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PortableApps.com Application Template 3.5.1 (with default launcher included)

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Submitted by John T. Haller on November 13, 2016 - 5:37pm

I'm testing a new style of PortableApps.com Application Template for use with the PortableApps.com Launcher and Installer. The old 2.4 release was just the barebones file structure but includes no example config files. This is of a complete template with config files and a default launcher along with a stub EXE so you can be sure it works by default.

Creating A Portable App: A Guerilla Field Guide

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Submitted by OliverK on July 31, 2008 - 8:42pm

Introduction:Often, somebody will make a post asking for help. I wrote up a guide real quick for this poster, here. After a suggestion by r-andom, I re-posted as a forum topic. If you have a suggestion for the guide, post here. If you need help portablizing, make a new post in the Portable App Development Forum. So, without much more text, I loose the gorilla. . .

    Forum Guidelines (Portable App Development)

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    Submitted by John T. Haller on March 14, 2006 - 3:25am

    The portable app development forum is for all development discussion related to portable apps. Feel free to ask questions on adapting the standard PortableApps NSIS-based launchers used with Portable Firefox, etc with other apps. Or with help working on any portable development project you wish. You'll find more portable apps developers here than anywhere else, so, for most questions, either someone will know outright or at least be able to point you in the right direction.

    Starting an application that previously wasn't shut down correctly

    Submitted by Karlovsky120 on October 14, 2018 - 2:36pm

    Every portable app I have has had this feature/issue that has been bothering me for a while. I've seen this behavior on MPC-HC and FoxitReader, to name a few, and since the same message appeared on multiple apps, I'm assuming this is a part of the core framework.

    Try opening an app and then crashing it.

    Now try opening it again. The app will tell you it didn't shut down correctly and needs to clean up. That's perfectly fine. So you click ok. And that's it, the app cleans up and closes.

    XAMPP Launcher 1.7 upgrade deletes all Xampp installation data

    Submitted by konilabs on September 17, 2018 - 6:58am

    Dear PortableApps team,

    I upgraded XAMPP Control Panel app to version 1.7.0.0 this morning.
    https://portableapps.com/apps/development/xampp

    It deleted all data located inside P:\PortableApps\XAMPP\App\xampp during update.
    This means that all my XAMPP installation was deleted automatically, and nothing arrived inside recycle bin.

    OS : Windows 7 64 bit.

    It looks like it is a major bug to me.
    Please contact me if you need any other information.

    AntinVirus & Utilities

    Submitted by Sam B on September 4, 2018 - 10:11am

    Hello, I'm new so don't know very much I think portable apps are just the best thing, however can you make portable apps for bitdefender, Comodo, Vipre, Norton Utilities & Win Utilities, soorry the list goes on, I understand they are not open souce but can they be made for people who own the rights, badically I have a licence for all that ai mention but would much prefer to run them as a portable apps as they tend to suck too much resource from the PC especially when booting, AV all tend to suck resources, hence I don't have the knowledge to do it myself but at least you guy s o have th

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