• Become a Power user Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Painlessly switch from V1 to V2

Shh! Discover how Jim saved 8️⃣0️⃣% on 🅰HK Courses & you can too! (if you act now)

Good morning %name%,

Last week, I mentioned that v1 is now deprecated and has no expectations of getting official updates from Lexikos.  I also was working on my taxes (ironically during Stress awareness month).

I created a half off sale to help reduce stress by encouraging y’all to start learning v2.  If you’d like to read about our v1 to v2 pros & cons you can check them out here.

I failed to remind people of our amazing “volume” discounts that are automatically combined when purchasing courses.  Here’s how it works

  • Spending over 💲100 gets you an additional 10% off
  • Spending over 💲200 gets you an additional 20% off
  • Spending over 💲300 gets you an additional 30% off

Below is a screen shot of the purchase made.  You’ll see that, buy adding over $300 to his cart, in addition to the 50% off, he got an additional 30% off.

When you “crunch the numbers” you’ll see he saved 80% !  Jim was able to get 4 courses for under $100.  That’s less than $25 a course!

These incredible savings are only available until April 15th so act soon!  The below links to the courses include the 50% discount.

I’m willing to bet AHK V1 will be around for quite a while however I don’t want to wake up some morning and realize I’m screwed.  It’s the main reason why all of our new projects are done in v2.  Let me leave you with this:

Is it really worth the gamble❓

I emplore you to switch to v2 today!

Joe Glines

P.S. The sooner you make the switch to v2, the sooner you’ll sleep better!  V2 takes a little getting used to however, it isn’t that different and many things are easier in v2 (especially GUIs).  Remember, the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago; the 2nd best time is Today!

V1 is Dead❗ Sleep better by switching to v2 today!

April is stress awareness month; has anyone mentioned that to the IRS❓

And if that isn’t enough, as I mentioned in last week’s newsletter AutoHotkey v1 is officially dead (as far as Lexikos is concerned) .

I did confirm that JeesWG is planning on forking v1 and backporting some functionality from v2 however it’s uncertain if he, or others, will keep fixing bugs, etc.  You can watch for the v1 fork on his website Bazzle.

If you’re stressed out about v1 dying and wanting to migrate to v2, I’m having a sale on a V2 courses UNTIL April 15th to help ease the transition to v2.

Keep in mind, for your longer / complex scripts we are not recommending you convert them to v2 (assuming they are working).

V2 is not any “faster” in execution

All the “gains” that come with v2 come from the time savings of developing your code (especially in GUIs or when you’re doing advanced programming).

Here’s a quick summary of how we see v1 and v2

V1 Pros:

  • Very easy to do basic things (even for non-programmers)
  • Lots of available Editors / IDEs & easy to setup
  • Lots of libraries, functions, and training are available
  • AI tools currently provide decent AHK v1 code

V1 Cons:

  • Deprecated (officially dead & not expecting bug updates)
  • Intermediate / Advanced topics are more difficult to code
  • GUIs are not objects & harder to track events
  • More difficult to use if you’re familiar with other languages
  • Not very likely for new libraries to be developed
  • Often doesn’t inform you of errors

V2 Pros:

  • Current official version (and Lexikos is soon to release 2.1)
  • GUIs are objects & easier to work with
  • GUI events are much easier code
  • Fat Arrows can streamline your code
  • More similar to other programming languages
  • New functionality & libraries are coming out all the time
  • GIT integration in VS Code is super helpful when working with others or having versions of your script
  • Much more precise error reporting

V2 Cons:

  • Steeper learning curve (especially for non-programmers)
  • VS code is, currently, you’re only “solid” IDE & takes time to learn (BTW– we’re close to finishing a new course on setting up and using VS code)
  • Currently not as many Libraries, scripts, etc. available for v2
  • Chat GPT/AI currently still not writing great scripts
  • Non-developers may not like all of the errors & warnings

What we recommend

If you’re a non-programmer and only plan to do very, very basic things with AutoHotkey, you might stay with v1.   Granted, we’re a bit nervous about not receiving bug updates & new features. However, if what you have is currently working, you’d probably be okay for another 5-10 years.

If you’re expecting to do anything with a GUI or anything beyond the basics we highly recommend switching to v2.

Reducing your Stress & Helping you Make the Switch

To help reduce your stress until April 15th we thought we’d put our v2 courses on sale.   Below are brief descriptions of the courses with links to both learn more and buy them for HALF Off!   And don’t forget all of our courses come with a double-your-money-back guarantee❗

Personal Closing Note

I just finished my 2023 taxes🤢 and, as always, I’m pissed at how much of my hard-earned money is getting gobbled-up by the IRS.  If you haven’t heard it already I highly recommend you listen to Oliver Anthony’s “Rich men North of Richmond” song.

