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February AutoHotkey Newsletter

24th of February AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

I’m one to do my best to “practice what I preach”.  Many times, Jackie and I have talked about how important it is to write “pseudocode” before you actually program.  Lately I’ve taken this to heart and make sure that, when I start a new script,  I quickly write out several lines of text that describes my goals / what I want to achieve.

The more I do it, the more it’s been helping! 👍

First, in case you’re not aware of what it is: Pseudocode is a human readable description of the steps planned steps in your script. Pseudocode is intended for human reading (not your AHK programming code).

Now that I’m writing pseudocode more frequently my scripts are far better organized and much more likely to take into account things that I wouldn’t normally think of. Also, by doing it more often, I’ve gotten to a point where it takes almost no time to do!

Think of it more as writing a 1️ st draft.  Don’t try and get anything “perfect”.  Don’t worry about misspellings or grammatical errors.  Just make short notes to yourself about what you’re going to do.  Trust me, after doing this for a while you’ll be so glad you started!

Are you writing pseudocode before you program?

Now on with the show…


ActiveX vs. GDIp

Did you catch the great video last week with where Dimitri Geerts created some amazing GUIs with an ActiveX GUI in 🅰️🇺t🇴🇭🇴tk🇪🇾 🇻2️?  At the end of the video we were wondering how GDI would stack-up in comparison.  Well Dimitri decided to put it to the test and build the game of life in both ActiveX and GDI.  This is a really fun video where we demo the comparisons and discuss what is actually being done with the code.


GDI vs ActiveX Which is faster 🚀? The answer may surprise you!


Arrays & Pseudo Arrays

Speaking of “pseudo” things, one thing that confuses people new to AutoHotkey are the usage of Arrays and Pseudo Arrays.   In this video RaptorX walks us through using them in a command.  BTW- I had a call with Isaias Baez / RaptorX last night and he’s ready to come back to work! 😁  Can’t wait to get back in our grove!


arrays vs Pseudo arrays and using a dynamic variable


Are you cheating at work?

Continuing on with this concept of “is AutoHotkey cheating at work” I Ryan W. (Automation expert and marketing guru) his thoughts on the idea.  It turned into a great chat (thankfully I’d recorded it).  We continued on discussing how to evangelize AutoHotkey.

The book I mentioned is from John Carlton: The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Getting Your Shit Together.  Chapter 2 has a ton of amazing quotes to live by.  I’m going to include some of them at the bottom of the newsletter but there are a lot more in the book.  The book mentioned by Ryan is Darren Hardy: The compound effect. It’s an amazing book with great ideas and tips how to be more productive!


Cheating at work & how to better evangelize automation with Ryan Wells


🔎Searching / Replacing text within files

Do you need to find some code but don’t know the file name / location?  I’ve been using grepWin for a really long time.  It’s an amazing free tool that allows you to, easily, find and replace text within files.  It’s allows you to filter on many things to limit the search and allows you to see the content of the file w/o opening it.  Here I walk through a few examples how to use GrepWin.


grepWin for Searching and Replacing Text within files: Must have tool!


The-Automators’ PodcastAHK Podcast


What we’re reading 📚


AutoHotkey GURU 👨‍🏫 Interview: Joe Winograd

For those of you on the AutoHotkey forum, you’ll be familiar with Joe Winograd.  He runs/operates a business where he develops code for clients.  In our AutoHotkey Guru interview I got to know him better and picked up some great AHK tips from one of the few people I know that works in AutoHotkey but IS A PROGRAMMER!  He has some great content on working with PDFs and AutoHotkey.


Examples of AutoHotkey |AutoHotkey Experts: Joe Winograd


Productivity tips  ⚡️

Short and sweet: Kill your social  pages (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) while you’re working!


A spot of Humor 🤣

Do you watch The IT Crowd?  It’s one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen🤣. They really nail many aspects of corporate world and geeks🤓!   Here’s a short excerpt from S1 Episode 2.  Freaking genius!  The main tagline in the show is “Have you tried turning it on and off again”?  What a great burn 🔥 on Windows!


