Rediware Software's

AutoSys version 4.0.0

automation system

© copyright 2001, 2002, 2003 Rediware Software and Services

     In this help file, you can find any word you are looking for by selecting Edit, Find (on this page) on the menu at the top of this application.

Fast Locator links in this document

Instruction and purpose Discussion of supercodes Loading and saving files
Running AutoSys  Giving supercodes a test run Uninstalling AutoSys 
 Using AutoSys   Giving automode a test run Known problems
 Interactive screenshot   Discussion on simulating keyboard input Additional notes
Discussion of single mode Giving keymode a test run Uses
Discussion of auto mode Running the sample files Credits 
Giving single mode a test run Contacts

Introduction and purpose

     This automation system (AutoSys) software is specialized software custom designed to perform a specific job. For this software to be of real use, specialized hardware must accompany this software.
    This software will be of little use (except for curiosity) to most people. It will be a valuable tool to those hobbyists who desire to incorporate their computer into their hobby in a very unique way.
     The main purpose of this software is to be able to automate your computer software using a custom designed switching network that provides signals into the computer using the gameport input. This is then interpreted into mouse instructions, enabling automation of your software.
     This help file does not go into the details of building this hardware. This help file deals with the software only. This software can be tested using a standard joystick plugged into the gameport.
 
     The easiest method to build your "special hardware" is to purchase a cheap joystick. Install the joystick driver software. Take your joystick apart, and connect the button contacts to other remote switches. Test to make sure these remote switches are activating the input of the gameport, just as your joystick would do.
      Now that you will be able to automate software on your computer from remote switches, the possibilities are only limited to your imagination.
     The AutoSys software was originally conceived and created for use at the WSJL 1700 AM radio station to facilitate playing CDs, mp3s, and other various sound file types on several computers using a main board console. The console is wired into the computer gameport inputs, therefore giving control over to the board rather than the individual mice for each computer. This allows the disc jockey to make use of several computers with sound files and multiple CD drives (using AutoSys and software designed for playing CDs and sound files) while remaining at the console. Software is then activated by merely pressing the appropriate buttons on the console. For radio station applications information and pictures, got to the WSJL 1700 AM website.
     Version 2.0.0 changes as compared to version 1:
     Only 10 supercodes are allowed in each layout file instead of 12. Version 1 specified 12 allowable although there were really only 11.
     Version 2.0.0 has the addition of the "auto mode" which brings automation into it's truest form. Version 1 relied on inputs from the joystick port to automate sequences. Version 2 has the option of using joystick inputs for switch-activated automation or automating by time passed, loss or gain of an internet connection, or a single mouseclick. This means that AutoSys can now be used without joystick input signals if preferred.

      Version 3.0.0 changes as compared to version 2:
     
The 'intervals' option was added to manually enter specific times that you would like AutoSys to execute various code.

      Version 4.0.0 changes as compared to version 3:
     
AutoSys now can program keyboard input as well as mouse motions and clicks. Many features are enhanced.
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Running AutoSys

     AutoSys has been tested on Windows 98.

     AutoSys was written to accommodate any screen resolution.

     AutoSys 4 will not load previous version files.

     This help file was written with the intent of being run with Microsoft Internet Explorer. It operates successfully with IE 5.0 or higher.  Other Internet browsers should display this file properly also. However, some may not be able to handle the interactive properties of this page. All of this file will still be displayed even if your browser does not support these properties. When help is clicked in AutoSys, your default browser will load this file.
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Using AutoSys

     AutoSys is not easy to use. It's potential is great, but there is a learning curve involved. Any questions you have can be sent to the e-mail address in this doc. I will help you if you need help

    Below is a screenshot that depicts the working application's interface. AutoSys is divided into sections, each having a common purpose. Below is a screenshot of AutoSys Click anywhere on the screenshot (where your cursor turns into a hand) to locate information about that particular item.

delay between instructions in supermode select single or super modes activate the supermode screen load this help file at any time clear one X and Y box, or clear them all X and Y boxes for mouse positions on the screen grab a mouse location or go to one quit autosys save a layout after creating one test the application with this button load a previously saved layout select which mouse function you wish to use active web links (activate an internet connection first) status, or what's going on view the current version the automode options use instead of a joystick to get a mouse location disable auto mode activate autosys by time passed activate autosys according to an internet connection activate autosys's auto mode immediately select button number or supercode number in automode activate by the time run Autosys at specific times simulate keystrokes file name indicators

 Indicators and information:

Section One: The file status bars:
     The file status bars will contain the filenames of the different function files you load or save. You can see at a glance what your filenames are so that loading, editing, and saving becomes less prone to error.

