HellBent asked if I’d join him for a video where we walk through his “button maker”. This tool is really awesome! While it does have the ability to save a created image as a PNG, that’s not it’s goal. In my opinion the tool is better described as a “Button theme creator”. You can use his GUI editor tool to create a “template” for images. Then re-use your look (or borrow someone else’s) and “draw” your buttons. You see, when you use this class, instead of saving images of buttons, you’re actually drawing the buttons on the screen. You can get the files I created from the tutorial here. The AutoHotkey Forum link to all the files is here
Drawing your buttons instead of using files, has several advantages
It’s badass cool!
You don’t have to worry about how your screen displays the images (stretching them for resolutions ,etc.)
You don’t have to save the image files (which helps a lot when sharing your scripts)
It’s much easier to deal with DPI issues (we cover this at the end of the video)
Walkthrough of HellBent Button theme creator class
The other day I was on a call with Hellbent and he mentioned a new class he’d developed to help creating layered windows. We decided to record a video walking through how to use his PopupWindow class. We also showed his tool for examining all the functions in the GDI library. I included all of the files covered in the below download. If you’re new to Hellbent, you should check out his YouTube channel. He’s got lots of great AutoHotkey content (especially around working with GUIs)
January 13th, 2022 – January AutoHotkey Newsletter
Is 2022 going the way you wanted? I saw a video the other day and it reminded me of how my colleagues would react when I’d show them some of my AutoHotkey scripts. I’d then spend ~1 hour showing them how simple it is to start using AutoHotkey. The vast majority people would thank me, profusely, for the demo and then go on their merry way (never bothering to spend any time to Learn AutoHotkey. %Name%, I hope you realize that YOUare not one of these people! It’s one of the best things I realized about other AutoHotkey users. We’re all long-term thinkers that are willing to spend more time up front and start working Smarter, not harder.
BTW I had a good call with HellBent the other day. He’s taking an updated version of AutomateMyTask and adapting it to use his Image class so we can re-enable DPI but not have scaling issues. 😊 Hopefully I’ll have a new release in the coming weeks.
If you haven’t played with AutomateMyTask , it’s a great, simple, AutoHotkey syntax writer. You can search for images and click where it’s found, send text to edit fields and more. Here’s an Intro video.
In this video I demonstrate a Regular Expression I wrote that helps me quickly write this newsletter. When I’m writing the newsletter, I typically put in the thumbnail for the video and hyperlink to it. Unfortunately there are a LOT of formats for a YouTube video. That’s where RegEx can really help you out!
Hotkey for Pasting an Image
If you have specific images that you’d like to be able to, quickly, paste into various documents you might like this video where I show how to create a hotkey for pasting images.
Various Excel File attributes
Do you do much work with Excel? In this video I show how you can easily get, and set, many of the attributes. This can be really helpful but is definitely a “long-term” win.
Simple Flexible Resizable GUI function
While I have ways to easily dump text to SciTE, AHK Studio, and VS code, sometimes I do want to dump a lot of text into a resizable GUI. In this video I show an update to the simple GUI function I wrote (with Maestrith’s help)
One of my favorite, simple, tips is to be decisive and “touch it once” (that’s what she said…lol). The basics are, if you touch something, act on it. Don’t put things off over, and over, and over. Also don’t pickup things that you, clearly, don’t have enough time to work on. Here’s a great video going deeper.
A spot of Humor 🤣
It’s an oldie, but have you ever seen the “exploding whale” video? Back in the 70’s a whale was beached in Oregon. Their ingenious idea? Blow it up!
Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭
The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. — Mark Twain
If you’re a giver learn your limit, because takers don’t have any!
You can observe a lot by just watching — Yogi Berra
Is it just me, or did the first week of 2022 FLY by💨? Did you make any resolutions about being more productive this year? If so, what steps have you taken to ensure you meet them? Yesterday I spent a fair amount of time working through the Intro to Classes tutorial Jean Lalonde led. Of course I’m planning a video to help document my progress and help others. 😊
Speaking of Jean, A great productivity tip is to change the default icon for your Windows folder. In this video Jean and I discuss how you can change the default icon for your folder. It’s a great way to work smarter! Jean also showed me how you can apply your Quick Access Popup icon to the folder for Windows!
I was verifying phone numbers and realized I could make a short API video documenting the process with AutoHotkey. In this short video I walk you through how I did it with API calls in AutoHotkey. API calls are amazing!
Troubleshooting your scripts
When you’re automating programs, the Windows UAC (User Account Control) can be a pain in the neck! In this video I discuss how it can be, temporarily, disabled. It’s one of the first things I do when troubleshooting. That and running your script as an Admin.
Do you have something you don’t want to do? Tie an appropriate-sized reward to doing it! For instance, when I was in college I’d reward myself after studying by watching an episode of Seinfeld. I also would go shopping after a big test. You’ll re-train your brain to actually look forward to the activity!
A spot of Humor 🤣
If you’ve never seen the Crazy Hot matrix, you’re in for a real laugh! I remember the first time I watched this laughing so hard it was embarrassing!
Quick Access Popup news
I know I talk a lot about Quick Access Popup however I really think it’s one of the easiest ways for people of all skill levels to work smarter, not harder. In this video I walk through some of how I use the tool. It’s amazingly powerful for both non-AutoHotkey users and those of us that are developing tools in AutoHotkey (or other languages)!
The Magic of ActiveX
In case you missed it, this tutorial with Maestrith 🧙♂️ and HellBent is a great one showing how you can simplify your GUI using an ActiveX GUI. Even if you’re not building GUIs,
it’s always fun to sit-back and watch Maestrith get his groove on!
Quotable quotes 🗣️
I will always hire a lazy person to do a hard job, because they will always find an easy way to do it — Bill Gates
Put systems in place that will allow ordinary people to do extraordinary things — Joe Glines
I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. — Thomas Jefferson
Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours. — Yogi Berra