GUIPro PortAL v1.5.0

I am Baas on 8 Dec 2015
  • 166KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 21 Jun 2015
  • Suggested by I am Baas

PortAL is lightweight launcher based on hotkeys, menus, and system tray icons. Note that all of PortAL configuration is based on a single XML file which contains the list and the organization of applications.

Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: MSVCR90.DLL MSVCP90.DLL
Stealth: ? Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract / (un)7-Zip to a folder of your choice
  2. Move img folder from $_OUTDIR to doc folder
  3. Delete $PLUGINSDIR and $_OUTDIR folders
  4. Launch PortAL.exe

Note: To extract the 64-bit version too, choose "Auto Rename" (u) when prompted. The 32-bit executable is smaller in size.
What's new?
  • Addition of a skin system.
  • Addition of the event attribute.
  • Addition of the variables section to define internal variables.
  • Addition of the clipboard variables.
  • Addition of the %config% variable.
  • Improvement of the file notification system.
  • Fix memory leak when reloading the configuration.
  • Avoid error when a percent character is not forming a variable.
  • Avoir error when loading a config file with an empty group.

Full changelog at

8 comments on GUIPro PortAL  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

webfork 2015-07-03 19:34

Shadeclan: Thanks for the data. See response in forums.


Checker 2015-07-03 18:33

@ Shadeclan: Thanks ... and updated ;)


Shadeclan 2015-07-03 17:22

Current PortAL version is now 1.5 as of 22 Jun 2015.

Although I am not the developer, I've been doing some user testing for him and I might be able to help some of you with issues.

veyselcelik: I looked at the message you posted and that comes up when the configuration file has an error. You might try restoring the default file and see if the message goes away.

Proteanic: The app icons are appearing just fine in my configuration. You may want to go out to the Obsidev/GUIPro Issues section of GitHub and report the problem - the developer may be able to resolve your problem. Personally, I find that explicitly pointing to the icon in the config file usually takes care of any issues of that sort.

A friend of mine wanted to try PortAL but couldn't get it to run. The current version of PortAL needs the Microsoft Visual Studio Redistributable package installed to work ( but the developer has agreed to compile the necessary binaries into the installation package so that users should not need to install the Re-distro package in the next release.

The developer has added the ability to create user-defined variables inside the configuration file, which has been a big convenience for me. He has also created some cool new skins which can be changed within the PortAL tag in the config file, along with the ability for users to make their own skins. A local help file which explains how to configure PortAL is not included in v1.5 but will be included in the next release. Until then, you can find configuration help here:

I discovered a few issues during user testing which will be fixed in the next release. My user testing notes can be seen here: The developer is very responsive - feel free to give observations, report bugs or make comments in the obsidev / guipro issues section of GitHub.


Checker 2015-02-25 18:56

@ Shadeclan: Thanks ... and updated ;)


Shadeclan 2015-02-25 17:17

Currently using v1.4.7 - project has been moved to GITHub (
PortAL has a few issues. That said, I love this app! The user interface is a thing of beauty and the program is very agile and responsive. The developer is very responsive to suggestions and bug reports and has already fixed bugs which I have reported and, in my book, customer service mean everything.
There is currently no interface for configuring the app, which can be done with a text editor but the developer is currently working on one. In the meantime, the app is definitely worth the little inconvenience it takes to configure it.


proteanic 2013-02-07 22:16

very nifty little menu app. Apart from that it doesn't show any program icons, it works like a charm. Clever and flexible config


teodor11 2013-02-05 09:22

The program work OK.
I think You have a problem with our system.


veyselcelik 2013-02-03 17:32

It generates an error and doesn't start. Screenshot of the error:


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