User Tag List

Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Distributing EXE setup programs as TXTs?

  1. #1
    Clicker Fusion 2.5 DeveloperAndroid Export ModuleSWF Export Module
    Fusion 2.5 (Steam)Fusion 2.5 Developer (Steam)Android Export Module (Steam)HTML5 Export Module (Steam)iOS Export Module (Steam)Universal Windows Platform Export Module (Steam)

    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    United States
    2 Post(s)
    0 Thread(s)

    Lightbulb Distributing EXE setup programs as TXTs?

    I have been trying to find a place to distribute my Windows setup files for my free programs. I am an individual, not a company and I have no website.
    Many of the places like Google Drive and others do not let you create downloadable links to exe or zip files. Other places like Tucows, FileHippo, CNET,
    and similar places require you to put a URL link to your software in. They don't actually store your program, they just provide a link to it.
    Softonic would let me upload a program, but I have to create a PAD file. The only info I can find about creating a PAD file on YouTube is 6 yrs old and is
    no defunct. A free program from the ASP called PADGEN is also no longer used. They now have a new online app for making PAD files that is very Vanilla!
    It has no prompts or help screens.
    Work Around - So, if I take a file like GameSetup.exe and change the name to GameSetup.txt, then it can be sent through email and downloaded by the
    recipient. They then change the extender back to exe and run it. This works.
    However, what are the dangers of doing this? Does making my exe a txt make it more susceptible to being engineered for malicious purposes?
    Thanks for any help in advance.
    - RichC

  2. #2
    Clicker Fusion 2.5 Mac
    Fusion 2.5 (Steam)Fusion 2.5 Developer (Steam)Fusion 2.5+ DLC (Steam)Android Export Module (Steam)HTML5 Export Module (Steam)iOS Export Module (Steam)Universal Windows Platform Export Module (Steam)

    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    14 Post(s)
    0 Thread(s)
    Some distribution services, like gmail, will recognise if you simply change the file extension of an EXE (they perform some kind of basic inspection of the file's contents itself rather than just the EXE)

    If you want your files available to the general public, is probably the easiest place (especially if it's a game or game-development related)

    Otherwise if you're intending on sharing it with, say, a handful of people, a service like dropbox should work fine. Rather than renaming the extension you could also ZIP the file up and require a password to view the contents, but is probably the easier option

  3. #3
    Clickteam Clickteam

    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    California, USA
    0 Post(s)
    1 Thread(s)
    Can you simply Send the file (exe) to a Compressed Folder? (AKA a Zip file)?
    I have done this for years to avoid corporate uploading.

    Process: right click on the exe and choose "Send to".
    Special Projects Director

Similar Threads

  1. Is distributing Install Creator 2 Free Edition legal?
    By Fira777 in forum Install Creator and Patch Maker
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 8th September 2015, 10:36 PM
  2. I'm still having trouble loading INIs and TXTs using html5
    By Daryiel in forum HTML5 Export Module 2.5
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 25th April 2015, 06:16 AM
  3. What is the best way of distributing a game that uses an ini file?
    By Enchantainment in forum Multimedia Fusion 2 - Technical Support
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 10th December 2013, 11:02 AM
  4. Distributing Java apps
    By JohnZ in forum Multimedia Fusion 2 - Technical Support
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24th June 2013, 04:24 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts