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Changes for v16.1.1 - v17.0.1

  • UPDATED: Hungarian locale
  • FIXED: HideIcons error in Options window for some users
  • FIXED: Incorrect message when updating platform for some users
  • 17.0 [2020-07-19]
  • ADDED: Partial Windows 2000 support
  • ADDED: Ctrl-Backspace to clear search box
  • UPDATED: Delphi compiler to 10.4 Update 2, improved stability
  • UPDATED: Improved mouse scroll wheel support
  • UPDATED: Improved local system details in About box
  • UPDATED: Shrank platform install size by 30%, 8.5MB installed
  • UPDATED: English, EnglishGB, Hungarian locales
  • FIXED: Platform notification area settings being lost
  • FIXED: Desktop icons showing when hidden at the system level
  • FIXED: Updater not detecting the platform on some systems



Changes for v16.1 Beta 1 - v16.1.1

  • ADDED: Manual INI option to disable logo decorations
  • UPDATED: Hebrew, Russian, Turkish locales
  • FIXED: Widened Options window to add additional space for some locales
  • FIXED: Process bug warning on install/update when no affected apps being installed
  • FIXED: Start Minimized advanced option not being saved
  • 16.1 [2020-02-12]
  • Changes since last stable release
  • ADDED: RTL language alignment support (Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew)
  • ADDED: Old app installer process bug detection and warning
  • UPDATED: Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, EnglishGB, Farsi, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, PortugueseBR, Spanish locales
  • UPDATED: Compiler to Delphi 13.3.3
  • FIXED: Upgrades failing when hundreds of processes running
  • REMOVED: autorun.inf installation/updates
  • REMOVED: autorun.inf live change monitoring



Changes for v16.0.3 - v16.1 Beta 1

  • •ADDED: RTL language alignment support (Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew)
  • •ADDED: Old app installer process bug detection and warning
  • •UPDATED: Arabic, English, EnglishGB, Farsi, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish locales
  • •UPDATED: Compiler to Delphi 13.3.3
  • •FIXED: Upgrades failing when hundreds of processes running
  • •REMOVED: autorun.inf installation/updates



Changes for v16.0.2 - v16.0.3

  • UPDATED: Croatian locale
  • FIXED: Disabled Next in App Store/Updater until selection made
  • FIXED: Default focus to app list in store/updater when in screen reader mode
  • FIXED: Platform automatic upgrade not closing platform on some systems
  • FIXED: Untranslated 'Drive' shown in lower left



Changes for v16.0.1 - v16.0.2

  • •UPDATED: French, Polich, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese locales
  • •FIXED: Keep Menu Visible option not saving
  • •FIXED: Improved unsafe eject platform handling



Changes for v16.0 - v16.0.1

  • ADDED: LinkedIn to Help
  • UPDATED: 7-Zip to 19.00
  • UPDATED: Favorites taskbar menu icon
  • UPDATED: Bulgarian, Hungarian, Korean, Polish locales
  • UPDATED: Removed Google+ from Help
  • FIXED: Platform installer may upgrade incorrect location when run manually and platform installed to PortableApps subfolder



Changes for v15.0.2 - v16.0

  • ADDED: Pin to taskbar for compatible PA.c Format apps
  • ADDED: Network mapping on UNC paths (enable manually)
  • ADDED: Platform logging (enable manually)
  • ADDED: Hindi locale (machine translation)
  • ADDED: New tabs in Options window
  • ADDED: Options window items for Show app paths in tooltips, Show app publisher in tooltips, Keep menu visible after starting apps, Start the menu minimized, Hide taskbar icon, Hide search bar when not in use
  • UPDATED: Tasbar and submenu iconography
  • UPDATED: Bulgarian, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Turkish locales
  • FIXED: Failure to free some objects



Changes for v16 Beta 1 - v16.0 Beta 2

  • ADDED: Localization for platform logging, pin to taskbar
  • ADDED: Support for taskbar pinning for 32+64-bit apps
  • ADDED: Options window items for Show app paths in tooltips, Show app publisher in tooltips, Keep menu visible after starting apps, Start the menu minimized, Hide taskbar icon, Hide search bar when not in use
  • FIXED: Platform stuck minimized when losing focus with Pin to Taskbar message shown
  • UPDATED: Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Turkish locales



