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[Feature request] USB version (Windows) #31

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vatterspun opened this Issue Feb 20, 2017 · 7 comments

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commented Feb 20, 2017

This is usually called "portable" but as a program that's already available for multiple operating systems, I can see that creating confusion.

Current behavior

On Windows, program writes settings to C:\Program Data and to the registry in HKLM\SOFTWARE and HKU.

Requested behavior

Save all settings to the local folder. The program should search for settings in the local folder no matter where it is launched from (e.g. copied to the Desktop, run from X:, or c:\Temp)

Why does this matter? / Use cases:

  • USB drive - (the primary use) -- someone who uses a public terminal at a coffee shop, computer lab, etc. that wants to have easy access to their files and settings. Drives are so big and so cheap now, there's every reason to take all your files and programs everywhere with you.

  • Improved security - this is mostly what I need it for -- I keep all my files inside an encrypted volume and try to keep all my files and folders inside.

  • Admin-restrictions - Users who aren't able to run install procedures on a given computer would still be able to use your program.

  • Feature parity - Other free office programs including SoftMaker FreeOffice, LibreOffice, and OpenOffice have portable versions, meaning some users will forego trying ONLYOFFICE because it's missing what their current program has.

Possible issues

This can make association with specific file types (e.g. DOCX or XLSX) more difficult and can create upgrade confusion when settings and recent files are overwritten. As such, it's advisable to make this available as a separate version.

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commented Feb 20, 2017

A native portable version will be great- in my opinion it will make this office package more flexible and universal.

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commented Apr 15, 2017

A "portable" version is listed on the download page https://www.onlyoffice.com/download-desktop.aspx but that only lists Linux. Any chance this is a sign of things to come?

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commented Apr 17, 2017

Hello @vatterspun
We have plans to release portable version for Windows OS but unfortunately could not specify any time frames for it. Thank you for your feedback, we will take it into consideration.

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commented Apr 25, 2017

@JohnPerkin Understood -- thanks for getting back to me.

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commented Jun 10, 2017

One other use case: Testing

Testing is a lot easier because you can always get a totally new install, even on a machine that already has a copy of Onlyoffice. I regularly have to uninstall, reboot, reinstall, and THEN test a program. God help me if I make a mistake in the middle of the testing process and have to do it all over again. Self-contained portable programs don't have this issue.

Additionally, you can have multiple versions of a program on one computer so you can see where an issue appeared, which can make tracking down code changes a lot easier.

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commented Sep 15, 2017

Any updates about dates when portable version will be relised?

The are already some "forks": http://www.thumbapps.org/2017/04/ONLYOFFICE-portable-Desktop-Editors-32-64-bit-cloud-and-offline-office-suite.html

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commented Sep 19, 2017

Thumbapps is linking directly to this issue, which is technically doing me a favor by bringing attention to this issue but I don't recommend leaning on their software for a portable option. This is for two reasons:

  1. They've had a "we're shutting down" notice up for some time now on the home page. It therefore seems unlikely they'll keep up with an ONLYOFFICE build.
  2. They don't seem very keen on following license terms. For example, they're not hosting source code for GPL software they distribute. At minimum, it's not terribly clear where one would get the source code for the software they distribute.
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