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Association of Shareware Professionals Inducts Three into Hall of Fame

At the Association of Shareware Professionals (ASP) lunch, held July 15, during the Shareware Industry Conference in Denver, CO., Jerry Stern, Chris Thornton and Steve Pavlina were inducted into the ASP Hall of Fame.

The ASP Hall of Fame was established in 2000. Some previous inductees include Jim Knopf (also known as Jim Button) and Bob Wallace, arguably the founders of the shareware marketing concept, as well as Phil Katz, founder of PKWARE and author of PKZip, and Marshall Magee, who started his company in 1983 with a product called Automenu; he became one of the first shareware authors to make more than $1 million dollars in sales. He was the founding ASP President. All ASP Hall of Fame members can be seen at .

Jerry Stern is a computer consultant and software developer. His current shareware titles include FileTiger and Graphcat.

Jerry joined the ASP in 1992, and has served the organization as editor of its monthly news magazine ASPects since 1997. He scanned past issues of ASPects and published all back issues on CD and on the ASP members only web site, so that new members have full access to the ASP’s history.

Chris Thornton established Thornton Software Solutions in 1991, later incorporating as Thornsoft Development, Inc. He is the author of the popular Clipmate Windows clipboard extender. Clipmate has won the SIAF best utility award three times. In 2004, Chris was inducted into the SIAF Shareware Hall Of fame.

Chris joined the ASP in 1992 and served as ASP Chairman of the Board in 1999 and 2000. During his term, the ASP purchased what became the PAD standard, and launched the popular standard for download sites. The ASP also launched its Hall of Fame during his term as chairman.

Steve Pavlina founded Dexterity Software in 1994 as a retail game developer. The company switched to direct Internet sales in 1999, with Dweeb and other titles. In 2005, Steve switched careers, and is starting a new business as a motivational speaker (

Steve has had a profound effect on the growth of the ASP membership over the years. He has consistently urged new game developers to take advantage of the benefits of membership in the ASP. In 2004, Steve was a major source of new members, when he published an article on his web site, backed by an offer of a free copy of Dweeb to developers who joined the ASP.

ASP Continues Long-Term Commitment to Supporting PAD and PadGen

The Association of Shareware Professionals (ASP) board of directors has appointed Oliver Grahl to the position of PAD Support and PADGen Maintenance manager.

The ASP created the Portable Application Description (PAD), which allows program authors to describe their products in detail, in a standard XML format that can be easily used by the Internet sites’ webmasters. Along with the PAD standard, the ASP developed a library of PC software that makes it easy for authors, webmasters, and all interested parties to use PAD. PADGen, the flagship product of this collection of utilities, won the 2001 SIAF award for Best Overall Utility. PADGen is available for free from the ASP. The ASP maintains a repository of PAD files for members and non-members alike. There is also a PAD Support newsgroup available to developers and webmasters.

Oliver hails from the city of Landshut, which is near Munich, Germany. He published his first shareware program in 1996, while studying mechanical engineering. After completing his degree, Oliver went into the software business fulltime. His company, Oliver Grahl Software Design, designs shareware products for information management, online cost control, desktop utilities and an add-on for Outlook Express. The company also offers out-of-the-box products that can be customized for and licensed by the companies at a fixed price, as well as custom software development.

Oliver is also a longtime active member of the German equivalent of the ASP, which is SAVE (German Shareware Authors Association) which has about 1000 author members.

Oliver has been an active promoter of PAD within the SAVE community. He recognized that there was not very much interest in adapting the PAD standard at first, so Oliver offered a free localized tool to create PAD files for SAVE members.

He has also offered other free services to promote PAD, including a PAD based directory, sample code for PAD integration into download archives and the PAD Factsheets. Thanks to his efforts, today there are about two thousand PAD files from German vendors, as well as many software directories that support PAD.

Oliver says he looks forward to maintaining PadGen, planning to soon release an updated version that will support the current PAD specifications. Eric Peckham has already implemented the first beta version, and Oliver will be finishing up his work. Both Oliver and the ASP thank Eric Peckham for his prior work and support of PadGen.