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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 22, 2011

There's more than one way to automate tasks in Windows, but the Task Manager and macro options fall far short of many users' needs. If you find yourself wishing you could automate any repetitive task in Windows, try WinParrot, the "Windows parrot." This portable freeware lets you create, record, and play macros automating virtually any task or process in Windows. While it's not difficult to use, beginners will find it a bit overwhelming. Those users with a passing familiarity with code and text files will get the most out of this flexible tool's many options and capabilities, including unique and valuable extras like automatic screenshots of macros, a Studio feature for managing recorded macros, and an online Help file.

WinParrot's interface opened with a blank document and a parrot mascot. The program's instructions are simple and clear: press the Record button, record your process, and press End when you're done. There's no need to schedule the program to play back your macro: Simply press Play. We clicked Record, which first called up a Save File dialog for naming and saving our macro. We quickly created and saved a few simple macros animating some desktop chores. Clicking Play initiated our process, displaying each step in a scrolling real-time log file in the program's document window. It's possible to automate several consecutive tasks, trace your macros, and add Location tags, logical operators, and all kinds of variables with the command line. The Help file offers a huge range of commands and many screenshots to help users customize WinParrot.

As we noted, WinParrot is a simple, easy-to-use program in the hands of the more sophisticated Windows user. Less experienced users may find it a bit too flexible for their needs, though. We recommend it, with that reservation.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.1.3.1

General

Release July 19, 2013
Date Added July 19, 2013
Version 2.1.3.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

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Developer's Description

WinParrot is the Windows parrot. If you perform repetitive tasks with no added value on Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, it will save you much time. Start recording your tasks or your entries, WinParrot will replay them immediately without programming it generates a file with the extension "wpr" containing all your actions (mouse, key and screen shot). With a very simple language (very close to that of Excel) you can insert visual checkpoints, loops, conditions or data from Excel spreadsheets. You can control the tolerance of image recognition, shapes or texts; change the speed of typing or moving the mouse. In order to avoid slowing down your computer WinParrot is optimized to use the least possible of memory and CPU. WinParrot requires no installation and no administration right. It verifies its signature. If a virus attempts an intrusion or if WinParrot is corrupted, it will alert you. You will find examples and video on the official website. We hope that WinParrot will help you.