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How to get Valid AutoHotkey v2 code out of AI tools like Chat GPT, Claude, Bard, etc.

As usual I was watching a lot of videos on AI.  One that caught my eye was the recent upgrade to Claude.   Sonnet is testing very high so I decided to give it a try.

Sure enough, it was providing Valid AutoHotkey V2 code right out of the box!
In the below video we demonstrate this and provide some additional tips on how to get better answers from AI tools.

While Sonnet from Claude is the only tool we know of that writes solid AHK V2 code, I do think Chat GPT & others will be doing the same very soon!

How to get AI to provide solid AutoHotkey V2 code

How to get AI to provide solid AutoHotkey V2 code orig


AutoHotkey News: How My Mom’s ‘Kool-Aid’ Incident Foretold My Sense of Ethics

Howdy %Name%,

When I was 8 years old we were taking my older sister to the doctor for a checkup.  As we were driving down our street, a car backed-out in front of us and my mother failed to stop in time and rear-ended it.

I don’t recall how fast she was driving but the speed limit was 25 mph and it was a short road so I doubt she was driving much faster than that.  But here is where it get’s “interesting”.

My mother handed me her cup of “Kool-aid” and asked me to do her a “favor”.   She said she could “get in trouble for having” it and asked me to go pour it out behind a tree.

As a kid I can remember wondering why you can’t drink Kool-aid while driving a car and I remember getting nervous about it.

I don’t recall exactly what happened after that only that my mother wasn’t “hauled-off” for drunk driving which she should have been.    The magical Kool-aid was, in fact, red wine.

I realized this later because she got so many DUIs (Driving Under the Influence) I lost count.   One drunk driving incident was while she was driving my niece and nephew.   It’s truly amazing that she never killed anyone (or herself.) ☹

The thing is, even as a child, I could tell there was something dodgy being asked of me.

Honesty and Ethics are two things I look for in my employees.

I make sure we always provide incredible value and make sure the guys working with me understand that is our goal.   When we meet with clients my goal is their success (not ours).

By ensuring you are successful, I know we will be

So what are you waiting for❓    Reply to this email and see how we can help you get more time back in your day.  That’s the main focus of what we do here at the-Automator.  We help you work smarter, not harder!

Now on with the show…

Learn how to Master VSCode Make the switch to v2 Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Access all our Courses; Quit when you want

AHK being flagged / How Dumb is Antivirus?

We’ve had a lot of people coming to us and asking if “AutoHotkey is safe” because they download it and it is being flagged as a virus.  GeekDude, an admin on the AHK Reddit, mentioned he’s also seen an uptick on the number of people complaining/asking if it is virus.

In this video I show just how “dumb” antivirus software is.   Just make sure you’re downloading it from AutoHotkey.com.  “Hackers” are using AutoHotkey BECAUSE it is so powerful.

You can take some comfort knowing you’re using the right tool when hackers (lazy people that want to automate your pc) are using your tool of choice!

Don’t panic❗ Find out why virus checkers aren’t always right and how to protect your computer
Don't panic❗ Find out why virus checkers aren't always right and how to protect your computer


Programmatically Getting the Text Under your Mouse

A few years ago I shared a v1 version of this script which was decent at getting the text under my mouse.  Descolada created a v2 version of UIA which allowed us to update our script to v2 which is even better than before!  You can check it out in this video.

How to Easily get Text Under your Mouse in most programs for AutoHotkey v1 or v2
How to Easily get Text Under your Mouse in most programs for AutoHotkey v1 or v2


Don’t Store your Passwords in Plain Text files

People often come to AutoHotkey for easily sending text (like passwords) with Hotkeys or HotStrings.  Unfortunately, most people end up putting their passwords into a plain text file which is a big “no-no” in corporate world.

Saving your passwords in your files also lends itself to accidentally sharing of passwords when you share your scripts with others.   Our Password Encoding tool makes it easy to (somewhat) protect you against the above.  You can see how we use it in this video.

Don’t store your passwords as plain text
Don't store your passwords as plain text


Simple Checklist

We recently shared this simple checklist script which allows you to easily create a checklist and cross things off of it.  You can also create a longer-term list that you borrow for projects.  If you have a routine with many items to use this to ensure you perform all your tasks.  Check out this video to get an idea of how it works.

How to create and manage simple Checklists
How to create and manage simple Checklists


Using live Computer Vision thru your Webcam

I was watching this Wes Roth AI Video and noticed this part showing how easy you can use Python to give “Computer Vision” to your PC by wathing through your Webcam!   You can get the Python code here.

