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Macro Scheduler Gearhead Spotted Again in Forza

Friday, November 13th, 2015 by Marcus Tettmar

Thanks again to Chris Henwood for designing another stunning livery. This time for this virtual Aussie V8 Dorian is driving in Forza Motorsport:

Aussie V8 with MJT Livery

Dorian is racing this car twice a week. Good luck Dorian!

Macro Scheduler 14.2.04 Available

Thursday, September 17th, 2015 by Marcus Tettmar

I am pleased to announce that Macro Scheduler maintenance update 14.2.04 is now available.

Links: Version History | Registered Downloads | Trial Downloads | New Licenses

Runs in Windows 10

Friday, July 31st, 2015 by Marcus Tettmar

Yes, Macro Scheduler works great in Windows 10:

Chirp – Teaching the Machines to Sing

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by Marcus Tettmar

Allow me to tell you about a fun new technology called Chirp created by some good friends of ours.

Chirp is an exciting new technology that shares information between devices using sound and you can try it out for yourself.

Chirp

Chirp works by using little more than your device’s speaker and microphone. Data is encoded into a sound which is then “chirped” over the speaker. Another device or devices within earshot will “hear” that sound and decode it.

The beauty of this is that it removes all technical obstacles to sharing data (no need for infrared, or setting up bluetooth etc) and makes it possible for the most basic devices (think Arduino boards, toys, TVs, games etc) to chirp without any special hardware. And it means that one device can very easily share data with multiple listening devices.

You can share URLs, notes, images and video between devices – and now from your desktop web browser. College lecturers and presenters find it very useful for sharing links to websites, slides and presentations to their delegates, without having to collect email addresses or use any special infrastructure.

You can download the free Chirp app from the Apple Store or Google Play to see it in action. It’s great fun! There’s also a Chrome Plugin which makes it a breeze to share links from your web browser to your phone/tablet.

And if you want to make your own apps chirp there’s an SDK you can get your hands on too. I had some fun not long back making a Lego EV3 Robot chirp. Why not!? Anyone for a Macro Scheduler -> Chirp Interface?

And if you like what you see why not get in on the action – Team Chirp are currently crowd funding to raise money to take Chirp to the next level and are exploring commercial opportunities – so you can even make a little investment.

Self Documenting Macro Recorder Snapshots

Thursday, May 7th, 2015 by Marcus Tettmar

Did you know that since Macro Scheduler 14.2 the Macro Recorder can store snapshots of windows and objects that you click on as you are recording?

This feature makes it easier to work out which bit of code does what as you can see the screenshots inside the script:

Note the thumbnail images in the script. To view a full sized version – as in the example above – double click on a thumbnail.

This feature is on by default but can be switched off before you record a macro by toggling the “Take Window Snapshot Images” option on the macro recorder settings dialog.

Macro Scheduler 14.2.03 Maintenance Update

Monday, March 16th, 2015 by Marcus Tettmar

We have today released Macro Scheduler 14.2.03. This is a minor maintenance release addressing a few small bugs and improvements.

For full details please see the history list here.

Registered Users | New Licenses | Trial Downloads

Awesome Image Recognition

Friday, February 6th, 2015 by Marcus Tettmar

We received this email today and I just had to share it …

Macro Scheduler image recognition just saved me 6 hours of mind numbing work and my program took me about 15 minutes to write, test, and start using. Such an AWESOME solution you provide.

Richard A. San Jose, CA USA

For more info on how to use Image Recognition see:
http://help.mjtnet.com/article/39-how-to-use-macro-schedulers-image-recognition-functions

Carbon Footprint – Doing Our bit for the Planet

Friday, January 16th, 2015 by Marcus Tettmar

Well, it’s a new year and with that comes new years resolutions. For MJT Net Ltd I decided we needed to do more to lessen our impact on the environment.

We’ve already made some changes:

Our web sites, mjtnet.com and clipmagic.com, are now hosted in a data center which runs directly on 100% renewable generated electricity.

Web servers run 24/7. So I think switching to green data centers is an important move.

