5.2 PickMeApp Installation Packages Profiles

To better organize installation packages, PickMeApp introduced Installation Packages Profiles.

Profiles are specific locations where application installers are stored. The locations could be local storage or remote, cloud storage. Depending on the location, PickMeApp Profiles can be one of two (2) main types:

  • Local Profiles
  • Web Profiles

PickMeApp has several predefined profiles. By default, PickMeApp comes with three (3) built-in profiles:

  • My Captured Applications: This is the default profile for captured applications. It saves captured applications to the TAPPS folder under the PickMeApp application directory. When you start PickMeApp, the active profile is always My Captured Applications. Although the default profile cannot be removed, you can change its name, if you like. Its contents can be cleared only when the application packages in the profile have been deleted. If the TAPP folder is deleted, it will always be recreated.
  • My Downloads: This profile can be hidden or shown but cannot be deleted. Its contents can be cleared only when the application packages in the profile have been deleted.
  • PickMeApp Collection: This is a built-in Web Profile containing popular applications. While this profile can be deleted, it will always be recreated the next time you run PickMeApp.
Creating a User-Defined Profile

To better organize your captured applications and other installation packages , you can create your own user-defined profiles. For example, you can create a Backup profile for packages you want to back up with their own customized settings.

To create a new local profile:

  1. Click the Add Profile button at the bottom of the Installation Packages panel.
  2. On the Add Profile window, enter the Profile Name and select the location where the applications under the profile will be saved. The location can be a folder under the PickMeApp installation directory, anywhere on your computer, on a removable drive, on the network or on the cloud.5.2 1
  3. Click OK to add the new profile to the Captured Application panel.

Note: Upon adding the new profile, if there are already installation packages in the profile location, these will be added to the profile automatically.

Creating a Web Profile

Web Profiles point to a server somewhere on the Internet.

To create a remote web profile, you should indicate the location of the remote profile. For example, to create a web folder for installation packages from NirSoftTools, enter NirSoftTools as the Profile Name, then under Location, enter https://www.nirsoft.net/pad/pad-links.txt.

In this example, the text file named pad-links.txt contains the list of PAD files for installation packages in the profile.
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Editing a Profile Name

The names of the default My Captured Applications profile as well as user-defined profiles may be edited by clicking the Edit button under the profile’s Expanded view.

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Removing a User-Defined Profile

To remove a profile and all installation packages belonging to it, click the Remove button on the profile’s Expanded view.

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If there are installation packages in the Profile, the following message will be displayed. To go ahead and remove the packages with the Profile, click Yes. Otherwise, click No, in which case the packages will be left behind in the local folder of the deleted profile.

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If there are no installation packages  within the profile, you will be asked to confirm the Remove operation. Click Yes to go ahead and delete the Profile.

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Note: You cannot remove built-in profiles.

Disabling the Downloads Folder as a Profile

By default, PickMeApp uses the Downloads folder on your computer as another profile, as it contains all your downloaded installation packages.

You can choose to disable the Downloads folder as a profile. To do this:

  1. Click Settings on the Main Toolbar. 
  2. On the Settings window, click the Install tab, then deselect the Make Downloads folder a PickMeApp Profile option.
  3. Click Apply.
Clearing the Built-In Local Profiles

To remove installation packages or captured applications located in the built-in My Captured Applications and MyDownloads profiles, click the Clear button on the Profile Bar’s Expanded Entry View. When prompted, click Yes to continue, otherwise click No.

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Hiding Inactive Profiles

If PickMeApp does not find the destination folder of a profile, it marks the profile with a red folder icon and shows it as inactive.

This happens when the path of the profile is located on a disconnected mobile drive, or on an inaccessible network storage.

To hide inactive profiles, click the Hide Inactive button at the bottom of the Installation Software Packages panel.

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Selecting a Profile for an Application Prior to Capture

To capture an application into a profile, select the profile from the Installation Software Packages panel prior to running the Capture process. The profile’s destination folder is where PickMeApp will save the created .tap files or exe files (depending on the Capture settings) . In the screenshot below, the application that is undergoing capture is being saved to the Jules profile.

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Note: You cannot capture an application to the same profile twice. If you want to capture an application again, either remove the captured application from the profile or choose another profile for the application.

Note: You cannot use Web Profiles to capture applications.

Importing Installation Packages into a PickMeApp Profile

To import an installation package into a PickMeApp Profile:

  1. Select the PickMeApp profile to which the installation package will be imported.
  2. Click Import.
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  1. Select the installation package from your computer or the URL referencing the remote installation package. Make sure to select the appropriate installation format from the list so that you can see the installation packages located on your computer.
  2. Click Open to continue the import process.
  3. The Progress Bar shows the status of the application during importation into PickMeApp. The Log Window also displays the status of the current session.
  4. Once PickMeApp finishes with the Import process, the Progress Bar is refreshed or cleared and the Current session tab under the Log Window displays an Import process is finished entry. The installation package also appears in the list of applications under the designated PickMeApp folder.