Every time I listen to the song I feel like going on a “Jerry Maguire” writing binge pointing out things that so many people these days seem to not realize.  I feel like it is only a matter of time before Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” becomes a documentary instead of fiction.   ☹

Oliver Anthony – Rich Men North Of Richmond

Oliver Anthony - Rich Men North Of Richmond


Joe Glines

P.S. Listening to a seminar over the weekend I heard the following quote:

Nothing happens until something moves — Albert Einstein

So don’t sit there and let life pass you buy.  AutoHotkey is a life-changing tool and 💯% is within your grasp.  You can learn a ton for free from our YouTube channel or get structured short lectures giving you a clear path from our AHK Courses.  Of course our AHK hero club is also a great way to get 1st-hand direction from recognized AHK experts. Just make sure you get your courses before EOD April 15th

AutoHotkey News April 4th, 2024- We are the they

Howdy %Name%,

I was reading a marketing book and it kept mentioning “They say…”.  For instance “They say subject lines should be under 48 characters”.  “They say you need to focus on customer’s wants, not product attributes” etc.

In the above cases “they” are referring to industry experts.

That’s when I realized

we (the-🅰utomator) are the “they” for 🅰utoHotkey❗

We’ve lead over 60 AHK Webinars, 100+ AHK podcasts and have the largest (both in # of videos and subscribers) YouTube channel on the planet!   When it comes to AutoHotkey we are the experts!

That’s one of the reasons our AHK hero members LOVE the club!   They get 3 hours a week where they can ask questions, get tutorials, and get ideas from others.

Now on with the show…

Become a Power user Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Make the switch to v2

Need Another Modifier Key❓

Danny, one of our Radiologist clients, really liked the idea I showed in this video where I used a foot-pedal as a way to add a modifier key.  In fact, he liked it so much, he upgraded his to this Elgato Stream deck which has 3 pedals.  Using a foot pedal to modify the keyboard is a really cool hack that you should try!

🆕Adding a new Modifier key to expand your available Hotkeys
🆕Adding a new Modifier key to expand your available Hotkeys


Using UIA to connect to Programs

We had a teem meeting a few weeks back and Isaias gave us some great tips on using UIA.  UIA is amazing because it is built-in to most Windows programs.  It is fairly advanced approach and you need to be very familiar with Objects.  Our Intro to Function, Objects and Classes course is definitely something that will help you get comfortable working with objects / classes.

Various ways of Connecting to UIA Team meeting
Various ways of Connecting to UIA Team meeting


Easily Zooming in Windows

Did you know there’s a super-simple way to zoom in on your screen?   In this extraction from our course teaching you how to become a power user we show just how easy zooming in is.  You can learn more about our course here.

Rising Above PC Incompetence Windows Plus and Minus


Finding and Listing Files in an AHK GUI

Every week I use Prompt Assistant to kick off this tool which looks for recently modified AutoHotkey files and then displays them in a ListView.   It’s a great example how easy working with AHK GUIs can be.  You can learn more about our GUIs are Easier in v2 course here.

Creating Search Tool for What we Automated with AHK
Creating Search Tool for What we Automated with AHK


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Control+Shift+T

To reopen the most recently closed tab in Chrome hit Ctrl + Shift + T


🤣 A spot of Humor

I love this guy’s sense of humor!  It’s a guaranteed laugh!

Don McMillan – Greatest Charts (Volume 1)
Don McMillan - Greatest Charts (Volume 1)


What we 🅰utomated this week with AutoHotkey #39

Another super busy week of Client work.  Having said that, we still had 64 files that we’d updated over the past week which I discuss in this video.

What we Automated with AutoHotkey #39
What we Automated with AutoHotkey #39


Testimonial

I joined the AHK-Heroes club to support Joe and Isaias in the valuable work they do for the AutoHotKey community.

The Friday calls have been fun from the start and I’m actually looking forward to them each week.

It’s always interesting to see the different approaches others take when solving problems. The people are great and the relaxed atmosphere helps a lot in staying motivated.

Highly recommended! – Thomas K.

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 233 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
  • Customizing scripts depending how being run
  • Turning on/off Redraw on GUI
  • Discuss Blur tool
  • Turning off detecting hidden text (When and why to use it)
  • Removing Caption window and being able to move a GUI

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

  • Create exceptional Opportunities for Exceptional people Dan Kennedy
  • S.Y.S.T.E.M. Save Yourself Time Energy & Money
  • Systems let the Ordinary to do the Extraordinary Joe Glines
  • Take responsibility for your actions. This simple habit has profound consequences you will learn to enjoy. Fix what you break, clean up your mess, watch your buddy’s back John Carlton

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P.S. Earlier this week I sent out a “sales email” discussing how April is Stress awareness month and offered HALF off discounts to our amazing AHK courses.  I didn’t mention that the coupon code works in conjunction with our built-in discounts over thresholds.

If you’re spending over 100 you get 10% off.

If you spend over 200 you get an additional 20% off.

