Tools to Help Save Time
by Sharon Housley NotePage,
Distributing and supporting software can
be extremely time consuming. Be sure to consider these
two innovative tools that can streamline software distribution
and technical support issues.
PAD - Save time in software submissions!
Download sites are a source of excellent referrals and
can drive significant traffic to web sites but the submission
process can be very time consuming. As a result, the
Association of Shareware Professionals (ASP) developed
PAD. PAD (Portable Application Description) is the newest,
and easiest way to submit software to download sites.
PAD is a formatted XML, which contains
all the information about the software developer, program,
and relevant program information that should be included
with applications or libraries. Place the PAD file on
your web site and submit the url of the PAD file location
to the download sites. The download sites poll the PAD
location and extract the information required to add
the file to the download site. A list of sites that
support PAD submissions can be found at http://www.softwaremarketingresource.com/softwaresites.html
Once the software is listed on a PAD
enabled download sites, a number of them will poll the
PAD file location and automatically update database
information if there have been any PAD file changes.
PAD is a free and literally save hours
of time in software submissions. The download sites
extract the information in the PAD file and in many
cases, immediately create an html page. Additional information
and a free fully functional copy of PADgen can be downloaded
from http://www.asp -shareware.org/pad additional software
sites are expected to adopt the PAD standard in the
very near future.
Help them help themselves.
ViewletBuilder lets you create animated online demos
of how software works. Viewlets can be created to explain
how specific features are used, or how technical issues
can be resolved. Its an effective tool for marketing
and teaching software.
Screen shots are captured and mini-movies
can be created to enhance employee training, or to market
products more effectively. It is extremely easy to implement
training and product demos that teach how the software
Users can easily resolve technical issues instantly,
by browsing viewlet libraries and viewing solutions.
Web browsers must be java enabled to utilize viewlets,
but no additional plug-ins are required and the file
size is small, so slow modems are not a problem.
Additional information on viewlets and
a free download is available from http://www.qarbon.com
Download PAD - http://www.asp-sharware.org/pad
Download ViewBuilder - http://www.qarbon.com/
Examples of a PAD file
WebGate - http://www.notepage.net/pad/webgate.xml
Different Examples of Extrapolated PAD
Files on Software Sites
Examples of Viewlets ( you will need
a java enabled browser to view these)
NotePage, Inc. - http://www.notepage.net/viewlets.htm
(click on examples)
Thornsoft.com - http://www.clipmate.com/LeeLou/index.asp
(click on examples)