL to do so (jet)

About the language switching, have a look in the launcher.ini, what it does is just writing a dword registry value, so it gets sort of converted automatically.

${registry::Write} "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Tracker Software\PDFViewer\International]" "LocaleID" "[LangID]" "REG_DWORD" $var ;var=succes/error

If you would want to write it to the .reg file you'll have to convert it first:

${registry::HexToStr} "[hex_string]" $var
WriteINIStr "$SETTINGSDIRECTORY\PDF-XChangeViewerPortable.reg" "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Tracker Software\PDFViewer\International" "LocaleID" "$OUTPUTDIRECTORY"

(See the registry plug-in doc.)

BTW: The way I done it with PAL still needs some testing, I'm really not sure jet how it will behave if the language (used on PAM) doesn't exist for PDFXCview. Or when PAM isn't used at all, etc....
But, speaking for my self, I think it's time to support Chris with PAL.

I've never had the debug messages, actually I was still wondering how to switch it to do so ??? If I find out, I get back to you about this.

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Re:

but it should be backed-up if already existing

Yeah, that's what I thought, I just wondered if there was a reason to save it that I'd missed (as I missed it entirely first time round). So it's just a PAL issue.

Re: the languages, I checked "launcher.ini" and the docs for the plugin and I'm sure your first example was exactly what I was using but it just appeared in the registry 'as is' so the app didn't recognize it. I never tried writing it to the file as it made more sense to just bash it straight into the registry before launch (bash=technical term LOL). I'll give it another go, perhaps I just made a mistake somewhere...

PAL still needs some testing, I'm really not sure jet how it will behave if the language (used on PAM) doesn't exist for PDFXCview. Or when PAM isn't used at all

Yeah, I was wondering about that too. I set the menu to Vietnamese to try and the app just went into English. I don't know whether that was because it's the OS language or because the app defaults to it (the options page suggests the latter).

Anyway, thanks for helping, I'll have another crack at it tomorrow. If I can't get the registry thing happening I'll have to leave the long winded code in. Probably won't use PAL at the moment though if there's a chance that the messages will show up at the end. Don't know what's going on there because it worked great otherwise...

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PAL

The debug messages are apparently part of PAL as you download the dev.test release.
I didn't get the messages since I was downloading the latest updates with mercurial.

For you to be able to download the latest updates, I made a quick package of a semi portable mercurial. It's leaving no traces !!!

Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?tthamuujfnm

Just execute 'Clone.bat' and the latest scripts get downloaded to a folder called 'launcher'. Then all you have to do is compile 'PortableApps.comLauncher.nsi'

BTW: I'm not entirely sure 'Update.bat' is working as it should'

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Thanks

I've a feeling I'm going to need my lifejacket again soon Smile

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OK, all working but PAL

OK, all working but PAL doesn't back up & restore any local reg entries. Is that right?

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Sorry for the late reply, my

Sorry for the late reply, my internet connection is giving up on me this morning !

But I got to download the latest PAL update.
HKLM does back-up and restore on my side, but PAL uses a new place for the back-ups:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\PortableApps.com\Keys\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Tracker Software\PDFViewer

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Right, got it. Well, it looks

Right, got it. Well, it looks like we're ready to go then. I'll give it another quick test and then upload it.

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Updated to 2.xx Development Test 3

See release notes for changes.

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portable.dat

Hi

I tried this fine application and it works great, but i noticed something strange.

In the portable version provided by the maker of this software there is a file called portable.dat but with your installer this file is not in the app directory.

My question is this done by your design? maybe this missing file is the cause of all the registry entry's in your 2 reg files that are included in the installer.
So maybe if you added this file all the reg files are not needed anymore? (correct me if i'm wrong).

2e question is can you make a updated installer? or perhaps can i update the installed version?

3e question is this going to be officially released?

Thanks

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re: portable.dat

ed666
In the portable version provided by the maker of this software there is a file called portable.dat but with your installer this file is not in the app directory.

From further up the page:

Mark Sikkema
if you delete Portable.dat the app will use the registry for it's settings and you are able to update the drive-letters, and the language

So the answer is yes, it's by design.

2e question is can you make a updated installer? or perhaps can i update the installed version?

If you re-run this installer it'll download the latest version. Having said that, as this was from the early (ish) days of PAL, I'll updated the package.

3e question is this going to be officially released?

Hmm, probably not Smile

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Updated to 2.xx Dev Test 4

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update

Thank you very much for the explanation. I understand why you made it this way.

