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AutoHotkey Portable 1.0.47.6 Development Test 3 + AHK add ons

UPDATED VERSION HERE

Name: AutoHotkey
Category: Development
Description:
AutoHotkey is a free, open-source utility for Windows. With it, you can:

  • Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.
  • Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey.
  • Expand abbreviations as you type them. For example, typing "btw" can automatically produce "by the way".
  • Create custom data-entry forms, user interfaces, and menu bars. See GUI for details.
  • Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
  • Respond to signals from hand-held remote controls via the WinLIRC client script.
  • Run existing AutoIt v2 scripts and enhance them with new capabilities.
  • Convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on computers that don't have AutoHotkey installed.

Notepad++ Portable 4.9.2 AHK Plugin
Since I am going to remove the AHK extras, I have released a package of the AutoHotkey plugin for Notepad++ Portable. This will give Notepad++ Portable the ability to interpret AutoHotkey scripts.
Included are userDefineLang.xml* (App\Notepad++\), AutoHotkey.api (App\Notepad++\plugins\APIs\), and all installer source files. Give it a try.
*If userDefineLang.xml already exists at install time, it will be renamed to userDefineLangBACKUP.xml.

Autohotkey Portable SmartGUI Creator Add-On
Smart GUI Creator was removed from Dev test 3, and I have replaced it with an add-on installer.

Download AutoHotkey Portable 1.0.47.6 Development Test 3
(MD5:e401737b5a18399a7f1bbe6ee70896b3) [2.22 Mb Download | 2.83 Mb Installed]

Download Notepad++ Portable 4.92 AHK Plugin Development Test 1
(MD5:a2171e91ed8a256cf1bcbc27a656130b) [117 Kb Download/Installed]

Download AutoHotkey Portable Smart GUI Creator Add-On Development Test 1
(MD5:b3e142196e8bb4838469d93db845d820) [656 Kb Download | 782 Kb Installed]

Release Notes:

Development Test 3 (2008-6-20)

  • Ditched SmartGUI Creator and replaced it with add-on installer
  • removed extras from package
  • cleaned up launcher ini usage
  • Installer cleans up removed files

SmartGUI Add-On Development Test 1 (2008-6-20)

  • Initial SmartGUI Add-On release

AHK Plugin Development Test 1 (2008-6-19)

  • Initial AHK Plugin release

Development Test 2 (2008-4-30)

  • Fixed corrupt installer
  • Added SmartGUI version for 9x windows with GetWindowsVersion

Incomplete Upload (2008-4-29)

  • Removed extra splash screen copies and added SmartGUI creator to the package.

Development Test 1 (2008-4-24) Initial Release

  • This is a full package of AHK, with all included programs like the compiler, window spy, and AutoScriptWriter. There are three launchers included in the package.

Things to do:

  • Read my comments below

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Instead of 3 launchers, why

Instead of 3 launchers, why not just do what I did for my NSIS portable, and make the exe a passable parameter through [AppName]Portable.ini. This saves on space.

See the Hint: section in this topic.

To do this, you will also have to change

	CheckRunning:
		Sleep 1000
		FindProcDLL::FindProc "${DEFAULTEXE}"                  
		StrCmp $R0 "1" CheckRunning
		Sleep 100

to

	CheckRunning:
		Sleep 1000
		FindProcDLL::FindProc "$PROGRAMEXECUTABLE"                  
		StrCmp $R0 "1" CheckRunning
		Sleep 100

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hmm...

I was kind of looking at the way OO.o is set up, for guidance on the whole multiple apps thing.
The thing about NSIS is that you can access all of the other exes (makensisw, zip2exe) through the main menu, and you can't really do that with AHK. That's why I did the multiple launchers. Plus, it's easier to get at through PAM.
I'll take a look at it though, and I'll look at other ways to save space and make it more efficent.
(Not that it is a huge app anyway though, only ~3.3 MB.)

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b23- if you do switch to the

b23- if you do switch to the ini, would you please leave the source for the others in?

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The other launchers' source? ...

