Originally Posted by dougwm10
I would like to see a PORTABLE version of the program which can be run directly from a USB memory stick without the need to physically install it on each and every computer you own or use. This would enable users to take their OpenCPN
program and Charts
and move between boats and computers
without having to carryout a full install each time.
If anyone else considers that this would be a useful function then please add your request to mine so that the program developers can get an assessment of the need for it.
doug. I think it already is at least in WindowsXP.Copy all the files from the Open CPN
Program files folder into the OpenCPN settings folder....Start Open cpn
from a new shortcut here.Voila.You can take it to any Windows computer and copy this folder into the appropriate place-it must however be in the Appropriate place( XP=C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\).
Voila.at least for me.
or there's the 2-folder way to make it portable...
You can copy the OpenCPN folder from Program files anywhere now
and start Opencpn.exe(make new shortcuts,though!)
Start it,and you have a brand new O
on a new computer.
BUT to keep your settings...you need two folders copied.The above and this:
the "opencpn"settings folder from it's location (that canfound by clicking the ?
....for XP=C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\opencpn\ ...this must be placed in the same place or I guess,to the appropriate place found the same way,if you are copying to WIN 7...
I have successfully and easily copied full installs of O
from one computer to another but it still pre-supposes your charts and your gps
are in the same location on each computer.No big deal if they aren't though.Just show the cloned O
where they are...your other settings should stay the same...
But how much time is saved?
Many(but not all)so-called Portable apps often have the same issue per "outside files".They will start without "installation",but still need to be told again where the files are,where the gps
is,and whatever else is outside,if they aren't in the same place on the new computer.
and anyways O
2.5 is the least painless an install that can be found anywhere on windoze,I think..