Welcome to the June 2012 edition of the PortableApps.com Newsletter. A new platform release is out and a beta with some cool new featues is right on its heels. The World's Best Flash Drive is available in some hot new colors. New app releases are continuing again and a ton of apps have been updated with new features. And we've got a couple bonuses to entertain you and even save you some money. So, let's get to it!
==== PortableApps.com Platform 10.1 Released, Beta Soon ====
PortableApps.com is proud to announce the PortableApps.com Platform Version 10.1 stable release. This release features improved large drive support, improved stability and several bug fixes. Find-as-you-type is now triggered by typing a / or hitting F3 for improved compatibility with advanced character sets. And several translations have been updated. And, of course, it has all the other great features including a built-in app store, updater, portable font support, categories and more. Read all about it here:
We'll also be launching the first beta of the 11.0 release with keyboard navigation support for improved accessibility and some app store enhancements as well as a few surprises in the next several days. You can watch our homepage, Facebook or Twitter to find out when or tick the beta platform releases box under Advanced Options to automatically get updated to it. We'll need our translators to help add the strings for the new features, so please keep your eye out.
==== World's Best Flash Drive In Multiple Colors ====
The World's Best Flash Drive, the PortableApps.com Companion, just got even better with the debut of 3 new colors. In addition to our classic black, it's now available in a vibrant red or blue as well as a slick gray. It's still durable, incredibly fast, personalized, and affordable. And backed by a lifetime warranty. The PortableApps.com Companion is a customizable USB 3.0 drive available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB sizes starting at under $40. It comes with the PortableApps.com Platform pre-installed so you can take your favorite software with you. Laser-etching of your name, URL or phrase is included in the price. And there's a hassle-free 30-day return policy. Read more in the announcement:
Or visit the PortableApps.com Companion website:
==== New Apps Every Week ====
We're back at it releasing new apps, with at least one new app every week. In the last several weeks, we've released KiTTY (telnet and SSH client), RawTherapee (advanced raw image processor), Clicky Gone (quickly hide windows from view), USB Sudoku (an even better take on this addictive puzzle game), and UltraDefrag (advanced disk defragmenter). They're all free, fully open source, and available today:
We also went through and updated a ton of your favorite apps, adding features, improving portablization where we can and some other handy things. You can get all the updates right in the platform by Checking For Updates. And you can see the updates on our site here:
==== Please Sponsor the PortableApps.com Platform or Make a Donation ====
The summer is always a bit of a slow season for our donations, so it's when we need you the most. We could really use your help to keep moving forward and keep bringing you new apps and features. In addition to donations, you can now sponsor the PortableApps.com Platform directly and get your name right in the platform and on the website. Be a part of the action today:
We also accept donations to help cover hosting and development costs and help us keep producing awesome free software:
==== Bonus 1: Social News Media Network ====
As some of our devs have discovered, our founder and a couple friends of PortableApps.com have been creating a weekly pseudo-news program that's reported entirely via unsuspecting members of social media in the form of their Tweets and Facebook posts. Think of it as The Soup meets Weekend Update meets The Daily Show. It's posted every week on YouTube and is getting a bit of a following. It's well worth a watch. The host is the nephew of Howard Cosell, has two Emmys and is also a friend of PortableApps.com, which is also pretty cool. You can check it out here:
==== Bonus 2: See An Awesome Off-Broadway Show For 20 Bucks Off ====
Some other friends of PortableApps.com have written and produced a broadway musical called Triassic Parq. A humorous send-up of the story of Jurassic Park as told from the point of view of the dinosaurs. It won at the fringe festival in 2010 and was further developed into the full-blown awesomeness that just opened on Wednesday night. PortableApps.com visitors can see the show for under 40 bucks (a $20 savings) by using discount code TPJOHNH when purchasing tickets online. Learn more and buy tickets on their site:
That's it for this month's newsletter. We hope you enjoy the new platform and the shiny new flash drives. Stay cool and keep portable-apping!
All the best,
The PortableApps.com Team