And, you guessed it, if you spend over 300 you get 30% off.

That’s in addition to the 50% off!

Don’t miss this sale!

Double P.S. I saw an order come thorugh yesterday where the client saved 80% on their purchase.  You can see a screen shot of the transaction here. I created the below graph to summarize his savings!

AutoHotkey News March 28,2022- AutoHotkey v1 is officially dead!

Howdy %Name%,

It’s hard to believe but, according to this post by Lexikos, AHK v1 is DEAD!  He has no intention of updating it (even for bug fixes).   Back in December of 2022 he mentioned it was to be considered “deprecated” however he was still updating it and backporting some functionality from v2. However now it seems very clear that Lexikos is “done” with v1 and has put all his focus on improving v2.  Speaking of which he’s been very active on the alpha version of v2.1 which will be bringing some cool new functionality.  You can read about V2.1-alpha.9 here.

So, if you’re still working with v1, we highly recommend you switch to v2.  We’ve got a great course making the transition to v2 painless

If you’re new to AutoHotkey, we recommend you start of with v2.  Our Intro to AutoHotkey course.

We discuss the updates to v2 and death of v1 in this video.

Update to v2 and Death of AutoHotkey v1

Update to v2 and Death of AutoHotkey v1

Now on with the show…

Become a Power user Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Make the switch to v2

Intro to v2 Tutorial

If you’re wanting a quick review of AHK v2 you can get a simple introduction in this video.  Keep in mind this is a very short introduction and is meant for people that haven’t used AutoHotkey before.  Remember our AHK courses are made up of videos that are typically 3-5 minutes long and come with an amazing guarantee.

Intro to AutoHotkey Version 2 | Learn to automate programs with AHK v2
Intro to AutoHotkey Version 2 | Learn to automate programs with AHK v2


🆕 Amazing Clipboard History Tool 📋

If you’re using windows 10 or 11 then you’re probably in the same love/hate relationship with the Built-in Clipboard history tool accessed by hitting Windows + V.  While this is better than nothing, we are always disappointed when using it as there is no way to filter your results and it was also annoying that you had to look through the GUI.  In our ClipHistory tool you can have it suggest items from your clipboard as you type.  You can see a demonstration of this amazing tool here.

Check out this New Clipboard History tool
Check out this New Clipboard History tool


Easily Creating Resizable GUIs

Our notify class is quite cool but sometimes you want to dump a lot of text into a resizable GUI.  While our course: GUIs are easier in v2 shows that GUIs are very easy to create, it is still nice having a simple function you can call that can change the core things like: Font type, Font size, Color, background color, etc. by just calling a simple function.  Our Resizable GUI can save you a ton of time making it easy to create edit fields.  You can check it out in this video.

How to Easily Create Resiable GUIs in AutoHotkey v2
How to Easily Create Resiable GUIs in AutoHotkey v2


Working with the Case Statements and a GUI

Speaking of GUIs, a few weeks back Isaias gave us some good insights as to how to leverage using the Case statement with Checkboxes in a GUI.  Case statements are great ways to “clean up” your code and make it much easier to read.  You can check out the video here.

Working with Case statement & Checkboxes in a v2 AutoHotkey GUI
Working with Case statement & Checkboxes in a v2 AutoHotkey GUI


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Agenda’s rock!

Having a clear agenda is a great way to make sure your meetings are productive.  If you’re leading, have one.  If you’re attending, ask for one.


🤣 A spot of Humor Funniest Clinic Duties

I used to love watching Dr. House (just for the comedic parts) but now that we’re working with more Radiologists I’m having a new appreciation for the show.  Here are some funny parts

Funniest Clinic Duties | House M.D.
Funniest Clinic Duties | House M.D.


What we 🅰utomated this week with AutoHotkey #38

This week I didn’t get a chance to record this video on Sunday (I was working on my rental) so I had to do a “quick” version during lunch on Monday.  So sorry for the rushed version but you can check out what we automated last week in this video.

What we automated with AutoHotkey #38
What we automated with AutoHotkey #38


Testimonial:

Rob W. is a radiologist we’re helping and, in response to a script we wrote him said

“I feel like a kid on Christmas morning❗”

I’m telling you, you’re missing out if you don’t have us automate your work for you!

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

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

  • Hero Member’s questions & code
  • Customizing scripts depending how being used (A_Iscompiled display reload, etc.)
  • removing Caption window and being able to move a GUI
  • A_CaretX and A_CaretY are no longer variables in V2 – keeping track of where caret was created
  • Turning on/off Redraw on GUI/ “fixing” MRU option on ClipHistory

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
  • 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
  • Today is always the most productive day of your week Mark Hunter

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P.S. If you’re still using v1, I highly encourage you to take a look at v2.  While the v1 executable will be around for a long time, it doesn’t sound like it will continue to get updates.  Our v1 to v2 course is a great way to dive into v2 and has zero risk because of our double your money back guarantee.