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

Save big with my 7-year “giving the finger to corporate America” discount

I just realized today (January 3rd) is my 7-year anniversary of giving the “finger” to corporate America. I’d spent nearly 20 years working for fortune 500 companies but finally could no longer take the bureaucracy and (frequently) bad managers (I did have some amazing managers too but usually they were not great).

The fist couple of years were rough as I was paying Maestrith for working nearly full-time and not having jobs. I was okay with that because, unlike most people, I saved most of my $200K+ a year salary from Texas Instruments and had, and still have, zero debt.

Several years back Isaias came to work with me full-time and I was still out of pocket for his salary however, after about a year, he had to leave to work elsewhere to make more money. He hated his new job but needed to make more so he told me he could come back if I matched their pay. After some thought I agreed but told him that we’ll have to change our focus of the-Automator to actually making money (before I was just focusing on growing “the business” not on making buckets of cash).

This change of focus turned out to be one of the best ones we could have done because it’s allowed us to hire even more employees. I still basically work for free, but now we have 3 full-time employees and I’m “breaking even” (so not having to dump💲into the business).

We’re spending a lot of time investing in our employees and making sure we deliver world-class work and courses to our clients.

Time to Celebrate

In celebration of hitting the 7-year mark I’m passing along savings to the first 7 lucky people that purchase an AutoHotkey course. If you use one of the below links you’ll get 50% off on our courses! And don’t forget, there’s nothing at risk because we offer a “Double your money back” guarantee!

Take a look at the below courses that allow you to discover what AutoHotkey can do!

AutoHotkey V2 Courses

AutoHotkey V1 Courses

So act now before the coupons are used up! Don’t miss out on this deal!

P.S.I was able to earn far more than my peers at Texas Instruments because I was easily doing the work of 6-8 people. Learning AutoHotkey is a great way to both ensure job securityAND ensure your pay is above your peers! Use one of the links above to save big and invest in yourself today!

November 8th, 2023 AutoHotkey Newsletter

AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy

A couple of weeks ago my son Jon and I were headed back from dinner at a local restaurant (I like supporting local mom-and-pop shops).  Like many teens these days my son had his earbuds in while he was watching this John Cena video on TikTok.

We were getting back in my car🚗and starting it up when, to his demise, his phone switched from his earbuds to the Bluetooth in the car stereo.

At this point I should also mention the stereo was up really loud because we were driving on a rough highway that is as loud as a dumpster full of silverware being emptied into a blender set to ‘puree’with its lid off! (and, no, I’m not exaggerating)

So what were the first things we hear screaming loud?

If you guessed:  “Can I say Anus”  you’re 💯% correct! 🤣

Technology can really put you in a precarious position.   A couple of times I’ve had a goof when automating SMS text messages to friends as well as, accidentally, triggering a HotString.

As Stan Lee once wrote in Spider Man “With great power comes great responsibility”.   I’d like to add “With Automation power, remember: test thrice, deploy once, or brace for a code-tastrophe!”

It’s one of the reasons why people have us do work for them.   Since we work with AutoHotkey 24-7 we know how to build robust tools that they can count on.

Book a session with us and sleep better tonight❗

Now on with the show…

Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Make the switch to v2

Happy Birthday AutoHotkey 🎂

Tomorrow, November 10th, is the 20 year anniversary of AutoHotkey!   To celebrate Chris Mallet’s Chris Mallett’s vision we’re having a 40% discount.
For the next 20 days you can use “AHK20years” during checkout or go here and click one of the following links and it will, automatically, be applied.


The Future is Here: Copilot is Amazingly helpful❗

The other day Isaias gave us a demo of using CoPilot.  It was amazingly helpful (even without knowing AutoHotkey V2).   Paying for CoPilot is a “no Brainer” as we’ll be incredibly more productive for our clients.

🚀Is This the Coding Revolution? Copilot’s Here & It’s Epic! 🔥
🚀Is This the Coding Revolution? Copilot's Here & It's Epic! 🔥


What we Automated with 🅰HK this week!

