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Macro Express

If you find yourself doing the same things over and over again on the computer, then it's time to try Macro Express. This powerful program is designed to automate all of your repetitive tasks.
Published: May 17, 2005
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Categories:
Macros and automation
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Macro Express 3.7d
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If you find yourself doing the same things over and over again on the computer, then it's time to try Macro Express. This powerful program is designed to automate all of your repetitive tasks.

Macro Express saves you time (lots of time) by performing actions much quicker than you can type, click and think what to do next. As a result, your productivity improves and the program literally pays for itself within a very short period of time.

You will reduce typing errors by having a macro insert the correct text every time. Alleviate pain from repetitive stress. Relieve excess strain to fingers, hands and forearms by reducing the number of mouse clicks and keystrokes you must manually press.

Creating macros can also be fun - to see what you can come up with to speed your computing. At the same time it eliminates the drudgery of repeatedly typing the same thing, drilling down the same menu structure, etc.

Set the macros to run on a schedule to do backups and other tasks while you are away from the computer. Put Macro Express to work while you take a break.A macro is a way to automate a task that you perform repeatedly or on a regular basis. It is a series of commands and actions that can be stored and run whenever you need to perform the task.

Macro Express' scripting editor uses plain language to create macros. You do not need to know any programming language or have any programming skills. There are more than 25 wizards that make it simple to create macros to launch programs, send email, make file backups, and capture text that you type every day. Or simply record your mouse clicks and keystrokes.

For more powerful and complex macros, it's easy to create if/then/else logic that examines variables and makes decisions based upon what it finds. The macros that you create can pause, wait for input, repeat sequences up to thousands of times, resize windows, manipulate clipboard data, make complex decisions and much more. Extract data from an ASCII text file and seamlessly insert the data into another application. Quickly copy, rename or delete files. Create reminder messages to pop up at scheduled times or send you an email.

Automate Internet tasks such as loading your browser and web page, then inserting text or downloading a file. Easily set up FTP transfers.

With over 400 different macro commands to choose from you will easily find things that can and should be automated on your computer

Macro Express offers a number of methods for executing macros. These include the use of Hot Keys, Shortkeys, Scheduled Macros, Window Activation, Mouse Clicks, Popup/Floating Menus and others.

  1. A Hot Key is a set of keys on the keyboard that are pressed to initiate the macro. This could include pressing CTRL+ALT+R, F3, Shift+F12 or over 700 other combinations.
  2. A Shortkey is a small string of characters, such as abc, tr, or zzz. When a matching combination is keyed in from the keyboard, it is erased and the assigned macro executes.
  3. A Scheduled Macro executes on a given time schedule.
  4. A Window Activated macro runs when a specific window gains focus (appears) on your computer.
  5. A Control Activated macro runs when a specific window control gains focus or is on top. Controls refer to the identifiable parts of a specific application window. Controls may include such things as a button, an edit box, a toolbar, a window title bar or other items.
  6. Click on a specific area of the screen with the left, right or middle Mouse button to trigger a macro.
  7. A Popup Menu or Floating Menu is basically a list or menu of defined macros. Once the menu is displayed, click on the desired macro or press an associated number or letter to execute the macro.
  8. A macro can be activated through a Batch File or Command Line.
  9. Macros may also be activated through Windows API calls or Windows Explorer.
  10. Run a macro from the Macro Explorer by using the Run Macro Now option.
Restrict when a macro activation will begin playing a macro by setting the macro scope properties. You can assign macros to play back in all Windows programs, in one specific window or program, or in every program except the one you define.

Macro Express is set to run over a network. All users can share the same macro file if uniformity of macros is required. Password protect macro files for privacy or to prevent others from editing macros. You can also password protect individual macros in a file.

The Macro Express web site, www.macros.com, provides plenty of helpful information for Macro Express users. You can download sample macros for your own use or study them for ideas on writing macros. Copies of past newsletters are available online, each offering tips on using select program features or functions. There is a newsgroup forum for Macro Express users to exchange ideas or post questions. A comprehensive knowledgebase is also available online. Or you can read the stories about how others have used the program to help them.

Macro Express runs under Windows 95/98/Me/NT4/2000/XP/2003, costs $39.95(US), and can be ordered securely online from www.macros.com.

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Insight Software Solutions is located in the northern Utah town of Kaysville. The company developed its first macro program in 1996. It now offers a line of sophisticated macro programs, including Macro Express, Keyboard Express and ShortKeys. These products provide solutions for corporations, organizations, small businesses and individuals worldwide.

Insight Software Solutions also markets the Debt Analyzer, a powerful tool for helping consumers develop a plan for getting out of debt. Other products include Crossword Construction Kit and Word Search Construction Kit. These programs are great for educators, trainers and others to quickly create professional looking puzzles. A simple to use screen capture program and a zip code look up utility round out the lineup. All products can be found at www.wintools.com.


About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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