PAD(R) - Provided by the Association of Software Professionals

PAD(R) is the Portable Application Description, and it helps authors provide product descriptions and specifications to online sources in a standard way, using a standard data format that will allow webmasters and software application librarians to automate app listings. PAD provides a complete content solution for application developers and the webmasters of software catalogs and directories.

PAD Overview -> Author Resources -> PADGen

Both PADGEN v3.11, ASP's freeware editor and PADManager by Rudenko Software, no longer support the latest PAD Specification 4.0. In their place, an entire new PAD authoring web-based platform, AppVisor has been developed to support the latest spec.

Like PADGEN, the AppVisor PAD editor is free to use for creating and publishing PAD files. Pubishers are advised to register on AppVisor, import their application v3.11 PAD files, add v4.0's latest fields, proceed through the real-time PAD v4.0 Validator, and finally publish their PAD files to the ASP PAD Repository. The new v4.0 has also added third party extensions, including PR, RSS, Affiliate to v4.0. Once your PAD is published on the Global PAD Repository, publishers can proceed to submit their PAD files for certification.

PAD Manager

Key features:

  • Built-in PAD validator and optimizer that helps you to maximize the results from your promotion campaign
  • Visual management of company and product profiles
  • Allows your co-workers to share the same profile database over the network
  • Installs by default and automatically updates some useful PAD extensions (RSS Feed Aggregators, Site Directories, Affiliate Sites and others)
  • Built-in FTP Uploader
  • Compatible on the data level with popular submission applications and services

Download PAD Manager ASP build


PADGen (Screen Shot) easily creates Portable Application Descriptions (PAD) files for all your applications. Use PAD to get all of the important information to your vendors and webmasters as quickly and as concisely as possible. With this information long detailed submission forms may soon be a thing of the past! Submitting the PAD file will easily allow webmasters access to all your information.

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PADGen PAD file


PADGen wins Best Overall Utility at the 2001 Shareware Industry Awards!



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