Sunday I recorded this video documenting what we automated with AutoHotkey.  This week we had a bit fewer files however, after recording the video, I realized our major project isn’t even being included because it’s all done on our client’s computer.  Most days Isaias and I are in zoom with the client between 2-3 hours in the afternoon.   We’re building an amazing tool for our client (unfortunately it’s privileged so we can’t share).

What we Automated with AutoHotkey 21
What we Automated with AutoHotkey 21


Sometimes you have to think outside the 📦

Irfan was updating my Media Player (a script I’ve probably used everyday for the past 15 years).  He was converting it to AHK V2 and, to get some extra benefits, using the Windows Media COM object.  (If you’re new to COM Objects, you really should check out our Objects course.)

Anyway, I realized Irfan “corrected” a line of code I had in my version.  I got him and Isaias in Zoom and explained my crazy reason for what I did.  It goes against any rational thought yet it is a great, simple, solution.  Check out the video and see if you can guess why I did something so whacky!

Crazy Programming solves the day for Media Player
Crazy Programming solves the day for Media Player


🐁 Easily Getting Text Under your Mouse

Are you working in a program that you want to grab the text but can’t select it❓   While our Window Snipping tool has built-in OCR, often you can programmatically get it as I demonstrate in this video.

🖱️ Get the scoop on the text under your mouse with AutoHotkey : Works in most Windows programs❗️

🖱️ Get the scoop on the text under your mouse with AutoHotkey : Works in most Windows programs❗️


Sharing your AutoHotkey Programs: Getting them in the Microsoft Windows Store

Last week we had a call with Jean Lalonde (author of Quick Access Popup) and Maciej Słojewski.

Maciej lead this webinar a few years back.   In hour one he showed us amazing HotStrings and the second hour he showed what he’s done with AHK and tablets (using them as secondary keyboards).  If you’ve ever felt like you were running out of Hotkeys, you might check that out.

Anyway, our call last week was discussing getting programs in the Microsoft Store!  We have a lot more work to do however it was a really good call and great catching up with both these AHK experts!

AutoHotkey Webinar 10/2020 Hour 1-Cool & Advanced HotStrings script
AutoHotkey Webinar 10/2020 Hour 1-Cool & Advanced HotStrings script

AutoHotkey Webinar 10/2020 Hour 2-External Keyboards & Touchpads
AutoHotkey Webinar 10/2020 Hour 2-External Keyboards & Touchpads


📚 What we’re reading

The Google Messages for Web article above lead us to this discussion regarding automating messages with Android Phones and API calls.

Sending new Android messages thru browser and Android phone
Sending new Android messages thru browser and Android phone


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Redo / Control + Y

Most people barely touch the capability of using the “redo” button.

For instance, imagine you’re wanting to change the font size, Color, and alignment of several text objects in MS Word. If you select text, hit Control+D (to bring up the Font window) and make all the changes, then you could select other words and hitting Control+Y would apply all the changes you made the first time!


🤣 A spot of Humor  By far my favorite clip from Taxi🚕

What does a yellow light mean?
What does a yellow light mean?


AHK Hero 🦸

Consider joining the 🦸AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.

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

  • You do not rise to the level of your goals; you fall to the level of your systems James Cleary
  • If you want something done, ask the busiest person you know to do it and stand back!
  • What you plant now, you will harvest later Og Mandino
  • You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you Yogi Berra

AHK Newsletter⏩SHARE WITH A FRIEND⏩

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The-Automator

Joe, Isaias, Irfan, and staff


P.S. My intro may have caught your attention but it’s a true concern when working with 🅰utomation.  Our clients take comfort knowing we build robust tools they can count on.

Every client is amazed at how much we get done on a given session.   Give us a try by booking a Consultation and I guarantee you’ll be blown away!

