Warzone 2100 Portable for USB Drives at PortableApps.com

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Warzone 2100 Portable for USB Drives at PortableApps.com

Post by JohnTHaller » 15 Oct 2009, 23:29

Hi All,

I just wanted to announce that Warzone 2100 is now available as a portable app over at PortableApps.com so you can carry it around on a USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod, etc and use it on any Windows PC. You can find the release announcement here:
http://portableapps.com/news/2009-10-15 ... able_2.2.4

And the homepage here:
http://portableapps.com/apps/games/warz ... 0_portable

It works with or without the PortableApps.com Platform to tie things together. It's been in testing for a bit. The heavy lifting of the development was done by Billy Ellison so thanks go to him as well.

We hope you like it!

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Post by -Kosh- » 15 Oct 2009, 23:54

I do not get it, what has been changed?
I do not see any file(s) in the source archive that shows the difference?
This is a waste of space. Something important should be here.

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Post by JohnTHaller » 16 Oct 2009, 00:41

-Kosh- wrote:I do not get it, what has been changed?
I do not see any file(s) in the source archive that shows the difference?
Warzone 2100 itself hasn't been changed other than having the EXEs compressed with UPX to save space. It's packaged in PortableApps.com Format and a launcher (Warzone2100Portable.exe) is added that handles starting up the game with the --configdir switch pointing to the proper location. So rather than winding up in APPDATA on the local PC, your settings are in Warzone2100Portable\Data for portability. This also allows the platform's backup utility to easily backup your settings from your portable device. And for upgrades of later releases to be done without the user having to unzip, move settings files around, etc.

PortableApps.com Format is an easy-to-use standardized format for portable software where all the apps work the same way, all store their data in the same way and are all distributed with a simple, multilingual portable installer.

It also works with our app manager we're launching next week so the millions of folks using the PortableApps.com Platform will be able to add Warzone 2100 to their device with just a couple clicks, without even opening a web browser.

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Post by Zarel » 16 Oct 2009, 01:40

Are you sure it works portably? I think Warzone installs a few libraries outside of its Program Files folder. I'd test it, but I don't have a spare copy of Windows lying around.

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Post by NaxShaleChan » 16 Oct 2009, 02:07

Well, it worked for me, at least the save games. I've been using the pre-release on my flashdrive when I don't have my laptop with me.
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Post by Zarel » 16 Oct 2009, 03:05

Well, it works if you've already installed Warzone. The question is, will it run on a computer that has never had Warzone installed?

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Post by NaxShaleChan » 16 Oct 2009, 04:12

That's what I just said. I've taken it to my school computers and used on multiple boxes. It worked on every one.
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Post by -Kosh- » 16 Oct 2009, 04:52

Zarel wrote:Are you sure it works portably? I think Warzone installs a few libraries outside of its Program Files folder. I'd test it, but I don't have a spare copy of Windows lying around.
IIRC all libs are static except for openAL and the crash handler dll.
This is a waste of space. Something important should be here.

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Post by Zarel » 16 Oct 2009, 04:53

Oh, that's a good sign. Good to know.

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DLLs are included

Post by JohnTHaller » 17 Oct 2009, 00:51

The appropriate DLLs are included for audio directly in the Warzone directory, so sound will work even if the audio drivers aren't on the local PC. There was an issue with this before Revision 3, but it is working as it should now.

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Post by Powzone » 17 Oct 2009, 01:10

Oh, I remember having the "Developement Test 9" on my stick around 6 months ago... :)

It's good to see it officially on PAPPS now. It might boost a bit the popularity and attention for this community. We'll see what happens... :D
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Post by JohnTHaller » 17 Oct 2009, 06:39

Powzone wrote:Oh, I remember having the "Developement Test 9" on my stick around 6 months ago... :)

It's good to see it officially on PAPPS now. It might boost a bit the popularity and attention for this community. We'll see what happens... :D
That's one of the goals, really. We helped a few projects like Sumatra PDF get more popular and have exposed a lot of people to GIMP and Pidgin who had no idea what they were before, too. Heck, I'm playing through Warzone 2100 myself since helping test it.

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