The IT Crowd - Series 1 - Episode 2: Fire!


Beta testing Clipboard 📋 manipulation tool

Many of us have this need but don’t even realize it!  Wouldn’t it be cool if you could write some rules that would monitor your clipboard and apply them w/o you having to think about it?  That’s just one of the uses of Quick Access Clipboard;  a new tool from Jean Lalonde (author of QAP).  He’s currently looking for beta testers to QAC.  To learn more take a look at this video if you’d like to learn more and you can go here.


Automating Clipboard replacement with QAC-Looking for Beta testers


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. — Mark Twain
  • You’ll never be criticized by someone who is doing more than you. You’ll always be criticized by someone doing less —Denzel Washington
  • Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation. — Brian Tracy

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Double P.S.  Quotes from John Carlton: The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Getting Your Shit Together

  • It’s not how much you screw up that counts. Nope. It’s how you fix your messes that matters.
  • You must stop expecting perfection — either from yourself, or your employees, or your customers and clients. It will never happen.
  • Life isn’t a calm pond — it’s an unpredictable ocean… you gotta learn to enjoy the ride, no matter what.
  • Real tragedy is having a loved one pass away, or getting bad news from the doctor.  Everything else is just a small bump on the road as you haul ass through life.
  • Live below your means. And avoid all debt — if you can’t pay cash-in-full, don’t buy it. Let your thrill be in your accomplishments, not the toys you can suddenly afford on credit.
  • Put aside a healthy pile of “Up Yours” money, so you can walk away from any situation you don’t like, and know you’ll survive.
  • Be a good animal. Sweat a little bit every day, sleep well, eat well, purge your system, live like a warrior-poet. You can monitor how healthy you are by walking up a hill.
  • Learn some basic self-defense, today. The first thing a mugger does to a mark is knock you down –most people can’t handle any jostling at all, and freeze. The simple confidence of knowing what your options are — and where the “soft targets” are on an attacker — can save your life.
  • Do the right thing every time, as a habit. If you’re not clear on what the right thing is, that means you’re facing another life lesson. Figure it out. The test begins now.
  • Say “sorry” and “I love you” often and without self-consciousness
  • 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.
  • You want it, you take it, you pay the price. There really is no free lunch.
  • If what you’ve done over the past 5 years hasn’t worked for you, then change what you’re doing. Or the next 5 years will be one long boring re-run of the same bullshit.
  • Wake up. Challenge your belief systems. It’s better to realize you’ve been wrong for years, than to stubbornly hold onto a delusion that holds you back.
  • Stop doing things that don’t work. Too many people go through their entire lives marrying the same type of mate over and over again, making the same behavior mistakes, and making excuses for themselves.
  • Stop making excuses. I don’t care how badly your parents, or your teachers, or the system screwed up your head. You’re old enough to make the decision to start over and rewrite your script. Nothing will change for you until you do.
  • Keep a master list of long-range goals
  • Accept defeat with grace. Learn your lesson, adjust, and plan for victory next time out.  Know how to cheat. Don’t do it, but understanding the game thoroughly requires knowing how others take advantage.
  • Work hard, play hard. Think harder.
  • Just do it. The meek may inherit the earth, but only after the bold are through with it
  • It it’s critical, do it yourself. If it’s not, delegate. Learn the difference
  • Don’t lie. If you’re in a position where you can’t tell the truth, learn how to weasel-word your way around trouble or hurting innocent bystanders. But don’t lie.
  • Some things are and always will be out of your control. Stop freaking out about it.  If you gotta cry, cry. Don’t make a big deal of it. Life has tears built-in.
  • Don’t borrow. Pay as you go. You borrow, you’re a kept man.
  • Right now, you owe someone a phone call. If it’s not yet past 8 p.m., make the call, even if your hand shakes as you dial.
  • Spending time with someone is more important than spending money on them.
  • Don’t try to change anyone. Learn the difference between actual help and co-dependent enabling.
  • Allow people to blossom or fail on their own. This takes ungodly patience, but it’s the only way it works.
  • Stop arguing.
  • Lead by example, not big talk. In fact, shut up until you’ve earned the right to talk by honing your chops.
  • You’re going to be an idiot occasionally. Embrace this opportunity for a good story, learn from it, forgive yourself, and try not to make idiocy a common event in your day.
  • Your reputation is built one act at a time, and a lifetime of good work can be squandered the same way. Respect is earned by consistent behavior.
  • Be where you said you’d be, when you said you’d be there, ready to do what you said you’d do.
  • Struggle is not a bad word. Accomplishment is impossible without it.
  • Intellectually-sound people change their minds when the facts change. Ideology sucks as a lifestyle.
  • Turn off the TV and go read.
  • Listen more than you talk. And when you talk, observe the rules of conversation. If these rules are a mystery to you, go hunt them down.
  • Don’t interfere with people disciplining their kids. Do interfere when clear abuse is occurring next door.
  • Tip twenty percent. If you’ve never worked in a job where you had to be nice to rude people, tip even more. You won’t start a trend, but you will make someone’s day and generate good karma.
  • Learn empathy. Get a vivid picture of what it’s like to walk in the other guy’s shoes.
  • Go the extra mile. Even when no one does it for you.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt was right: No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.
  • Sometimes you gotta take one for the team.
  • Learn to tell a joke. But don’t rely on them. True wit is intelligence and humor, not one-upmanship or memorization.
  • Not everyone likes you.
  • Right now is a good time to stop the bullshit. Get real. Take a painful review of yourself, and be honest. Face your faults, and begin the fix.
  • Love will always have baggage attached. Get over it. Love is essential to a full life. No matter what.
  • What people think of you is irrelevant. But how you leave this world matters. Even if it’s all futile in the end, play your part as well as you can. Real courage is fear, in action. Play your hand.

