PortableApps.com is a popular destination for portable versions of popular software programs for Windows. Users can download and install individual programs so that they may be used as portable versions, or download the PortableApps Platform application to manage these better.
You can use the Platform application to download and install new portable programs supported by PortableApps, to check for available updates, to backup files, and use it as a launcher application for portable programs.
While it may feel strange at first to install applications that are portable, the programs that you install individually or by using the Platform application are indeed portable in the end.
Platform 15 is the new version of the management application which users may download from the official PortableApps website or update from within the application.
The Platform application offers better management options for programs that PortableApps supports.
While some users may prefer to download and install programs individually from the service, others may prefer to use the Platform application because of the functionality that it adds to the management of installed programs and options to search and download new programs.
The program acts as a launcher application for all portable programs as well. While not mandatory at all, you may find it useful especially if you place it on a USB Flash Drive or other removable media.
Platform 15.0 comes with new and improved features. If you use the program on High DPI device you will notice that it supports these better after the update. The program supports high DPI in the menu, options, about and other dialogs in version 15.0.
The new version detects high contrast themes automatically in the new version, and supports touch scrolling in the menu app list.
Other new features include support for Microsoft .NET Framework 2 to 4 applications, and alternate download options for Windows XP or Windows Vista devices for TLS 1.1 or 1.2 hosts.
Several components were updated in the new version: 7-Zip support was updated to version 18.05 which patches a security vulnerability among other things and the Delphi compiler to version 10.2.3. Windows 2000 is no longer supported by the Platform application as a consequence.
Platform users who used to hold down the Ctrl-key to launch programs with elevated rights will notice that the functionality is no longer available. You may right-click on any application to run it with elevated privileges, however.
Platform 15 is a major update of the PortableApps platform application that adds support for high DPI work environments and several other useful additions to the platform.
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