Changes for v15.0.2 - v16 Beta 1

  • Drive Letter Mapping, Logging, Taskbar Pinning, New Options



Changes for v15.0.1 - v15.0.2

  • ADDED: Detection of unofficial Vista TLS update
  • FIXED: Long touch right-click support in app list
  • FIXED: Eject failing to eject drive



Changes for v15.0 - v15.0.1

  • UPDATED: Russian locale
  • FIXED: EGestureException on Windows 7, touch now 8+ only
  • FIXED: App store icons may not line up with apps for some users
  • FIXED: Extra .bak files for image resources in platform



Changes for v15.0 Beta 5 - v15.0

  • ADDED: Alternate download for Win XP/Vista for TLS 1.1/1.2 hosts
  • ADDED: Support for .NET 2-4 apps
  • ADDED: High DPI support in platform's menu, options, about, dialogs
  • ADDED: High contrast theme detection and passing of that data to apps
  • ADDED: Touch scrolling of menu app list
  • ADDED: Save What's New seen on window close, prevent re-show after unsafe exit
  • ADDED: Platform setting of Documents, Pictures, etc environment vars for apps
  • UPDATED: Delphi compiler to 10.2.3, drops Windows 2000 support
  • UPDATED: SHA256 handling switched to built-in
  • UPDATED: 7-Zip to 18.05
  • UPDATED: Compressed platform graphics to save space
  • UPDATED: Eject utility with bug fixes and features
  • UPDATED: Updater/app store checkboxes to Windows 10 visuals
  • UPDATED: Brazilian Portuguese, Croatian, Finnish, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Turkish locales
  • FIXED: Windows 7+ can't download when TLS 1.1/1.2 disabled
  • FIXED: Black boxes around app icons under Wine
  • FIXED: Some app store/updater/backup text not visible with high contrast Windows theme
  • REMOVED: Hold CTRL to launch apps as admin



Changes for v15.0 Beta 2 - v15 Beta 3

  • UPDATED: Croatian, Finnish, German locales
  • UPDATED: Compressed platform graphics to save space
  • FIXED: Apps sometimes launch as admin on international keyboards
  • FIXED: Submenus still large at 125% and 150% zoom (partial fix)
  • REMOVED: Hold CTRL to launch apps as admin



Changes for v15.0 Beta 1 - v15.0 Beta 2

  • •ADDED: Touch scrolling of menu app list
  • •ADDED: Save What's New seen on window close, prevent re-show after unsafe exit
  • •ADDED: Platform setting of Documents, Pictures, etc environment vars for apps
  • •UPDATED: 7-Zip to 18.01 to address a potential security issue
  • •UPDATED: Eject utility with bug fixes and features
  • •UPDATED: Updater/app store checkboxes to Windows 10 visuals
  • •UPDATED: French and Portuguese locales
  • •FIXED: Some app store/updater/backup text not visible with high contrast Windows theme
  • •FIXED: Large text in platform submenus on high DPI screens (tray menu still affected)



Changes for v14.4.1 - v15.0 Beta 1

  • ADDED: High DPI support in platform's menu, options, about, dialogs
  • UPDATED: Delphi compiler to 10.2.2, drops Windows 2000 support
  • UPDATED: SHA256 handling switched to built-in
  • FIXED: Black boxes around app icons under Wine



Changes for v14.4 - v14.4.1

  • •ADDED: Apps may have different names for launchers vs the base app
  • •UPDATED: Bulgarian, German, Hungarian, and Slovenian locales



Changes for v14.3 - v14.4

  • ADDED: Custom platform security to scan for and mitigate DLL hijacks in: 2048, BabelPad, ClamWin, Foxit, Google Chrome, Kaspersky TDSSKiller, LibreOffice, McAfee Stinger, Opera, Opera Mail, Skype, Thunderbird, and various launchers
  • UPDATED: Swedish and Traditional Chinese locales



