Other tools for automation?

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euras
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Other tools for automation?

14 Jan 2019, 04:12

Hi,
Does anyone know or use other automation tools than AutoHotKey for simple automations?
I'm curious about automating Edge, Chrome and other browsers, as well having at least a part of functionality of AutoHotKey.
Is there any other tools, which are free and allows it?
gregster
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Re: Other tools for automation?

14 Jan 2019, 05:20

Some ideas... concerning browsers: Well, for Chrome there is geekdude's Chrome.ahk library (similar to COM for IE). There is also the (third-party) Selenium Webdriver which can work with different browsers (works with AHK https://the-automator.com/cross-browser ... -selenium/ and other programming languages).

Without AHK, there is this whole software category called headless browsers (no GUI, mainly for testing but might be useful for certain use cases).
Usually: the more powerful, the more complicated it gets - and simple usually means not very powerful.
I think there are also some add-ons for browsers that can do specialized things... and bookmarklets.

It really depends what you want to do exactly...
malcev
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Re: Other tools for automation?

07 Feb 2019, 02:27

You can automate any browser that supports the W3C WebDriver without Selenium (Selenium for VBA does not work with latest Firefox).
Here is example on autoit:
https://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/191990-webdriver-udf-w3c-compliant-version-11212018/
elmo
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Re: Other tools for automation?

15 Feb 2019, 12:32

malcev wrote:
07 Feb 2019, 02:27
You can automate any browser that supports the W3C WebDriver without Selenium (Selenium for VBA does not work with latest Firefox).
Here is example on autoit:
https://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/191990-webdriver-udf-w3c-compliant-version-11212018/
Hey malcev ... When you say "you can automate" do you mean
1 - "you, using Autohotkey" or
2 - "you, using AutoIT"
malcev
Posts: 161
Joined: 12 Aug 2014, 12:37

Re: Other tools for automation?

15 Feb 2019, 12:59

Using autohotkey.
But You have to translate code from autoit.
SOTE
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Re: Other tools for automation?

15 Feb 2019, 13:01

Definitely some of the AutoHotkey web wizards should jump on the geckodriver for automating FireFox.
https://github.com/mozilla/geckodriver/releases

As far as browsers go, FireFox is just as, if not more popular, than Internet Explorer & Edge. AutoHotkey definitely has Internet Explorer & Edge (Edit- Sorry folks, Edge is still a problem) down to a science, but could use some more work in taming FireFox.

AutoHotkey does have a library for Chrome, called weirdly enough, Chrome.ahk :wave:
It's here- https://www.autohotkey.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=42890
Last edited by SOTE on 15 Feb 2019, 13:18, edited 1 time in total.
gregster
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Re: Other tools for automation?

15 Feb 2019, 13:05

AutoHotkey definitely has Internet Explorer & Edge down to a science
I don't think that this is true for Edge...
elmo
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Re: Other tools for automation?

15 Feb 2019, 13:08

@malcev
hmmm ... more properly THAT sentence would have to be "some smart person would have to translate the code from autoit" ;-)

@SOTE
I have been able to produce good results with IE but had no idea that "Edge down to a science" ... May we trouble you for insights on that method ???
SOTE
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Re: Other tools for automation?

15 Feb 2019, 13:14

elmo wrote:
15 Feb 2019, 13:08
@malcev
hmmm ... more properly THAT sentence would have to be "some smart person would have to translate the code from autoit" ;-)

@SOTE
I have been able to produce good results with IE but had no idea that "Edge down to a science" ... May we trouble you for insights on that method ???
Unfortunately, I have abandoned Edge for Chrome and Firefox. Ooops, apparently I jumped the gun on speaking for Edge. Seems it's still a bit of a problem child. :oops:

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