PAD(R) - Provided by the Association of Software Professionals

PAD(R) is the Portable Application Description, and it helps authors provide product descriptions and specifications to online sources in a standard way, using a standard data format that will allow webmasters and software application librarians to automate app listings. PAD provides a complete content solution for application developers and the webmasters of software catalogs and directories.

PAD Overview -> Specification Resources -> Digital Signature -> PAD Signing with PADGen

How to sign PAD files using PADGen

First, it is recommended that you verify your data using the File, Verify Entries command.

  • Generate your PAD file through File, Generate PAD File.
  • Then, select Tools, Sign PAD File and enter your PAD file name (superwidget.xml).
  • Select the PAD file you want to sign (the one you just generated, superwidget.xml).
  • Select the PFX file containing the private key and certificate (widgetsco.pfx) you want to sign with. Note: The organization name of your certificate must match exactly with the company name or the first and last name in your PAD file.
  • Enter the password for your PFX file.

You can try viewing the signed PAD file using your favorite PAD file editor to make sure the results are compatible. If you modify and save a signed PAD file using a PAD file editor the signature will be lost, which is fine since the signature would no longer be valid anyway. To view what was done to the PAD to incorporate the signature, you can use either an XML file editor or a conventional text file editor.



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