Changes for v14.2 - v14.3

  • ADDED: Support for 225%, 250%, and 300% scaling in the updater/app store
  • ADDED: High DPI support to the platform's installer
  • ADDED: Ability to use desktop context menu when hiding desktop icons
  • UPDATED: Simplified Chinese, Swedish locales
  • UPDATED: Bundled 7-Zip to 16.04
  • FIXED: Redirect error in updater/app store when obscure setting changed in Windows
  • FIXED: Cancelling an app update during download shows empty message box
  • FIXED: Updater/app store missing some app icons



Changes for v14.1 - v14.2

  • ADDED: Support for live installers with 2 downloads (32+64-bit, etc)
  • ADDED: Support for update-only listings in the updater/app store
  • ADDED: Hiding of 'portable' in app names on by default
  • UPDATED: Improved hiding of 'portable' in app names
  • UPDATED: Bundled 7-Zip to 16.03



Changes for v13.0 - v14.0

  • •ADDED: Ability to automatically close system tray apps Ditto and PNotes with more on the way
  • •ADDED: Full page scrolling by clicking empty area of the scroll bar
  • •ADDED: Backup and Restore 64-bit mode for improved performance
  • •UPDATED: French, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Vietnamese languages
  • •FIXED: Eject fails on some Windows XP machines
  • •FIXED: Access violation occurs if both What's New and autorun.inf change warnings show at the same time



Changes for v12.2 - v13.0

  • ADDED: Ability to update multiple copies of apps in secondary directories (AppNamePortable_Copy_2, etc)
  • ADDED: Windows 10 high DPI compatibility to the platform App Store and Updater. Full compatibility to come
  • ADDED: Show Hidden icons option to Apps menu to allow showing when all apps hidden
  • ADDED: Donate and Website options to app right-click menu
  • ADDED: Material icons for improved clarity in default themes
  • UPDATED: Croatian, Estonian, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Slovenian, Spanish International, Turkish locales
  • FIXED: File error when user manually deletes the whatsnew txt file
  • FIXED: Seeing What's New remembered if the platform crashes, is unsafe ejected, or forced closed by a Windows shutdown
  • FIXED: Access violation if platform loses focus from initial What's New or autorun.inf change warning windows
  • FIXED: "Apps" shown as label for both the app list and app management entry in system tray menu
  • FIXED: Platform installer upgraded to NSIS3 to increase security when run from Downloads folder
  • FIXED: Removed broken clickable sorting of columns in updater/app store



Changes for v12.1 - v12.2

  • ADDED: Context menu button support on menu app list using keyboard mode
  • ADDED: Errors moved to end of updater/app store to avoid interruptions of long sets of apps
  • UPDATED: Bulgarian, Chinese-Simplified, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Korean, Polish, Romanian locales
  • FIXED: Wallpaper switcher produces blank color background on Windows 8/10 with external drives



Changes for v12.0.5 - v12.1

  • ADDED: What's New tab to About window
  • UPDATED: Chinese-Simplified, Croatian, French, Galician, Italian, Korean, Spanish locales
  • FIXED: Automatic language switching with Italian locale and some apps
  • FIXED: Losing focus while browsing for an installer file can make it difficult to switch back
  • FIXED: Run As Admin plus Collapse Categories on Minimize can cause an Access violation error
  • FIXED: Windows 10 version information shows properly in About window



Changes for v12.0.4 - v12.0.5

  • •ADDED: Ability to create a local Start menu/tile shortcut icon
  • •CHANGED: Improved default theme color set
  • •UPDATED: Bulgarian, French, German, Hungarian, Latvian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese Brazilian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Spanish International, Turkish locales
  • •FIXED: Blank line when certain tooltip combinations shown in non-English languages



