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e.g. Euros, US dollars, Canadian dollars, British Pounds, Indian Rupees…
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and Java version 1.7 or later, preferably 1.8.0.
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PAD (Portable Application Description) files contain contact information about the author, details about a program for
sale and its price. There are various ways of broadcasting them so that people looking for a program such yours
can find them, and use them to find your download site.
PAD files are ordinary text XML (extensible Markup Language) files, so you can view, edit, create and generate them if you want. PAD files are
accepted by many affiliate bureaus, free upload sites etc. RegNow was
one of the first to adopt them. All submission sites use the PAD format to describe your shareware or freeware.
ASP (Association of Shareware Professionals)
created the format.
Important PAD Submission Sites
ASP: The inventors of PAD files. You must take a
vision and typing test for each item you add. The security code, their term for a
validation code. You must copy and key it case-sensitive. It
is not obvious that your submission took. The only thing changed on the screen on success is a new security
code. If you leave the code blank, there is no error message. On failure, you will see a big red error message.
They take submissions from the general public. Last revised/verified: 2008-07-25
per year for a standard membership.
CNet : must set up a complex account with a lot of info. Big site.
HotLib: optionally rekey several PAD fields. Associated with PadCreator.
TuCows: major site. Needs two account ids, one for browsing and a more
elaborate one for submitting.
Normally you should only have to submit only once. The website will check your PAD periodically for any changes.
The submission sites often hassle you in a variety of ways. They want back links from your site to theirs.
They want you to retype parts of the XML file. They want you to read weirdly twisted letters and prove you can
type them accurately. They want you to set up accounts. They want you to give them your life history. Just pass
them by. There are plenty of other sites who won’t hassle you that way. Some refuse to list free software.
They hope to make commissions from companies like RegNow that handle accepting money. Some hope to make money
displaying ads. They want more visitors to their site, hence the request for back links. The back links also help
boost their Google rankings.
Sometimes you get emails from the submission sites complaining of syntax errors in your PADs (Portable Application Descriptions). Check them out
with the online ASP PAD validator or
with PADGen. If all looks fine, the problem is probably with the
submission site polling timeouts. They have so many PADs
to check each night they don’t wait very long
for your server to the deliver them. This can result is a PAD not being available or having its tail end
chopped off, which then looks like a syntax error.
PAD Submission Sites for Selling Software
The following are commercial services for selling shareware. They handle collecting money for you. You
don’t just submit pads. You must register with them, then you set up your products for sale using pads to
TuCows: major site. Needs account id. You pay for
YankeeDownload.com Product must be
sold through at least one of RegNow, ShareIt, SellShareware, eSellerate, BMTMicro or Bluesnap (née Plimus). Must rekey ids in
PAD Submission Services
PAD submission services let you upload your updated PAD files and they will propagate them to the various vendors
you have an account with. And each of them may or many not send you an email for each submission. It borders on a
spam avalanche. You will want a special email account to deal with PAD files that you insert in your PAD files.
That email address will be passed around, easily harvested by spammers. That account will attract more than its
fair share of penis enlargement spam besides all the update notices from PAD sites.
SoftWebsNepal submit one PAD to 2000 sites for
. I asked them how they defeated the CAPTCHA validation codes required by many sides for submission. They
replied that the process of CAPTCHA, username and password, backlinks and category selection are all done
manually. What a bargain! It would take days of labour. They are headquartered in Nepal where labour is cheap
enough for this tedious task.
is a very tedious business. The servers are very slow and you have to feed the PAD URLs (Uniform Resource Locators)
in one at
a time. The process can be automated, signing you up with accounts, and submitting your stable of PADs.
Submitting could be so simple if sites would accept a simple text file containing the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of the various PAD
files, one per line. But they seem to want to make the process as clumsy as possible. Do they want listings or
Here are some programs I have found to submit for you:
Free Mini Pad Submitter: I wrote this submitter out of
frustration with the poor quality of the existing submitters. You can download and run it, or run it on my
website as an Applet without installing anything. It submits to all the hassle-free sites listed above.
The Mini Pad Submitter submits your PAD
to 146 PADsites for the general public to learn about it. It comes with Java
source so you can extended it to other websites.
If you come across any other hassle-free submission sites that don’t
require a security code or login, please pass along the URL to
so I can add them to the list.
RoboSoft advertises it submits to 1000 sites.
