April 5, 2018

Macro Scheduler 14.4.08 Available

Filed under: Announcements — Marcus Tettmar @ 4:42 pm

Macro Scheduler maintenance build 14.4.08 is now available for download from the usual places:

Registered Downloads/Upgrades | Trial Versions | New Licenses | Version History

This version introduces a simple and useful new WebRecorder function called IEGetAllText. It simply gets ALL the text in the specified Internet Explorer browser window, and it will iterate through all frames in the page too. A super simple way of scraping a web page or web app. You can tell it to get just text or html. Once you have that you could parse it with e.g. Regular Expressions.

While we already have functions that let you target a specific element based on a known attribute, this function gives you a quick way of pulling out all the text in the document.

March 14, 2018

Macro Scheduler 14.4.07 – Improved HTTPS Support

Filed under: Announcements — Marcus Tettmar @ 7:04 pm

We have today made Macro Scheduler build 14.4.07 available.

This release effects only the HTTPRequest function when using SSL. It addresses an issue where some sites that used SNI (Server Name Identification) would fail to load.

We’ve also made TLS1.2 the default security protocol so that you don’t have to set it explicitly. You can still set a lower version (TLS1 or TLS1.1) if you need to override it by setting TLS_VER to 1 or 11.

Very few sites now use SSLv3 due to its vulnerabilities. Most now require TLS1.2. However, if you MUST use one of the older SSL versions instead of TLS you can do so by setting HTTPS_SSLVER to one of SSLV2, SSLV23, SSL3 or ALL.

It is also no longer necessary to set the HTTP_SSL variable as HTTPRequest will enable it if the URL starts with HTTPS.

So all that is needed for retrieving a page via SSL is:


Finally, the default for HTTP_USERAGENT is now “Macro Scheduler (www.mjtnet.com)”. We’ve done this because we discovered that the default value set internally by the development library we use is often filtered out by administrators, causing requests to fail (lots of other apps use the same library). You can of course set it to whatever you want.

March 1, 2018

Macro Scheduler 14.4.05 Update Available

Filed under: Announcements — Marcus Tettmar @ 9:46 am

Macro Scheduler 14.4.05 maintenance release is now available for download from the usual places.

For details of changes please see the history list here.

Registered Updates | Trial Downloads | New Licenses

January 2, 2018

Happy New Year – Welcome to 2018!

Filed under: Announcements,General — Marcus Tettmar @ 10:16 am

Just a quick note to say Happy New Year to all our customers. This year will be our 21st year of selling Macro Scheduler. I think that’s pretty amazing. Thanks for all your support over the years and for continuing to use Macro Scheduler. It’s always great to hear how Macro Scheduler helps in your work and business processes, so please continue to keep in touch and let us know how it’s helping you. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2018!

October 29, 2017

Macro Scheduler 14.4.02 Available

Filed under: Announcements — Marcus Tettmar @ 6:17 pm

Macro Scheduler 14.4.02 maintenance release is now available for download from the usual places.

For details of changes please see the history list here.

Registered Updates | Trial Downloads | New Licenses

October 5, 2017

Macro Scheduler 14.4 Released

Filed under: Announcements — Marcus Tettmar @ 9:31 am

I’m pleased to announce that Macro Scheduler 14.4 is now available.

Macro Scheduler 14.4 brings you some cool new Screen OCR functions with a handy little Screen OCR wizard to go with them.

We’ve also added a HoldKey function to make it easier to hold keys down or perform key repeats, a function to set the volume and a new Excel function to attach to an existing – already open – workbook. There’s a handy ArrayFind function to help you find an element in an array quickly and for those of you automating downloads from websites there’s the new IEDoDownload function which “auto-clicks” on IE’s annoying download bar and removes the need for the legacy download manager.

For the more advanced programmer there’s also improved variable type awareness to give you more control over how comparisons take place in complex expressions.

For a full list of changes see the version history here. For trial downloads go here. Registered users can download their copy/upgrade in their account here.

September 19, 2017

OCR Functions Anyone?

Filed under: Announcements,Scripting — Marcus Tettmar @ 11:29 am

Note: Macro Scheduler 14.4 with OCR was released in October 2017. This post was written prior to that.

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.

July 26, 2017

Parsing XML with XMLParse and XPath

Filed under: Announcements,Scripting,Tutorials — Marcus Tettmar @ 10:22 am

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 1, 2017

Script Development Services

Filed under: Announcements,Scripting — Marcus Tettmar @ 6:35 am

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.

February 8, 2017

Workflow Designer and SDK Updated for 14.3.08

Filed under: Announcements — Marcus Tettmar @ 3:24 pm

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.

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