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RoboTask

By NeoWise Software Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 15, 2009

RoboTask aims to help users eliminate the need to endlessly repeat complex tasks by automatically doing them for you. While its intentions are good, we were constantly concerned that setup was more difficult than the actual task, which led us to question its time-saving value.

We immediately went to the program's instructional Help file because its interface is jumbled and full of unfamiliar command icons. Unfortunately, the Help file's instructions seem to be written for people who already understand the program and thus weren't very useful to a newcomer. We needed to experiment for a while to get the hang of things. By navigating a complicated file tree and selecting a long series of commands, we were supposed to be able to automatically check e-mail, and open programs, ZIP files, and more. However, we were only able to perform a handful of tasks successfully, and even then RoboTask would occasionally open the wrong program. Coordinating these tasks felt more difficult than manually performing them and therefore seemed like a waste of time. There's a feature that lets you schedule tasks, but since the tasks didn't always perform correctly, we didn't see its need and didn't feel we could trust it. We were constantly disappointed by this overly complicated tool and couldn't help but think of similar programs we've tested that were much easier to use.

RoboTask is free to try for 30 days. Since we had difficulty understanding its operation and getting it to perform successfully, we can't recommend this program.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 7.0.4

  • New option. Menu Options->Scale. You can change the scale of application windows from 100% to 200%
  • New portable utility - Network Command. This is a commandline and GUI utility duplicates "Send Command" action.
  • New action - TXT UTF8 converter. It can convert text in both directions.
  • New plugin Sound Volume.
  • New action in XML Document plugin: Get Single Node
  • New mouse system variables
  • New system variable: RandomString. Returns the random string by specified length
  • Choice Dialog - new feature. Now you can add item list from some text or text file.
  • Increased the security of parameters of RoboTask. Now RoboTask encodes the information about internal users and pre-defined connections in system registry
  • Improved SFTP open action. Now you can use your private certificate directly at login process
  • Improved Find Element by Image action. Now the moving the mouse cursor is the optional operation. Now you can use this action to check the element existence on the screen.
  • Improved Open Dialog action. Now you can select several files.
  • Reduced the amount of warnings "Try to start the task again" to 1 per minute.
  • Now you can rename the task by pressing F2.
  • Fixed a bug Run CommandLine Utility action. Sometimes it missed the end of output stream (last line).
  • Many other small improvements and bug fixes.

General

Release January 25, 2018
Date Added January 25, 2018
Version 7.0.4

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 7,855
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

RoboTask allows you to automate any combination of tasks on your computer, ranging from simply launching web pages, to checking email, moving or backing up files to uploading or downloading, sending email and much more. The program allows you to easily create simple tasks, as well as highly complex automations, involving conditional IF/ELSE statements, loops, custom variables and other advanced options. It can accommodate just about any type of simple or complex automation, without the need to create batch files or write complicated scripts, as it uses a visual interface that allows you to simply select and combine actions to fit your needs. The extensive support for conditional actions allows you not only to create automated tasks, but to execute them automatically if certain conditions apply (e.g. if a file is moved, if your Internet connection cuts off, etc.). RoboTask can run as an NT Service, allowing you to have automated tasks take place, even if you are not logged on. Anyone can use RoboTask! Despite RoboTask's power and flexibility, it is very easy to use. No need to be a programmer - use RoboTask to build your own automated solutions quickly and easily. Just a few minutes with RoboTask will give you plenty of ideas on how you can increase your productivity. And, of course, everyone wants to avoid losing important data. Let RoboTask take care of it. Here are just some of the many things RoboTask can do for you: Run applications and open documents; Manage automatic backups; Alert you of any changes in your folders; Shut down Windows and power off your computer; Process files and folders (copy, move, rename, delete, etc.); Work with FTP and Web servers (download, upload, etc.); Send letters and files by e-mail; Act as an alarm clock and much more! To tell you the truth, that was just a tiny list of the things RoboTask can do! You can probably think of many other boring things you have to do on your computer. Why not let RoboTask do all of them for you?