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Portable Suite - Suggestion

Submitted by TheVoyager on November 27, 2006 - 4:21pm

Would it be possible to be able to rename the Apps in the menu, I notice it uses the name that is in the 'Product Name' but this can be confusing for some Apps.

I have an Installer for Network Magic which shows up as 'Installer Application' in the menu which is meaningless, and it would be nice to be able to rename the Menu item.

Uninstalling PortableApps Suite

Submitted by petethechop on November 27, 2006 - 3:47pm

There are plenty of instructions how to get PortableApps Suite onto your USB device and a nice little installer. But no where on this site can I find how to remove it. An uninstaller would be ideal, but how can I go about removing everything it puts in there? Even a list of files it adds to my device would be nice.

Adding Apps w/Multiple Executables: Winamp

Submitted by Bulldog on November 27, 2006 - 1:58pm

"The PortableApps Menu will also work with other apps. You just need to place their executables (exe files) in a directory "next to" the PortableAppsMenu directory."

Using Winamp as an example: I installed Winamp to the PortableApps directory. The installation created a single directory ('Winamp') inside the PortableApps directory. When I then 'refreshed app icons' there were three icons related to Winamp on the start menu, because the Winamp directory has three executables. I only need one executable...for winamp.exe, which launches the program.

I tried moving the Winamp program directory outside the PortableApps directory, and copying just winamp.exe to a directory inside the PortableApps directory. That put the right icon on the start menu, but Winamp won't start under those circumstances. I also tried placing a shortcut to winamp.exe into a Winamp directory inside the PortableApps directory, but that doesn't place an icon on the start menu.


Submitted by wsm23 on November 27, 2006 - 1:52pm

Hey I am probably jumping the gun, but I was wondering if someone could tutor me a little. I know John is working on something like this right now.

I am using PAM now in lieu of PStart and U3.

Nothing against PStart, it is just that John has made the format of the programs and the menu so nice and user friendly.

To my question-
I have already modified my autorun.ini to look like this:
Action=Start PortableAppsMenu
Label=2GB SanDisk Cruzer

This obviously causes Windows XP to recognize the flash drive and ask if you want to launch the PAM, and it sets the icon and name of the drive for Windows Explorer.

Can you change....

scoutconnor's picture
Submitted by scoutconnor on November 27, 2006 - 12:10pm

how the drive is automaticly renamed to "PortableAapps"? can you change the name to whatever you want it to be? can you change the picture? because I liked how my drive was named before I installed the suite.

PortableAppsMenu Error Message

Submitted by olisoft on November 27, 2006 - 7:08am

When trying to launch PortableApps from my falsh disc i get always two error messages:

Window title: PortableApps Menu: PortableAppsMenu.exe - Application Error
Message: The exception unknown exception (oxoeedfade) occured in the application at location 0x7c59bc81

Window title: Application Error
Message: Exception EOSError in module PortableAppsMenu.exe at 0000DA65.
System Error. Code: 87.
The parameter is incorrect.

I've installed the complete package without modifying anything.
I can launch all the applications without problem directly.

Where can be the problem?

White text on white background

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Submitted by The MAZZTer on November 24, 2006 - 8:55pm

PortableApps Menu makes an annoying mistake than I have seen many programs make.

It uses the system color Window Text for the text, and then manually defines white as the background color for the text.

This creates problems when Window Text is defined as white, because then the text is unreadable. The unhelpful tooltip "Click to launch this app" only adds to the aggravation. Since not every one of my apps has an icon I am forced to change my system colors just to use this app.

Standard solutions for this problem in any app are:
1) Change the background to use the system color Window.

List Root Folders

Submitted by Fred Pinto on November 24, 2006 - 1:54pm

How about it?
The menu would scan the root for folders and list them below the standard ones (docs, music, pics...)?

Ok, you have the explore button that kind of makes the above redundant. But still, it would look more personal and dynamic... and be in tune with what the apps section of the menu already does.


I ran a test:

1- add a new app ("whatever.exe") to a new folder in PortableApps
1- refresh the menu which added "whatever.exe" to the list
2- close the menu (really close, cicking the X)
3- rename "whatever.exe" to "whatever.exe_"
4- open the menu

I expected the "whatever.exe" entry to be gone, it wasn't, the line was still there with a generic icon...