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PortableApps.com Platform Bug Report and Feature Tracker

Please report any bugs you find with the platform here. There is a separate forum thread for localization discussion and another for apps that need an update. Bug reports made in comments will be deleted once added to this categorized list. Duplicate reports will be removed. Fixed bugs are listed in the PortableApps.com Platform Changelog. Some bugs listed as fixed in the changelog for a current beta release will still be present in the older stable release. Bugs fixed or features added in our internal build that will be included in the next release are marked with an asterisk (*). Items already handled in the current beta are marked with a double asterisk (**). Last Updated: 2018-05-17

Bug Submission Note: Please include your operating system version, 32/64-bit, install path, new vs upgrade, platform version, any antivirus/firewall running, etc. It will help us address your issue faster.

Known / Confirmed Issues

  • Unable to download apps on Windows XP/Vista from servers requiring TLS 1.1 and up (workaround implemented, dozens of apps working)
  • App icons appear as black boxes in tray submenu in high DPI mode (likely require switch to png from ico)
  • Platform doesn't use environment variables for content folders when installed per-user
  • Backup/Restore stray characters (details)
  • App Installers report 'no free space' when installing to unmapped network shares via the platform updater, app store, or Apps - Install a New App. As a workaround, map the network share to a drive letter for now or run the paf.exe installer directly. This is now fixed in the current PA.c Installer and rolling out to apps.
  • Platform installer self-deletes when manually run from the platform
  • Can't rename or delete categories (feature coming soon)
  • Cannot upgrade platform while another platform in another location is running
  • ESET firewall/AV may cause some large downloads to hang, contacted publisher (thread)
  • On resolution changes, menu moves. May be able to pin it.
  • Empty ns*.tmp directory left behind in the TEMP directory after platform upgrade
  • Wallpaper switcher: disables Win7 wallpaper slideshow, no GUI
  • Updated/App Store says 'install complete' even when some fail
  • Get error if click Get More Apps while auto-update in beginning is running. Possibly wait or better error.
  • Allow alt temp or permission fix when TEMP invalid and platform won't run (workaround included)
  • Please close running apps window sometimes appears behind other windows
  • Some issues with wallpaper changer on Windows 8 and/or 8.1 (thread)
  • Platform can't exit if INI isn't writeable
  • Platform installer doesn't warn of already-running platform when run directly

Upcoming Features Confirmed Coming In An Upcoming Release

  • Custom colors for themes
  • Custom tags on apps for searching (example: tb for Thunderbird or ff for Firefox)
  • Custom fonts
  • Change additional advanced options via GUI (hotkey, taskbar icon, etc)
  • Export custom suite list, import custom suite list
  • Ability to set custom icons for apps and categories
  • Have updater/store begin installing apps while still downloading others to reduce install/update time
  • Scan multiple paths for apps (see discussion)
  • Have updater warn that an app is running before updating
  • High contrast theme detection and incorporation in some respect within the platform
  • Display all portable apps in system tray by alphabetical order in addition to by category
  • Updater/App Store detection of updates failing due to network disconnect and re-queuing them for download as a stopgap until resume is implemented
  • Local shortcuts to things like Windows Explorer, Notepad, that work as you move PCs
  • Platform scrolls to bring category into view as you expand it, scrolling down so it's at the top if needed
  • Ensure enough free space in system TEMP for downloads, PA.c Installer needs to check for downloads/extraction space, too
  • Ability to have updates start automatically on platform start with a minimized updater
  • Ability to 'Exit Anyway' and 'Try Again' on the Apps still running on exit dialog
  • Cancel updates/app installs mid-way through the process
  • Portablize Flash cookies
  • SOCKS proxy support via CURL for updater / app store *)
  • Disable menu tooltips option
  • Double-click apps to launch (in addition to single click)
  • Install all languages when installing apps via the app store option
  • File associations built-in (no eXpresso or Portable File Associator addons), including default browser/email
  • Configurable close/eject/minimize buttons in the lower right
  • Custom theme add, select and remove
  • UI options for advanced features that don't yet have them
  • Customization of the folders' (Documents, etc) name, icon and location to open, ability to add folders
  • Remove apps from the smart list
  • Run platform from read-only media. May skip this.
  • Search app directory
  • Windows 7 task bar customizations
  • BAT file on start and exit for advanced users with platform env vars available
  • Cache apps to improve menu start/refresh performance
  • Save installers for later use
  • Specify preferred SourceForge mirror
  • Hide Java apps in app directory (off by default)
  • Ability to select between minimize to tray, taskbar or auto in GUI
  • Change the icon of an app
  • Right-click Command Prompt Here
  • Right-click View App Homepage
  • Switch download indicator to show MB instead of KB
  • Improve multi monitor supportdetails
  • Ability to exclude apps from the updater (possibly show unchecked after checked updated apps)
  • Ability to manually add apps from other directories
  • Ability to adjust app command lines
  • Ability to resume dropped downloads (may be in combination with setting specific location for download)
  • Customizable systray icon
  • Autorun/Autoplay component installable locally (test version available
  • Ability to disable balloon tooltips in the menu
  • Ability to re-install and reset apps
  • Always on top option
  • Ability to hide non-commercial use apps in the app store
  • Ability to list out dev test apps in the About Apps screen
  • Language-specific Help - Support, Donation, etc landing pages
  • Ability to delay auto-started apps
  • Ability to have only favorites on front page (no recent or smart)
  • Ability to have updater/app store handle PA.c Installers with multiple downloads, also requires PA.c Installer update (thread)
  • Improve detection of TEMP issues to include unexecutable, add translations for strings in Start.exe and offer users to setup a contain TEMP on the fly

