What's New? Blender has been updated to 2.57 (the new release). Python has been updated to 2.7.1. The launcher has been updated to Unicode and it's in the current PA.c Installer. The installer will now preserve plugins on upgrades. The command window is now hidden during launch and while running.
Download Blender Portable 2.57 Pre-Release 1 [34MB download / 52-93MB installed]
As this is a significant update and this is a more complex app, I want to ensure that the portablization is still working properly for power users before releasing this as final. Please post your test results!