17th of February AutoHotkey Newsletter

Hi %Name%,

Let’s force ourselves to have an anxiety attack!  Sounds crazy but anytime we step into unknown areas we ALL experience anxiety.  It’s just human nature.   It’s undoubtedly the #1 reason people stop trying to learn AutoHotkey!

AutoHotkey is an amazing language that allows people (like you and I) to “program” without really being programmers.   However, the majority of people that start to use AutoHotkey stop right away (or never even try) because they see they have to “program” and believe they can’t do it.

Some will get started but then get very confused and even consider themselves “dumb” because they see others “getting it” in seconds.   When I first started WebScraping I nearly gave up.  I thought “I just don’t get it”.  What I didn’t realize at the time is that WE ALL went through that learning (feeling stupid) process!  Rarely are we all at the same “level” when learning something new.

But what gets some of us to keep plugging along into the dark abyss?   Is it that some of us are just smarter?

Hogwash‼️

Those of us that continue to learn have “had a win”.  We’ve automated something and then felt the joy of using that script, over and over, and avoid the mundane work.  %name%, can you remember the script that saved you time?  I used HotStrings and Hotkeys for the first 3 years of using AutoHotkey.

And they made me a Rockstar!

It’s a rough part of life but we need that carrot🥕!  That reward for the work to continue on.  If there’s no gain, then why submit to the pain?

This is one of the big reasons I created the AutoHotkey Udemy courses.  Because AutoHotkey is so vast (with some many applications) having a clear path really helps!  My courses aren’t “amazing” but they do provide a very clear path to start learning AutoHotkey.

Now on with the show…


Amazing ActiveX example with AutoHotkey V2

The other day I published a short video documenting how Maestrith had shown how to create an ActiveX GUI.  Dimitri Geerts was inspired by it and did some amazing work!  He then joined me in Zoom to demo some of it which was spectacular!     The 2d work was amazing but the 3d version and “game of life” was really, really over-the-top!  I should point out that it’s all done in V2 (mainly because GUIs are a bit simpler in V2 because they’re functions).  Check out the video and let me know what you think!  Click here if you’d like to learn more about AutoHotkey V2.

