Tag: Microsoft

AppVisor Update, May 2016

Appvisor is pleased to announce that over that over 20,000 software publishers are now using the AppVisor and PAD platforms to power their global online distribution of their software titles. Over 50,000 application titles and web-based applications are now part of AppVisor official repository, http://repository.appvisor.com.  With the latest release of Windows 10, the potential new apps to the AppVisor platform could potentially triple by the end of 2016. We will be expanding our catalog to expand listings covering Windows, Macintosh, Web and Mobile platforms.

Thousands of editorial sites covering software, download sites, search engines, affiliate networks, directory listings rely on Appvisor’s database of on the developer provided PAD content that forms the basis of distribution of these products. . It is one of our priority goals to pursue new international language channels for promotion and distribution, while also exploring how our app catalog can be part of official “app store” catalogs. Please refer to our PADSITES.ORG site for the latest updates to existing sites.

Windows 8, Windows RT and Updated OS Support

Microsoft’s  operating system updates, Windows 8 and Windows  RT, were released on October 26, 2012. The existing PAD v3.11 specification and its companion validator, do not include support for either OS. Software Portals, Catalog Sites and related Directories that haven’t updated to  PAD4 and rely on v3.11, will have to upgrade with full PAD4 support, to update their product listing submissions by publishers who do use PAD v4.0.

Our mission is to support both the software developers and existing PAD supporting sites to migrate their PAD files and submission tools to the v4.0, making it easy for end users to see what products are legitimately compatible with Windows 8. However, the release of third-party “Metro” like apps, which are designed for Windows RT hardware platforms as well as Windows 8’s App Store, isn’t yet supported under PAD4. The next major specification update to PAD, v4.1, will include PAD settings for applications that are part of the Microsoft Windows 8/RT AppStore, with direct links to Microsoft’s official online home page for the application.

Both the ASP PAD Committee and members of the AppVisor team welcome suggestions and any proposed changes to both new, existing operating systems featured in the PAD Specification. ASP members are invited to participate in the Association of Software Professionals’ PAD Committee Forum and post their questions and suggestions there.