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RogerL
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Platform development stalling and donations

Just made my annual donation and I got to thinking whether the Platform development stalling (we were to have monthly updates after 12.05 was released in September last year, https://portableapps.com/news/2014-09-10--portableapps.com-platform-12.0...) has any bearing on the amount of donations.

I'm sure John would be releasing updates to the Platform if he could, but I wonder if there are any low hanging fruit that could be done to do another release to generate more interest and perhaps more donations?

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No Correlation

There's almost no correlation between platform releases and donations in terms of either Platform Sponsors or general donations that I've seen.

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Speaking of the slow

Speaking of the slow development, what happened to the monthly releases of the platform? Has something happened to development?

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"One big feature we'll be

"One big feature we'll be working on post-12.0 will be file associations."

How is the current status for this feature? Already in development?

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Yes and No

A good chunk of the underpinnings are done though the UI is unfinished. Unfortunately, Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 don't permit apps to adjust file associations and then set them back anymore. Associations must go through the OS with the user being prompted to change them. So, we could set the portable browser to handle HTTP/HTML, then when you click something the OS will prompt you whether you want to use your portable browser or one of the installed browsers on the machine, then when you eject we remove the portable browser, then when anyone on the PC clicks a link after the OS will ask again what local browser you want to use.

Essentially, post-Windows 7 you can't cleanly associate and then associate back anymore. At best, it leaves the machine with no association and puts the impetus on the owner to remember what app opened which file/connection type after a portable app has broken the association. I'll likely make it available soon but off by default, possible with an on by default simpler version a la eXpresso that detects double-clicks in Windows Explorer and other locations since that can be done without messing up associations.

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Unlikely

Due to the handling of file associations in Windows 8/8.1/10, it likely isn't happening anymore. See here: https://portableapps.com/comment/224074#comment-224074

[EDIT] Or see John's reply above.

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