... sure, of course,. But I think I'll stick with the multiple launcher thing for now, it makes it a lot easier to access the apps.
[Edit: duh, an easy way for me to save space would be to remove the 3 extra copies of the same splash screen Blum ]

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i like the multiple

i like the multiple launchers better. No offense to Zach, but I don't care for the way NSIS is set up- I want makensisw.exe, as I can usually get to anything I need from there. So, the ini is set to launch makensisw.exe

But then again, you can't please everyone. Fair warning to you, Brian. And thank you, I like AHK alot!

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Your Welcome

I like the multiple launchers too, that's why I did it that way.
The reason why the ini method works for NSIS, is because a user can access the other exes directly from the main app, and that a user will probably not need to use multiple exes at the same time.
Again, no offense to Zach, it is a very efficent method Smile , but it only works good on the right app. For AHK, a user might need to use some of the exes at the same time, and this would be problematic if I set it up with the ini method. Again, with NSIS, it isn't likely that user running the compiler as the default exe will need the zip2exe app at the same time. So each method has it's pros and cons; the ini is efficent, but lacks ease of launching multiple exes, and the multiple launcher method takes up more space but makes the apps easier to launch.
Hmm...Imagine launching the OO.o apps with the ini method! Blum

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That seems a little cumbersome.

To me.
I'd prefer to have multiple exe launchers, then tell the End User to delete or move the other ones. I'd love to have all 3 of them on the menu, digging in to change the INI is a little messy to the End User.
I hope somebody will make an INI maker for PAF.
That way we won't have to dig in through the portableapps folder.

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Maybe I'll try doing that.

I've been trying to learn to code. Maybe that would be a good place to start. Smile

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I would suppose using

AutoIt.
Hmm... Here's an idea: make a program that manages your PortableApps so that you don't have to dig in there, including:

  • An INI file maker
  • Updater
  • Uninstaller
  • Help file linker.
  • Backup data
  • App icon changer./app renamer(recompile the app or do what geek.menu does)
  • emergency file restorer (checks what app EXE's are missing and restore them from an archive)

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SmartGUI Creator

I'm working on adding SmartGUI creator to the AHK Portable package. It'll be available in the next release.

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I'd say make an add-on installer.

To do:Ask John how to make an add-on installer.

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Hmmm

I've never heard about an add-on installer, but I'll look into it.
SmartGUI isn't really an add on though, it's a separate program.
I've been working on it the last few days, and I have tomorrow and wednesday off, so I'll have time to do it.

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Problems with SmartGUI base app

hmm...
I've been working on SmartGUI Creator Portable for the AHK Portable package, but there's bug that causes it to open again after it closes. It's really weird. I just watched it in taskmanager. This is what happens.

  1. First, the launcher starts the base app successfully,
  2. then I close the app,
  3. then the launcher closes,
  4. and then, strangely, the base app opens again, without the launcher.

I've checked, and I'm confused Pardon , because this doesn't happen when I click on the base app directly. I can't find a problem with the launcher, which was taken from a working one already in AHK Portable. This even happens when I kill the process manually with task manager! Sad
Has anyone seen this before?

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Goto TheEnd

i would assume it is because you don't have a Goto TheEnd, after the base app closes and your script does cleanup, and so your script would fall to the LaunchAndExit: before closing.

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Ha!

that must have just slipped by me. It's fixed now.

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Development Test 2 Released

Added SmartGUI and removed extra splashes.
I need some testers to look at the source and find out what is needed and what isn't, as far as reg keys, etc. Thanks.

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Um..installer doenst work

When ever i try to install this, i keep gtting any error about corrputed file. Can someon help me?

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Needs a new upload.

Needs a new upload. Installer seems corrupt!

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sigh...

I'll fix it asap.
[EDIT: It's up, made some changes too.]

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Thank You

Thank You, I'll test his out. Can this make macros then turn it into .exe? or am i think of something else?

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Yes it can.

Yes it can.

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Sweet, but Hotkeys

But is it simple? i mean ther is no scripting invilved or is there? i mean if i record something and then can i just say save as a exe (or the porcess).

And can i use Hotkeys to record and stop?

