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AutoHotkey Newsletter July 4th, 2024

AutoHotkey NewsletterHowdy %Name%,

Happy Fourth of July!

Celebrating the Fourth we’ll think about one of the key-things that made America different than most places.

Historically Americans were known to “borrow” other culture’s ideas and concepts.  I think much of our Industrial revolution centered on this core concept!

With AI knocking on the door I feel that this concept is more important than ever for us to adopt this belief.

If you’re one of those people that are putting your head in the sand regarding AI advancement, I understand many of your fears however history is filled with examples where entire populations of people were devastated by not “keeping up” (China during 15th to 19th Century, Japan 1603-1868, Islamic World 16th to 19th century).

Each of these cultures were at the forefront then decided to isolate themselves only to later be far-behind in technology which greatly reduced their people’s standard of living.
I believe, if you do not jump on the AI bandwagon, your standard of living will also be hurt.

Just the other day Isaias and I recorded the below video which was truly mind blowing.

Insane FREE AI tool for building Websites and Tools

Insane FREE AI tool for building Websites and Tools

And remember, it is only going to get better!

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

Icon Resource Finder

We meet with a lot of people that use AutoHotkey from all skill levels.  One thing I often see on their computers are a bunch of “green H’s” in the system tray.

Some people don’t realize how easy it is to change the system tray icon while others are just in a hurry and don’t find a new one.

Our Icon Finder & Syntax Writer makes it super easy search for icons, find one you want, then it will write the AHK v1 or v2 syntax you need to update your system tray icon (as well as several other needs).  You can get an idea how to use it in this video.

Incredible Icon / Resource finder and AHK Syntax Writer

Incredible Icon / Resource finder and AHK Syntax Writer


Speaking of Resources…

We just launched a new tool that let’s people get up-to-date information regarding Scripts / downloads we have, YouTube videos, Courses and AutoHotkey v1 and v2 help.
You can grab this gem here and learn more about it in this video.

Super helpful AutoHotkey Resource Finder
Super helpful AutoHotkey Resource Finder


Improving People’s Lives: Story #6

A few years ago a client, and good friend of mine, had a qualitative research project done in ~5 languages.  Unfortunately the translation company was taking several weeks (and costing them thousands of dollars) to translate the open-end responses and asked if there was something we could do.  I knew there was an API for Google Translate so Maestrith and I, in a couple of hours, created a tool that translated the responses for them in a couple of seconds.

It was not a surprise that we saved the client thousands of dollars and were able to provide near-instant translations.
What was a surprise was, according to the client, the translations were BETTER than what the human translators were doing!

It’s old but I have this video on using the API.

How to use the Google API to translate texts
How to use the Google API to translate texts


What we’re reading


AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: 50 unique uses of AI

AI is getting pretty amazing.  I asked Chat GPT to come up with 50 unique ways to use AI to be more productive


A spot of Humor: Great Juggler

President Reagan, his wife and many others got some great laughs from this great juggler.

Juggler Michael Davis entertains the heck out of Ronald Reagan & Tip O’Neill at Ford’s Theater.

Juggler Michael Davis entertains the heck out of Ronald Reagan & Tip O'Neill at Ford's Theater.


What we utomated this week with AutoHotkey #51

This week we were picking up steam again and I discuss 78 AutoHotkey scripts we worked on this week in this video.

What we automated with AutoHotkey #51
What we automated with AutoHotkey #51


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 279 hours of recordings teaching AutoHotkey that is exclusive to AHK Hero members❗

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

  • AHK hero Member Questions & Code review
  • AI- amazing tool and great look at the future
  • How to read the CallStack
  • Killing an exe (like ffmpeg.exe) properly
  • Using Tabs in a GUI and a Statusbar- Weird breaking of GUI
  • Making Functions in scripts available by creating a COM object

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

  • Automation is inevitable, and the way we embrace it will define our future. Let’s make sure it’s a future we’re proud of — Elon Musk
  • Automation is not about replacing humans. It’s about amplifying humans. Satya Nadella
  • Time is linear; Success doesn’t have to be Joe Glines

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The-Automator

Joe, Isaias, Irfan, Rizwan and staff


P.S. Don’t stick your head in the sand and hope you’ll be fine.  We’re right in the middle of the biggest thing to hit man kind since the Internet.
AI will be changing EVERYTHING!  Join us in the AHK Hero group where we often discuss new AI tools.
The first month is super-low price so you have very little to lose.

AutoHotkey News 2024-06-27- Claude is King❗

Howdy,

Back in early 2023, Chat GPT 3.5 was taking off, we tried getting AutoHotkey v2 code out of it however, after lots of prompting, it just wasn’t going to happen.

I was confident that, given some time, we’d be able to use AI for writing v2 code.

Then, over the last year, Chat GPT kept upgrading it’s models and others like Bard/Gemini, Perplexity, Claude, joined in I was sure we could get reliable v2 code.

Sadly that was not the case.

No matter what prompt we provided, it would never offer up valid v2 code.  And this has remained the case for the past year.

Well that’s just changed !

Late Monday night I was watching videos Claude’s new Sonnet model and that it was better than Chat GPT 4.o.  One thing in particular was that it was “very good at programming”.

So I made a reminder on my calendar to test if Claude could provide AutoHotkey v2 code.

