Macros to the Max with WinAutomation

image We’ve come to believe that computers were designed, amongst other things, to help make us more efficient. Arguable, computers have done just that.

Unfortunately, one of the issues many of us have ended up having to deal with are those repetitive tasks; the sort of mundane “gotta do” computer tasks that need to be done on a daily basis. The type of repetitive tasks we would like to automate, but many of us don’t have the programming skills to do so effectively.

Back in the days of dinosaur computing, 20 + years ago, one of the computing skills I had to learn early on, was writing elementary macros. This was an absolute necessity in order to increase efficiency – even for home computing tasks.

Computing today is far more complex; so elementary macro writing, or running basic Windows scripts for more complex tasks, just doesn’t cut it.

Recently, I was asked to review WinAutomation, a Windows application that has been designed so that the user can automate both uncomplicated and, more intricate tasks, using a straightforward, simple, and intuitive drag and drop interface.

Let me cut to the chase – this application does exactly what it says it will do. My programming skills are pretty rusty, so it was a welcome surprise to see that no programming skills are needed to get the best out of this application.

I quickly opened the examples set out in the WinAutomation console, and that coupled with the extensive help file, made the learning curve for the program extremely quick and easy.

WinAutomation 2

WinAutomation 1

Fast facts:

Visual Job Editor that lets you build automation Jobs using Drag & Drop.

130+ predefined actions to combine for easy Job-building.

Task Scheduler that lets you schedule and execute Jobs while you are away.

Triggers that let you monitor your system, and respond to events (e.g., when a file is created or modified, when a Hotkey is pressed, when system is idle and more).

Integrated Debugger to inspect and debug your tasks while running.

Support for Variables and Data Types.

Advanced Flow Control capabilities, Conditionals, Loops, nested Loops.

Advanced Error Handling to create Jobs that compensate for and handle errors gracefully.

Image Recognition technology that literally “sees the screen” to help you automate non-standard interfaces or applications over remote sessions.

Macro Recorder that lets you record mouse and keyboard action to automate tasks easily.

Exe Compiler (Pro Edition only) for compiling your tasks into autonomous exe files that you can distribute and run without having WinAutomation installed.

WinAutomation deserves kudos for the way it effectively takes the grind out of those repetitive mundane computing tasks that drive us all slightly batty, and measurably reduce our efficiency.

To see how effective this application really is, I recommend that you watch the primer on how you can automate your repetitive computer tasks at WinAutomation.

Give this great application a test drive and you might be very surprised at how quickly you can increase your efficiency.

By the way: WinAutomation has made a number of complimentary copies available to readers of this Blog, which I will select randomly from the comments section of this article in the next 30 days. Be sure to comment, so that you have an opportunity to obtain a free copy of this terrific application.

Download a fully functional 30 day trial at: WinAutomation

Purchase:

WinAutomation 3.0 Professional Edition US$ 199

WinAutomation 3.0 Standard Edition US$ 129

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23 Comments

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23 responses to “Macros to the Max with WinAutomation

  1. freewareelite

    Bill,

    WinAutomation has been one of the best Windows task automation programs I’ve ever seen on the planet. It must be highly recommended to most computer users, and it was – and still is – one of the first software I install on my PC after a reformat.

    Adrian

  2. freewareelite

    However, after a recent reformat, I carelessly lost my WinAutomation license. So can you be obliged to give me one of those complimentary license? Thanks for considering and in advance.

  3. freewareelite

    Actually, how many licenses do you have? And, what method do you use to draw? Thanks for adding my name to the list.

  4. Bill,

    What a great round of articles you have put into the mill this week. I could have commented on all of them. I’m currently taking a look at Winautomation right now. I didn’t know you had dabbled in programming. I have 3 brothers; all programmers and I’m the computer guy (LOL). My attention span would not allow me to focus long enough “to get it” or to learn how to write code.

    Rick

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Rick,

      Thanks – nice to be appreciated. LOL!

      I think we all have some hidden/unused skills of one type or another. Very interesting that your brothers are so involved in the industry. Must make for some great conversations.

      BTW, I’ll be posting one of your older ones later this week. Just not sure which one yet – I’ll let you know.

      Bill

  5. Anthony

    Bill,

    Nice blog, before I was using AutoHotKey to automate windows jobs but there are a lot of programming codes to learn. Trying to search more programs for automation and found winautomation it is way to easy to create codes because the gui interface the program has.

  6. Chris W

    Bill, i found your blog post on a search for macros. i do not have the program yet so it would be great to be added to your list. I was however searching for a site to share common macros, i think there is an opportunity to do this, a user share community where you can share macros to complete common tasks would further everyones ability to get those mundane tasks out of the way. What do you think?

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Chris,

      I think your idea has merit. Good luck with this.

      If you have a list of macros you would like to publish, I’d be glad to do so.

      Bill

      • Chris W

        Bill, I do not have any yet, as i said i do not have the program yet. A partner and I are going to automate a series of web tasks, and attempt to do an entire task list of daily weekly and monthly tasks. We have not gotten into it yet, but will be doing so shortly. I think being able to share scrips and get points to download others would be a beneficial community to all users.

  7. Florian D.

    Hi Bill,
    I am from Germany and was trying to learn more about macros in windows lately. Happens that I came across this neat program and your blog.
    I downloaded the demo version and got along really good with it.
    I would be delighted if you add me to your list.
    Greetings, Florian

  8. cew

    Appreciate the info as always.

  9. Chris W

    So i talked to the guys from Winauto. Seems they will be releasing a web recorder with a future edition which will make this thing awesome. until then winauto plus the scripting version of imacros will have to do. Bill what do you uses for web form filling and whatnot?

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Chris,

      That’s good news from WinAutomation – thanks for that.

      Actually, I don’t use any automation applications while on the Internet. I rarely, if ever, fill in forms on the net – paranoia is my modus operandi.

      Within my tech group, RoboForm seems to be the application of choice.

      Bill

      • Chris W

        Yeah it is good for those of us that do repetitive tasks on the web as well. why not automate our entire workload right!

        by the way, i shot you an email Bill. Thanks so much.

  10. Mufti.

    Hey.. Nice article..
    Three copies for free?? REALLLYY ??? ….

    PLEASE CAN I GET ONE >>> PLEASE PLEASE PLESEE 😥

  11. Jake

    Hey, I’d really like a license, as I need it just for a one job for work, and paying $199 is very excessive.

    My e-mail is jake_l@live.co.uk

    Thanks.

  12. jk

    Fantastic tool you got here. It will help in my regular extraction of data and save me from those programming headaches i hope. Does it command for a high degree of learning in terms of its ease of use?

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey JK,

      This app is surprisingly easy to learn. On the other hand, more complex usage requires a steeper learning curve as with all programs.

      Bill

      • jk

        Cool! Gald to hear that. I will get a copy to try out. I really look forward to shed those days I need to mahnually extract those data using repeated steps!

        BTW, is the free license still available?

        jk