The part about Computer Vision is at 11:15 and is linked below

The AI Revolution in Videogames, nothing will EVER be the same…
The AI Revolution in Videogames, nothing will EVER be the same...


Improving People’s Lives: Story #4

This morning we were on a Consultation call with Scott, an AHK Hero member, and discussed how he might take his current approach (where he’s automating a browser) and adapt it to performing WebService API calls to streamline the process and make it more robust.


What we’re reading


AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage

Character voices with GPT-4o voice


⚡️Productivity tips: Setting Deadlines

This clip is extracted from Chapter 7 in Real power: If God were our therapist by Dr. David J. Lieberman.
I linked to a small section of the chapter but the entire chapter is well worth listening to!


A spot of Humor Cabin Fever?

The English language can be a challenge.  Here’s an epic example of the confusion that one might run into.

Beware of Cabin Fever
Beware of Cabin Fever


Testimonial

Having discovered Joe Glines on the Internet was the best thing in addition to discovering Autohotkey. Joe not only shares his knowledge of Automation with this wonderful language but interacts with users via Email and other as well.

He shares his opinions and experience with all and always has his newsletter full of knowledge, topics, videos and other things to do. Having a resource like Joe is priceless. To all programmers out there, stop wasting time with useless programming languages and useless YouTube videos that just simply waste your time and get into Autohotkey with Joe Glines! I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Dwight Arroyo

AHK Hero

Consider joining the AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.    Currently we have over 267 hours of recordings teaching AutoHotkey that is exclusive to AHK Hero members❗

During this Friday’s call we’re planning to discuss:

  • Member’s Code & Questions
  • Tracking time / Tooltip timer
  • Creating an IF statement (logic and writing)
  • Changing an Edit window to increase/Decrease font size by Control/Scroll
  • Startup Screen
  • Case sensitivity on Voice Access Json file
    • using file compare in VS Code
    • Voice Access tool
    • Using Debug to learn what Voice Access is doing
    • DLL inspector

They also have access to exclusive & pre-released content and a 3 hours a week where we help people with their AHK issues (the Saturday calls are geared towards people new to AutoHotkey.)


️ Quotable quotes

  • Systems allow the Ordinary to do the Extraordinary Joe Glines
  • Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first 4 sharpening the axe Abraham Lincoln
  • Motion beats meditation Gary Halbert
  • Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me Carol Burnett

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P.S. If you’re wanting to automate the mundane and don’t know where to start, reply to this email and let’s schedule a call to see how we can help.

As mentioned in the intro, we offer consultations that ensure your success .

AutoHotkey Newsletter May 23rd

Last week, during the AHK hero call, we mentioned that one of the reason sales for our Rise above PC incompetence course were low is because most people think they “know how to use a computer
While our course teaches people how to use a computer more efficiently (essentially teaching them how to be power users) most people think they already know enough.

Illusory superiority, a fascinating psychological phenomenon, is a cognitive bias that causes people to cre overestimate their own abilities in relation to the same abilities of other people.

To give you a simple example, let me ask you this.  Are you better than average driver?

Studies show that 80% of people believe they are better than “average”!  If you think it through you’ll realized that roughly 30% of people are kidding themselves!

So I ask you this:  Are you one of the people that think they are better than the average person using a computer?  If you have any doubts, you probably could benefit from our course.  As always, our courses come with a 200% money-back satisfaction guarantee.

Now on with the show…

Learn how to Master VSCode Make the switch to v2 Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Access all our Courses; Quit when you want

Copilot Integration with VS Code

Speaking of our courses, in this video Isaias Baez walks us through how he uses and configures Copilot from Github with VS Code.  This is one of the reasons we’re so efficient at coding in AutoHotkey.  Keep in mind we have around 4 more hours in our Intro to VS code course.

Copilot Integration with VSCode Extract from Intro to VSCode
Copilot Integration with VSCode Extract from Intro to VSCode


Amazing GUI Tips

GUIs are magical ways that allow developers to let users do complicated tasks.  However, when you have a complicated task, the GUI might end up being overwhelming.  (Look at v1 of AutomateMyTask or FindText).

During this video Isaias gives us some top-notch ideas on how to easily mimic a “wizard” which limits GUI elements and provides a work-flow.  If you’re new to GUIs consider our GUIs are Easier course.

Faking a Wizard❗ Advanced AutoHotkey GUI Tips & tricks
Faking a Wizard❗ Advanced AutoHotkey GUI Tips & tricks


17 times AutoHotkey Is Case Sensitive

For the most part AutoHotkey is case insensitive.  We were however able to find 17 times that it was case sensitive and cover them in this video.  Can you think of any we missed?  Let us know in the comments!

