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Portable Application Description Files

What is PAD?

PAD is the Portable Application Description supported by the Association of Shareware Professionals. It helps authors provide product descriptions and specifications to online sources in a standard way, using a standard database format that will allow webmasters and program librarians to automate program listings. PAD saves time for both authors and webmasters. PAD is an XML-based open format to describe downloadable applications. It is available free of charge to everyone.

By using the PAD system, developers save time by having to create a description of their software packages only once. This description can then be uploaded quickly to all sites that support PAD. Webmasters can process these PAD files and extract the data appropriate for their site. They can keep the contents of their site current by polling PAD files on the web sites of the authors of the software they list.

PAD files are our preferred method for submitting our software to download sites. If you maintain a software catalog, such as a download site, and want to include our software, please use these PAD files. To keep the contents on your site current, poll these files regularly.

Our PAD Files

We also maintain a master PAD file which is just a plain text file that lists the full URLs to all our PAD files. You can poll this file regularly, so your automated system can automatically discover any new software packages available from NuonSoft and process their PAD files.

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