Endorsed by the PADring and ASP
people. Defeats CAPTCHAs, though permits manual help on difficult ones. Includes
PADManager PAD editor and verifier. Avoids resubmitting PADs
that a site already has listed, not just by
keeping track of what it has submitted, but by scanning the site with site search engines to see what anyone
has already submitted. Each time it runs, it collects descriptor files for new websites to submit to from the
Rudenko server. It works with PADManager to create the PAD files
with number of extra fields to help the submitter. It allows you to specify a number of category keywords which
its uses to match against sites’ lists of proprietary categories. Has a 30-day free trial where you can
submit as many products as you want. It will give you a report on who has your PAD listed already. It can be a
surprise. Many sites you did not submit to will have taken your PAD from some other site. You can select
categories of site to submit to, so that you don’t submit to sites who would have no interest in your
PAD. You can also manually select the proprietary categories of sites. The submission process is multi-thread
which greatly speeds it up. RoboSoft can get on with another site while it is waiting for a previous one to
respond. RoboSoft somehow automatically responds to the confirmation emails. Unfortunately, you still get
emails demanding attention. It makes it easier to manually key the Captchas by magnifying them. I think it
gives you only one chance to get the Captcha correct. With manual submission you can try as many times as you
want. It is by far the best autosubmitter I have tried, though the user interface is sometimes a bit confusing.
Often you need to save and exit to continue with the next step. The ESL (English as a Second Language) author uses
save and exit where most programmers would use OK. It
just exits the dialog, not the program. The program is unusually polite, continually reassuring you about
various worries you are likely to have. The bottom line is it submitted the PAD for the Canadian Sales Tax calculator to 492
Pad Express. It submits to 100+
sites. It handles sites that ask for a proprietary category by asking you to manually categorise your PAD by
4 different classification schemes. It would have been more convenient if they
used one combined scheme and translated. The trial version lets you see how it works, submitting to
50 sites. It creates a log with the responses from each site. The program is a
bit long in the tooth. Its help files will not work with Vista. The validation feature that uses the excellent
SharewarePromotions online PAD
validator/lint no longer works. However, the program works better than any other I have tried. It successfully
submitted to 50 sites, and provided the logs to prove it.
for personal use,
for commercial use.
gsa-online: program to submit to
8000 sites for
. I have not tried it. You can rent it for a month for
. The website claims it can defeat Captcha security. It uses multiple threads so it can submit 100 submissions a minute.
Multithread. Submits to 48 catalogs. Adware. I could not get this program to work at all. It displayed in
illegible pale yellow letters on a white background. The import wanted only *.dat
files. There was no documentation to tell you what that meant. Adding an individual XML file with ADD just
filled the screen with question marks.
Submits to 340 sites. Uses an SQL (Standard Query Language) database. The hard part is finding the
way to import a PAD file. The trick is this: click Window ⇒ Project Manager ⇒
then click the red bullet plus ⇒ then select your PAD file ⇒ then click the project name box.
It will fill in the details from your PAD file. A Project is the same thing as a PAD.
You can only import them on at a time. When you hit submit it simply takes you to each site in turn and display
helps to what you have to do. It does some filling in the blanks for you. It does not edit or verify PADs. This
is not automation. You are supposed to manually decide whether each site fits its criteria. It does no
filtering based on the contents of your PAD.
Submit Worker: I have not tried it. It costs
and claims to submit to 1000
SoftCab Submitter: free This program might be considered a virus. It is one of
the most annoying programs I have ever encountered. It insists you put a link to their site on your
home page. They are trying to artificially boost Google rankings. Its annoys you to death
until you do, or uninstall it. The program is unusually opaque for such a simple task. It is idiosyncratic and
difficult-to-use. One major stumbling blocks to getting started is having two links marked browse.
They are associated with the padring.com people. It has 1100 sites in its database.
files after an uninstall.
SubmitMySoft: pretends to be a free submission program but it is actually just an
advertisement for an expensive submission service.
Trialware Submit: pretends to be a free submission program but it is actually just a short
list of home page URL s, some of which are PAD submission sites. You have to navigate to the submit page
manually, and submit manually. Most of the URLs
is the list don’t even accept PAD submissions.
I have tried out dozens of submitters and I have yet to find one that I could recommend. Mostly they consist
merely of an outdated list of URLs
and a stripped down browser that lets you visit each site and do the
submission yourself completely manually. This is no help at all. You could do that with a list of URLs
ordinary browser just as easily. That’s why I wrote the free Mini Pad Submitter. It is fully automatic, even if its list of sites is not that