Thanks again for the new version and keep up portable apps

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No problem

Smile

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+1 on getting this officially out

Thanks for working on this! I just tested the find speed of Acrobat X, Sumatra, Evince, FoxIt, and PDFXCview and PDFXCview smoked the rest. As in it was up to 40x (yes forty times) faster finding a text string in a 23588 page pdf than the others except for FoxIt which was maybe 40% slower than PDFXCview. FoxIt takes a long time to just open the file compared to every other reader though. PDFXCview is by far the fastest for finding and it opens the pdf quickly. Plus, it has all the annotation features I want to add text, very nice. I look forward to the final PortableApps version. Thanks! jxf011

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Updated

See release notes for changes.

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Official PA app

Great work!

I found the PDf-Xchange viewer an excellent and very fast application.

Would love to see this become an official PA app!

Regards,
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Stamps saved under %APPDATA%

Found a bug for you:

Stamps are saved in %APPDATA%\Tracker Software\PDF-XChange Viewer\2.0\Stamps

To reproduce: Tools>Comment And Markup Tools>Show Stamps Palette>New Collection, then From Image or From PDF

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Yes, that is a bit of a bug

Yes, that is a bit of a bug. I can't find a way to redirect that location though so the only solution I can see is to actually move the folder. I'll upload a new version tomorrow. Thanks for reporting.

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Updated to 2.xx Dev Test 6

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the best pdf viewer ever!!

the best pdf viewer ever!!

cant wait to be added officially in portable apps platform so to have auto updates Smile !

(if will ever happen) :-)))

foxit deleted!

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Confirmation

I can also confirm the opinion of the member Noaven. Insofar I can not quite understand, why this terrific app is not already become an official release Sad

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+1

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

What they said.

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Use Sumatra as primary but for anything beyond basic viewing XChange is the GO Smile

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Is it ready for an official release?

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Permission

I'd be happy to get this up as official if we can get permission from the publisher to bundle it.

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If it uses an online

If it uses an online installer, does it still need the publisher's permission to "bundle it?" Doesn't it work like Chrome Portable &, if so, did Google have to give permission for you to do that? Just asking so I can learn something here...

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Very Few Cases

We use online installer for very specific cases only. jPortable, for instance, Oracle specifically asked us to do an online installer. For an app like this, we need to get publisher permission to bundle it or ask if they are ok with an online installer.

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Permission Requested

Never been good at writing these requests but here it is:

From: Horusofoz
Date: 29 November 2012 20:23
Subject: PDF XChange Viewer Portable
To: support@tracker-software.com

Hi Tracker and Co.

I'm writing as I have been using a PortableApps.com Format (PAF) version of PDF XChange Viewer for some years now and found it an essential utility for my studies.

I am writing to request your permission for PortableApps.com to release an official PDF XChange Viewer Portable package that includes the binaries.

Please note PortableApps.com is a Free and Open Source project. For more information about the project please visit https://portableapps.com/about.

Note I am posting this email in the PortableApps.com forum thread to advise the users that the request has been made.

We look forward to your response Smile

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Permission Granted

Didn't expect such a fast response but see below Smile


From: Horusofoz
Date: 30 November 2012 09:35
Subject: Re: PDF XChange Viewer Portable
To: Stefan Dzhukelov

Many thanks Stefan.

I'll email you a link to the download page once it is setup in case you want to add to your website.

Thanks again Smile

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On 30 November 2012 02:17, Stefan Dzhukelov wrote:
Hello Horusofoz,

I’ve just discussed the below with our CEO, and he says that it’s perfectly fine with us if PortableApps.com creates such a PAF version of our Viewer – as long as it is the free version of the same!

Kind Regards,
Stefan Dzhukelov

Support Manager Europe
Tracker Software Products

support@tracker-software.com
www.tracker-software.com

Tel +44 20 8503 8711
Fax +1 250 324 1623

From: Horusofoz [mailto:horusofoz@gmail.com]
Sent: 29 November 2012 09:54
To: support@tracker-software.com
Subject: PDF XChange Viewer Portable

Hi Tracker and Co.

I'm writing as I have been using a PortableApps.com Format (PAF) version of PDF XChange Viewer for some years now and found it an essential utility for my studies.

I am writing to request your permission for PortableApps.com to release an official PDF XChange Viewer Portable package that includes the binaries.

Please note PortableApps.com is a Free and Open Source project. For more information about the project please visit https://portableapps.com/about.

Note I am posting this email in the PortableApps.com forum thread to advise the users that the request has been made.

We look forward to your response Smile

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excellent decision

This was a really very commendable decision to finally get permission Smile

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You are awesome as a duck.

You are awesome as a duck.

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I am so using that phrase...

I am so using that phrase...

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Congrats on getting bundling permission

Nice work.

I have a paid licence for PDF X-Change Viewer PRO. I've been using Tracker Software's 'portable' version for a couple of years and their installed version prior to that. It's a great product.

