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.