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Author Topic: pad files for skrommel apps?  (Read 2763 times)
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« on: March 18, 2006, 03:57:19 AM »

the main ways that software programs get listed on software listing sites, where they can be found by people searching for things, is because authors submit "pad files": http://www.asp-shareware.org/pad/index.asp

that page really makes it seem harder than it is; it's really just an xml file that describes the program, and has links to web page and picture.

i think it would be a really good idea for skrommel to have pad files for his programs, and to submit them to software listing sites.  there are a couple of places you can submit to and the rest generally will pick them up from there.

there are a ton of skrommel programs to make pad files for, but 90% of the contents will be the same. skrommel maybe you could make one or two and then post them and ask for some help from us in making the others based on that one?

here is an example pad file from the fsekrit program:

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="Windows-1252"?>
<XML_DIZ_INFO>
  <MASTER_PAD_VERSION_INFO>
    <MASTER_PAD_VERSION>1.01</MASTER_PAD_VERSION>
    <MASTER_PAD_INFO>Portable Application Description, or PAD for short, is a data set that is used by shareware authors to disseminate information to anyone interested in their software products. To find out more go to http://www.asp-shareware.org/pad</MASTER_PAD_INFO>
    <MASTER_PAD_EDITOR>Manual</MASTER_PAD_EDITOR>
  </MASTER_PAD_VERSION_INFO>
  <Company_Info>
    <Company_Name>DonationCoder</Company_Name>
    <Address_1>DonationCoder.com M.Hinn</Address_1>
    <Address_2>401 Ginger Bend Drive, #212</Address_2>
    <City_Town>Champaign</City_Town>
    <State_Province>IL</State_Province>
    <Zip_Postal_Code>61820</Zip_Postal_Code>
    <Country>USA</Country>
    <Company_WebSite_URL>http://www.donationcoder.com</Company_WebSite_URL>
    <Contact_Info>
      <Author_First_Name>f0dder</Author_First_Name>
      <Author_Last_Name>f0dder</Author_Last_Name>
      <Author_Email>f0dder@flork.dk</Author_Email>
      <Contact_First_Name>f0dder</Contact_First_Name>
      <Contact_Last_Name>mouser</Contact_Last_Name>
      <Contact_Email>mouser@donationcoder.com</Contact_Email>
    </Contact_Info>
    <Support_Info>
      <Sales_Email>manager@donationcoder.com</Sales_Email>
      <Support_Email>manager@donationcoder.com</Support_Email>
      <General_Email>manager@donationcoder.com</General_Email>
      <Sales_Phone></Sales_Phone>
      <Support_Phone></Support_Phone>
      <General_Phone></General_Phone>
      <Fax_Phone></Fax_Phone>
    </Support_Info>
  </Company_Info>
  <Program_Info>
    <Program_Name>fSekrit</Program_Name>
    <Program_Version>1.0</Program_Version>
    <Program_Release_Month>01</Program_Release_Month>
    <Program_Release_Day>31</Program_Release_Day>
    <Program_Release_Year>2006</Program_Release_Year>
    <Program_Cost_Dollars />
    <Program_Cost_Other_Code />
    <Program_Cost_Other />
    <Program_Type>Freeware</Program_Type>
    <Program_Release_Status>New Release</Program_Release_Status>
    <Program_Install_Support>Install and Uninstall</Program_Install_Support>
    <Program_OS_Support>Win98,WinME,WinNT 3.x,WinXP,Windows2000,Windows2003</Program_OS_Support>
    <Program_Language>English</Program_Language>
    <Program_Change_Info />
    <Program_Specific_Category>Utilities</Program_Specific_Category>
    <Program_Categories>security</Program_Categories>
    <Program_System_Requirements />
    <Includes_JAVA_VM>N</Includes_JAVA_VM>
    <Includes_VB_Runtime>N</Includes_VB_Runtime>
    <Includes_DirectX>N</Includes_DirectX>
    <Program_Category_Class>System Utilities::Other</Program_Category_Class>
    <File_Info>
      <Filename_Versioned>FSEKRIT1.zip</Filename_Versioned>
      <Filename_Previous>FSEKRIT2.zip</Filename_Previous>
      <Filename_Generic>FSEKRIT1.zip</Filename_Generic>
      <Filename_Long>fSekrit.zip</Filename_Long>
      <File_Size_Bytes>43000</File_Size_Bytes>
      <File_Size_K>43</File_Size_K>
      <File_Size_MB>0.05</File_Size_MB>
    </File_Info>
    <Expire_Info>
      <Has_Expire_Info>N</Has_Expire_Info>
      <Expire_Count />
      <Expire_Based_On>Days</Expire_Based_On>
      <Expire_Other_Info />
      <Expire_Month />
      <Expire_Day />
      <Expire_Year />
    </Expire_Info>
  </Program_Info>
  <Program_Descriptions>
    <English>
      <Keywords>encryption,crypto,cryptography,safe,notes,notepad,text,editor,secure</Keywords>
      <Char_Desc_45>encrypted portable notes in an exe</Char_Desc_45>
      <Char_Desc_80>easily read and edit encrypted notes in their own portable executables</Char_Desc_80>
      <Char_Desc_250>fSekrit allows you to read and edit encrypted notes using self-contained tiny program files; completely portable - run from usb thumbdrives, etc.  no need to install anything.</Char_Desc_250>
      <Char_Desc_450>fSekrit allows you to read and edit encrypted notes using self-contained tiny program files; completely portable - run from usb thumbdrives, etc.  no need to install anything. Another advantage of using fSekrit is that your un-encrypted data is never stored on your harddisk like with other similar tools.</Char_Desc_450>
      <Char_Desc_2000>fSekrit is a small application for keeping encrypted notes. The real advantage of fSekrit is that notes are truly self-contained; the editor program and your note are merged together into a tiny self-contained program file, removing the need to install a special application to view your data. This makes fSekrit ideal for keeping encrypted notes on, for example, USB flash drives. Another advantage of using fSekrit is that your un-encrypted data is never stored on your harddisk. With a traditional encryption utility you would have to decrypt your file to disk, view or edit it, and then re-encrypt it, and unless you use secure file wiping tools, it would be a trivial matter for someone to to retrieve your un-encrypted data, even though you have deleted it. This can't be done with fSekrit, though, since it never stores your un-encrypted data on disk. fSekrit uses very strong encryption (256-bit AES/Rijndael in CBC mode) to ensure that your data is never at risk.  Self contained fSekrit notefiles are tiny! Only 40k plus the size of your text.</Char_Desc_2000>
    </English>
  </Program_Descriptions>
  <Web_Info>
    <Application_URLs>
      <Application_Info_URL>http://fsekrit.donationcoder.com</Application_Info_URL>
      <Application_Order_URL>http://fsekrit.donationcoder.com</Application_Order_URL>
      <Application_Screenshot_URL>http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Other/fSekrit/screenshots/screenshot.jpg</Application_Screenshot_URL>
      <Application_Icon_URL>http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Other/fSekrit/pad/icon.gif</Application_Icon_URL>
      <Application_XML_File_URL>http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Other/fSekrit/pad/pad_file.xml</Application_XML_File_URL>
    </Application_URLs>
    <Download_URLs>
      <Primary_Download_URL>http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Other/fSekrit/downloads/fsekrit.zip</Primary_Download_URL>
      <Secondary_Download_URL />
      <Additional_Download_URL_1 />
      <Additional_Download_URL_2 />
    </Download_URLs>
  </Web_Info>
  <Permissions>
    <Distribution_Permissions />
    <EULA />
  </Permissions>
</XML_DIZ_INFO>
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