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August, 2022 AutoHotkey Newsletter

AHK Newsletter

 

Howdy %Name%,

AHKCon AHKCON – World’s first 🅰utoHotkey Conference!

We’re had an amazing time at AHKCon.   ⑧ hours of great learnings & conversations❗  We had a great turn-out and received great feedback

You can go here and see the results to the polls & get the chat files.

Now on with the show…

Sending “special” characters with ⒶⒽⓀ 😁❗

Ever try to send “special”  Uniocode characters (Non-ANSI)?  Emojis or non-English characters are often problematic to send.   Often it’s just that your file is not being saved in UTF-8 format however, for many people, encoding is a confusing topic so we made a simple tool to provide you with AutoHotkey syntax that will work regardless of your file encoding.    If you’d like to learn more about file encoding you should check out the webinar lead by Jean Lalonde.

How to send Unicode Characters with a Hotkey❗

How to send Unicode Characters with a Hotkey❗


Avoiding the coming catastrophe

AutoHotkey v2️ isn’t the default version now but it’s probably going to be pretty soon!   If you haven’t started working with it, now is an amazing time to loop over all of your AutoHotkey scripts adding the #Requires directive.  We wrote a little tool to make it easy for you!

Avoid the coming catastrophe 💣 and use this script today!

Avoid the coming catastrophe 💣 and use this script today!


Using all your keys

I have a TON of Hotkeys!  So many that I was actually having a hard time coming up with key combinations that weren’t already taken.  The other day Isaias and I were talking about looking at the #KeyHistory directive and he was explaining how easy it is to look at the Virtual Key (VC) and Scan Code (SC) to see if AutoHotkey can detect those “odd” keys on your keyboard.

How to map a mystery key to a hotkey | 🗺❓🔑

How to map a mystery key to a hotkey | 🗺❓🔑


Pasting plain text

More and more tools allow you to paste plain text however, when you have a program that doesn’t have that option, it’s a life-saver!   Most people would open Notepad, paste it, copy, it, and then paste it.  This of course is both time consuming and you “lose” the original clipboard.  In this video we show how you can tie it to a hotkey, and still have your original formatting!

the Naked Clipboard: Adding a GUI to Paste Plain Text AutoHotkey script


the Naked Clipboard: Adding a GUI to Paste Plain Text AutoHotkey script


📚 What we’re reading


⚡️Productivity tips

A clear routine is one commonality that most highly efficient people share.  Make sure you have a very regular schedule that you follow as best as you possibly can


🤣 A spot of Humor

The IT crowd – Truest moment about tech support


The IT crowd - Truest moment about tech support


 

AHKHeroAnimation AHK Hero?

Want more time than the free hour? Have content that you can’t have on YouTube? Consider joining the 🦸‍♀️AHK Hero club! Members receive big discounts to courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.
They also have access to exclusive & pre-released content and a 2nd “office hours” session which isn’t on YouTube.


🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • Put systems in place that will allow ordinary people to do extraordinary things
  • If you want something done, ask the busiest person you know to do it and stand back!
  • You have just as much time as: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Thomas Jefferson & Einstein. It’s all about prioritizing & staying focused

Live 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.



The-Automator

Joe and staff

 


August 4th, 2022 AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

It’s hard to believe but 🅰HKCon is here this Saturday August ❻th starting at 10 EDT❗

AHKCon

AHKCon is your chance to hear from, and talk with, AHK Experts❗  We have talking points for each topic below however we’re really hoping the event is interactive getting questions from you %name%.  If you haven’t signed up yet, you still can by going here.  We will be recording the conference but not live streaming.  Remember all times are in CDT.
Click here to see your converted time.

  • 10:00am-10:15 – Intro (Joe/Thom)
  • 10:15am-11:00 – AHK v1 vs v2 (Panel: Dimitri Geerts, Isaias, Tank, Joe/Thom)
  • 11:00am-12:00 – Programming approach, which to use & when (Panel: Maestrith, Tank, Isaias, Joe/Thom)
  • 12:00pm-1:00 – Objects / COM / Data structure (Lecture: Isaias & GeekDude[helping])
  • 1:00pm-1:30 – Lunch (Open discussion)
  • 1:30pm-2:30 – Regex/String Manipulation (Performance, simplicity, etc.) (Panel: Isaias , Maestrith, Joe/Thom)
  • 2:30pm-3:00 – IDEs: Which to use, When, Why (Panel: Isaias, Maestrith, Jackie, Joe/Thom)
  • 3:00pm-3:45 – Data storage approaches (Panel: Isaias, Maestrith, Jackie, Tank, Jean, Joe/Thom)
  • 3:45pm-4:00 – Closing (Joe/Thom)
  • 4:00pm-4:30 – Free open talk

