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Announcing Code Snippets

Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Marcus Tettmar

Have you ever tried to send a piece of Macro Scheduler code (or any other code for that matter) to someone by email or instant messaging, or even in a forum, and found that it gets mangled? HTML strips leading spaces, characters get stripped or changed, and special characters get inserted and so on. Even when the code works it ends up looking ugly and is hard to read.

But now you can use our Code Snippets tool. You can access it via your Forum account and you’ll find it in the forum nav menu (top right of forum pages). Or go direct here (you’ll need to be logged into the forums – you can create an account for free if you don’t already have one).

Simply give your snippet a title and paste your code into the box. When you save it you’ll be given a special link which you can give to anyone, via email, forum, instant messaging, or however you like, and you can be sure that the recipient will be able to see your code, all nicely formatted and syntax highlighted. They can copy and paste it safely into a Macro Scheduler script without it being messed up, or they can view the raw file.

Here’s an example:

You’ll also get a special forum embed code. Use this if you want to paste your code into a forum post. Instead of pasting your code, paste the embed code and then when your post is viewed it will display a nicely sanitized version of your code.

Over on the right of the Code Snippets page you’ll also see a list of snippets you’ve already made. If you need to grab the link or embed code just visit a snippet page and you’ll see the link and embed code at the bottom.

So, now, if you’re sending pieces of code to our support desk via email or live chat, to a friend or colleague or in the forums, please use Code Snippets. :-)

Note that Code Snippets, as it’s name implies, is designed for small scripts and code examples. If you need to send a huge script to someone it’s probably best to send the raw script file as an attachment.

Macro Scheduler 14.1 Available

Monday, March 17th, 2014 by Marcus Tettmar

Macro Scheduler 14.1 is now available.

Here’s a summary of changes in Macro Scheduler 14.1:

  • New UI Automation functions for manipulating “Accessible” objects (UI Automation Elements).
  • New FindObject Wizard for locating objects, detecting accessible elements and outputting code to manipulate them.
  • Support for HTML email in SMTPSendMail
  • New HTMLViewer component for custom dialogs
  • Macro Recorder speed/reliability improvements
  • Other new functions and improvements.

The most notable addition here is the support for UI automation elements.  What’s this all about?

Well, this makes use of Microsoft’s Active Accessibility framework which allows application developers to expose UI elements to other applications.  It was originally designed to help accessibility tools like screen readers and also for automated software testing applications.

Essentially it means that the controls of applications – the UI elements such as buttons and form fields – can be more easily identified and manipulated.  Controls can be identified by name.  Here’s a short video showing this in use:

Bear in mind that what you can do with this will vary from application to application and what is possible will depend very much on what the application developer has exposed. If a developer hasn’t specifically named elements or knowingly used Accessibility, Windows will in many cases – and assuming a standard windows UI framework has been used – expose the controls anyway and will name objects based on their captions and labels.

To make it easy to identify elements we’ve added the Find Object Wizard which will show you the Accessible object beneath the cursor and let you create code to manipulate it (e.g. click it or set it’s value).  So using this you can experiment with what is possible with the application you want to automate.   Please let us know in the forums which applications you have used this with.

Assuming this new functionality proves useful, expect more features and improvements in future.

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Youtube Page Facelift

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Marcus Tettmar

Thanks to Dorian our youtube channel is looking great:

Macro Recorder and Windows Automation Youtube Channel

This is the home of all our videos, including video tutorials which you’ll also find here.

Winter Sale – 25% Off New Licenses

Monday, December 9th, 2013 by Marcus Tettmar

Get 25% off new Macro Scheduler licenses until the end of this month.

For the rest of December 2013 we’re offering 25% off all new license sales.  Just use the following coupon code:


This code is valid for all editions of Macro Scheduler and can be redeemed at (Enter the code on the cart/checkout page).

Macro Scheduler in the Winter Olympics

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 by Marcus Tettmar

Macro Scheduler on Skis? No, not exactly. But your favourite automation software and macro recorder will apparently be helping behind the scenes at the Winter Olympics next year in Sochi.

I received this message from Stefano Frattini, DT Manager at Olympic Broadcasting Services SL, yesterday:

You’ll be happy to know that a small Macro Scheduler script will be running on a service channel machine at the Sochi Olympics next year. The script is controlling the download, verification and sorting of weather information files which actually feed a TV channel from OBS (Host Broadcaster) called Olympic Weather Channel. This channel is distributed to all the Rights Holder Broadcasters during the SOCHI Olympic Games.

50% Off Software Test Automation eCourses

Friday, September 20th, 2013 by Marcus Tettmar

Just a heads up that our friend Randy Rice is currently offering 50% off his most popular Software Test Automation eLearning courses.

So if you’re interested in learning about software test automation you can grab yourself a bargain until Midnight Tuesday. Randy’s got the info here.

Macro Scheduler 14.0.14 Available

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by Marcus Tettmar

Macro Scheduler 14.0.14 maintenance release is now available for download.

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Unofficial Macro Scheduler Puzzler of the Week

Friday, September 13th, 2013 by Marcus Tettmar

It is Friday 13th and forum regular JRL has posted a little Macro Scheduler contest for beginners and experts alike with a chance to win some rep points. Check it out here.

Macro Scheduler’s Resume

Monday, July 8th, 2013 by Marcus Tettmar

If Macro Scheduler was applying for a job?:

Macro Scheduler

Tel UK: +44 (0)208 099 3431
Tel USA: +1 360 519 5383


I seek work in any organisation doing almost anything you can do on a computer. I work really fast and you wouldn’t even know I was there. I can do anything a human can do and you don’t even need to pay me (apart from the small, initial license fee). I’ll even work 24 hours a day. My ambition is to make everyone’s lives easier by carrying out your mundane computer tasks and performing jobs at night when everyone else would rather be in bed. I can save your company a huge amount of money and free up your valuable time. My goal is to streamline your computing and improve your productivity.

Skill Sets:

Task automation, job scheduling, macro recording, automated software testing, web application automation, automated data entry, software installation streamlining, data retrieval and data consolidation, application integration, file transfers, simplification of complicated tasks, automation of data extraction and report generation, batch processing.

Education and Qualifications:

I learnt everything I know from my makers at MJT Net Ltd who are experts in software automation. They programmed me and gave me my powerful, easy to understand, scripting language and built the functionality that makes it easy to employ me for task automation. I am an expert in user interface scripting, Microsoft VBScript, OLE/ActiveX automation, GUI building, user simulation and computer control.

Summary of Work Experience:

I’ve worked in thousands of different companies world-wide. I can be cloned easily so I have actually worked at lots of different places at the same time. I’ve done Load Testing for JD Edwards and Motorola, Order Processing at Eastman Kodak, Software Installation for the US Environment Protection Agency, performance benchmarking for Pacejet and all sorts of amazing things for hundreds of other people. I’ve been employed by NASA, but I’m not allowed to tell you what I did there. I’ve been utilised by most of the Fortune 500, simplified front desk procedures in high street banks, automated sound file uploads for the BBC, automated play lists for Sirius Satellite Radio, helped with research projects in universities, and generally improved productivity for companies large and small around the world.

Examples of my Work:
Read Success Stories and Usage Scenarios here.

You’ll find testimonials and references here.

Macro Scheduler 14.0.11 Available

Thursday, June 20th, 2013 by Marcus Tettmar

Macro Scheduler 14.0.11 maintenance release is now available for download.

This is a recommended update. It fixes an important issue with the new image recognition engine which could cause a memory leak on some versions of Windows. It also includes some improvements for the Native IE (WebRecorder) functions.

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