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Author Topic: How to Share Your Programs with the World (PAD Files, installers, etc.)  (Read 18875 times)
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« on: January 01, 2007, 05:14:40 AM »

I think we need a sticky thread here where we can post tips and tutorials for how to announce your software and make it available to the world so people can find it.

Some topics to discuss:
  • PAD files, how to make them and where to submit them.
  • Installer Tools, which to use and why.
  • Where to hosting your files, and webpage.
  • Best ways to ask for donations?

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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2007, 05:17:40 AM »

Here's a sample PAD file from one of my programs, it can get you started (make sure you change all the info about author, company,etc.):

* pad_file.xml (6.2 KB - downloaded 471 times.)

And very important, here are two online pad validator tools (never submit a pad file without first validating it):


There are also some free pad file tools out there, let's find and post some.
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2007, 12:04:19 PM »

You can get PadGen here. It is a free tool for simplifying the creation of .pad files.


While you are there picking that up, take a look at other pages on the site. There is a wealth of info there about pad files, and even a huge list of links to download sites that will accept them.

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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2007, 12:10:48 PM »

And of course submit them to my PAD Database:
http://www.paddatabase.com/

This will help get it some exposure.
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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2007, 01:15:31 PM »

Thanks App. I normally prefer editing my xml pad files by hand, but figuring out the program category official names are a pain, and these pad creation programs can really help.

Let's make a nice list of the top places to submit files.  I'll post my favorite places soon.

Note: You really need to have a proper little permanent web page for your program if you are going to create a pad file and submit it, rather than simply attaching it to a forum thread.

We are absolutely more than happy to provide permanent web space at http://YOURCHOICE.dcmembers.com for anyone who has freeware or donationware programs they want to put up, just send me a message.

[You are welcome to put google ads or whatever on the page - you don't have to credit us or anything - we just ask that you not break any laws with the space or host anything else that would end up causing massive traffic.]

There are other places to get free web hosting as well if you like, perhaps people can share their favorite places.
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2007, 12:37:23 PM »

I do a LOT of this, and for anyone that is serious about it, you must get RoboSoft. The small pettance of the price is WELL worth it.
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2007, 10:12:36 PM »

I realize this is not PAD-specific, but isn't AnalogX's SoftSubmit relevant?

http://www.analogx.com/CO...nload/program/ssubmit.htm
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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2008, 11:39:36 AM »

Hi,
I use Robosoft for PAD editing and submiting. It's free for one month.
I use InnoSetup as installer. InnoSetup is simple and free.
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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2008, 04:47:00 PM »

I realize this is not PAD-specific, but isn't AnalogX's SoftSubmit relevant?

http://www.analogx.com/CO...nload/program/ssubmit.htm

Probably not anymore.  Too old
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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2008, 09:43:55 AM »

PAdGen is a cool one Wink  thumbs up
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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2009, 02:49:35 PM »

I'm hip to PadGen and have my own site.  After looking around here I see a place for quick hacks, which I love(my first AutoHotKey script is for Vista and just waits for Control-Enter hotkey to open Explorer selections in another window like XP.) I'm curious how I could contribute some little hacks of my own.  I toyed with my own licensing code when I first opened my page but after awhile it was just a pain so I enabled all my software for free download.  So I guess anything that's already out of the bag doesn't fit the license key paradigm? Or where do I find out more details?

I'm a newbie and took a quick look around but maybe I missed something right in front of me.  Happens a lot. smiley

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« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2009, 10:16:03 AM »

Mouser,

What engine do you use for software license keys?  What's your opinion on providing feature limited software for free, but asking for donations to unlock full functionality?  I'm not currently using any licensing mechanisms for my software, but am interested in maybe going that route in the future.

Thanks,
Kevin
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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2009, 11:41:04 AM »

kevin these are great questions, but i'm going to split it off into its own thread so it doesn't distract from this thread about pad files, etc.
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« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2009, 12:41:12 PM »

And of course submit them to my PAD Database:
http://www.paddatabase.com/

This will help get it some exposure.

Seems to be giving off a CGI error at the moment. Sad
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« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2009, 04:56:19 PM »

Fixed now.  Server hiccup.
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« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2009, 06:06:20 PM »

Fixed now.  Server hiccup.