Taking ActiveX to a new level with AutoHotkey V2 by Dimitri


Awareness of Automation

It’s been a few years, perhaps Jackie and I need to go look at the current stats to see if the bar has moved at all?  Are people more aware of ways to automate?

AutoHotkey Podcast: 024 Awareness of Automation tools / RPA


Parsing Text with AutoHotkey

In this video I show some tips & tricks how to parse text with AutoHotkey.  The more programming you do, the more splitting text becomes “a thing”.   RegEx is great but StrSplit() and InStr() are faster and simpler to get started with.

Parsing more Text with StrSplit and InStr


The-Automators’ PodcastAHK Podcast


What we’re reading 📚


AutoHotkey GURU 👨‍🏫 Interview:

I remember this call with RaptorX / Isaias Baez.  RaptorX (AHKTuts on YouTube) was one of my inspirations for creating a YouTube channel.  I’d watched his videos ~10 years before and was amazed at what was possible.  This call was so much fun and educational, it’s no wonder we started working together a while after.  BTW I’ve been in contact with him and he’s hoping to be back here in the next month or so.  😊

Examples of AutoHotkey |AutoHotkey Experts: Isaias Baez / RaptorX


Productivity tips  ⚡️

One of the best ways to spot “what to automate” is by batching your work!  When you batch your work together you’re much more efficient!  As a side benefit, it becomes painfully obvious what processes can be automated!  Give it a try and tell me if I’m wrong!

Productivity tip #7 Batching #Shorts


A spot of Humor 🤣

I’d like to say “I’ve been there” but I’m not so sure I have!  lol

right


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. — Benjamin E. Mays
  • If it’s critical, do it yourself. If it’s not, delegate. Learn the difference — John Carlton
  • When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.” —S. Lewis
  • You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you — Yogi Berra 🤣

Live AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow

Don’t forget on Friday’s you can get free AutoHotkey support on my YouTube channel.  Or you can sign up for reminders and join the zoom room.


Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey GUIs are Easy with AutoHotkey Intro to DOS & AutoHotkey AutoHotkey FAQ AutoHotkey FAQ

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P.S. Special thanks to the following for purchasing multiple
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10th of February AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

It was 24 years ago, however I remember it like it was yesterday.  I took my first class in Advanced statistics 🧮 and sweated my way through it!  I was cursing to myself because it was downright uncomfortable and painful.  At times it made me feel incompetent and stupid.

When we’re trying something new, we feel awkward uncomfortable, and we might not like it.  The question to answer is, “Is it worth it?” If the answer is “yes”, then continue to work through the discomfort.

Why did I continue learning stats after my first unpleasant experience? Simple. I knew that it was good for me. And I LOVED the outcome (finding hidden patterns in data)

Many of us learn AutoHotkey because, compared to other languages, it’s very easy to get started on.  There’s nothing wrong with starting off with the basics!  I used HotStrings and Hotkeys for the first 3 years!  And it made me a Rock Star 🎸 compared to my colleagues!  But, when I finally started learning more advanced AutoHotkey functionality, I really blew-doors by everyone and my productivity skyrocketed! 🚀

Keep at it!

Trust me %Name%, learning is ALWAYS worth it!  Carve-out a regular time to learn at least twice a week!

Developer’s Corner

Simple way to select items

Sometimes “simple” is the way to go!  In this short video I show how you can easily automate selecting items form a list.  I happen to be in Chrome in the example however, the general approach, will work in most programs.

Simple AHK Script to Select many items in Chrome with AutoHotkey


Getting properties from an Outlook email

Outlook has a COM object which allows us to, easily, connect to it and access various properties.   Here I demonstrate how you can get info from the currently-selected emailCOM rocks!   You can learn more about using COM with Outlook and Excel in this AutoHotkey webinar.   Don’t forget we have over 60 AutoHotkey webinars you can watch!

