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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.
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.
per year for a standard membership.
must set up a complex account with a lot of info. Big site.
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
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
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
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 describe them.
Regnow You can deal with RegNow three different ways:
As a customer of software. You don’t have an account. You pay with a
credit card each time you buy something from one of their affiliated
As a vendor, when you want to sell your own products.
As an affiliate. You advertise other people’s products on your
website and get a commission from sales.
You need two totally different accounts, one to as a vendor to sell your own
software and one as an affiliate to sell other people’s. There are two
completely different systems.
TuCows: major site. Needs
account id. You pay for clicks.
must be sold through at least one of RegNow, ShareIt, SellShareware, eSellerate,
BMTMicro or Bluesnap (née Plimus). Must rekey ids in selling services.
PAD Submission Services
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
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 (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) validation codes required
by many sides for submission. They replied that the process of
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
PADURLs (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
files, one per line. But they seem to want to make the process as clumsy as possible.
Do they want listings or don’t they?
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 66 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
people. Defeats CAPTCHAs (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Aparts), 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 sites.
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. However, the program works better than any other
I have tried. It successfully submitted to 50 sites and provided the logs to
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
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.
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. It is free, other than the home page ad requirement. It is written in
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
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
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
and an 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 large.