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    Automating Keystrokes/Macros (Ultimate)

    In my transition process, I've learned that one of my favorite utilities, QuicKeys Keyboard Automation is NOT Vista compatible and may never be. Sad, for I've used and depended on that program for many years. Well, <!profile=AlanMiller>AlanMiller<!/profile> recommended AutoHotkey Macro Program in his <post:=551,557>post 551,557</post:> a couple of years ago. I can't find for sure that it's Vista-able except some mention of Vista in their forum, so I'm checking further. I'd love to hear from you if you know of other programs like this.

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    Re: Automating Keystrokes/Macros (Ultimate)

    See AutoIt v3 - Automate and Script Windows Tasks - For Free!. Also, discusion threads about the two products: autoit autohotkey - Google Search.

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    Re: Automating Keystrokes/Macros (Ultimate)

    Microsoft has a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> powerful scripting tool in Scripting with Windows PowerShell. The current version is 1.0 with a 2.0 preview version available. PS 1.0 does not have a GUI interface but you can see a couple of tools available at The Windows PowerShell Toolbox. PS 2.0 will have a GUI frontend integrated. There is also The Script Center Script Repository: Sample Windows PowerShell Scripts which has many sample scripts.

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    Re: Automating Keystrokes/Macros (Ultimate)

    Thanks for those tips, Joe. I've had AutoIt for a few years and like it. But I hardly ever use "scripting" tools for what I need this kind of program for. My use of Quickeys over the years has been mostly to type repetitive text and that's what I'm looking for. The kind of thing that when I presss a key combo, it will type my email address, another types my complete name and address, etc. I have BUNCHES of these combos around and I use them every day, mostly by force of habit. The Quickeys program uses key combinations like Win-Ctrl-N (type my full name and address) that one can assign. I've never run out. It has a companion program called QuickType that uses "letter abbreviations" to autotype text, so when I type "aeh" followed by a space, it types "Albert E. Hoffman."

    OK, my search continues...

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    Re: Automating Keystrokes/Macros (Ultimate)

    As you know from the <post:=711,425>post 711,425</post:> thread, I've been clunking around with various apps on the "macro" or "auto typing" scene. Since what I'm after is rather low level, it hardly seems worth doing it with such powerful scripting tools as we've been talking about. Don't get me wrong, they're excellent tools, but maybe just a mite more power packed than my need requires.

    So, I think I've found one that's going to work out OK. It's Clavier+ 10.6.1 and seems to work in both XP and Vista. The planned keystrokes are stored in a simple .INI file so I might be able to switch from QuicKeys and use Clavier+ in both XP and Vista. Working on that now.

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    Re: Automating Keystrokes/Macros (Ultimate)

    I'm going to do what I hate to do and reply to myself just to let people know about this excellent program. The author is evidently a Frenchman who (according to his web site) works for Google in England and has many utility programs under his belt. The Clavier+ program has worked wonderfully for me in both XP and Vista and the only problem I had was starting it at Vista startup. Vista kept complaining about a program trying to start automatically and he revised the code to make that problem go away. If you check his comments blog on his web site, you'll see the back-and-forth I had with him about it and how wonderfully responsive he was to me. I will tell you now that I've made a payment to him for my TWO installations of his software and am pleasantly surprised at how nicely the program is behaving and how easy it is to learn to use. Good software from this young Frenchman...

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