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Parsing XML with XMLParse and XPath

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 by Marcus Tettmar

Prompted by a recent forum post from Phil Pendlebury the other day I have written a new article on using XMLParse in the knowledge base:

Parsing XML with XMLParse and XPath

Hope it’s helpful. I’m sure you’ll have more questions when you start using it in anger. So when you do, be sure to head over to the forums and ask for help. :-)

Demo: Automating Data Entry from Excel to Web

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by Marcus Tettmar

Here’s a little video Dorian has just put together to demonstrate the automation of data transfer from Excel into a web form:

Undocumented Internal Dialog Event Parameters

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 by Marcus Tettmar

In this forum post Armsys asks how he can determine which key the user pressed in an OnKeyPress dialog event handler. The solution I posted reveals an undocumented feature: Internal event parameters.

While there is a sample macro called “Dialogs – MouseOver” which ships with Macro Scheduler and demonstrates these event parameters, they are missing from the help file.

So here’s a short 3 minute video showing how this sample script works and demonstrating how you can determine what event parameters are available for use.

(Don’t forget you can view full screen and/or change the quality with the options in the video control panel above).

If you’re completely new to custom dialogs you might also want to watch part 1 and part 2 of the custom dialog video tutorials first.

Video Tutorial – Custom Dialogs Part 2

Monday, January 10th, 2011 by Marcus Tettmar

Happy New Year All! And to start the new year here is part 2 of the Custom Dialogs Tutorial I promised last month. In this 24 minute video I expand on what we did in part 1 to look at check boxes, combo boxes, setting property values at runtime, method event handlers and consider how we can validate user input before closing the dialog.

Click here to view a larger version or click on the full screen icon on the video control panel above.

If you haven’t seen Part 1 yet you will find it here and my previous blog post about it here.

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know what else you’d like to see in a video tutorial (dialogs and otherwise).

Video Tutorial – An Introduction to Custom Dialogs

Thursday, December 16th, 2010 by Marcus Tettmar

A frequent request has been a video tutorial on creating and using dialogs. There’s a lot to dialogs and it’s impossible to address everything in one video so here’s a 10 minute introduction to get started with:

You might want to click here to view a larger size video, or click the full screen icon on the control panel above.

Hopefully this video serves as a useful starting point and we can move on to look at more objects and properties, setting property values at runtime and event handlers in future tutorials.

Video Tutorial – Macro Scheduler for Non-Technical Beginners – Part 2

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 by Marcus Tettmar

Another contribution from Peter Begelsdorf which takes off from where his last video left off. Aimed at complete beginners this video demonstrates how to execute a file and wait for it to be ready before sending text and keystrokes to it.

Part 1 of this sequence and other videos can be found on the Video Tutorials Page.

This video is a result of my recent offer for free licenses and updates in exchange for video tutorial contributions. If you want to have a go at creating a tutorial please let me know.

Video Tutorial – Macro Scheduler for Non-Technical Beginners – Part 1

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 by Marcus Tettmar

Following my recent request for video tutorial contributions long-time Macro Scheduler user Peter Begelsdorf has stepped up to the plate and put together a short tutorial aimed at the non-technical beginner.

This slick three minute video introduces the fundamental, yet very important, SendText and Press commands and shows beginners how to create a simple text macro assigned to a hot key.

Peter is now planning to create a sequel to expand on the basics and explain how to execute a file and wait for a program to be ready.

While many of my regular readers may be amongst the more technical and experienced Macro Scheduler users I think these new videos will be a great help to newcomers to the software.

Peter Bengelsdorf is a media integration consultant who was a newspaper editor when he started using Macro Scheduler more than a decade ago. For his contribution Peter has been awarded free future Macro Scheduler updates and a WebRecorder license.

If you would like to create a video tutorial or have ideas for one, please let me know. We’re giving away licenses and future upates to video contributors.

This tutorial has been added to the Video Tutorials page.

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