Outlook Email Object- Getting Name, email, Send date, etc.


Learning XMLmaestrith

I stumbled upon a video I hadn’t published where Maestrith (author of AHK Studio) was teaching me how to use his XML class.  If you’re storing data XML is a great approach  for smaller amounts of data (let’s say under 10,000 items)

Learning XML with Maestrith and the-Automator


Automating Graphs in Excel

I’m coaching some current grad students and remembered, a lifetime ago, I had automated graphs in Excel.  Sadly the code I have now no-longer works but I’m planning on updating it once I have the time.  Still the concept is amazing!  Do you regularly make graphs?  Why not have it down to hitting a button to make them?  Be sure to check out my over 50 Excel tutorials and download my XL Function library.


How I automated Excel graphs with AutoHotkey | Amazing time saver!


AutoHotkey Guru👨‍🏫 Interview with  JoeDF from the AHK forum

Back in 2018 I was able to have a chat with JoeDF from the AutoHotkey forum.  Joe’s done some amazing things with AutoHotkey and, for such a young guy, has an amazing amount of posts on the AutoHotkey forum (currently 7,270).


Examples of AutoHotkey / AutoHotkey expert: joedf


The-Automators’ PodcastAHK Podcast


What we’re reading 📚


Productivity tips ⚡️

Right now is a good time to stop the bullshit. Get real. Take a painful review of yourself, and be honest. Face your faults, and begin the fix. — John Carlton


A spot of Humor 🤣

David Letterman causing havoc while working a Mc Donald’s Drive-in.   Freaking hilarious!


Dave Works The McDonald's Drive-Thru | Letterman


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. — Ayn Rand
  • Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation. — Brian Tracy
  • The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase — Yogi Berra

Live AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow

Don’t forget on Friday’s you can get free AutoHotkey support on my YouTube channel.  Or you can sign up for reminders and join the zoom room.


Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey GUIs are Easy with AutoHotkey Intro to DOS & AutoHotkey AutoHotkey FAQ AutoHotkey FAQ

The-Automator

Joe and staff

P.S. Some of you may not have been receiving the AHK newsletter for a couple of weeks.  A bug crept into my script that pulls the list ☹.  Sorry for that!  Many of the past Newsletters are posted on the-Automator in case you want to check them out or share them.

 

3rd of February AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

Do you feel stuck in the same position? 😲  Do you get the feeling people (things) are going around you?

chillout

Start learning to automate your work and I guarantee you you’ll be your boss / colleague’s best friend!  Being more efficient and productive was always part of my plan in corporate America.  It reminds me of this video where I discuss how to get a raise💲.  Here’s a hint:  Be WORTH MORE!

Want to get a raise? Be worth it!- Investing in yourself is critical to succeeding!


Raptor❎ / Isaias Baez

Just an FYI- I had a call with Isaias the other day.  He stopped working for me as he had some personal things he had to take care of  however he’s hoping to be able to come back in the next month or so.  Here’s to hoping!  I have lots of things I’m looking forward to working on with him (not to mention making some more deep-dive videos).  Here’s one where we discuss various ways to store data with AutoHotkey

the-Automators AHK-talk: Various ways to store data and their uses


Debugging 🏴‍☠️debug

A little while back Jean Lalonde gave us  a tutorial on using classes with AutoHotkey.   I mentioned, in that video, that his use of SciTE4AutoHotkey debugging was amazing!  If you’re not using a tools that has debugging, you’re really missing out!  I have an intro to debugging in SciTE here.  Or, if you’re an AutoHotkey Studio user like me, you can check this video out.  Isaias / Raptor X prefers debugging in VS code.  Or take a look around at my debugging playlist.

Debug AutoHotKey with SciTE | Level up your AHK programming today!


Comparing lists

I used to build SQL queries and would have to compare lists to make sure I 1) had everything and 2) didn’t have duplicates.   This simple AutoHotkey script made it really easy!

