I started using PortableApps some time around 2007 I think, but I never really used USB flash drives that much until relatively recently (for work). Now that I have rediscovered PA, I have realised that they can also be used with my synced folder, which I use for all my other portable apps, command line programs, shells, scripts, etc. So I have found just how incredibly useful PortableApps portable apps are.
I have not started making any of my own portable apps, but I am going to start doing so.
I have a few portable apps which I have in a synced directory, along with my PortableApps portable apps. I usually start them using a script, from the command line, but it would be nice to be able to start them from the PA menu as well.
These apps are already portable, so they do not leave any traces on the host computer. Is using a PA launcher.exe really necessary for these apps?
I can see that Cook Timer, which is an official PA release and consists of a single .exe file, does not use a launcher.
However, Notepad2, which is usually a single .exe plus a single .ini file, does have a launcher. Why is that needed?
For some of the portable apps that I have, which I would like to be able to launch from the PA menu, I would like to avoid the additional memory use of the launcher, as I have them running all the time.
Some of these launchers seem to use more memory than the apps themselves, so I would like to avoid using them when they do not appear to be necessary, if possible.