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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 (*). Last Updated: 2017-04-26

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

  • 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
  • Menu doesn't scale above 96dpi, some icons large/cropped, black boxes (custom dpi)
  • Wine-Specific: Black boxes, button hover states stick when dropdown appears
  • 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

  • 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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Suggestions
  1. ❗ Better search algorithm: "wstt" should show "WinDirStat", "ffx" should show "Firefox"
  2. ❗ Allow user to change font family & size
  3. Padding between list items
  4. ❗❗❗ Custom font & colors for favorites, hidden, normal items
    My preferences:

    • Favorites: yellow + bold
    • Disabled: gray + italic
    • Normal: normal Smiling
  5. Resizeable menu, changeable list height
  6. Change global key inside settings dialog, without restarting app
  7. ❗❗❗ Search should order by Run count
MarekK
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HTTPS support for downloading/updating

In the current implementation, both downloading new apps as well as updating existing apps works using HTTP, an UNSECURED connection susceptible for man-in-the-middle attacks.
As the download hoster "sourceforce" supports httpS, I don't see any reason why portableapps shouldn't use these secure connections.
It could even be configurable, i.e. provide secure defaults, but allow the user to disable security if required for any obscure reason.

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Sourceforge mirrors = http

While the SourceForge main download redirector uses https, all the mirrors will serve you the actual download after redirection via http. The updater/app store will be switching to the https version of the redirector in the next release, but it will still ultimately download via http. Note that SF downloads are all hashed and digitally signed and the updater/app store will check the hash before running the installer, so you do have a level of protection from that.

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