Changes for v12.0.3 - v12.0.4

  • ADDED: Selectable Automatic, Eject, Power for left bottom button by right-clicking
  • ADDED: 'Portable' now hidden in app names in app store / updater when set to be in platform
  • CHANGED: Made showing publisher and app path in tooltips advanced options disabled by default
  • UPDATED: Bulgarian, Chinese Simplified, English, EnglishGB, Latvian, Polish, Turkish locales
  • FIXED: Brackets in path names interfere with rename, category, etc
  • FIXED: Menu moves when positioned at bottom and switch between modern and classic themes
  • FIXED: More than 6 apps get cut off in the 'still running' dialog
  • FIXED: Error when set to StartMinimized and Collapse Categories on Minimize
  • FIXED: 'Required Platform Update' in updater not translated
  • FIXED: Large fonts makes fonts too large when Windows DPI is high
  • FIXED: Platform listed in apps still running dialog
  • FIXED: Platform installer showed blank New vs Upgrade page in untranslated languages



Changes for v12.0.1 - v12.0.3

  • ADDED: Advanced option to force eject button to show on misconfigured flash drives
  • UPDATED: Italian platform and installer locale
  • FIXED: Properly update locales updated in 12.0.2 for existing 12.0 and 12.0.1 users
  • 12.0.2 [2014-08-28]
  • ADDED: Shutdown / Restart option when run from local drive
  • ADDED: Portable TEMP directory support
  • ADDED: Real app names to close apps dialog
  • ADDED: Automatic secondary download server fallback
  • UPDATED: Bulgarian, Dutch, English, EnglishGB, French, German, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese Brazilian, Slovenian, Spanish International locales
  • FIXED: The about screen shows Windows 8 instead of 8.1 due to Microsoft's API changes
  • FIXED: OneDrive not detected by installer on Windows 8/8.1 (thread)
  • FIXED: "Cannot focus a disabled or invisible window" when no apps present and search box is hidden on running Start.exe
  • FIXED: "Cannot make a visible window modal" if you let the 'automatically close apps?' dialog lose focus and then return to it
  • FIXED: GDI leak when displaying multiple icons for PAF apps like LibreOffice
  • FIXED: Personal picture has no hover tip indicating what it is
  • FIXED: App closing attempting to close some apps twice resulting in 'Save this' dialog closing but no data loss



Changes for v12.0 - v12.0.1

  • •ADDED: Platform 11.x theme as 'PortableApps.com Smooth'
  • •ADDED: Select custom folder from first page of platform installer
  • •ADDED: Manual INI edit option to hide search when not in use
  • •UPDATED: Bulgarian, English, EnglishGB, Spanish International locales in platform and Spanish International in installer
  • •FIXED: Modal window error when reshowing menu after running a search result
  • •FIXED: 'Update to beta platform releases' stuck on
  • •FIXED: Refreshing with search results shown causes cascading task menu to not contain all apps
  • •FIXED: Area below Help (hidden OEM button) is focusable when OEM.ini present but OEM icon not activated



Changes for v11.2 - v12.0

  • Automatic App Closing - Closing down and getting going is easier than ever with the platform automatically (and safely) closing your running portable apps and letting you know which ones need to be closed before you eject and finish syncing your cloud drive. Luthfi Harahap was kind enough to re-license some of his code to help with this feature
  • Awesome Themes - The theming engine has been revamped and looks even better than before. The modern default theme matches well with Windows 7, Windows 8 and the upcoming Windows 9 release.
  • Cascading Tray App Menu - Several long time users wanted access to a full app menu on right-click, and Martijn (user: Kloas76) answered the call
  • Better Always-Ready Search - The app search box is always visible and ready by default, so you can open the platform - possibly with the CTRL-ALT-SPACE hotkey - and just start typing to launch your favorite app. You can even search in app descriptions if you'd like by ticking a box in Options
  • Proxy Support - The connections tab in Options lets you automatically or manually configure the platform to work with your internet proxy
  • Full Featured Installer - The Platform installer can now detect and install to your portable devices, synced cloud directories, local machine, and more
  • Much Faster Updater / App Store - The code to check for updates is now 10x faster and the download of the app database 1/5th the size. You save time and bandwidth every day.
  • Lots of bug fixes and tweaks - Lots of little things throughout the platform have been fixed and spruced up. It's faster, sleeker, and more stable than ever before. Even with all 300+ apps installed.
  • Localization Updates Galore - We've had a ton of updates to all of our locales courtesy of our hard working translation team. You'll see them in the forums and in story comments with a little translation flag next to their name.