Compare Sets


Learning what can be automated by watching others

I conducted a couple dozen interviews with other AutoHotkey users.  One of my favorite ones was with Gio Sperotto out of Brazil.  He uses AutoHotkey at his family’s company and has done some AMAZING things!  He also lead the webinar on Neural Networks.

Examples of AutoHotkey |AutoHotkey Experts: Gio Sperotto


AutoHotkey Resources Level Up

Jackie Sztuk and I discuss many of the AutoHotkey resources.   Amazingly not much has changed!  Are you aware of them all?   Which ones do 👉you use %Firstname%?

AutoHotkey Podcast: 012 AutoHotkey websites / Communities Part 1


Using a variable as the index when getting it from an Object

If you’re still learning objects and arrays, this is a great, short, video showing you how to access them if the index is stored in a variable.  In objects, the dot notation literally looks for that value (not a reference)

Using a Variable as the Index when getting it from an Object in AutoHotkey


The-Automators’ Podcast
AHK Podcast

What we’re reading 📚

Productivity tips  ⚡️

Be decisive and make decisions however, when you have a mistake, remember it is just that; a mistake. Don’t get caught up in that you are the mistake in recognize that we all learn by doing mistakes the important point is not to do them again

A spot of Humor 🤣

This may seem edgy, but it’s 100% true! All code has a few WTF. If it doesn’t you proably spent too much time working on it!

codereview


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • Never see failure as failure, but only as a learning experience – Tom Hopkins
  • The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. — Benjamin E. Mays
  • When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.” —S. Lewis
  • If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer — Yogi Berra

Live AutoHotkey Support Tomorrowthe Automator 11

Don’t forget on Friday’s you can get free AutoHotkey support on my YouTube channel.  Or you can sign up for reminders and join the zoom room.  We are having a severe storm in Texas so, if I’m not there, the power is out! 🥶

frozentrees


Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey GUIs are Easy with AutoHotkey Intro to DOS & AutoHotkey AutoHotkey FAQ AutoHotkey FAQ

The-Automator

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July 2021 AutoHotkey Newsletter

July 2021 AutoHotkey Newsletter

AutoHotkey Newsletter

Greetings %Name%,

How’s summer been for you? Things have been interesting here! We’re getting closer to releasing some cool tools from the-Automator 😁. Also, after waiting for ~2 months, we should be getting our back porch poured! Who’s ready to come over for a BBQ?

porch


Developer’s corner

⚰️ Are you dead (or sleeping?) This script was inspired by Curt Jaimungal. He likes to watch videos while he’s drifting off to sleep. He wanted a script to check every ~30 minutes to see if he was still awake. If he didn’t get a response, then it would pause the YouTube video. (If you want to feel dumb, check out his channel. Very high-level ideas!)


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Creating a function

When Isaias and I were working on our benchmark comparison using Cjson from GeekDude, we realized we should have a function that allows the user to, easily, choose what “bitness” the script is run in. I view creating functions as the best way to level-up 🆙 so we documented our process in this video.


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Podcasts


Quick Access Popup news

I was really excited 😲 to learn that you can select a file and pass parameters to it with QAP!


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A spot of Humor

wisdom


Favorite quotes

  • The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. — Ayn Rand
  • People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything. — Thomas Sowell

What we’re reading


Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey GUIs are Easy with AutoHotkey Intro to DOS & AutoHotkey

The-Automator

Joe, Isaias (RaptorX) and staff

P.S. Special thanks to the following people that bought multiple AutoHotkey Udemy courses from us!

  • 3 Steven S.
  • 3 Oomar S.
  • 3 Matthew E.
  • 3 James M.
  • 3 Ashish T.
  • 2 Wesley M.
  • 2 Shinto M.
  • 2 Pavel S.
  • 2 Derrick J.
  • 2 Bartosz G.
  • 2 Arturo F.
  • 2 Alexandre C.