October 5th 2023 AutoHotkey Newsletter

AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy,

Last Friday we launched our Intermediate AutoHotkey in v2 course and I’m our clients are loving it!  If you’re ready for the next level of learning AutoHotkey, this is the course for you❗

With over 5 hours of content, broken down into bite-size videos, you’ll be automating to your heart’s content in no-time!   Isaias and I discuss what is in the course in this video.

Don’t forget we offer a 200% money back guarantee so you have NOTHING to lose!

We still have a couple of uses of the 40% off discount which can be used by clicking this link or using NWSIntermInitialOfferduring checkout.  But those will be used up soon so, unless you’re made of money, I suggest you act now before they are all gone!

Now on with the show…

Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Make the switch to v2

Are you New to AHK v2?

If you’re not ready for the Intermediate AutoHotkey course, you can check out this video where we give you a relatively short intro to AutoHotkey in version 2.   If you’d like a clear path to starting out with AHK v2 you can check out our Intro to AutoHotkey V2 course.

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


Easily adding a Mouse Over / The-Automator Team Meeting

Every week we often have team meetings where Isaias, Irfan and I discuss what we’re working on.  During one of these calls Isaias suggested Irfan add a mouse-over to a GUI and mentioned “it’s easy”.  He then began to dazzle us!  Check it out in this video.

Adding a tooltip-MouseOver to a control in a GUI
Adding a tooltip-MouseOver to a control in a GUI   :tatm


How to Easily use the Clipboard

The clipboard is a way under-utilized approach to simplify working with programs and scripts.  In this video we walk through some of the basics of working with the Clipboard.  If you want to take working with the clipboard to the next level be sure to look at Clipster!

📋 Copy and paste like a pro with AutoHotkey! 📋
📋 Copy and paste like a pro with AutoHotkey! 📋

Easily sending text, HTML or pIctures with Clipster
Easily sending text, HTML or pIctures with Clipster


Where are you

Did you know we have an AutoHotkey Users map that shows where you live?  This is a great way to connect with other AutoHotkey users in PERSON!  I know in a post covid world it’s hard to believe but, over the years, I’ve met with quite a few AutoHotkey fans.  Having real-world conversations is incredibly fun and enlightening.


Pinning Files / Non-Executables to your Taskbar in Windows 11

In case you’re new to Windows 11 I wanted to remind you that you can pin files to your taskbar with this simple hack.  It’s not great, but it’s better than compiling your script and having to edit the original… 

How to Pin a non-executable file to Taskbar in Windows 11
How to Pin a non-executable file to Taskbar in Windows 11


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: When you start to slide, take a break1

Simple way to be more productive is to take a short break when you struggle.

Quick productivity hack. #shorts

Quick productivity hack. #shorts


🤣 A spot of Humor:  Sleeping Dogs don’t lay from Richard Lederer

Ever have someone ask you for a testimonial but you don’t want to give them one❓ 

Now you can!  Any one of these can be taken in a positive or negative context!

  • You’ll be lucky to get this person to work for you!
  • I cannot recommend this person too highly.
  • I recommend this candidate with no qualifications whatsoever!
  • She has made immeasurable contributions to our firm.
  • Nobody is better than this man!
  • I found myself frequently raving about her work!
  • We were teetering on the threshold of bankruptcy last year, and her efforts pulled us through.
  • For the services he has rendered to our firm over the years, we find ourselves deeply indebted!
  • I would place her research on the cutting edge.
  • She is now ready to strike out in a career.
  • Whatever task he undertakes, he will be fired with enthusiasm!
  • I would place this student in a class by herself.

AHK Hero 🦸

Consider joining the 🦸AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc. 

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

  • Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first 4 sharpening the axe Abraham Lincoln
  • If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done Bruce Lee
  • There’s more pay off from self-improvement than improving anything else Dan Kennedy
  • I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson

AHK Newsletter⏩SHARE WITH A FRIEND⏩

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


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Joe, Isaias, Irfan, and staff


P.S. If you want to level-up your AutoHotkey skills, I urge you to take action now before all the 40% off coupons are used up!  Save big on Intermediate AutoHotkey with this linkYou don’t want to miss this!