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:
We have today released Macro Scheduler update 14.1.04.
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.
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 http://www.mjtnet.com/forum/ although all old links should still work too.
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.
We now have a fancy new Knowledge Base system. Check it out at:
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.
You may have heard about the OpenSSL vulnerability called Heart Bleed. If not there’s some info here.
mjtnet.com 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.
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: http://www.mjtnet.com/snip.htm?g=533575bab6f58
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 is now available.
Here’s a summary of changes in Macro Scheduler 14.1:
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.