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WinAutomation

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The utility WinAutomation lets you create automatic system and file processes--or jobs--that can help you alleviate the pain of performing multiple menial tasks like renaming files, sending e-mails, and merging Excel files. The 30-day full-featured trial provides a generous opportunity for users to test-drive the app, create some sample jobs, and see whether WinAutomation can help with your common PC tasks.

WinAutomation includes decent in-program help, as well as additional support information on the publisher's Web site. Getting started will still be the biggest problem for new users, however, and the program could benefit with a more robust tutorial, especially one that includes sample jobs that users can edit and play with. Also, the program would benefit from tooltips or other integrated support that explicitly describe how each possible "action" works.

Once you get the feel of creating new jobs and defining parameters through the drag-and-drop interface of the job editor, it's easy to create basic processes, but there's still a steep learning curve before you'll be able to perform advanced automation tricks. One simple example of how WinAutomation can work--we created a job to track all of the file information about applicant resumes in a WinAutomation data table, then rename those files, and move them to a new folder. We were even able to display that file information in a pop-up window when the job runs.

All in all, WinAutomation is a powerful, well-organized application that advanced users who want to create their own PC macros will appreciate. The trial installed and uninstalled smoothly, with no artifacts left behind. As mentioned, the program requires a bit of a time investment to learn how to use it fully and could some more integrated help features, but those who stick it out will likely be pleased by the software's abilities.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very fully featured and good support"

    July 6, 2011  |   By THelwoode

    Version: WinAutomation 3.1.6.676

    Pros

    good website with good video tutorials to easily get you started.
    Seems to be the most fully featured of all the automation software I have tried (apart from AutoIt and AutoHotkey but they are harder to use)

    Cons

    I sometimes find it slow to startup the first time I run it maybe it's my pc. However the scripts I turn into standalone exe progs work fast.

    Summary

    If you want a very full featured prog get this. It may be over kill for some though.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Automate users should go with this one"

    November 30, 2009  |   By billc58

    Version: WinAutomation 3.0

    Pros

    1. Ease of use
    2. Comprehensive action list
    3. Great price
    4. Reliable
    5. Able to compile scripts
    6. Not too geeky

    Cons

    1. Debugging good be easier with the ability to run specific steps or 'run from here'.

    Summary

    I have used Automate for years but starting looking for an alternative when their pricing went through the ceiling.

    WinAutomation has virtually the same ease of use and action list and is a fraction of the price. In addition, my jobs that I have translated from Automate to WinAutomation work faster and more reliably.

    You can also compile jobs for anyone to use. Every user of Automate scripts have to buy their own copy of the program.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Seems to work well and is comprehensive in scope."

    June 17, 2009  |   By DrDubious

    Version: WinAutomation 2.0

    Pros

    Has a very complete set of defined actions and the ability to record user activity as it occurs.

    Cons

    Does not always trigger as expected and has an annoying dialog that pops up after completion.

    Summary

    I was a previous user of QuicKeys for the Mac and this program compares favorably. I would recommend it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Good, Easy to Use Macro Program"

    August 3, 2008  |   By edsped

    Version: WinAutomation 2.0

    Pros

    Very intuitive. Easy to use interface. (As far as I can tell) Full functionality with demo mode (except EXE creation - big deal).

    Cons

    None so far.

    Summary

    I've tried 5 macro programs over the past few weeks; I had remembered using QuicKeys 15 years ago on the Mac, and tried it again now (QK v. 3 for Windows), but it just didn't handle well (esp. Menu pull-downs). The other macro programs had poor to very poor interfaces. I don't have time to read a bunch of crap on how to use a program; I sure as heck don't want to be a programmer. I just want to install a macro program and have it do what I want it to within minutes: WinAutomation has done just that.

    I will continue to put WinAutomation through it's paces over the next 30 days, but I think the ~$80 fee for home use is worth it to me. Here's what I'm using it for so far:

    Quicken: F2 and F3 to switch between Checking and Visa account screens (less mousing around for me)
    iTunes: ctrl-shft-pg down to go to Next song (maximizes iTunes, sends ctrl-Right to iTunes, minimizes ITunes, putting me right back into previous song). I use ctrl-shft-pg up to go to previous song (but I had to put a 1 second delay in there for iTunes to get settled before sending the ctrl-Left command)

    And all that I was able to figure out in (seriously) about 5 minutes. For me it is definitely worth it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Effective workflow, easy-to-use interface, options, GREAT support"

    February 5, 2008  |   By arisfil

    Version: WinAutomation 2.0

    Pros

    I normally do not have time to write reviews on software, however I will do an exception as I experienced *excellent* support from the WinAutomation team and they really deserve to have their software known and rated objectively.

    I examined most of their competitors and decided to use WinAutomation because of its its excellent examples that show how certain automation goals are created. When I faced a dilemma on which combination of options is better to use for my specific automation goal I send an email to the WinAutomation team. I have to say that I am impressed on how professionally they treated my request and that they responded back with 3 different combinations to achieve the same goal. Now that was impressive! (one of the combinations was already my own suggestion which I figured out pretty quickly anyway but was not sure if it was optimal).

    I strongly recommend WinAutomation because it has the best combination: A well-thought interface/engine combined with a knowledgeable and helpful team.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amaging software!!!"

    January 23, 2008  |   By realtvo

    Version: WinAutomation 2.0

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Veri Good"

    January 22, 2008  |   By Mihaita10

    Version: WinAutomation 2.0

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