July 22 AutoHotkey Newsletter

AutoHotkey Newsletter

Greetings %Name%,

Personal Note:

My contractor’s taking a vacation 😎 so no progress on my office for a couple of weeks but I have started a new side project. Hydroponics 🌿! There’s lots of benefits to growing plants without dirt. Here are a few

  • 30% more growth / larger yield
  • Grows 30% faster
  • Uses 10% of water compared to traditional methods (and the watering is automatic)
  • Vertical approaches use 10% footprint
  • Far less problem with insects

hydroponics


Web scraping but no browser traffic

Have you ever been Web scraping but unable to see any browser traffic?
In this video Isaias shows us how we can peek inside and see JavaScript that is getting executed.


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Here we update a fuzzy matching script to let people enter text


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Quick Access Popup news

Did you know you can control many settings on about the Quick Access Popup database? Things like your Recent folders / files, size of the database, adding multiple favorites and more. One of my favorites is how to exclude files and folders from recent/frequent menus


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A spot of Humor

shouldautomatethis

Favorite quotes

  • Winners are not those who never fail but those who never quit.
  • If you’re a giver learn your limit, because takers don’t have any!

Podcast that week

Webinar

Our webinar Tuesday went well. We helped a few users with their problems and had some good lessons learned. Just a reminder, this was the 61st AutoHotkey webinar. You can check out past ones here


What we’re reading


Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey GUIs are Easy with AutoHotkey Intro to DOS & AutoHotkey

The-Automator

Joe, Isaias (RaptorX) and staff

July 15 AutoHotkey Newsletter

AutoHotkey Newsletter

Greetings %Name%,

Quick Access Popup training

Check out this cool video on how to quickly automate forms with Quick Access Popup. Normally I’d use AutomateMyTask or web scraping to do this however automating Chrome is fairly complicated so I think this is a pretty amazing approach.


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Hidden APIs

In this video Isaias and I show how you can use Fiddler to discover hidden APIs.
APIs are Amazing! If you’re not using them, you really need to take a look at how they can help you!


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What we’re reading


Podcast that week

5 reasons why being 🐷 pig-headed is a good thing. Make sure you share this with your spouse! 😆 LOL! If you enjoy that, you also might like this episode where we discuss how long variable names should be.


Webinar next Tuesday

Are you planning on attending the 61st AutoHotkey webinar next Tuesday July 20th? If you haven’t registered yet, you can register here. Just so you know, I don’t share the email lists so, if you’d like to receive links to the videos and resources, you need to sign up for the webinar. It’s okay if you can’t actually make it…


A spot of Humor

undividedattention


My contractor’s taking a break for a few weeks, but my office is coming along nicely!

office2


Productivity tip of the day: Avoid time vampires

I’m a huge fan of Dan Kennedy! In chapter 3 of his book Time Management for Entrepreneurs, he discusses How to Drive a Stake Through the Hearts of the Time Vampires Out to Suck You Dry. This is a great book and great concept. In the book he gives some great ideas how to take back some of your time. You can get a glimpse into the book by watching this video.


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Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey GUIs are Easy with AutoHotkey Intro to DOS & AutoHotkey

The-Automator

Joe, Isaias (RaptorX) and staff

P.S. special thanks to the following students that bought multiple courses in July!

  • 3 Steven S.
  • 3 Oomar S.
  • 3 Matthew E.
  • 3 James M.
  • 3 Ashish T.
  • 3 Felix
  • 2 Wesley M.
  • 2 Pavel S.
  • 2 Alexandre C.

July 8 AutoHotkey Newsletter

AutoHotkey Newsletter

Greetings %Name%,

I hope you’re doing well and enjoying summer 🌞! Do you have any great trips planned? We’re thinking about driving up to Mount Rushmore but with the work on our house going on, I’m not sure if that will happen (but I’m okay with that as it means I’ll have my office back. 😊) Here’s a current picture. It’s going to be quite nice when it’s done!

