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PADFLY

Portable Alterable Document
Free Online Web Scratchpad/Notepad/Clipboard. No Login.

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PAD (Portable, Alterable Document)
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FAQ

  • What is PADFLY?
  • How is PADFLY used?
  • But there are tools that do the same thing already, right?
  • Can anyone view or modify a PAD?
  • Is the information secure?
  • Someone modified my PAD. Can I get my data back?
  • Can I delete a PAD?
  • What characters are allowed for PAD names? How long can a PAD name be?
  • How much content can a PAD hold?
  • Can a PAD store other content types besides text?
  • Does a PAD ever expire?
  • Are there any APIs for PADFLY?
  • Is there an RSS feed for PADFLY?
  • What's the PADFLY widget?
  • Is there a cost for using PADFLY?
  • What about registration/login?
  • Any other uses for PADFLY?
  • Who is PADFLY's creator?
  • What's PADFLY's privacy policy?
  • What are PADFLY's TOS (Terms of Service) and AUP (Acceptable Use Policy)?
  • Disclaimer and Acceptable Use

  • What is PADFLY?
  • PAD is short for Portable, Alterable Document. It's an online Web Scratchpad, Notepad, and Clipboard. PADFLY's motto is: Write from anywhere, read from everywhere.

  • How is PADFLY used?
  • Suppose you have a URL or a some text that you want to access later on, or you'd like to access it from another PC, or you want to share it with someone else or a group of people in another country. You can quickly create a PAD, type or paste the text and the PAD will be viewable from any browser. For example: http://padfly.com/MyNotes.

  • But there are tools that do the same thing already, right?
  • Perhaps, although I couldn't find one easily. Sure you can email content to yourself or to others. Then there are document sharing tools like Yahoo Briefcase. You can post stuff to forums, blog comments, or even your own Web site. PADFLY is just easier. It's a simple URL with a path of your own choice. There is no signing in and no restrictions. It's like a wiki, only simpler and even more democratic.

  • Can anyone view or modify a PAD?
  • Absolutely. All they need is the URL. There is no protection scheme. A PAD is meant to be completely open - no restrictions. Of course users will need to know (or at least correctly guess) a PAD name. PADFLY will never publish any existing PAD names or PAD URLs, although others are free to publish them.

  • Is the information secure?
  • Absolutely not. What I mean is that PADFLY has no mechanism to secure or restrict any PADs from being viewed or modified by others. Once a PAD is created it becomes publicly viewable, open to be used or abused. There are some steps you can take to secure your information. For example you can choose obscure PAD names, so the URLs will be hard to guess. You can also encrypt your information (using PGP, for example) and then post it to a PAD. But please, don't stick your credit card or social security number in a PAD, unless you have a strong encryption application.

  • Someone modified my PAD. Can I get my data back?
  • Unfortunately not. There's no logging or backup of PADs. Once a PAD is modified, the previous version is completely overwritten.

  • Can I delete a PAD?
  • Deleting a PAD is as easy as browsing to the PAD's URL, deleting all content, and clicking the 'Save' button.

  • What characters are allowed for PAD names? How long can a PAD name be?
  • Any alphanumeric character as well as dash(-), dot(.) and slash(/) can be used in PAD names. For example "my/own/pad.txt" is legal, but "my/own/pad*txt" is not. PAD names longer than 180 characters in total are rejected. Also note that PAD names are case sensitive. For example http://padfly.com/mynotes is different from http://padfly.com/MyNotes and different from http://padfly.com/Mynotes.

  • How much content can a PAD hold?
  • Currently PADs are restricted to a total of 10,000 characters. If a post exceeds that limit then enough of the top part of the post is sliced away for it to meet the size limit before saving. This limit might be revised as more statistics on usage patterns and server resources become available.

  • Can a PAD store other content types besides text?
  • Not at this time. If you have a binary piece you'd like store in a PAD, my suggestion is to convert it to text first. Notable formats are uuencode, base64, and quoted-printable. there are a number of utilities around that can do the from/to conversion for you. You can also use PGP with the added benefit of data encryption.

  • Does a PAD ever expire?
  • At this time there is no expiration policy for PADs, as in, they are never deleted. However depending on the usage volume and available resources, new policies may be enacted to delete dormant PADs in order to save on resources. For example PADs that are not viewed or modified for one year may be automatically deleted.

  • Are there any APIs for PADFLY?
  • Not at this time.

  • Is there an RSS feed for PADFLY?
  • Not at this time.

  • What's the PADFLY widget?
  • Just below every PAD, you'll find code for its corresponding JavaScript widget. You can copy and paste this code onto any web page. When viewing that page, a widget is displayed containing the PAD content in real time. The actual PAD name is encoded, so the viewer can not determine the actual name of the PAD. There are other parameters specified for this widget. They are currently undocumented, but not too difficult to guess their functions. Feel free to tweak them and check the results.

  • Is there a cost for using PADFLY?
  • No. PADFLY is completely free of charge.

  • What about registration/login?
  • None.

  • Any other uses for PADFLY?
  • I have found PADFLY to be a good tool for cleaning up (as in, stripping away the annoying formatting) rich text copied from other sources before inserting into Word or other documents. Just paste (Ctrl-V) the content into a PAD (no need to save it) and then re-capture (Ctrl-C) from the PAD window before inserting into Word or other applications. Of course you can use Notepad to do the same.

  • Who is PADFLY's creator?
  • Robert Hashemian.

  • What's PADFLY's privacy policy?
  • Since all PADs are publicly viewable, there is no promise of privacy for any PADs. When PADs are modified their previous versions are completely overwritten, however it is possible that some vestiges of older PADs would remain in backup repositories. PADFLY's site collects ordinary web traffic records, as many sites do. The traffic logs may include data such as IP address, time of visit, browser type, and referer information. PADFLY may use browser cookies to facilitate site usage for its visitors.

  • What are PADFLY's TOS (Terms of Service) and AUP (Acceptable Use Policy)?
  • PADFLY reserves the right to restrict or deny access to anyone abusing the service. For example, users using robots to create excessive numbers of PADs or to engage in hacking or harvesting information will be banned. PADFLY does not permit usage for any illegal or unethical activity. Please respect all copyrights.
    This site will comply with any judicial or law enforcement requests.

  • Disclaimer and Acceptable Use:
    This service is provided "AS IS" with no warranties. No liability of any kind is assumed by the author.
    User bears all risks by utilizing this service.
    PADFLY.COM is not responsible for the actions of its users.
    PADFLY.COM reserves the right to delete, edit, or block access to any PAD for any reason at any time.
    PADFLY.COM will comply with any judicial or law enforcement requests.
    Note: Using this service for illegal, immoral, or unethical activities such as hacking or phishing is strictly prohibited.
    *** This service is monitored for abusive patterns. ***

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