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Notepad++ /PortableApp Menu oddity

Submitted by PollieXmas on December 1, 2006 - 7:12am

Hallo All,

I have noticed something strange even since I have copied Notepad++ into my PortableApps directory, i.e. to be able to use it from Portable Apps Menu.

Before when Notepad++ was in "Portable Program Files" on the root of the same drive that PortableApps Menu is installed, I could associate Notepad++ to all xml files.

Now, when I delete the f:\Portable Program Files\Notepad++ directory and then try and associate f:\PortableApps\Notepad++\Notepad++.exe to xml files, it does not recognise it as a program.

To associate files, I right click on a file, then choose "open with...", "Choose Program..." and then "browse..." for the program file.

X Button Does Not Work

Submitted by Jim20e on November 30, 2006 - 9:18pm

On my Windows XP computer the X button is unresponsive. The PortableApps icon remains permanently in the system tray, but does toggle the menu on and off when clicked. The icon cannot be disabled to allow the USB flash drive to be "safely removed" while the computer is running.

I only learned the proper performance of the menu and the icon when I plugged the drive into another computer. There is one other discrepancy that may or may not be related: the nine items on the right half of the menu do not fit and bleed off to the right - on my computer. Any ideas?

A few suggestions + Linux friendly

Submitted by zachtib on November 30, 2006 - 11:53am

I've just started using the new Portable Apps Menu. Before, I was using PStart.

I can already see pros and cons with both of these, but I choose to go with PAM because its brand new, and as such, is more likely to be improved over time.

A few simple things, some of these may have been stated before, but this is what I came up with, so if these are dupes, forgive me, but notice that multiple people are asking for the same things.

First off, while the GUI of the menu looks nice, It's not great for performance, especially on older systems. There should be an option to use a simpler look and feel, similar to XP's start menu when the system's theme is set to Windows Classic (I'm not talking about the old-style menu here, just the Look & Feel)

PortableAppsMenu appears and hides very slowly

Submitted by bogomil on November 30, 2006 - 5:22am

When I click on PortableAppsMenu (base version) systray icon it's appears and hides very, very slowly.

My system information:
This is a Laptop
Intel PentiumM 2.2 GHz
ATI Radeon 7500 64MB
WinXPSP2Pro 1400x1050 96dpi
PortableAppsMenu have installed on 512MB USB Memory

BTW PortableAppsMenu working well on this system:
Desktop PC
Intel PentiumIII 1000
W2KSP4 2560x1024 96dpi

PA Menu- C&Q

Submitted by Dutchie on November 29, 2006 - 4:22pm

Hi John,
C&Q = Comments & Questions Smile

Very nice menu.Also works quite well.
Thanks for a great job.
However,my questions are:
1.Menu cannot be moved.
Could you please make the menu movable?
2.Menu exits whenever a selection is made.
Could you make the menu persist untill I choose to close it?
3.Occasionally the menu just closes by itself.
No idea why.
4.Are any other skins available?
I like the existing one,but also like to change at times Smile
5.Help file is non existent.(although icon is present on the Menu)
Any plans to provide a local helpfile?

Thanks in advance for your answer.

PortableApps Will Not Run

Submitted by ChazB on November 28, 2006 - 12:00pm

When I installed portable apps on my 512MB iPod Shuffle to see if I'd like it, everything worked perfectly. I went out and bought a generic 4GB USB 2.0 flash drive, and no matter what I try nothing will work. Every exe I try to run generates an error report to Microsoft. My USB drive works fine for everything else (read, write, access files) but nothing I do with PortableApps works.

Any ideas?