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Be Gone Poodle!

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Marcus Tettmar

Our servers have been patched for Poodle, the SSL3 vulnerability. Basically we’ve just disabled SSL3 and SSL2. These are no longer needed anyway as all modern browsers support their successor, TLS.

Those using IE7 or lower (why oh why!?) will, by default, not be able to load without making a small change.

If for some unearthly reason (there really isn’t one) you HAVE to use one of those ancient browsers you can simply go into advanced settings, disable SSL2 and SSL3 and enable TLS 1.0.

But why bother doing that when you can just upgrade. Even those of you stuck using XP can upgrade to IE8 (or use a better alternative).

But if you need to do that you won’t be reading this unless you’ve connected via a different browser/PC!

According to our server logs 3% of visitors last month were using IE7 or less. That’s a low enough figure not to worry about lost visits and, anyway, it’s time these browsers and SSL3 were consigned to the scrap heap once and for all. Any other workarounds or fixes are just delaying the inevitable.

21% of visitors are still using IE8. They’re probably stuck on XP. I can’t wait to see that figure drop below 1%.

Macro Scheduler Referral Program

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Marcus Tettmar

Want to earn a little extra cash? If you are a registered Macro Scheduler user, you can now recommend Macro Scheduler to your friends, colleagues, customers – or anyone else – and we’ll give you 20% of every sale you generate.

You’ll find details in your account at

Macro Scheduler 14.1.05 Available

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 by Marcus Tettmar

We have today released maintenance build 14.1.05. This makes a few small fixes and improvements. For full details please see the version history page.

Available from the usual places:

Trial Downloads | Registered Downloads & Upgrades | New Licenses

Macro Scheduler 14.1.04 Update – Another Wizard!

Friday, May 9th, 2014 by Marcus Tettmar

We have today released Macro Scheduler update 14.1.04.

Version History | Trial Downloads | Registered Downloads | New Licenses

This update brings the following new features:

A new IE HTML Element Wizard

This looks very similar to the Find Object Wizard we added in 14.1, but works specifically against HTML elements in IE windows to output IETagEvent functions. Here’s a quick video showing it in action:

This handy feature vastly simplifies the process of figuring out tag names and attributes and in many cases removes the need to trawl through HTML source or use IE’s Developer Tools.

The ability to search the code builders

We’ve added a search box at the top of the Code Builder tree so that you can now search for functions.

The ability to use any custom icons for the system tray

In our last update we finally updated the branding of Macro Scheduler to use our “gearhead” icon. If you’d prefer to use the old icons – or any custom icons you like – you can now do so.

Simply drop two .ico files containing a 16×16 icon into the Macro Scheduler folder called mainicon.ico and runicon.ico. When Macro Scheduler starts it will use mainicon.ico as the default icon in the system tray. When a macro is running it will alternate this with runicon.ico.

We’ve also included the old icons with the installer. After installing Macro Scheduler 14.1.04 you will see a subfolder called “oldicons” in the program folder. Use these if you want the old tray icons.

Version History | Trial Downloads | Registered Downloads | New Licenses

Forum Upgrade

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by Marcus Tettmar

After quite a few years we have finally upgraded the forum software to phpBB3. We had been stuck on an old unsupported phpBB2 release and in the interests of security and future support and maintenance we have now converted the forum to the latest phpBB3 release.

All being well you won’t notice any difference apart from a more modern look and feel. Your logins should still work as before and all your posts are intact. But any problems give us a shout.

There are some useful new features: the built in [code] .. [/code] tags now work without garbling the code and for larger scripts the new forum also now supports attachments. So if needed you can upload .scp files.

The new forums are accessible at although all old links should still work too.

Macro Scheduler 14.1.03 Available

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Marcus Tettmar

We have today shipped maintenance build 14.1.03. Change History Here.

This build mostly fixes a few minor bugs but also has one fairly major change: We’ve replaced the application icons and system tray icon with our “Gearhead” logo ().

Why did we change the icon? Well we love that dude, and he represents what Macro Scheduler is all about!

More importantly, the main reason is consistency. As it stood the software didn’t fit with the brand image exhibited by the web site, which has become a product site pretty much dedicated to Macro Scheduler (I’d like to change the domain name to match but that’s a whole other story involving a lot of risk). It’s possible the old icons caused confusion to those who just downloaded the software from our website. In order to make the flow between website and software installation more seamless it made sense that software and website shared the same brand and therefore used the same logo.

Loops and Looping

Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Marcus Tettmar

A new article has been added to the knowledge base: Loop the Loop – all about the different ways you can create loops in Macro Scheduler.

New Knowledge Base

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Marcus Tettmar

We now have a fancy new Knowledge Base system. Check it out at:

To get things started we’ve moved over the FAQs, the video tutorials and gone through the blog for juicy articles we think should be in the knowledge base.

This new home puts all the support resources under one roof and there’s an easy way to email support if you can’t find what you are looking for.

We’ll be adding new articles on an ongoing basis and if there’s anything you think should be included, or you have an idea for a tutorial please do not hesitate to drop us a line.

OpenSSL and Heart Bleed – All Safe Here

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Marcus Tettmar

You may have heard about the OpenSSL vulnerability called Heart Bleed. If not there’s some info here. is safe!

I just wanted to let you know that our servers have been patched with the latest update and are not vulnerable. As a precaution we also reissued our SSL certificate. The company we use for e-commerce transactions – WorldPay – is also safe and secure.

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.

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