Because GUIs are objects in v2, but commands in v1, it’s my “go to” example to quickly check if a model is providing me with v1 or v2 code.   Sure enough, not only did it provide me with v2 code but, more importantly, it provided WORKING v2 Code that did exactly what I asked (and more!)

Also, Claude created a new feature called an “ artifact ”.  If you go to your Claude settings à “Feature Preview” you can enable “artifacts” and you can get your suggested code in a separate window (see below however it is now located on bottom left of screen)

Amazingly you can access the Sonnet model without having a paid plain (although they do limit your prompts.  Apparently paying customers get 5X the amount of questions for $20 a month)

I’m pretty sure we’ll be getting valid v2 code out of the other AI models in the future however I’m just so excited we finally have one that really helps us now.   This means our clients will get even more from our done-for-you work and tutoring sessions!

To celebrate this monumental event I’m putting two of our classes on sale!   The first 5 people to purchase either course below save 50% on their purchase

Don’t forget, our courses come with a Double your money back 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

Tips for using Claude to write your AutoHotkey code

Last week we released two videos.  The first one was really just an announcement that the Sonnet model from Claude was writing valid v2 code.   The second one we showed a few cool features of Claude that you’ll want to use/enable.

Tips on Using Claude to write AutoHotkey code
Tips on Using Claude to write AutoHotkey code


Updating our Voice Access GUI

While we were developing our Voice Access GUI, Irfan and I were realizing something wasn’t quite right.  We decided to hold off until our inhouse GUI Wizard (Isaias) was available.  I decided to record the session in case there were some learnings and, not surprisingly, there were.  You can get some good GUI tips by watching this video.

Updating the GUI of our Voice Access Script / the-Automator Team Meeting
Updating the GUI of our Voice Access Script / the-Automator Team Meeting


Adding a CoPilot key

I recently read that the built-in Windows 11 hotkey for pulling up Copilot (Win+C) is going away.  Apparently the plan is to have Copilot entangled in the Taskbar.  ☹

In this video I show how you can use AutoHotkey to add a “Copilot” key which remaps the Win+Shift+{F23} key.  Hopefully this will still work after they remove the above functionality but no promises.

How to Create your own CoPilot Hotkey without buying a new Keyboard
How to Create your own CoPilot Hotkey without buying a new Keyboard


Improving People’s Lives: Story #5 Exploding a Radiologist’s Productivity

One of our Radiologist mentioned that 70 billable units is the norm for his industry and 80 is considered burn-out.
Before working with us 101 was his highest he’d ever achieved.  After working with us he hit a new high of 140!
He literally did double what others are doing without sacrificing quality or getting burned-out.


What we’re reading


AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage

What Is an AI Anyway? | Mustafa Suleyman | TED
What Is an AI Anyway? | Mustafa Suleyman | TED


⚡️Productivity tips: Embrace AI

If you’re one of those people that are putting your head in the sand regarding AI advancement, I understand many of your fears however:

AI is Here and Changing the World Faster Than Ever!

The world is filled with examples where entire populations of people were devastated by not “keeping up”  (China during 15th to 19th Century, Japan 1603-1868, Islamic World 16th to 19th century).   Each of these cultures were at he forefront then decided to isolate themselves only to later pay enormous prices.

I’ve known many people that make a contious decision to “stop learning”.  Sooner or later they end up severly regretting that decision!


A spot of Humor

This video from Columbo is even funnier when we consider where AI is these days!

Are you using AutoHotkey wrong?
Are you using AutoHotkey wrong?


What we utomated this week with AutoHotkey #50

This was a “light week” as Irfan and Rizwan were out most of it.  We only worked on 29 AutoHotkey scripts!  I walk through them in this video.

What we automated with AutoHotkey #50
What we automated with AutoHotkey #50


Testimonial

With The-Automator, I learned to use AutoHotkey, in order to automate otherwise tedious and repetitive tasks.

Thanks to Joe Glines and all his guests, I am now able to automate boring tasks, “if only my mower could respond to AutoHotkey”.  — Claude P.


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 276 hours of recordings teaching AutoHotkey that is exclusive to AHK Hero members❗

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

  • Having hidden icons in scripts- ability to “toggle” their visibilty
  • Running Scripts as UI Access (instead of Admin)
  • Voice Access / Voice Shortcuts
  • Listviews: Selecting & getting values

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

  • Find & hire people that are over-performing in crappy jobs Dan Kennedy
  • S.Y.S.T.E.M. Save Your Self Time Energy & Money
  • If you think education is expensive, try ignorance — Derek Bok

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?

Sign up for this Newsletter hereWe never share your email with anyone.  Ever!


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Joe, Isaias, Irfan, Rizwan and staff


P.S. With v1 being deprecated, and not expecting any updates, I highly encourage you to switch to v2.

Our v1 to v2 course helps make the transition painless!  If you act now with this link you’ll probably be one of the first 5 to purchase which means you’ll save 50%!

Great Steven Wright Quotes and applying how they are relevant in Programming

Quotes of Steven Wright and applied Programming Context

Programming Context

Steven Wright Quote

Not Testing Enough A clear conscience is usually the sign of bad memory
Working with Beta Versions The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese
Not testing Enough If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something
Wrong Approach When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane
Beginning Programmers Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy
Learning to Code Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now
Programmers adding reload My mechanic told me: “I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder
All Programmers If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried
When We Give Up A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking
True For All Developers Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it
How Programming Works To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research

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