Possible Future Features (Suggested by Users, Under Consideration)

  • Theme to match the host operating system aka theme-less theming (thread)
  • Cleanup left behind individual app settings after power outtage/PC crash
  • Ability to have favorites listed in favorites section and in category in same list
  • Settings export/import
  • Ability to show installed apps with size, metrics on install/update, used, etc
  • Right-click app details (description, size used, etc)
  • Reconsider mandatory upgrades of platform before apps
  • Ability to remember expanded categories
  • Show local Java and .NET installed versions in About window
  • Delay apps set to autorun until after the updater has done a check, possibly not starting the ones that require an update
  • Ability to display sub-categories as folders
  • Independent portable desktop with its own icons
  • Advanced option to have the platform force-close apps without windows

No Immediate 'Fix' Planned

  • App directory window is not resizable (limitation of programming language, will eventually be rewritten)
  • Keyboard friendly navigation uses the less-than-intuitive Windows' default of working with a listbox: Hold CTRL to start selecting, use arrow keys or TAB to move around, hit SPACE to toggle a selection on or off. We're looking for a developer to assist with adding some custom C++ code to the NSIS EmbeddedLists component (Source Code) we use to display this list so that keyboard navigation will work with the checkboxes.
  • "Expand categories by default" interacts oddly with "Collapse other categories when one is expanded" or "Collapse categories on minimize"
  • Switching from Aero theme to Windows Classic on Windows 7 with the menu running causes visual artifacts due to a Delphi bug. Restarting the platform will fix the artifacts. This does not affect Windows 8 and later as the classic theme was removed.
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There is no anti-aliasing in Windows 10

Something wrong with apps and interface icons in Windows 10 after update to Platform 15 — all icons and main window without anti-aliasing.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lNT-oYEDEpOzQjgOVxUwAqSokusjIIIT

Windows 10 Home Single Language 64-bit with April 2018 Update (Version 1803) Build 17134.48
NVIDIA GeForce 397.64 WHQL Driver
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 (20.19.15.4549)
1920×1080 · 142 ppi · 32 bit · 120 dpi

On all PCs with Windows 8.1 everything is fine (on any configurations and monitors).

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Can't Reproduce

I can't reproduce this issue here. On my Dell XPS 13 running Windows 10 Home 64-bit 1803 Build 17134.48 with zoom set to 125% (aka 120dpi) the fonts look as expected on my 3200x1800 display. It's running Intel HD Graphics 5000 driver 20.19.15.4531. The icons also alpha blend correctly, though they look slightly distorted as is expected at 125% zoom. I tested on this as it's the closest approximation I have to yours.