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Not too sure, I never used

Not too sure, I never used the macro recorder, I just learned the scripting language, it's much more customizable that way, and it really is fairly simple to understand, as long as you have a general knowledge of coding/scripting.

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ok, thank you

Ok, thank You.

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Okay, I played around with it,

I'd say that maybe make 1 launcher that lets you choose which ones you want to open.
Oh, and I think that There should be just an AutoHotKey.ini with multiple sections, looking like this:

[AutoIt3WindowInfoSpyPortable]
AutoIt3WindowInfoSpyDirectory=App\AutoHotKey
SettingsDirectory=Data\settings
AutoIt3WindowInfoSpyExecutable=AU3_Spy.exe
AdditionalParameters=
DisableSplashScreen=false

[AutoScriptWriterPortable]
AutoScriptWriterDirectory=App\AutoHotKey\AutoScriptWriter
SettingsDirectory=Data\settings
AutoScriptWriterExecutable=AutoScriptWriter.exe
AdditionalParameters=
DisableSplashScreen=false

[SmartGUICreatorPortable]
SmartGUICreatorDirectory=App\AutoHotKey\smartgui
SettingsDirectory=Data\settings
SmartGUICreatorExecutable=SmartGUI.exe
AdditionalParameters=
DisableSplashScreen=false

[AHKCompilerPortable]
AHKCompilerDirectory=App\AutoHotKey\Compiler
SettingsDirectory=Data\settings
AHKCompilerExecutable=ahk2exe.exe
AdditionalParameters=
DisableSplashScreen=false

# The above options are explained in the included readme.txt
# This INI file is an example only and is not used unless it is placed as described in the included readme.txt

Okay, I'm not exactly fulfilling what you asked of me for the testing, but here it goes:

  • MUI.nsh doesn't have to be included because it comes with every NSIS installation, however GetParameters.nsh has been modified by John, which is why it's included.
  • I seriously think a multi-launcher like GamePack Portable would work best for this (because not everybody wants certain things on the menu).
  • You need the GPL notice in the readme.txt

I hope that this'll become official, as well as NSIS portable, so we have more development tools.

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Just a pointer..

Just a pointer, you could get some ideas from the script on AHK forum,
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!

Added AHK plugin. See above.

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Dev test 3

has been posted. The installer will now clean up extra files removed in previous releases. I have merged all the launcher ini's into one AutoHotkey.ini, and removed SmartGUI creator from the package because it was behaving strangely. This has been replaced with an add-on installer. I also got rid of the extras in App\AutoHotkey\Extras, to save some space. As mentioned above, these extras have been replaced with a plugin for Notepad++ Potable.

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I think it should be a multi

I think it should be a multi installer, because there's not legal issues ;).

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autohotkey.ahk

I like running autohotkeyportable.exe with my hotkeys defined in the autohotkey.ahk file because I can edit and reload the script more quickly than compiling a script into an exe.

What I don't like is the message every time I start autohotkey that says "The sample .ahk script will be copied to the my documents folder...blah blah blah". Is there any way to suppress that message?

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at present, no

at present, no

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yesh..

I'm going to try and work out another method for doing this, but no, not yet. (Unless you know NSIS, and would like to remove that line of code in the launcher yourself Wink ).

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BrianAll

What's the status of this is it ready for release?

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not quite there yet...

It works, but it needs some polishing, IMHO. Again, there is the base ahk executable with the example script (see above) that i'd like to rework a bit, and ive noticed that some of the portable HKLM reg keys actually mess up the local ahk entries in the explorer context menu, so that needs work too. I'm going to keep SmartGUI creator out of the main installer, b/c i've had some problems with it, and it's technically not part of AHK, it's a separate program.

It's getting there, but needs a few minor improvements.

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um....

anyone notice how you cant run ahk scripts straight from ahk instead of having to compile them? i for one would like the ability to test my ahk scripts before compiling them.

also, this app isnt technically portable because not only does it copy files to the host computer, it leaves them there. (the sample ahk script that is loaded by default.)

Zoop

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double um...