16+ 1 bonus “gotcha” times AutoHotkey is Case Sensitive
16+ 1 bonus


Automating Excel Reporting

We’ve been having regular client calls with an AHK Hero member where we are automating some of their reports in Excel.  While his work is confidential it reminded me of this video I made when I automated our email reports at Texas Instruments.   This used to take my colleague 40 hours to do every month.  I got it down to 2 minutes and did 4X what he was doing!  This means I was getting it done in .08% of the time❗   That’s an insane amount of time savings.

If you’d like help automating your Excel reports, feel free to replying to this email and letting me know!

Incredible Excel Automation: Email Reporting Made Easy!
 Incredible Excel Automation: Email Reporting Made Easy!


What we’re reading

15 Amazing Tricks with Cable Ties that EVERYONE should know – Part 2

15 Amazing Tricks with Cable Ties that EVERYONE should know - Part 2


AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Easily Inserting Comments / Ctrl + Alt + C

Easily add a comment in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint by hitting Ctrl + Alt + C


A spot of Humor:  We’re going to Die❗

If you’ve never seen the IT crowd you need to start watching it!   Here’s one of my favorite clips where they realize the bomb robot is run by Windows Vista

“We’re Going to Die!”


What we utomated this week with AutoHotkey #46

This week we discussed some really cool scripts we’re releasing from the-Automator.  Make sure you check out this video to what we’re up to!

What we automated with AutoHotkey #46
What we automated with AutoHotkey #46


Testimonial

Without the introductory course I wouldn’t have had any idea of how to setup a hotkey to quickly change my Audio output device from speakers to headset–something I do at least a half-dozen times per day. In the forums I found most of what I needed and the course pointed me in right direction for the edits needed to effect this change on my computer. Thank you! – Robert Rosewald

AHK Hero

Consider joining the AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.    Currently we have over 261 hours of recordings teaching AutoHotkey that is exclusive to AHK Hero members❗

During this Friday’s call we’re planning to discuss:

  • Functions
    • Creating Optional parameters
    • Order of parameters
    • Variadic parameters
  • Alternate Data Streams
    • how to use
    • issues with using
  •  Debugging tips
    • GUIs are not linear
    • Other Events can be triggered by your code

Hero members also have access to exclusive & pre-released content and a 3 hours a week where we help people with their AHK issues (the Saturday calls are geared towards people new to AutoHotkey.)


️ Quotable quotes

  • PIBCAC Error: Problem is between computer and chair Rich Del Secco
  • Time is linear; Success doesn’t have to be Joe Glines
  • Coach the coachable; fire the rest. Winners want to be coached; they care about doing well Dan Kennedy

AHK Newsletter⏩SHARE WITH A FRIEND⏩

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Joe, Isaias, Irfan, Rizwan and staff


P.S. The intro isn’t meant to insult you.  I’m a firm believer to always be learning and, both I and Isaias, learned several things putting that course together.

The truth is we all have “blind spots” where we can discover how to work smarter, not harder.   Our course helps you become a power-user.
My only question to you is: What will you do with all the time you gain after using your new super-powers❓

AutoHotkey News May 16th

Howdy %Name%,

So, after the AHK Hero call on Saturday, I decided to use my tractor to create a berm & swale to drive more water into our pond (and reduce the amount coming into our driveway.    While everything seemed to go well, when I got into the house I realized we didn’t have access to the Internet (and I remembered our fiber-line was in that area.)   Sure enough I ended up slicing the line!

My wife scheduled Spectrum to come out Monday and we enjoyed a (mostly quiet) Mother’s day Sunday.

This morning, at 5:14, I heard my wife going through the doggy-gate in my office.  Then, about 10 minutes later, I heard my Dodge Charger start up.  I was surprised she wasn’t driving her car but didn’t care much about it.  I started the coffee and watched a few videos of our Intro to VSCode (I’m switching from AHK Studio).

When the coffee was ready I let the dogs out and got my “oh no; I’m in the dog house” experience when I saw the reason why my wife “chose” to take my car.

So that was 2 strikes against me.  The 3rd one was something I didn’t realize until lunch.  I took her car to go out to lunch and realized the packages I was sending to an AHK Hero member and Isaias Baez were still in her car (so they were not getting shipped!)

So lesson learned about making sure you’re aware of the ramifications of what your doing.

Its one of the reasons I think some people don’t use AutoHotkey.   They’re worried they might “break” something.  While AutoHotkey is extremely powerful, it is rare that you end up doing something that extreme.  Most people use AutoHotkey to imitate a human.  So, if a human can’t break it, most of the ways people new to AutoHotkey automate things also will not “break” it.