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For our office electricity we have recently switched to ecotricity who generate all their electricity using renewable sources – the wind, sun and sea. We’re also planning to install our own solar panels this year.

Where possible we will source second hand/reconditioned IT hardware.

We’re not a large company, so these changes may seem minuscule in the grand scheme of things. But it all helps and if everyone did this it will help much more.

Buy Someone a Macro Scheduler Subscription for Christmas

Monday, December 22nd, 2014 by Marcus Tettmar

Someone asked me how they could buy a Macro Scheduler subscription for a friend, for Christmas and I thought what a great idea!

A monthly subscription costs only $15. Or you can buy a three month subscription for $40.

More info and subscription signups here.

That would make a great Christmas present for someone. You can buy a three month subscription and then cancel before the end of the term and they get three months of uninterrupted, unlimited use. A great way to introduce someone to the power and flexibility of Macro Scheduler.

If you want to buy someone a subscription, use your details when you signup and then forward them the activation email. Keep the subscription going for as long as you want.

Case Study: Macro Scheduler Saves 3600 Elf-Hours and Gets Presents Delivered On Time

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by Marcus Tettmar

“Here in the North Pole our elves work hard every year to ensure presents are created and delivered on time to good little boys and girls all over the world,” says Santa Claus, “but with a booming world population and the ever increasing demands of modern employment and elf-and-safety regulations, our task is getting harder and harder and we need to modernize without breaking the bank or requiring specialist skills”.

On Christmas Day Santa Claus delivers toys to well behaved boys and girls all over the world. Budgets are tight, especially with the collapse of the Icelandic banking system where most of Santa’s investments were held. As an ethical organization Santa’s operation must also be seen to be economic and efficient and now has to adhere to strict new guidelines on the amount of hours per day elves can work.

Up until now Santa’s operation was largely manual. “We are in an awkward position,” says Claus “people expect us to carry on our traditions of elf-labour and creating products by hand, but at the same time the world has moved on and we need to compete with the likes of Walmart and ToysRUs and cut our costs. So we needed to find ways of improving efficiency without losing our traditional appeal. 100% mechanization is a no-no. But something that would help with the repetitive manual number crunching and data entry tasks would be ideal. We also had to find something that didn’t require specialist IT knowledge. I mean, our elves, bless them, they’re wonderful at toy-making, but technology? Not so much. So we turned to Google and found Macro Scheduler.”

Many of the tasks carried out by the elves are repetitive and time-consuming, taking elves away from the more productive work of producing toys and wrapping presents. “Once a day we have to download the new lists from our incoming server. There’s the naughty list and the good list.” says Jingle, Santa’s Chief Elf, “We need to check for duplicates, then copy and paste each list into our own master list. Of course boys and girls can switch from list to list too, so we need to cross reference. If someone was on the good list but has been naughty we need to find their record, remove it from the good master list and place it on the naughty list. This used to be a manual process, taking around 6 hours a day. With Macro Scheduler we were able to automate the entire process. A macro trigger responds to the lists appearing in the inbox and then reads through the data and cleans our master list automatically. It’s entirely automated. We used to take turns doing this job and you wouldn’t believe how much happier everyone is now that they can make toys instead.”

That task alone is saving over 2000 elf-hours a year. But it’s not just the elf-savings that Santa’s team is benefiting from. Elves are happier too. It also saves a number of embarrassing mistakes. “In the past it was easy to mess up a change in the lists. Some poor kid ends up being put on the naughty list by mistake and he doesn’t get a present. That was a real PR nightmare! Santa would lose his rag too. I mean you didn’t want to be there! Yeh, the elves are much happier now and we’re now more likely to hit our toy-creation performance targets too. Everyone wins”.

Santa and his team are now using Macro Scheduler wherever they can and can see many opportunities to expand its use across their North Pole operations center over the following year.

“We’re really impressed with the product and the support that comes with it. None of our elves were programmers, with only basic IT skills, but they’ve picked up Macro Scheduler quickly. The possibilities are endless and we’re really glad we found it.” says Claus.

For more information on Macro Scheduler click here. For more case studies and success stories go here.