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[This project has been discontinued due to license compliance issues. Thanks everyone who assisted with your ideas and feedback.]

About

  • What is this? - this was a project dedicated to building an up-to-date collection of great, free portable software for easy installation and use.
  • What's in it? - list of included freeware
Releases
  • v. 1.3 beta - note that this release is over a year old and contains very out-of-date software. I haven't worked out how to solve licensing issues. Download

NEWS

Thursday, July 2, 2009

1.0 Release issues

The list below is pretty long so obviously a version 1.1 is called for. Hope to have that out in 2 or 3 weeks.

Look and Feel:

  • Icons for "View Browser History" and "Web Editing" are the same.
  • Decided I needed an icon refresh and get away from the cartoonish look.
  • Added a background image for the freeware menu: eiffel tower by xAnotherPrettyFacex ... waiting on her permission to actually use this photo.
Updates / Cleanup:
  • Firefox 3.5 came out JUST after my release. This alone might be reason enough to update.
  • Several programs (I didn't realize this) are out of date: Audiobook cutter, Bonkenc, Wavosaur, Mediainfo, GPU-z, ShowMyPC, as well as TED Notepad (which JUST came out), and TaskCoach, filezilla, and Xinorbis.
  • Had some annoyances/problems on another machine with InfraRecorder, Money Manager Ex, and Tor. Going to try reinstalling.
  • Need to clean up Winamp playlist menu - looks very unprofessional
  • Hidden XP Utilities doesn't really belong in Support subfolder -- its not really a support program.
  • Somehow I neglected to actually add PhotoRec and TestDisk to the menu. Sigh.
  • Need to try and cleanup Audacity and Feedreader's language files.
  • Noted in the menu that System Information Viewer is a "Dashboard"-style program
  • Universal Extractor will open Stuffit files (which supports these formats). Need to add those to CAFE.
  • Move Toucan from USB tools to "backup" because its definitely NOT exclusive to USB devices.
Added/Removed Programs:
  • Threw out FLACDrop since BoncEnc had a much newer FLAC encoder (1.1.3 compared to 1.2.1). Oggdrop is the same, LameDrop I can't tell if its up to date or not so I'll just leave it.
  • Hash does what WinMD5Sum does -- I like the simplicity of the program but decided this was duplicate functionality. WinMD5Sum removed.
  • Problems with DrvBackup -- going to switch to DriverBackup 1.3, which has better reviews and is GPL'd.
  • Ant Movie Catalog. Their great "finder" feature that takes a little information and fills in the rest from the internet doesn't seem to work anymore. Very disappointing ... removed from the archive.
  • Removed TCExplorer. Doesn't work with the current version of TrueCrypt.
  • PlannerPortable was in the install but not actually on the menu. I was evaluating this program and decided to take this out but apparently didn't delete the home folder.
  • CurrPorts has a plugin update that comes highly recommended. Going to test that out and put in the archive.
Known Problems:
  • Still don't know how to update Winamp
  • AAST and Texter - giving a "update" notice but the sites don't have updates. Working on this.
  • Pstart folder double-click problem (opens every file underneath)
  • WeatherMate DLL file Not working in win2k - msvcp60.dll
Update:

As Vishnu says in the comments below, I missed 3 programs that should have been in the Pstart menu:
  • JavaRa
  • Opened Files view
  • Mp3Direct cut
(Thanks very much for the help on that.)

4 comments:

guinness said...

When do you want me to send you the script, I have nearly finished it, just need a day or more. Also do you know any icons we can use released under the CC license? Dont forget this is to automatically update the IPtoCountry.csv located in CurrPorts.

Folding Home said...

> when do you want me to send you the script

Whenever you feel comfortable with it. I'm currently a little overwhelmed so the 1.1 release is taking longer. Further, its probably going to be a 1.5 release with all the changes that are coming down the pipe. If your script works well and can be adapted to other programs, I might extend its use into a later, more complete integration (a 2.0 release).

> icons we can use released under the CC license?

I've actually given up on finding any icons with a friendly licensing scheme. I just can't find anything of quality other than www.iconarchive.com. Everything I do is released under the FDL, which is a precursor to the CC license scheme. I have no idea if its compatible.

Good idea tho.

Thanks!

Vishnu said...

Apps that have folders but are missing Pstart entries:
JavaRa
Opened Files view
Mp3Direct cut


All PStart app names could be standardized like "App - Description"

Also I guess renaming an application's folder to match its PStart entry would be good. App folders can be easily identified.

Ex: PStart entry for Tor is "Tor - Make Secure Firefox Anonymous". It's folder could be "Tor" instead of "PortableTor"

Folding Home said...

> All PStart app names could be standardized like "App - Description"

I thought I had that setup relatively well, unless the program name is already fairly descriptive (like "Directory Lister"). Can you give me an example of one that doesn't make sense?

> Also I guess renaming an application's folder to match its PStart entry would be good.

> Ex: PStart entry for Tor is "Tor - Make Secure Firefox Anonymous". It's folder could be "Tor" instead of "PortableTor"

Yes, that makes a lot of sense. Its a lot of work but probably worth it. PenSuite does that.

> Apps that have folders but are missing Pstart entries

Now that is embarrassing. This is why one person working on a project is a bad idea. Thanks so much for your help.