I'm not sure if I should be posting this here, but this place seems to be the most relevant.
A feature that I would love to see in Portable Apps is in-console downloading, app browsing and installing. For fun, I went ahead and created a demo of this myself. I sent an email to Portable Apps asking them what they though of my ideas, also sending them screenshots and a download link for the demo I made. I am hoping that one day something like this will be included in Portable Apps. I would like the community's opinion on this matter and my demo.
Instad of typing out everything again, I shall paste the email I sent to Portable Apps which will tell you everything about the demo and give you links to screenies and downloads.
I love portable apps; and I want to help make it even better. One thing that I noticed in portable apps is that when you click "Get more apps", the user is just linked to a web page and all downloads are hosted on SourceForge.net, which some users find tedious at times. I think that something that Portable Apps should have is the ability to download and install software (seemingly) within portable apps itself, with Portable Apps having a unique online "app store" where the user can browse through and download portable apps directly through the portable apps console. For fun, I decided to have a go at making something like this myself. There is a demo download of everything I am going to speak of at the bottom of this email. I have created a "technology demo" of this "apps store" (you can find the demo at the bottom of the page). The demo has only one app available for download - Mozilla Firefox (it temporarily downloads from a Softpedia mirror.) The demo allows the user to select Firefox from a "list", view information on it and download and install it directly through the program demo. I have made some screen shots of the demo, which you can find here:
"The app store interface"
"The downloading dialog
"The store blending with the main console of portable apps"
Demo Download Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?1vzzdgnzmmu
About the Demo:
Firstly, the demo was created in Multimedia Fusion Developer 2. You will need this program and the download extension to open the included source files.
Secondly, please run "store.exe", instead of "download.exe". "store.exe" is the main application for the store and the downloader requires that you run the store first for it to work.
I hope you like this demo, because (with your permission) I would really like to create a proper version of the store and downloader system that will be included with a future version of Portable Apps.
I am registered on the portable apps site as "nerd101".
Thanks and My Regards
So, what do you guys think?