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September 19th, 2017 by Marcus Tettmar

A sneaky peak of some new Screen OCR functions we have in development:

Please note that this feature is currently in development and therefore the syntax and final implementation may differ on release.

August 11th, 2017 by Marcus Tettmar

A customer filing PayPal disputes rather than emailing us and then, despite confirming that they have the software, failing to cancel the dispute and PayPal finding in their favour, leaving us out of pocket!

PayPal is costly and causes so many accounting headaches it isn’t true. I’ve a good mind to remove it from our site. How many people only buy because we accept PayPal? Anyone?

Another “customer” asking us to write a script, watching us write code, seeing it working, speaking favourably throughout the project at every step, never voicing any concern and then refusing to pay at the end. What’s the answer, lawyers and contracts, which would mean we’d have to put the prices up, or just stop offering script development services? Answers below.

Maybe give up completely. It isn’t what it used to be. This was fun in the early Internet days. Now it just feels like everyone wants something for nothing. Convince me otherwise below.

July 26th, 2017 by Marcus Tettmar

Prompted by a recent forum post from Phil Pendlebury the other day I have written a new article on using XMLParse in the knowledge base:

Parsing XML with XMLParse and XPath

Hope it’s helpful. I’m sure you’ll have more questions when you start using it in anger. So when you do, be sure to head over to the forums and ask for help. :-)

June 1st, 2017 by Marcus Tettmar

Did you know that we offer script development services? If you’re pushed for time or need a helping hand we can usually be of assistance. We often help people who don’t have the time or resource to build the automation themselves, or just want to get a jump start.

What sort of things do we do? It’s pretty much anything that needs automating, but a common scenario is data entry – usually reading data from Excel and entering it into either a web form or desktop app.

Recently we’ve written a script for a government agency which searches through hundreds of files looking for patterns and attaching them to emails; We’ve written a data entry script for a large oil company which reads through Excel and outputs the data to a web form; Helped a hospital automate entry of patient referrals into a web based system. We’ve reformatted CSV files; scraped data from a website; extracted data from PDF and output to Excel; Extracted patient data from an online dental patient database; assisted with extracting reports from an ordering system; and more.

So you can see we do all kinds of things. We have been automating processes for 20 years. If you have a project you could use some help with give us a shout and we’ll see what we can do.

March 2nd, 2017 by Marcus Tettmar

Here’s a little video Dorian has just put together to demonstrate the automation of data transfer from Excel into a web form:

February 8th, 2017 by Marcus Tettmar

A quick note for those of using Workflow Designer and/or the MacroScript SDK. These have now been updated with the latest 14.3.08 Macro Scheduler engine and can be downloaded from the registered user area.

February 7th, 2017 by Marcus Tettmar

Macro Scheduler build 14.3.08 is now available in the usual places.

As well as a few small bug fixes this version also introduces an improved GetFileList function with sorting options, and a new GetProcessIds function.

For the complete change history go here.

Registered Updates | Trial Versions | New Licenses

February 6th, 2017 by Marcus Tettmar

Happy New Year! A somewhat belated new year greeting, but one that comes with the realisation that this year marks the 20th year of Macro Scheduler. The first version was released way back in 1997!

20 years! Quite amazing. It all happened by accident really and I certainly didn’t expect it to still be going strong 20 years later. In fact it’s stronger than ever.

Thanks so much to all of our customers for all your support and feedback, helping to make Macro Scheduler the product it is. Some of you have been around since that very first year and still use the software today, and that makes me very proud.

Here’s to another 20 years!

January 25th, 2017 by Marcus Tettmar

Did you know you can create script templates to use when you create new macros in Macro Scheduler?

When you create a new macro you can choose File/New Macro from Template. This allows you to browse for a .scp file to use as a template. There are some pre-built templates in the Templates subfolder of the program folder which by default you will be presented with.

To create your own templates just create a script as normal or use the standalone editor and export it to a name and folder of your choice. You can then use it later with the “New Macro from Template” option.

If you’re always writing the same stuff when you create a new macro – e.g. maybe you have a standard way of documenting your macros with a code block at the top, you might find default templates really useful. You will probably have noticed that “from the factory” Macro Scheduler puts some comments at the top of all new scripts. You can change this or add your own comments/code by creating a default template.

To create a default template create a script file called default.scp and store it in a Templates subfolder beneath your main macro folder (usually My Documents\Macro Scheduler 14). This default template will then be loaded whenever you create a new macro using File/New Macro.

January 12th, 2017 by Marcus Tettmar

It’s always nice to receive unsolicited praise. I thought I would share this with you which was sent into us from one of our customers, Lee Hightire:

“You have an Incredibly Awesome product! I just used the Image Recognition tool to help me get at an item in the Sys Tray (needed to pause syncing of OneDrive). I was beating my head against the wall trying other methods, and the Image Recognition tool essentially wrote the code (and trust me, I needed it to do so). I just wanted to say thanks.”


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