Automation

Control your PC easily!

AlomWare Toolbox has simple English-like scripting with over 350 "steps" (seen below) that give you control of your PC by automating the annoying things that you're currently doing manually. Use it to do boring daily activities with hotkeys, trigger text, or on schedules. You can also double-click any automated action in your list to run it.

Practical example: Don't sit there manually launching and setting up all your workday apps and moving their windows to your preferred positions and sizes; let AlomWare Toolbox do it! See our video.

"Action" steps

For changing the flow of the action being run; or to change how some other steps might operate; and to update variables that the action might use (such as whether your PC is currently online).

"Alert" steps

To show information to you in different ways (such as message boxes and toast notifications), and to prompt/ask you for information with text boxes and lists.

"Clipboard" steps

For reading and modifying the clipboard's text and images, and to perform actions based on what's in the clipboard.

Note: These steps are normally used in conjunction with the "String" steps, as seen further below.

"Computer" steps

For doing common things to your PC, such as launching apps; locking it with a glass-like overlay (so nobody can use it but you can still monitor what's going on); saving and restoring desktop icon layouts; sleeping it and shutting it down; switching from one window to another in above, below, left and right directions; changing the sound volume; and so on.

"Counter" steps

For keeping track of numbered items for whatever given reason, such as the number of files in a folder, or to repeat a block of steps a specific number of times.

"Data" steps

For storing temporary text that you assigned with the "String" steps.

"Email" steps

For composing quick emails and sending them via a specified SMTP server, without needing to start Microsoft Outlook® or another dedicated mail client. Use this to send emails on demand with a hotkey!

"File" steps

For managing files on your PC, and backing them up automatically before opening them.

"Folder" steps

For managing folders on your PC and processing the files inside them; and also re-opening the last used one when you've accidentally closed it (a huge time saver).

"Image" steps

For loading images of BMP, GIF, JPG and PNG type for the intention of displaying as an on-top reference window, that can be clicked through and made transparent.

You can also perform very basic image processing on images such as resizing, rotating, converting to grayscale and negative, and flipping horizontally and vertically. Images can be saved in PNG format after conversion.

"Keyboard" steps

For basic text typing and performing other keystrokes such as Ctrl+C for copying the current item; re-typing the last line of text again; disabling the Windows® key; and typing single lines of text to windows in the background without switching to them.

Note: For advanced typing control, you should use the "Macro" steps instead.

"Log" steps

For typing quick short ad-hoc notes that you don't intend to save; viewing the long output of DOS commands in a resizable window; and for actions to output data if a message box or to a file isn't needed.

"Macro" steps

For advanced typing of keys and mouse actions, including with different speeds and even simulation of a human doing the typing to fool online observers. Mouse actions are clicks and movements, and the movements can be saved in real-time or as direct point-to-point activity to save data.

Macros can be created either by hand or with the built-in macro recorder, and their playback speed can be altered afterwards. Temporary macros can also be created on an ad-hoc basis and won't be saved as an action unless you decide to copy its data.

"String" steps

For manipulating text in dozens of ways, such as capitalizing sentences; adding all numbers found in it; putting lines of text into alphabetical order; calculating the value of numbers (so 100+36 becomes 136); getting the text under the mouse; getting the text from an image file or clipboard image via OCR; and so on.

"Toolbox" steps

For doing something to AlomWare Toolbox itself. This is currently limited to just hiding its window, or showing one of its specific tabs on demand. (If AlomWare Toolbox's window isn't open, it will be opened after the tab is shown).

"Wait" steps

For pausing the current action until something has occurred, such as time passing, a pixel to change on the screen, a window to open or close, a process to start or finish, a file or folder to appear or be deleted, and so on.

"Web" steps

For opening web sites via their URL, and for downloading text and images from sites by specifying their download link.

As two examples, there's default actions in the "Web" section of the "Automation" tab that shows how to download and display a street cam image in a window, and how to view 1 USD converted to 1 AUD.

"Window" steps

For manipulating windows in dozens of ways, such as making them stay on top of all others; resizing and positioning them; changing their title bar text; making them transparent; rolling them up to their title bar only (but with a live thumbnail in it so you can still see what it's doing!); docking them to other windows and moving them all in unison; clicking a named button on them; freezing them so other apps can't steal the focus; locking them into place so they can't be moved or resized; closing them forcibly; and much more.

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