One quick question: how does this PA version differ from the Tracker Software portable version? Is it just down to PA packaging or does it do something more 'portable' than Tracker's portable version?

Thanks in advance.
GrahamG, UK

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identical features

There is no difference regarding the offered features between the original Tracker Software portable version and the portable version, which you can download via this website here.

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Official?

Any chance of an official release in time for Christmas now that we have permissions from the author?

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progress?

Is there any progress? Maybe someone should take this project over to release it official Smile

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further development of the portable version

I have 2 questions, which are directed to both on John and prapper.

@John: Some time ago you have mentioned, that in the case of a permission you would like to offer this program as an official release. A short time later the member horusofoz has offered the required permission on 30.11.2012. Did you overlooked that?

@prapper: Are you interested to develop the portable version further?

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silence

Can I interpret your "no answer" reaction, that you've stoped the further development of your created portable version?

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Prepped Final

I've prepped the current version for final release. I'll likely upload it today and post it Monday or Tuesday.

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furher maintenance

Firstly thanks for your decision to release this wonderful app. Of course I will contribute to the further maintenance of this app. In the meantime I have looked at the code of the file custom.nsh of the developed version by prapper. Surely would it be a nice supplement, if he can report here something about his reasons for the development of this code.

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New Custom

I developed a new custom.nsh that doesn't hard-code the directories used. It uses a finder path in custom.nsh to find the proper PA.c Documents directory and sets the environment variable (as used in multiple other apps now) and then does a first run replace on the .reg from DefaultData. That way an end user can select another directory if they want and it'll still be portablized. The other bit was a bit of a hack for language switching. I'm using PAL's built-in one now.

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Still up to date?

Make this great app official, please Wink

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Available?

John, did this ever get posted for download? I didn't see it but maybe I'm just missing it. Thanks!

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Issue with the file portable.dat

I've now started with the development of a new portable version. On the website of the publisher will offered a zip version "PDFX_Vwr_Port.zip". After extraction among the extracted files and folders there is a file named portable.dat. And in this file portable.dat will be saved the settings of the app. But there is a fundamental problem regarding the access to the file portable.dat (it's impossible). Especially it's therefore a little bit complicate, how must be adapted the languages for automatic switching in the PA.com menu. The same issue occurs with respect to the changing of drive letter.

Of course I've read the conversation between prapper and Mark Sikkema to this topic in this thread here. But it's not completely helpful for me. Has anyone here a better idea for a possible solution?

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Don't use portable.dat

Yes. As discussed above, if you delete portable.dat, the settings are saved in the registry, and you have access to them that way instead. Why reinvent the wheel?

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Right

Ok you seem to have right, because there is currently no other way for solving the issue.

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Done

This app is already done, but it was delayed for release as it's a large freeware app which means I have to pay to host it. So it wasn't released in July. It'll be released soon, though.

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clarification

Accordingly this means, that I doesn't need to develop a new version. But I want remember you, that you want create a new file custom.nsh. However, I would participate in the future development of this release.

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Solution?!

Maybe you already thought this through but why don't let the developer host the app ?

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further issue by removing of the file portable.dat

But there is a further issue by removing of the file portable.dat. You yourself have pointed to a problem with the use of stamps in the program (see here). Insofar I believe that here are also some other issues caused by the usage of special menu items in the app. From this perspective it would of course be better, if the file portable.dat would not removed.

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Release?

Get this app released soon please. Thanks

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November already

Any news on the release yet?

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Providing of an actual version

I'll now indeed start with the development of an actual version. But please wait a little bit, because I've currently not enough time due to my work and some other private things.

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Is the hosting problem

Is the hosting problem solved? Can't wait until it's official released.

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Any changes?

Are there any changes other than pointing to the real URL, etc? If not, I can release it.

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fundamental review of the previous version

In the past I haven't analyzed in detail the portable version which was developed by prapper. Especially the handling of the automatic switching of the language in the PA.com menu should be checked. The same applies to the change of drive letters after moving to another PC.
But I'll take a look in the older version of prapper in the next days.

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Honestly

Honestly, what a palaver.

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Why...

....still no official release? If something is not working then post a new Dev Test at least. Thanks

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header

everything is slowed down as per site header

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The last post here is over 2

The last post here is over 2 month old. It could have been done by then before your surgery.

P.S. When will the slowdown end?

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When he feels like it. I

When he feels like it.
I can't predict when I would get over the winter cough and cold, let alone what John went through.
He will be ready when he is ready.

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If I were John...

I'd put this on the bottom of my list, given your snarky & demanding tone rather than asking nicely. Didn't your parents teach you how to say please?

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