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Oh, and congratulations to Charles from Natick, MA for winning the 3-hour consultation / coaching session in celebration of 10 years of my YouTube channel! Just a reminder, we do offer consulting & coaching. Our friend’s that have been a part of them have found them really helpful! Check out this one session where we were chatting with Hellbent and covered a lot of different topics.


Emergency Windows Update ☠️

Have you heard about the PrintNightmare exploit? It’s so bad, windows is pushing out emergency updates. Make sure you update ASAP!


Benchmark comparison RegEx vs. JSON object

We are working on a cool tool that we’ll be releasing in a couple of weeks which will help people search the AHK Help as well as pull-back videos from YouTube. The JSON returned from YouTube was fairly large (over 13,000 lines) and the parsing of it took several seconds so Maestrith, RaptorX and I decided to do a little testing to compare performance. Granted, this was just one unique case and the fastest approach will vary.


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Also, recently GeekDude did a pre-release of cJson which is the first and only AutoHotkey JSON library to use embedded compiled C for ⚡️high performance. I’m looking forward to repeating our tests with his library! 


Why you should talk to others

RaptorX and I have another script were planning to release soon (in a free AutoHotkey Udemy course) and we wanted to implement an idea that Hellbent had when we demoed it to him. (The tool allows you to easily see all active Hotkeys and HotStrings (and provides a brief description). During the chat Hellbent asked if it would be possible to programmatically
disable a hotkey. We thought this was an intriguing idea! RaptorX and I discussed several (very complicated) approaches to solve this. Then, during a zoom call with Maestrith (author of AHK Studio), we happened to mention it and asked if he had any ideas. His solution was so simple both RaptorX and I had to laugh at ourselves! You can check out the conversation here.


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Even experts can miss things

RaptorX and I were “documenting a bug” we were having with SendMessage. During the chat we actually discovered we were the ones in the wrong. There were good lessons on working with ErrorLevel, Try/Catch and how reading the details is important!


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What we’re reading


A few Truths

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”Yogi Berra

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”Stephen King

relationships


Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey GUIs are Easy with AutoHotkey Intro to DOS & AutoHotkey

Podcast that week

Ever have a problem identifying what to automate? In this week’s podcast we discuss 7 ways to help identify what to automate.


AutoHotkey Webinar July 20th

Are you registered for the AutoHotkey webinar July 20th? It’s a great chance to pop in and get some expert help from others (or share something you’ve been working on)

Okay, that’s all I got this week! I hope you’re crushing it!

The-Automator

Joe, Isaias & staff

July 1 AutoHotkey Newsletter

AutoHotkey Newsletter

Greetings %Name%,

Yes, summer’s finally here in Texas! Hard to believe it’s been nearly a year but we’re, finally, working on adding a few extra rooms to our “ranch”. I can’t wait to go back to having an office and having easy access to my books!🤓

office

We’re Celebrating 10 years of the-Automator!🎇 If you’d like some free consulting, there’s still a chance to win 3 hours of our time! The drawing will be on July 3rd!


Quick Access Popup

In this week’s QAP training Jean shows me how to save time with Placeholders


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the-Automators’ Podcast

6 Things to never include in your code and 7 things to always include in your code


AHK Webinar

We had a great AutoHotkey webinar helping attendees with their code! We discussed various approaches to solutions. Part 1 and Part 2 . During the webinar Jackie helped troubleshoot the issue with my GUI. Here you can see the video where I talked through some additional updates to it with Isaias.


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A spot of Humor

This definately applies to me!!!

butItruns


What we’re reading

Here’s what Windows 11 Explorer look like

Can Google and Apple Remotely Install Apps on Your Phone?

How to Reset Your Advertising ID on Android


Advanced Programming

Hellbent, Raptor and the-Automator discuss some advanced topics like Bit Shifting, Messages, WM Commands and DPI Scaling


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Maestrith shows us how he’s been Programming GUIs with C#


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Ever wonder what a Scintilla control is? I did and Isaias helped me grock it!


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

AutoHotkey Tutorial for Beginners

AutoHotkey 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