incurablegeek — 2010-05-17T21:17:49-04:00 — #1
About a year back a user posted the same request and the unanimous response was MACRO EXPRESS. Trust me I have anguished over this for far too long. In short, then, I have printed (and mostly read) very lengthy manuals for:
1) Macro Scheduler 11 - Looks to be very powerful, though complex
2) Macro Expert (http://www.macro-expert.com/)
3) WinAutomation (http://www.winautomation.com/)
Is MacroExpress still the drug of choice?
Can someone kindly breakdown the positives/negatives and fors/not fors of each one. I would surely appreciate it. Thanks for any wisdom or advice you might have.
Although each forum is different, I gather that, from a brief read of the FAQ's, posting my email address here is OK. If not, please feel free to advise me.
ammie — 2010-05-18T05:44:39-04:00 — #2
Having tried all three programs I can tell you that the one that made the difference to me was WinAutomation.
It's such a user friendly program, less than basic programming skills are required in order to build a program, it literally saved me from spending loads and loads of hours trying to learn a programming language to achieve what I needed!
All three programs are good, but I'd say that for the Macro Scheduler, you'd need to be at a very good scripting level and as far as the Macro Expert program is concerned, it lacks some very handy features that WinAutomation has, such as the fact that you can generate an executable file of a job you created and run it in other computers without having to install the program it self first, or you can also use the exception handling features for the jobs you create so that you limit the possibilities of a job not completing due to unexpected errors that may occur. What I also found really interesting in WinAutomation is the fact that you can also use FTP Services without having to call in an external program, which also saved me a lot of time sending clicks and keystrokes to get the cursor to the places i wanted in external programs such as filezilla.
Another major issue, that made me use WinAutomation more when I first tried it, is the fact that I could post questions to the forum and get answers promptly and also read other users' questions and learn things that could occur at a later point.
There are so many things..i could keep going forever (!) but i think you really need to give them all a try and see what suits your needs best.
alexdawson — 2010-05-18T08:47:52-04:00 — #3
I'm still going to say Macro Express, it may be a bit complicated but often the most powerful products are. If you want something simplistic then there's loads of tools out there but if you want one of those "everything in" products then I would go with the market leader (and the boatload of functionality it has).
ammie — 2010-05-18T12:24:48-04:00 — #4
^ I would insist on the fact that Macro Express does really lack a major function WinAutomation has, creating executable files among others ...
incurablegeek — 2010-05-18T15:57:34-04:00 — #5
Thank you both Ammie and Alex for your suggestions. In lieu of asking the all-too-convenient question of "which one is best", I will learn both. The ringing endorsement for MacroExpress by someone who appears to share my needs is very compelling. ME seems to both play well with and expedite projects in MS Word.
Thank you again so much.