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PAD® is the Portable Application Description, and it helps authors provide product descriptions and specifications to on-line sources in a standard way, using a standard data format that will allow webmasters and program librarians to automate program listings. PAD saves time for both shareware authors and webmasters.

For both existing publishers using the “PAD” platform and new publishers, please check out the ASP “PAD – Frequently Asked Questions”

Publishers can create and manage PAD for their software products using the Publisher Control Panel. Using this control panel you can import a version 3.x PAD file and upgrade it to the version 4 or create a new PAD file and get it automatically validated to make sure it complies with all the specification requirements. The control panel also allows you to publish your PAD file in the Official PAD Repository and apply for PAD certification.

PAD Publisher Control Panel

Please note that starting of version 4 your PAD file is supposed to be hosted by the Official PAD Repository. This ensures that the data provided in your PAD file comes from a verified source and was checked by live operators. There is no need to upload PAD files to your own web site anymore.

Here you can find the database of download sites that support PAD:

The Publisher Control Panel offers premium promotion services that allow you to distribute information about your software product in the Internet.

PAD® Specification

PAD file is an XML file that contains information about a software product. Its format is specified by the PAD specification. The current PAD specification is available in the XML format:

PAD Specification v 4.0

Changes from the previous version (version 3.11 to version 4.0)

PAD®, PADGen, and PADKit are trademarks of the Association of Shareware Professionals in the United States and/or other countries.  Please refer to “PAD Rights, Requirements, and Usage Guidelines” on the ASP PAD website.  All contents are Copyright ©2013 by Parts Association of Software Professionals All Rights Reserved.

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