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TextPad Portable

I am trying to create a working launcher for a program called TextPad using PortaLaunch. Technically, TextPad can be carried around on a flash drive and used on a remote computer anyway, however all of its settings are stored in the registry, and so they are lost when switching computers. So far, I have gotten limited success with getting it to work.

I used the GetReg tool (that comes packaged with PortaLaunch) to retrieve my personal settings to use as the initial settings. By specifying the RegFile attribute of PortaLaunch, I am able to use these initial settings portably, however, any new settings changes do not get loaded once i switch computers, despite the fact that PortaLaunch does in fact save them (I've checked the "Last Modified" date/time of the files to verify this). Also, by launching TextPad without the launcher, I have verified that the settings are being stored in the .reg files instead of the registry (starting it without the launcher results in default settings). I'd really appreciate any input on how to solve this problem.

Also, whenever I launch the program through the PortableApps Menu, it does not load the registry settings (I don't know if this is a problem due to the "Start in" folder of the PAM or what the issue is here... but if anyone does know, please tell me).

Lastly... does anyone know how to remove the red letters that say "Loading " when PortaLaunch starts. They interfere with my splash screen.

Sorry if this post is a little long (I always do that, lol), but I figured it was better to be thorough than not give enough info. Again, I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.

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Um

Isn't TextPad EULAware? Without knowing how it works (which is typical for these things) you can't expect to portabilize or in any way manipulate it easily.

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It is EULAware. So where is

It is EULAware. So where is the problem? I see no problem with making it portable. Actually I did. But I was disappointed by poor startup times and I thrashed it immediately.

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Here and there

So where is the problem?
As noted in above post, which you seem to have missed after the first sentence. In any case, I don't think John Haller would agree with this idea. Not everyone uses TextPad, and not everyone can because you have to pay a few months' average third world wage for it.

There are many other open source editors out there which we can portabilize without a hitch. In fact, I believe a SCiTE Portable is in the pipes.

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Did krTsukasa ask for

Did krTsukasa ask for hosting? He asked for help in making app portable. And that's a correct place for it. John would agree with which idea? Refusing help to other people making legal portable apps? I didn't see any John's statement saying "go away, we don't want you here" in similar problems. There were only refuses to make an app portable or linking to illegal soft.
Personally, I also like free software, probably everybody that doesn't make money on writing apps does. But if there's a good program (and I think that TextPad is MUCH better than SciTe) sb. wants to make portable, why shouldn't we help him?

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I just think that

This is generally a bad idea. Still, go ahead.

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This is generally a bad

This is generally a bad idea
Because... ?

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Well, disregarding the fact

Well, disregarding the fact that TextPad is not a free program (which I realize... I'm just to cheap to actually buy it when the evaluation version works indefinitely), my difficulties were more centered around the PortaLaunch launcher program. As far as I can tell, there is no reason why the registry changes should be getting ignored once I switch computers. As I said in my original post, the registry changes are getting saved into files (RegKeys_replacedvars.reg, and RegKeys_deletekeys.reg, which the launcher created on its own). These files are located in the same folder as RegKeys.reg (the defalt settings i extracted from my own registry). Every time I open/close the app (through the launcher of course), the two files (not the original one) are modified for any registry changes. I can close and reopen the program, even unplug my flash drive and plug it back in and the settings are retained. Once I use a different computer however, the settings are lost (even if I return to the first computer, as the registry files get overwritten anyway). So.... does anyone know more about this launcher? There is nothing listed like this under bugs in the program.

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Did you manage to do this?

I use textpad a lot and am frustrated by the fact it is not portable. I have tried Notepad++ and have found it does not read binary files very well. Textpad shows the hex and then the asacii chars in the margin.

Does anybody know of a open source portable binary file reader, reader in the same way textpad does?

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HEX Plugin

Just snag the hex plugin for Notepad++ from here:
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=189927&package_id=...

Download the most recent DLL and extract it to Notepad++Portable\App\notepad++\plugins

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Just what I was after

Thank you

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any chance of some more help?

Sorry I know you do not support the applications but when I try and use the spell check plug in it tells me I need to install aspell, can this be done to a USB or will the spell check not work on notepad++ portable?

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Not yet

The ability to use aspell portably with Notepad++ does not exist yet. Aspell has to be installed locally.

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