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.
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 http://www.mjtnet.com/pricing.htm (Enter the code on the cart/checkout page).
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.
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.