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What are PAD files?

What are PAD files and why should you use them?

PAD refers to a portable application description, which takes files and converts them to a machine readable document format. Converting the files to a standard format simplifies everything for both authors and webmasters. This way, they can automatically program listings and product information to be the most updated. Another benefit of PAD files is that they allow authors to provide product descriptions and other specifications to a single online source. These specifications may include system requirements, price, contact information, file names, download URLs, and more.

How do PAD files work? Converting to PAD files is free and easy. The Association of Shareware Professionals has made free tools to help you create and modify your files. The standardized PAD format allows you to get your software listed on as many sites as possible in a short amount of time. The files are attribute-free so there is no complicated syntax. Some commonly known sites that use PAD files include Softonic, FileGuru, SharewareConnection, FileBuzz, Smartcode, and more! You can be sure that PAD files are safe because they are required to pass a validation test before they can be updated.

Better Installer wants to help promote our partners and their marketing efforts as much as possible. We encourage our partners to convert to PAD files for a higher chance of distribution. If you want your software listed on as many sites as possible, PAD files are the way to go. Our goal is to help you with your business and start earning revenue today. We recommend submitting information about your software to the Association of Shareware Professionals database of over 5000 sites and online resources for review and publication. Also include your files to this software submission platform here to submit your software products to all of the available download sites.

NSIS Vs. InnoSetup


NSIS and InnoSetup are both open-source, license free installers. These are two of the most common installation platforms.  So which one should you choose for your software?

It is crucial to your software to find an installation platform that is simple and user-friendly but also customizable. We’ve blogged about the benefits of both NSIS and InnoSetup installers in the past, but how do they compare with each other? We’ll break down these differences by going through specific features of each installer.

Design: Which installer has a more impressive design?

You need an impressive installer design for your installer to look professional and lead to high take rates. Some say InnoSetup has a more professional appearance that NSIS, which can look like a multimedia feature or app. Others enjoy the brightly colored and animated design of the NSIS installer. Choosing between designs depends on your personal taste.

Script: Which type of script does each installer use?

The script is an important aspect of an installer, as you want to be able to customize it without it becoming too complicated. The NSIS script is procedural while Inno’s is declarative. InnoSetup uses a pascal script and a simple syntax, while NSIS requires you to write a dll in C or run a vbscript file and has a more complex syntax. For basic tasks, NSIS wiki provides code examples. Each line in the script includes a single command. More complicated tasks involve big scripts and long codes, although many people have expressed that the scripts are easy to learn and beneficial because they allow you to customize your installer.

Developers have emphasized the fact that Inno is faster to code in which you can specify where each file goes. Inno’s scripting language may require additional tools even though full Delphi source code is available. When choosing your installer, script is an important feature. Many people feel strongly about the scripting language they use, whether it is Pascal or an alternative script.

User-Friendly: Which installer is more user friendly? Do they both generate uninstallers?

It is crucial for an installer to be user friendly and intuitive. NSIS does not require users to download software in the way that InnoSetup does. InnoSetup does offer a silent install and uninstall. For Inno, the uninstall feature comes automatically whereas for NSIS you have to manually create the uninstall capability.

Popularity & Community: Which installer is more popular? Who uses NSIS and who uses Inno?

Both platforms have their own communities and loyal users. NSIS is popular among famous users such as Google, Mozilla, OpenOffice.org, and Flickr. NSIS also provides community support on both their forums and their Wikipedia page. Inno’s websites offers helpful resources as well.

So, which installer is better? It depends on your personal preferences in terms of design, script, capabilities, and popularity. The biggest difference between the two platforms is the script style- NSIS has a customized procedural script, whereas Inno has a declarative type of script. Lucky for you, BetterInstaller offers deep integration with both types of installers. We are here to cater to your needs, no matter what your platform preferences are. We want you to focus on your products and monetization. To sign up for free and start earning more revenue today, click here and view our partner plans.


InnoSetup Features


BetterInstaller offers deep integration for InnoSetup installers to cater to your needs.

We know that InnoSetup based installers are commonly used. This free installer offers unique features.

Why would you choose a InnoSetup based installer for Windows programs?

InnoSetup based installers have many benefits. These installers are efficient and come at no cost. InnoSetup creates a single exe file in which you can use to install your application on other computers. This saves you the hassle of creating multiple files for Windows Operating Systems.

Another valuable aspect of InnoSetup based installers is that they can be customized. You can customize your setup type and specify options for both installation and removal. How? You are able to add advanced install and uninstall options using the integrated pascal scripting engine. For installation, you have the option to create shortcuts. The script for this installer is created by Script Wizard. For uninstalling, you have the ability to specify uninstall options according to how you see fit.

InnoSetup is valued by users because they are able to run other programs before, during, and even after the installation. Software developers value InnoSetup because it is a free and customizable option. For all these reasons, we have chosen to offer to integrate with InnoSetup based installers. The BetterInstaller solution caters to your specific preferences. We want you to put in the minimal effort and in turn receive the maximum amount of revenue!

What’s new about HTML 5?

HTML 5 is the most updated version of the HTML technology language. There are currently 200 million active users of HTML 5. The HTML revisions have been created by the biggest leaders in technology, including Google, Microsoft, Apple, Mozilla, Fb, IBM, HP, and Adobe. So what’s new about HTML 5 and why should you use it for your site?