Changes for v12.0 Beta 4.7 - v12.0 Beta 4.8

  • UPDATED: Basque and Bulgarian installer translations
  • FIXED: 'Can't show modal' error if attempt to close platform while 'apps still running' dialog shown
  • FIXED: Installer detects C drive twice for upgrades
  • FIXED: Brackets look like strange symbol when no name for drive in installer upgrade, cloud, local, and confirm pages
  • FIXED: 'Launch PortableApps.com Platform' not translated on installer final page
  • FIXED: Don't add or change desktop.ini in Documents et al when installing to USERPROFILE
  • FIXED: Automatic app closing leaves some apps unresponsive, particularly tray icons



Changes for v12.0 Beta 4.6 - v12.0 Beta 4.7

  • ADDED: New full-featured installer with support for portable, cloud drive, and local installs
  • ADDED: Search box visible and focused by default (ala Windows Start Menu)
  • UPDATED: Bulgarian, Chinese Simplified, French, German, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese Brazilian, Slovenian, Spanish International, Turkish locales
  • FIXED: Multiple error messages on app closing



Changes for v12.0 Beta 4.5 - v12.0 Beta 4.6

  • ADDED: Prompt user about closing apps on first exit
  • UPDATED: Bulgarian, Czech, English, EnglishGB, French, German, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese Brazilian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish International, Turkish locales



Changes for v12.0 Beta 4.4 - v12.0 Beta 4.5

  • •UPDATED: Bulgarian, French, Polish, Portuguese, Slovenian locales
  • •FIXED: Platform continues to attempt to close apps and displays 'cannot focus modal form error' when apps still running that won't close
  • •FIXED: Automated app closing incorrectly closes apps on platform upgrade (Fixed on upgrades from 12.0 Beta 4.5 and later)



Changes for v12.0 Beta 4 - v12.0 Beta 4.2

  • UPDATED: Bulgarian, Dutch, French, Polish, Portuguese Brazilian locales
  • FIXED: Very slow app update check introduced in Beta 4/4.1
  • FIXED: Multiple PortableAppsPlatform.exe instances appear when launching again with Start.exe
  • FIXED: Unreliable display/hide of the PA.c Menu on right-click
  • 12.0 Beta 4.1 [2014-08-14]
  • UPDATED: Armenian, Dutch, English, EnglishGB, French, German, Hungarian, Polish, PortugueseBrazilian, PortugueseBrazilian, Turkish
  • FIXED: Updater doesn't display translation for 'of' from DOWNLOADOF
  • FIXED: Apps and Favorites icons missing from the platform tray menu
  • FIXED: "Next" not translated in updater/app store header (string changed, legacy will show as >)



Changes for v12.0 Beta 3.2 - v12.0 Beta 4

  • ADDED: Cascading menu on tray right-click
  • ADDED: Automatic proper closing of running portable apps on close/eject
  • UPDATED: Bulgarian, Dutch, English, EnglishGB, French, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish International locales
  • FIXED: Improved updater/app store performance
  • FIXED: Platform updates switch EnglishGB to English
  • FIXED: Proxy configuration is ignored (discussion)
  • FIXED: Convert backup/restore settings to Unicode on upgrade
  • FIXED: Platform updater shows language selection for multiple apps when platform not in English (details)
  • FIXED: Updater progress bar doesn't properly progress with over 75 apps



Changes for v12.0 Beta 3.1 - v12.0 Beta 3.2

  • FIXED: Updater not automatically closing on platform updates
  • UPDATED: Armenian, Bulkgarian, ChineseSimplified, Dutch, English, EnglishGB, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Spanish International locales
  • REMOVED: Legacy option to update browser's start page



