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Re-Install All Your Apps with One Click

The concept behind AllMyApps.com is genius. This website lets you create a list of all the applications you already have installed on your computer and saves that list so that you can re-install those apps at any time with just one click. If you’re formatting your PC in order to install a new OS, like say Windows 7 for example, a service like this could definitely come in handy as major timesaver.

That being said, the website still needs work. It seems they’re suffering from bandwidth issues at the moment – when I tried them this morning, the site was painfully slow. In fact, I thought it was down. I also was sad to discover that a lot of my most frequently used applications weren’t listed. For example, a search for “Windows Live” didn’t return results for any of the free Windows Live tools like Live Writer, Live Messenger, etc. And the results it did return were puzzling – why on earth would “Foxit Reader” or “AudioShell” be returned for this query? Clearly the search engine needs work, too.

Another problem – and one that probably couldn’t be avoided – is that AllMyApps.com won’t list any commercial software. That means you can’t include your Microsoft Office software or Adobe Photoshop in your list. You’ll still need to install those separately. Obviously, the reason for this is because those are not free programs, so listing them here would be akin to privacy, but it’s a bit disappointing that there isn’t some sort of workaround provided. For example, why not let you list them, but then have the installer prompt you at the end to insert the CD? That would at least keep the app re-installation flow going and could serve as a useful reminder, too.

It’s too bad that there were these sorts of issues because the concept alone had me genuinely excited. For now, I’ll keep my eye on this one and hope that they address some of these problems in the future. However, based on their GetSatisfaction page, it appears the site has been running for nearly a year now, so I’m not getting my hopes up too high.

Does anyone know of a similar service? The only other one I could think of is Ninite, but that’s really limited in their selection. And the only Microsoft app on the list is Messenger. I would want to install the entire Windows Live suite. If you know of something better, please tell me in the comments!

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  • thibauldthibauld

    Hi,

     

    Thanks a lot for this great comment! I must say it is rare to read such insightful blog posts and this is why I wanted to answer you on the various points you mentionned.

     

    1/ Are we going to address the issues you raised in the future? Of course! You are a bit tough with us on this point. Just to give you a brief history of allmyapps, we started hacking on it in December 2008, released a very limited first version (Linux only) in january. Then we regularly released a new version each month (~) and the first windows version was released september 15th this year. Be sure we are working like crazy to satisfy all of you guys Smiley

     

    2/ Not enough applications listed? This is true but we're improving. We launched with about 150 apps listed and we will be rolling out new updated apps very soon. Stay tuned on this.

     

    3/ Are commercial apps going to be listed? Definitely. We already signed distribution agreements with major editors and we are currently integrating their apps in allmyapps. We chose our name because we want to provide a central place where people will be able to find all their apps! Obviously, the ones you cited (Photoshop & MS Office) won't be here tomorrow as Adobe and Microsoft are a bit picky when it comes to proposing a downloadable version of their apps... but anyway, we'll have them in the long run Smiley

     

    Thank you for this comment, be sure we do our best to provide you with the best service on allmyapps.com !

    Cheers,

     

    Thibauld

    - CEO allmyapps

  • thibauldthibauld

    Hi,

     

    Thanks a lot for this great comment! I must say it is rare to read such insightful blog posts and this is why I wanted to answer you on the various points you mentionned.

     

    1/ Are we going to address the issues you raised in the future? Of course! You are a bit tough with us on this point. Just to give you a brief history of allmyapps, we started hacking on it in December 2008, released a very limited first version (Linux only) in january. Then we regularly released a new version each month (~) and the first windows version was released september 15th this year. Be sure we are working like crazy to satisfy all of you guys Smiley

     

    2/ Not enough applications listed? This is true but we're improving. We launched with about 150 apps listed and we will be rolling out new updated apps very soon. Stay tuned on this.

     

    3/ Are commercial apps going to be listed? Definitely. We already signed distribution agreements with major editors and we are currently integrating their apps in allmyapps. We chose our name because we want to provide a central place where people will be able to find all their apps! Obviously, the ones you cited (Photoshop & MS Office) won't be here tomorrow as Adobe and Microsoft are a bit picky when it comes to proposing a downloadable version of their apps... but anyway, we'll have them in the long run Smiley

     

    Thank you for this comment, be sure we do our best to provide you with the best service on allmyapps.com !

    Cheers,

     

    Thibauld

    - CEO allmyapps

  • Eddie StarrEddie Starr

    Hey! How great is AllMyApps.com ?!  I am checking it out right now and am thinking that I truly am going to like this service.
    I can not wait to see what "AllMyApps.com" Can do with the resources they have been given. Great work so far guys, Loving the Tech

  • Eddie StarrEddie Starr

    Hey! How great is AllMyApps.com ?!  I am checking it out right now and am thinking that I truly am going to like this service.
    I can not wait to see what "AllMyApps.com" Can do with the resources they have been given. Great work so far guys, Loving the Tech

  • SmorgSmorg

    emerge -eav @world @system

     

    Command for Gentoo/Portage to recompile your entire system - toolchain, all libs & packages - everything but the kernel. If you're re-installing you can save the "world" database of installed packages, then issue the same command to bring the system essentially back into the same state by pulling in all dependencies, compiling, and installing.

     

    Unfortunately thats something Windows will never be able to do, but similarly just about every platform has trouble with making a good unified way of installing software using 3rd party installers. Also proprietary software, and software which requires the user to manually accept a license can't be fully automated or easily downloaded from a central repository. Gentoo for instance works around this problem with "fetch restrictions" requiring manually downloading tarballs or inserting the install media. Windows does about as good of a job in that sense by keeping track of what you have installed via a front-end to 3rd party uninstallers (add/remove programs). Windows still lacks the ability to "know" how to install everything with a system of scripts. It also doesn't install programs to the system from a sandbox and keep a database of the deltas in order to keep track of whats installed on the level of individual files mapped to a respective package. That is something I don't see changing any time soon.

  • SmorgSmorg

    emerge -eav @world @system

     

    Command for Gentoo/Portage to recompile your entire system - toolchain, all libs & packages - everything but the kernel. If you're re-installing you can save the "world" database of installed packages, then issue the same command to bring the system essentially back into the same state by pulling in all dependencies, compiling, and installing.

     

    Unfortunately thats something Windows will never be able to do, but similarly just about every platform has trouble with making a good unified way of installing software using 3rd party installers. Also proprietary software, and software which requires the user to manually accept a license can't be fully automated or easily downloaded from a central repository. Gentoo for instance works around this problem with "fetch restrictions" requiring manually downloading tarballs or inserting the install media. Windows does about as good of a job in that sense by keeping track of what you have installed via a front-end to 3rd party uninstallers (add/remove programs). Windows still lacks the ability to "know" how to install everything with a system of scripts. It also doesn't install programs to the system from a sandbox and keep a database of the deltas in order to keep track of whats installed on the level of individual files mapped to a respective package. That is something I don't see changing any time soon.

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