Got it.  Thanks. smiley
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« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2010, 11:00:28 PM »

Installer Tools, which to use and why.
Where to hosting your files, and webpage.

I've had a great time using NSIS(Nullsoft Scriptable Install System). Very simple to use, tons of features and examples.
http://nsis.sourceforge.net/Main_Page

www.mediafire.com - The best place to host files. More reliable when you signup =P
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« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2011, 09:42:04 AM »

I would like to make a proposal here.

I do follow since several years both the DonationCoder environment and the Zero Install project. Call me a shameless connector or whatever bad word you can think of, I don't mind, but I want to say I'm confident that some kind of partnership, in a direction or the other, would really benefit both. Zero Install works on Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, UNIX. Awesome would be if every piece of software, coming from DC developers, even the most little one, could be packaged providing a "Zero Install feed"; dreaming a bit, but not that much, that would also make flowless and easier to accomplish an interoperability between various DC apps (see how ZI manages dependencies), and the software index would include all the DonationCoder apps, so they would be easier to find and explore (and immediately run! smiley Thinking forward, a donation system in DC style could eventually be integrated in the service and/or the project itself. With Zero Install would be very easy for users e.g. to try DC apps (easy as clicking a "Launch!" button), eventually fall in love with them, and donate for a lifetime unlock.

Really, I see a lot of potential here for both the ecosystems, and I could write a lot about that - but I'll let you use your own imagination while here and now I'll just prefer begging to stop for a moment, and take a serious look to the Zero Install project for the possibilities that your contributions would bring; what I'm asking here is to make your tiny/little/big/huge/whatever apps available as Zero Install feeds (if they work on the supported platforms); of course you can continue using your usual way of packaging and distributing stuff, but I'm asking to make a Zero Install version *too* - it's easy and well explained:
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If you want to explore the possibility, please join the mailing list that is the main place for discussions; also for any trouble in making the feeds, there will be always someone capable and willing to help there:
http://0install.net/support.html


Zero Install for Linux:
http://0install.net/install-linux.html

Zero Install for Windows:
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Zero Install for MAC OS X:
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Zero Install for UNIX:
http://0install.net/install-unix.html


Let me know what you think!
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« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2011, 09:47:33 AM »

Worth noting that the only big problem for the Zero Install project is the low number of apps available as feeds - and that's where DonationCoder could help Wink
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« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2011, 11:04:23 AM »

hi, I just read here about pad files... what are pad files? smiley
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« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2011, 12:01:54 PM »

A pad filew is a file which describes a program. It is hosted on your site, and you may submit its URL to sites which collect such files. Then, software listing sites download your pad file and use it to list your software on their site.
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« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2011, 08:34:45 PM »

hi, I just read here about pad files... what are pad files? smiley

You can read more here and also download free PadGen specialized editor:

http://pad.asp-software.org/

I'm no longer so enthusiastic about using them.  Every time I update my program, help and readme files, I also have to update the pad file and upload that.  The new utilities I write now I don't bother.  The bots can read the apps off my site if they want to make them available for download.

If you have a program that's actually selling then it may be worth the trouble. smiley

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« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2011, 10:52:16 AM »

thanks ... now I know.. I'll try that too  cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2011, 10:53:17 AM »

it's very cool
A pad filew is a file which describes a program. It is hosted on your site, and you may submit its URL to sites which collect such files. Then, software listing sites download your pad file and use it to list your software on their site.
cool.. I wanna learn more about that .. thanks smiley I'll try to work on one
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« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2012, 04:39:01 AM »

Hello All,

I am selling my applications (shameless plug: Ron's Place Apps), and I use Inno Setup for the install files, which I host on my own website. The whole site and domain don't cost much more than 100 euros per year, so not a deal breaker.

For the PAD files, I made a base template from a few downloaded examples (I forget where from but they are easy to find), then populate changing fields with tokens like '<%ProductName%>'. At build time I can then generate the pad file for each product automatically, from generated meta data and a csv file containing product specific information. Of course I validated the first few runs but now it just works.

There is a little up-front time investment, but I have gained that back 10 times over. Of course the technology used will depend on the individual, and there quite a few details to think through but it has been worth it to me.

I hope that helps.
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