We’ve documented 20 ways to automate programs with AutoHotkey.  The majority are “surface level” commands that won’t have serious ramifications.  And, if you are using more advanced techniques, then chances are you’re already aware of what can go wrong and add checks to avoid them.  That’s one of the reasons people hire us to do amazing things with AutoHotkey (and why they’re not calling us to build berms and swales)

Now on with the show…

Learn how to Master VSCode Make the switch to v2 Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Access all our Courses; Quit when you want

Comparing Files in VS Code

Speaking of our Intro to VS code course, I just released this extract from it showing how easy it is to compare files in VS code.  Now that AHK v1 is deprecated, we feel VS code is currently the only real option as it works amazing with both v1 and v2.
Don’t forget our courses come with a 200% money-back guarantee.


Comparing Files in VS code Extract from Intro to VS code

Comparing Files in VS code Extract from Intro to VS code


Change the Speed of any Video on Any website

We were on a client call the other day when the client mentioned this really amazing tool he used for changing the play speed of our AHK courses.  We were amazed because our video hosting platform does not allow for changing of speed!  We liked it so much we recorded this video on the free extension.

How to change the speed of ANY video being played in your Browser

How to change the speed of ANY video being played in your Browser


Improving People’s Lives: Story #3

We were on a consultation with a Radiologist the other day.  One task he wanted was to map buttons on his StreamDeck to actions on PowerScribe.  Initially he was going to map each StreamDeck button to a hotkey, and then use AutoHotkey to watch for that button press and trigger the event in PowerScribe however I explained a far-better approach.  We can setup his StreamDeck to refer to the same script but pass a parameter to it.

Then, in AutoHotkey, We just watch what parameter was passed and take our action on it instead.   Super slick, much easier to setup and much faster to update!  We’re working on a tool that will auto-generate the StreamDeck buttons as well as bind them to actions in PowerScribe.  If you’re interested in learning more about working with StreamDecks and programs feel free to reach out to us at Joe@the-Automator.com


What we’re reading


AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Manager your energy

A lot of us work on managing our time but fail to take into account each of us have different times of the day when we have more/less energy.   Matching required energy levels to the task will ensure you end up getting more done in the day!


A spot of Humor

Normally I have around 900 mbps down and up through my fiber Internet.  Since I sliced the fiber I’ve been using a mobile hotspot which provides me a whopping 8 down and 1.7 up!  Since we “slowed down” in our real-world it reminded me about this classic Taxi scene

What is does a yellow light mean? – Taxi TV Series – clip

What is does a yellow light mean? - Taxi TV Series - clip


What we utomated this week with AutoHotkey #45

This week I show a few of the cool tools that will be coming out soon.  In this video I also discuss a great call we had between a couple of our Radiologist.  It’s really fun working with Radiologists because they have some atrocious software.  When we increase their productivity, without sacrificing reliability, we’re literally saving lives!

What we automated this week with AutoHotkey #45

What we automated this week with AutoHotkey #45


Testimonial

The content is great in general and often questions can actually help and improve interest in AutoHotKey.
– Rodrigo Costa


AHK Hero

Consider joining the AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.    Currently we have over 258 hours of recordings teaching AutoHotkey that is exclusive to AHK Hero members❗

During this Friday’s call we’re planning to discuss:

  • Using a QUE with an edit field having more than one line
  • Tips during Debugging
    • GUIS are not linear
    • Events can happen in the background

They also have access to exclusive & pre-released content and a 3 hours a week where we help people with their AHK issues (the Saturday calls are geared towards people new to AutoHotkey.)


️ Quotable quotes

  • Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive and Believe, It Can Achieve Napoleon Hill
  • Create exceptional Opportunities for Exceptional people Dan Kennedy
  • If you think education is expensive, try ignorance — Derek Bok
  • In the era of automation, embracing programming isn’t just a skill; it’s a necessity for staying relevant in the workforce — Tim Cook

AHK Newsletter⏩SHARE WITH A FRIEND⏩

Do you know someone that would benefit from learning useful automation tips like the gems in today’s issue?  Take a second and forward this newsletter and bask in the glow of their undying gratitude.  Was this email forwarded to you?

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The-Automator

Joe, Isaias, Irfan, Rizwan and staff


P.S. While I constantly make fun of myself for being like Eddie Albert in Green Acres, I’m always amazed at how much I borrow the principles of working smarter, not harder apply to farm life, programming, and being a parent.   It isn’t always obvious but, if you look hard, you’ll see them and be able to borrow a principle from one and apply it on the other.  ABL:  Always Be Learning!