56th AutoHotkey Webinar: Pulover’s Macro Creator by Rodolfo Batista

AutoHotkey webinarWe were fortunate enough to have Rodolfo Batista come to our 56th AutoHotkey webinar and talk through his amazing Pulover’s Macro Creator!

The first hour Rodolfo talked through it’s creation, usage and common users

The Second hour we dove a bit deeper into Pulover’s Macro Creator and some of his other tools.   The Listview class of his was a topic of this past webinar lead by Jean Lalonde (author of Quick Access Popup).  You can access Pulover’s (Rodolfo’s) Github here

This script gets ~3,000 Downloads per week!  And is an amazingly popular sub-thread on the AutoHotkey forum

The tool was first created in April of 2012.  This means for nearly 10 years Rodolfo has worked on this on his own time!  If you’ve ever benefited from using the tool, please consider donating to him.  I did as, when I was first learning AHK, I used his tool to help see what code was being generated.

You can also subscribe to Rodolfo’s YouTube Channel here.

Script Highlight: OSDTip() by SKAN.

AutoHotkey Announcements

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88How to use shell hooks with AHK

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90– What to do before you write one line of code

 

AutoHotkey GitHub Webinar: Become an amazing AHK Programmer in 2020

AutoHotkey Github WebinarWe had an awesome webinar today! Jean Lalonde, author of Quick Access Popup, lead us on a great webinar today regarding how to use GitHub to with our AutoHotkey scripts & programs.  BTW we streamed the webinar live to this AutoHotkey Facebook group.

AutoHotkey Podcasts Highlighted

Ways to make money with around AutoHotkey  

Selling Software Group Discussion   

  • Jackie Sztuk
  • Ryan Wells
  • Jean Lalonde
  • Raptor X
  • Charlie Simmons / Tank
  • Joe Glines

Do people see what needs Automation?

Script Highlight

taskManager by fenchai23

TaskManager

AutoHotkey GitHub Webinar

Video Hour 1: High-level overview
Video Hour 2: Finishing up on GitHub

Here’s the deck shared by Jean Lalonde during the webinar

 

AutoHotkey Tutorial for Beginners – Start automating your PC in 1 hour with this amazing tool

AutoHotkey Tutorial for BeginnersAutoHotkey Tutorial for Beginners

In this AutoHotkey Tutorial for Beginners I walk you through what you need to get started and help you write your first AutoHotkey script.  Below are some convenient links to the tools you’ll want starting out with AutoHotkey.

AutoHotkey Tutorial for Beginners: What you’ll learn

Table of Contents

1. Outline of video
2. Video
3. Programs to Install
4. Commands / Concepts covered
5. Resources
6. Reviews

Outline of video


Step #1:  Which version of AutoHotkey to use  @ 3:15
Step #2:  Which editor to use with AutoHotkey @4:36
Step #3:  Trigger Commands, Programs / Scripts / Websites by hitting key-combinations (Hotkeys) @11:07
Step #4:  Type a few letters and have them replaced with the long strings of text (Hotstrings) @26:29
Step #5:  Use a spell checker that will run on every Windows program @34:49
Step #6: Remap keys /key combinations @43:29
Step #7:  Send a Mouse Click to specified coordinates @47:12
Step #8:  Compile a script so you can give it to someone else to run on their computer @53:09
Step #9:  Information & Resources where to go when you need help @54:52 Continue reading

AutoHotkey Webinar- Using AHK string functions in Excel

AHK In this webinar we walked through using AutoHotkey String functions in Excel.

Script Highlight:  Pull data about your computer with WMI by shajul.  Forum post and my link to the zipped files of the separate scripts I wrote

Video Hour 1 & 2 : AHK string functions in Excel

Books on RPA (Robotics Process Automation) that I mentioned in the webinar

Below are links to books I showed during the webinar. I put them into two groups (those I like/recommend and those I don’t). I’m more of a “glass is half-full” kind of guy and think technology is good. The books I don’t recommend were much more negative towards technology. While I don’t recommend them, I think time will tell who is right/wrong.  Personally any of the following you buy I’d try and buy as used.  Many are pretty expensive new (probably because of the small market size)

Recommended Robotics Process Automation books

Service Automation: Robots and the Future of Work 2016 -Great book!
Robotic Process Automation and Risk Mitigation: The Definitive Guide 2017
Robotic Process and Cognitive Automation: The Next Phase 2018 -Great book!
The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology 2019 – very interesting
Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy 2018 – some wild ideas here
The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines 2018
The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us 2015
Managing IT as a Strategic Resource 1997
Beyond the IT Productivity Paradox 1999 – old but still interesting

Not recommended but still on the RPA topic

In The Age Of The Smart Machine: The Future Of Work And Power 1989
The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future 2009
A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control 2015
Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future 2016

 

We also mentioned using ternary operators

and Alternate Data Stream as data storage

Here’s the code Jackie walked through.

#SingleInstance,Force
username := "Jackie"

msgbox % "Name: " username "`nPassword: " password()
return
password(){
  FilePath := A_ScriptFullPath
  IniRead, Var, %FilePath%:Stream:$DATA, Settings, Pass, error
  If (Var="error"){
    InputBox, Var , New, Please enter password, HIDE
    IniWrite, %Var%, %FilePath%:Stream:$DATA, Settings, Pass
  }
  return Var
}