Yeah, i noticed this issue myself, so evidently this is just going to be a package of the compiler, as far as i can think of ideas atm.
About the sample script, if i remember correctly it should get copied back to the usb drive. Make sure there isn't already a file with the same name, because the launcher will (is supposed to) back up that file to keep for the local ahk install.

Apologies for leaving this, and all my apps hanging for a few months, I've been stuck offline/without a computer for weeks at a time due to various reasons, and have been dealing with a heavy workload at school... so just "hang in there". Smile

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Good Job!

Keep up the good work this could be great once its finished!

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ummmm

None of the downloads work

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fixed

This has been fixed, the links got messed up when my folder got moved around on the server.

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Update

Autohotkey has been updated if this is still being supported.

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May not be the right place...

This may not be the right place to ask this, but I have downloaded this and I am interested in creating a program, but I haven't a clue what I'm doing. I'm looking for someone that would be willing to provide some help, or at least maybe show where I can find a tutorial or something. Here is the background of what I want to do (I'm thinking it should be fairly simple):

Twice a year my colleagues and I have to take an exam. A bibliography is published several months before the exam that lists the references used for the upcoming exam. Every time a new BIB is published, I download all the references (which usually there is only maybe one or two new ones, with maybe a few that have been updated). For the most part they are all .pdf files. What I would like to create is a GUI that will allow you to select the exam cycle, at which point you would be provided with a list of the references. Then you can select the reference you would like to study and it will open (preferably to the chapter/section/page listed in the reference). There are a few other things I would like this to be able to do (like an easy update system since I would have to push this out 2-3 times a year), but that is the basic idea right now.

I had an HTML version that worked fine, but it was a pain in the neck to update and used ActiveX.

Like I said, I may not be in the right post, so please feel free to move it. If anyone has a clue how I might get started at doing this, please let me know. I'm sure once I'm started and get a clue how to use the various programs (AutoHotKey, SmartGUI Creator, NSIS, and what not), then I'll be able to figure out how to carry on. Once again, thanks for any help.

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Script Settings Folder

Okay I know this might sound awfully needy, but when I create an app I often need somekind of settings, icon files, etc to go with it. It's really not easy to add you script to autofind the pam drive and the average user will hate doing that so here's what I suggest. In the data folder include a subfolder named scriptsettings. Then when ahk portable is ran move that folder with the script. That way the script can simply look in that subdirectory when it's ran. Second suggestion would be to create a .ini that the launcher edits each time ran. the .ini can stay in the scriptsettings folder and can have a value for the PAM drive. Several launchers do a letter change in files and it isn't too difficult. That way if the person wanted to launch/open something from the drive they just have to read the letter from that .ini. Anychane you'd be willing to do so?

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Why rely on an external app

Why rely on an external app to give the script the drive letter? you could just use SplitPath:
SplitPath, A_ScriptDir,,,,PA_Drive

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Because...

The external app moves your app from the drive onto the HDD. So to find which flashdrive contains PAM, you'd have to search all available drives...I'd assume somekind of do while loop....anyways it's a pain to have to create that into your code when it's so easy to add into NSIS (Like two lines) and then just have your script read into the INI on launch.

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sweet. I never knew about

sweet. I never knew about that one.

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Is this active?

If not would you mind if I took this over?

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Go for it.

I'm sorry I've let this sit here untouched for so long, but I just don't have the time to keep up with updating these apps in my spare time anymore (although I still going to work on the release team stuff). Just a heads up, you might want to look at how some of the registry data is handled, AFAIK there are issues in that area with the version I put together. Good luck with it. Smile

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It's not big deal.

I'll get it updated to the latest AHK version. I've written some custom code that will copy settings over to documents as well as the script itself as well as create an ini that points to the PAM drive so if you want to interact with a PA.c program it won't be such a pain in the neck. It's spring break now Biggrin so I should get it out in the next couple days.

Edit: What would you guys think of me including the smart GUI creator? I'm thinking that I just won't have it display in the menu by default. I could add it to the default script (the one in the data directory when you first install it) so it will appear in the right click menu for the app icon. For that matter I could also add the compiler to the right click menu...easy enough for someone to remove from their script (just delete the two lines at the top of the script :P)

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