Is there something specific non-standard on your machine you can think of that could interfere? I'm wondering why you specified it as 120dpi and 142 ppi since Windows doesn't expose either of those numbers, it just shows zoom level. Is there a driver-specific setting you changed? Have you tried it with dedicated vs internal graphics after a reboot as well to see if there is a difference?

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On my laptop zoom set to 125%

On my laptop zoom set to 125% too.
142 ppi and 120 dpi — from AIDA64.
Switch to GeForce by default — no result.
By the way, Large Fonts option is inactive (blocked) in my settings. Why can it be?

P. S. I don't changed any drivers settings.

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100% Zoom

Could you please try setting it to 100% zoom via the Windows control panel, rebooting, and then trying the platform again on your PC? Let me know if that gets it looking correct. Then set it to 125% zoom in Windows control panel, reboot, and check it again.

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100% Zoom

Zoom 100% → Reboot → All right!
Back to zoom 125% → Reboot → All bad Sad

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Compatibility mode

Icon of Platform 15 on Desktop → Properties → Compatibility → Change high DPI settings → Scale mode → By system
solves problem when I launch Platform by icon.

P.S. And after reboot (auto launch) all ok.

P.P.S. But at the same time, blurs appear in the applications being launched. It's very annoying.

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I'm getting this problem too.

I'm getting this problem too. Ever since the upgrade to 15.x the icons in the menu look terrible. Low res and pixelated. Was fine beforehand
https://i.imgur.com/02kYBPt.png

Running Windows 10 x64 (fully updated including the spring 2018 major update). 1920x1080 laptop screen, running at 125% (both listed as the recommended settings in Windows). Intel HD Graphics 4600 with latest graphics drivers.

Setting text to 100% and rebooting makes the icons look less pixelated but is too tiny to use this way. Turning back to 125% and rebooting and the problem recurs

If I right click the PortableApps application and use the compatibility settings to "Override high DPI scaling behaviour" and force scaling to be done by "System (Enhanced)" rather than by "Application" the icons look better.
https://i.imgur.com/sQLlqYQ.png

Maybe a little blurry? I can't remember exactly how they looked before but I know it definitely wasn't pixelated like the first screnshot.

Not sure if this fix also causes apps to be blurry as the other poster said - I've only tested firefox which looks fine. Anyway it's not a fix that you can expect most average users to be able to follow. Too technical.

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Cannot update or install apps via PA platform

I was trying VPN that use IKEv2, and couldn't update or install apps via platform unless I set Direct Connection (No Proxy) in options.

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Windows Connection

In Automatic mode, it uses whatever you have Internet Explorer and Windows itself set to. If you were trying to use a Proxy, only specific proxy types work (SOCKS 5, for instance, does not). Support for additional proxies is planned for an upcoming release but will require a brand new networking stack.

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Not using proxy

I was using Automatic Mode, the VPN itself use Windows 10 VPN feature.

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Proxy

Ah, that's a new unique proxy within Windows 10 that I doubt the windows components fully support, at least when used via the inetc component in NSIS. If Windows just took what you handed it and passed it through the VPN, it would work, but it looks like that's not exactly what it does.

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Only Windows 10

It seems it's only Windows 10 problem, I've just tested it on Windows 7 without issues

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Suggestion - Categorize / Hide Apps in Bulk

Hi,

I would like to ask for a way to Categorize and Hide Apps in Bulk.

Thank you.

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Access Violation on Portable Apps Startup

I am getting the error message "Access violation at address 005665EC in module 'PortableAppsPlatform.exe'. Read of Address 000001D0.

OS Version = Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 1803, OS Build 17134.112
Install Path = C:\Portable Apps\,
Upgrade Installation to Version 15.0.2.0
Platform Version = 15.0.2.0
Antivirus/Firewall = Windows Defender Security Center, Virus Definitions 1.273.696.0,
All updates are complete as of 8/1/2018 10:05 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

Thank you,

Pete....

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