We hope you can make it and are looking forward to your questions❗ If you’d like to hear more about
what to expect, you can watch this video


AHKCon Outline and Signup


Now on with the show…


Avoiding an 🅰HK Disaster

We suspect we’re getting close to 🅰HK V2️ being the default version of AutoHotkey.  If you haven’t developed with V2 yet, now is a wonderful time to add the #Requires directive to “all” of your scripts!  V2 is not backwards compatible and will “break” a lot of your scripts.   Since they should all be v1.1 right now it’s “easy”.  After you start working in V2, it will be much, much harder❗  Watch this video to see what our script does and how to avoid this horrible disaster

Avoid the coming catastrophe 💣 and use this script today!


Avoid the coming catastrophe 💣 and use this script today!

If you’re wanting to make the switch you might try the V1 ➡ V2 converter which works fairly well on simple scripts that don’t have GUIs


Mapping a Mystery Key

Do you have some extra keys on your keyboard but have no idea what they are / how to use them as a HotKey?  In this video explains some things to me that I didn’t know about Virtual keys and Scan Codes (even though I’d worked through this tutorial years ago, Isaias made it much, much easier to understand!

How to map a mystery key to a hotkey | 🗺❓🔑


How to map a mystery key to a hotkey | 🗺❓🔑


Pushing suggested changes back to a GIT repository

If you’re like me you’ve probably downloaded a few things from GIT and made some edits but never tried to push-back your changes to the original GIT repository.  In this video Isaias shows us it isn’t as complicated as you would think.

How to share changes back to a git repository ☁


How to share changes back to a git repository ☁

If you’re using 🆚Code it is far simper as Isaias had demonstrated in our Webinar on 🆚Code


📚 What we’re reading

harddrivecomparison


⚡️Productivity tips

Find yourself forgetting to do things?  Find a way to force yourself to remember something.  For instance, if you need to bring a cake the next day, put your car-keys with the cake and be careful not to pick up your keys w/o picking up the cake.  Don’t grab the keys saying to yourself “okay, I’ll remember to get the cake on my way out”.  Only pick them up together.  I do this for a lot of things around the house.  I’ll leave something in an obvious spot that I can’t miss it and, until I do the action I’m wanting to remember, I force myself not to move the visual cue. Word of warning: Spouses may have a compulsary need to put your cues away…


🤣 A spot of Humor

This is definitely me nearly every morning!  I wake up around 5:00 and think about all the things I could be doing.  Do you %Name%?

saturdayMorning


QAPbr Quick Access Popup news

We had a consultation call the other day with a client (thanks Kevin) that had a ton of HotStrings and HotKeys. After our call was over I spent a few minutes introducing him to the best tool I know for saving time: Quick Access Popup and he was estatic to see just how easy it is to use❗ Why aren’t you using this free tool❓


AHKHeroAnimation AHK Hero?

We created a private Telegram group for AHK Heroes and are also planning on having “Master classes” that will be exclusively available for AHK Heroes.  And don’t forget you get 25% off our premium courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.  And more…


🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes

  • What I lack in Skills & Abilities I make up for with Optimism & Determination
  • If you have time to whine then you have time to find solution. Dee Dee Artner
  • The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. — Benjamin E. Mays

Live 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.



The-Automator

Joe and staff

P.S. Special thanks to the following for purchasing AHK hero membership to support the our wok:
Rodrigo C., Nathan N., Michael C., Miral P., Thomas K., Rune O., Thomas D., Tyler F., Guy M., Dale W.,
Robert P., Gil C., Mathew F., Ernestas G.,and Philip L.

Quick Access Popup Discount

Quick Access Popup

Quick Access Popup

From time to time Jean Lalonde, the author of , and frequent guest leader of our AutoHotkey webinars, offers discounts to his amazing tool Quick Access Popup.   I’ve created this page as a place where I will post the current coupon code.

Current discount code worth $5.99 and valid until the end of September, 2021 is: a843e7c3ca 

To purchase a license, go to the Quick Access Popup shop.  When you’re checking out, make sure you click the link displayed below to enter it!

Quick Access PopupCoupon

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