LazPaint Make it portable

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By default, LazPaint stores its configuration on the hard drive using the mechanism provided by the operating system to keep a unique configuration. It is however easy to make a portable version of LazPaint. Here are the steps.

1. Download binaries

Download the compressed binaries for a 32-bit or 64-bit version of LazPaint. Do not use the installer because this will definitely install it on your computer. Instead, you want to put it on a USB key for example.

2. Decompress

Decompress it in a folder on a portable device such as a USB key. Alternatively you can do this on your hard drive and at the end copy the whole thing on another device.

On Windows and Linux, you get a directory containing the executable binary file, some example of 3d object files (.obj) and a folder with translations (i18n).

On MacOS, the structure is a bit different in order to be interpreted as an application.

3. Configure

Using a plain text editor like Notepad or Gedit, create a text file called lazpaint.ini in the same directory as the binary file.

Inside write the following:

 [General]
 ConfigFile=LazPaint.cfg

On MacOS, the binary file is in the MacOS subdirectory. You will need to write a relative path to the Resources directory:

 ConfigFile=../Resources/LazPaint.cfg

4. Create a link

That's it. If you run the program now, it will write its configuration with the binaries.

You may want to create a shortcut to the binary file. This will depend on your desktop environment.