Changes for v12.0 Beta 3 - v12.0 Beta 3.1

  • FIXED: Progress bar not showing properly in updater/app store



Changes for v12.0 Beta 2 - v12.0 Beta 3

  • ADDED: New app store/updater algorithm. Improves update check speed by 10x or more and has an app database download that is 1/5 the size.
  • ADDED: Hold shift key to disable automatically starting apps on startup
  • ADDED: Collapse categories on menu minimize, optionally
  • ADDED: Windows 8 style checkboxes under Windows 8
  • ADDED: Official OEM branding support ala KeyZ, Gigs2Go, etc
  • UPDATED: 18 locales
  • FIXED: Backup details window shows error in beginning and doesn't turn echo off
  • FIXED: Check for Errors in Help does not work in XP (switching verb to open)
  • FIXED: Beta theme preview doesn't show correct icons for all themes
  • FIXED: MB/GB/KB not translated in drive free space
  • FIXED: free drive space not updated immediately after locale change
  • FIXED: Invalid floating point error when run on network drive, thread)
  • FIXED: Beta white default theme right-hand text invisible
  • FIXED: Custom categories with unicode are lost on next run (workaround: open the PortableAppsMenu.ini within the PortableApps\PortableApps.com\Data directory in Notepad++, switch encoding to UCS2-LE and save)
  • FIXED: Start.exe and PortableAppsPlatform.exe only have 16/32px icon sizes (need up to 256px)
  • FIXED: Apps aren't selected by default in updater in screen-reader friendly mode, will be set to update all if no selection made.
  • FIXED: Window focus issues due to the inetc component (menu minimize on startup before click when update check done, menu can't be minimized on start during update check, etc)
  • FIXED: Error when uninstalling two apps at the same time, which should be impossible *
  • FIXED: Ampersands don't show properly in Uninstall window
  • FIXED: Improve SendRequest error message in updater/app store
  • FIXED: The box "All applications are up to date" appears below other windows
  • FIXED: Updater/App Store says 'finished' when user clicks next without selecting



Changes for v12.0 Beta 1 - v12.0 Beta 2

  • ADDED: TEMP checked for existence and write permission
  • ADDED: Start update before auto-starting apps
  • UPDATED: Dutch, French, Italian, Latvian, Polish, Simplified Chinese, Slovenian
  • FIXED: Beta scrollbar in wrong place
  • FIXED: Beta personal picture cropped
  • FIXED: Scrollbar should not get keyboard focus
  • FIXED: Beta PA.c logo fuzzy
  • FIXED: Beta app store/updater has old branding
  • FIXED: Beta theme top border lost



Changes for v11.2 - v12.0 Beta 1

  • ADDED: Subtler and more modern branding and logos
  • ADDED: Modern icon set
  • ADDED: Modern default theme light and dark
  • ADDED: Manual, direct and automatic proxy support



Changes for v11.1 - v11.2

  • ADDED: Descriptions are shown in app tooltips (when platform is set to English, other languages coming)
  • ADDED: Show EXE name for non-PA.c Format apps in tooltips
  • ADDED: Ability to show errors for updater running in startup mode
  • UPDATED: French, Simplified Chinese and Slovenian locales
  • FIXED: Autorun protection disable only disables realtime detection, not detection on platform start
  • FIXED: I/O error 32 on certain drives with autorun protection on, realtime disabled by default and warning included
  • FIXED: Platform can get stuck not auto-hiding if updater on startup fails to complete
  • FIXED: Closing Options resets the app list view even if no changes requiring that to happen were made



Changes for v11.0 Beta 2 - v11.0.1

  • For stable users, all the features of 11.0 Beta 1 to 3 plus:
  • ADDED: New Releases and Recent Updates views in Portable App Directory
  • UPDATED: Slovenian, French and PortgueseBR locales
  • FIXED: Help - About and About title not translated
  • FIXED: Incremental platform updates not working in 11 Beta updater



Changes for v11.0 Beta 1 - v11.0 Beta 2

  • This release adds Windows 7 taskbar progress and a handy report on installed apps in the About window split into PortableApps.com Format and non-PA.c Format apps (useful for organizing your software and updating apps to PA.c Format as they are released). Keyboard navigation has been improved in this release as well. All menu strings are now available for localization. Additionally, several bugs were fixed.



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