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I am a curious programmer, and was all the way wondering on how apps on PortableApps were made. Since Pidgin, the replacement for Gaim was released I was waiting for a while for Portable Apps but I guess they must be busy with the number off apps they have to handle.
So I went and analyze the Gaim Portable sources, read some info on Pidgin official site, downloaded NSIS and I managed to make it work! I was planning just to use it personally but as always I feel like sharing it.
You can download it here:
PidginPortable.zip md5sum: f4ea8c532f43166b7ef61ee915c1218e
And if you want spell checking support, extract this to PidginPortable\App\aspell aspell.zip md5sum: 19a0d7cf3a384e17b642825220121462
They are zip archives since I have not learned about the install files from Portable Apps yet.
The Pidgin files were copied from my local installation, by guidance from the Pidgin FAQ: Running Windows Pidgin From a USB Drive.
Modifications were done mainly to the NSIS script, to use new Pidgin variables and names. Many references to the original site http://PortableApps.com/GaimPortable were not changed, even in the quick splash image I made. In addition I just added my name in the source and version 🙂
There maybe some problems that I have not encountered, so you might want to use the official release from Portable Apps once it is released. They are the experts.
10 May 2007: Updated with GTK Theme Selector:
PidginPortable.zip md5sum: dabbfc11b03512e01d79fda935be8bb1
*The GTK Theme Selector will override the settings by the Pidgin GTK Theme Control if used. If you don’t need the selector, simply delete the executable and it will disappear from the menu. The overwriting problem exists as I have to ask the Theme Selector to copy its settings written in
settings/.purple/.gtkrc-2.0 to what Pidgin looks for:
settings/.purple/gtkrc-2.0 (notice the dot before the filename).
I still can’t figure out how to enable aspell support so as you can see I have disabled the aspell download.
Modifications / Additions (replace these if you don’t want to overwrite everything)
- Added file
- Modified file
- Added folder (and files in it)
17 May 2007: Just a news
This is not an update to the software, but just a reminder that you should scan the zip file before using it (if you decide to use it). Use an updated anti-virus software to scan the files. This is just to make sure that the zip file has not been modified or anything. I just checked the file on the server and it is still the same the way I uploaded it. But there is a jerk accusing me of embedding keyloggers inside the software (in the PortableApps forum).
I have scanned the files with 3 different anti-viruses: ClamWin Portable, Avast U3 Edition, and AVG. They all returned clean results so this proves that the jerk is either (1) having fun telling bad lies about others (2) an imbecile who does not know how to read scan results (3) an imbecile who does not know how to read scan results (4) an imbecile who does not know how to read scan results.
As I am a nice person I hope he is categorized in option 2, 3, and 4 meaning he is not a bad person, but an inexperienced computer user.
27 May 2007: Updated with Pidgin 2.0.1:
PidginPortable-2.0.1.zip (7.17MB) md5sum: 38373a8d2bd33f47e253635968f8cf08
As always, remember to scan before unzipping it to your drive.
02 Aug 2007: Updated with Pidgin 2.1.0
This update includes Pidgin 2.1.0 and also some other additions:
- Spell check support. Aspell is included with EN dictionary as an example. If you don’t need spell checking support simply delete the contents of the
App\Aspellfolder and you’ll save 5MB+ of space.
- Off-the-Record Messaging plugin support. Files located in
- Included a gtkrc file for CTRL-ENTER key binding when sending messages. To avoid any confusion this is not handled by NSIS but the file
App\DefaultData\settings\gtkrc-2.0-ctrl-enterneeds to be manually copied to
Data\settings\.purple\gtkrc-2.0(the problem later is that the Pidgin GTK+ Theme Control plugin will overwrite this file if you ever use it).
.gtkrc-2.0no longer conflicts each other (I was confused during the last release).
gtkrc-2.0will be used by Pidgin and considered as a “local” or “user” setting while
.gtkrc-2.0is global and now the only file written by the GTK Theme Selector. Both of them are honored by Pidgin
PidginPortable-2.1.0.zip (11.3 MB (11,946,141 bytes)) md5sum: 84fdbd7b42bb42a0c5a96628acf56b11
I wanted to include some smileys in the package but since the size is already a whopping 11.3MB (packed) and 16MB+ when unpacked, I leave to users to decide. Here’s one recommended smiley theme from Ozmo. Simply extract to
App\Pidgin\pixmaps\pidgin\emotes\ForumSmileys-0.8 to use and activate.
Here’s a screenshot of the OTR and spell checker in action:
As I described in my latest post today, I will stop packaging Pidgin Portable for the public as it has been officially released in PortableApps: Pidgin Portable 2.1.0 Released.