PADManager : Java Glossary
Free PAD (Portable Application Description) editor. More complex than PADGen, but only supports
the old 3.01 PAD
spec, two versions behind the current 3.11 spec.
Published by the Submit-Everywhere/RoboSoft people who also brought you the Rudenko
- You edit by filling in fields in a collapsible tree.
- It is the most professional/serious PAD
editor I have used.
- It has no overall documentation, but it does have useful information on each
field you must enter. It is fairly easy to figure out.
- The editor supports a number of PAD
extensions directly, but not PADmap or PADRING. When you import your PAD
files, it maintains the PADmap when you export again,
but it discards the PADRING extension. I presume this
is because PADRING does not use 100% kosher XML (extensible Markup Language). You will have to
write a program to reinsert the PADRING data in the
Program_Categories give you a place to specify
various proprietary categories so that Robosoft can make a match with sites that
demand a proprietary category. Backlink gives you
place to specify your back link page for sites that require a link back to them.
- The main drawback is it supports deprecated field values, such
as NT 3.0 for Program_OS_Support, which will not pass
ASP (Association of Shareware Professionals) verification.
- It does not generate HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) summaries.
You must do that yourself by parsing the exported XML
and generate the HTML.
- It stores some data in
and C:\ProgramData\PADManager\rsdb. The internal copy of
the company and product is stored in an inscrutable binary format, so you
can’t modify it directly behind PADManager’s back. You have to export
and reimport. If you have RoboSoft installed, PADManager shares company and
data with it in C:\ProgramData\Robosoft\rsdb.