HTML 5 has brand new features that allow you to create websites with functionality and ease. These features play on the web’s strengths of connectivity and interactivity. First of all, the HTML markup language, CSS3, and JavaScript APIs have all been revised and improved. CSS3 offers new properties, animations, shadow effects, and downloadable fonts for a variety of choices.

Another important revision of HTML is its ability to serve as a platform for multimedia and graphics of all kind, including 2D and 3D animations and videos. This high performance feature is a unique benefit to HTML 5. Now you can easily add graphics to your site. In addition, now the JavaScript enables you to run these graphics in real time so HTML is faster than ever. If you’ve been overwhelmed by JavaScript in the past, give it another chance. JavaScript has been improved to be more user friendly.

A new feature of HTML 5 is its offline aspect. Apps are able to work without an online connection for the first time. Develop your web apps with local data storage, local file access, local SQL database, and Javascript workers. New semantic elements of HTML 5 include new elements for headers, footers, menus, sections, and articles. So why choose HTML5? HTML 5 gives you a single and safe technology platform to customize each form factor for different browsers. The HTML security standards are higher, making your website safer. With easy upkeep, HTML 5 makes for an overall beneficial experience.

BetterInstaller is proud to offer HTML 5 installers to provide you with the flexibility to design your installers to match your website’s theme with ease. With our HTML5 installers you will have the ability to add all the multimedia you want. An appealing installer design is sure to result in a higher take rate, meaning more revenue for you! That’s what BetterInstaller is all about.

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Instantly Update Your Files with BetterInstaller


So why is BetterInstaller the ideal solution for your installation needs? An extremely valuable benefit of BetterInstaller is the ability to instantly update your file in all locations with one single action. How does this work? Our services allow you to make changes to your .exe file on your very own server, which will continue to automatically download your latest version each time. Any downloader that is out there will always fetch the same file so in essence it will keep your downloader updated instantly.  This shortens download time and increases efficiency. Say goodbye to the redundant process of making manual updates to each individual download site. This single update procedure will allow you to update your files at any team with minimum effort and maximum ease!

Many other installation platforms do not offer this quick and efficient method. Instead, they require you to make changes to each file, which is a very slow and difficult process. If you are looking for quick download time, then you want a service that allows you to make changes in one instance. The BetterInstaller platform offers this unique advantage.

Our services are free and designed to earn you more revenue from each and every install. Click here to learn about our partner plans and select from the Starter, Gold, Platinum, and Enterprise plans. The instant update feature is just one of the many features BetterInstaller has to offer. All plans come included with HTML5 installer, multi thread connections, Amazon S3 CDN, install analytics, and INNO/NSIS SDK at no extra charge. Sign up for free and start maximizing your monetization today.

*If you are looking for an installer with deep integration, we offer integration with NSIS and InnoSetup installers. To learn more about these installers, click here.

Benefits of NSIS Installers

So, what are the benefits of NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) installers?

NSIS creates Windows installers with multiple capabilities for installing, uninstalling, and extracting files. NSIS is flexible in that it allows for a variety of installers to be created, from simple to complex. An advantage of NSIS is that is has a small overhead size so it is faster and more efficient. Additionally, NSIS is compatible with all major versions of Windows. If you are looking for an ideal Windows installer package, NSIS is the way to go. This professional system comes built with plug-ins and pre-defined scripts for convenience.

What makes NSIS unique? NSIS has a powerful script language specifically designed for installers. The install screens have a professional design. If you want your installer to be the best it can be with customized options, NSIS is a great choice.

Does BetterInstaller offer integration for NSIS installers?

BetterInstaller offers deep integration for NSIS installers to cater to your needs. BetterInstaller is the perfect solution for your internet distribution needs. Sign up for BetterInstaller for free today and start earning revenue from each and every install. Read more about our Partner Plans here.

What’s with the Cloud?

What’s with the cloud? If you have been working in the technology field lately, you’ve surely heard of the cloud. But what is this cloud trend and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Cloud computing refers to a network of virtual servers on the internet. Sound revolutionary? Think back to utility computing: this sharing of resources initially seemed controversial at the time, but gradually the trend caught on. This resource sharing concept ended up reducing costs and offering larger amounts of storage than ever before. Similar to utility computing, cloud computing involves sharing more updated resources in order to decrease download time. Cloud computing allows you to add capabilities without all the hassle of new infrastructure, finding new man power, or licensing new software.

The cloud computing model offers software applications, data management, data access, computation and storage. At first glance, this may not sound so safe and secure, but the best part is that users of the cloud cannot discover the location or other specifics of the computing infrastructure at hand. The main advantage of the cloud is that applications can run faster with less maintenance. Additionally, IT resources such as storage, service, and networks can be easily adjusted.

Cloud computing at its core is essentially the concept of shared services. Still in its early stages, it cannot be determined whether the cloud is the future of computing, but this model has gained significant popularity and does seem to be heading in the right direction. Google apps such as Google Maps and the Google Apps Engine, the U.S Postal Service, Yahoo Pipes, Force.com, Rearden Commerce, and Ariba are just a few examples of companies with cloud based computing.

BetterInstaller has chosen to use the cloud computing model for all these reasons and more. This way, we can provide companies with free file hosting as well as the independence they need. We understand the importance of a fast download time for users. With our innovative solution combined with the aid of cloud computing, companies can easily control their own resources.  With the cloud, installers are always ready for users to download at a moment’s notice.

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