  Section Two: joystick status
     This area displays the status of your input.
      Button Number will display the number of the joystick button that has been pressed.
     Button Value displays the internal value of the joystick button pressed. The values are binary, and start with 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, etc. up to 1024. Button values do not show up unless you are actually using joystick inputs.
     Button Function will display "left button down", "right button down", "middle button down" or "click no button" depending how you have the mouse function set.
     Mouse Position will display the X and Y coordinates of your mouse when automation is being programmed.

Section Three: weblinks
     This section provides you with three weblinks. These weblinks are your portals to the creators of this automated system. If you are using AutoSys and have problems or questions, use these links for answers. (go back to the screenshot)

Section Four: mouse function
     When one of the gameport buttons are activated (via special hardware or the joystick) the selection checked will be the resulting mouse reaction. For example, if the "click LEFT button" option is selected, pressing a button on the joystick or special hardware will cause the left button of the mouse to click.

Section Five: timing indicators
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Stopping and starting AutoSys:

The run checkbox
     No function will run unless this box is checked. The should be the last thing you do, after everything else is set up.

The stop button
     When a function is running, you may or may not have control of your mouse. Either click the stop button, or press Alt/S to stop the function. If a function is in the middle of a function it will be completed before it is stopped. The next scheduled time to run the function will be aborted.

The auto off button
     Clicking this button will turn the auto feature off or on. When the auto feature is on, AutoSys will automatically load a file called auto.lay (if it exists) and run it when AutoSys starts. This allows you to let AutoSys load (from a shortcut in your startup folder) when your computer boots, and begin running the function you have named auto.lay. The .lay is an extension that denotes a layout file. Design one, save it, and then resave it as auto.lay. AutoSys will now become automatic at startup. To turn the auto feature off, simply click the button again. Note that to edit the auto.lay file, the auto feature must be set to on, or the file will not show up in the list of files to load.(Go back to the screenshot) (Go back to quick links)

Main control buttons:

    Get a saved layout setting:  Allows you to retrieve a previously saved layout. You will be asked to select from the available layout settings that you have previously saved. Select a file and click Open in standard Windows fashion. Layout files now save everything, including time lists, supercodes, key stroke lists, along with all of your settings.   

     Save a layout setting : When you have spent some time programming AutoSys and wish to save the configuration, click the save setting button. You will be asked for a filename to save it as. Enter a filename and save in standard Windows fashion. Saving a layout will also save time lists, supercodes, key stroke lists, and settings you have created. (see super auto below)
          When loading a layout file, AutoSys version 4 will not load older version files without problems. When saving a layout file, it will be saved as a version 4 file.

     The super, time, and keys buttons will be discussed below since they are more involved.

     Help: Click this button to load this help file at any time.

     Bell : You will want to test the mouse functions while using AutoSys The bell button allows you to click the mouse (remotely or manually) on the button and hear a sound. When the sound is heard, you know the button has actually been clicked.(Go back to the screenshot) (Go back to quick links)

        Note: The Locate button is discussed further down in this document because it relates to the auto-mode portion of the application.

     Version: Click this button to view the current version of the application.

     Quit: Quits the AutoSys application. It is your responsibility to save any layouts you may have been working on.

Getting screen positions for the mouse with a joystick or keyboard:  

     Grab or go buttons: These buttons have two functions. The first function is "grab." If the two boxes right of the numbered button you click is empty, you are ready to grab a location. First, click the option "do not click any buttons" in the "mouse function" panel. Position your mouse anywhere on the screen. If you plan to click an application's button as part of your layout, load that program and position the mouse on the application button you will want to activate. Activate any joystick (gameport) button. The mouse's location will appear in the status box. Click any numbered button (1-12) and the X and Y mouse locations will be transferred over to the boxes right of the button. Now, any time that button number on the joystick (1-12) is clicked, the mouse will move to that defined position. IMPORTANT NOTE: AutoSys is designed for up to 12 screen positions. To automate these positions, you need buttons to coincide with the numbers. Button 1 on the joystick will activate (move) the mouse to position 1, button 2 - position 2, button 12 will activate position 12, etc. This does not hold true when using the "super" mode (discussed below).
     The second function of these numbered buttons is the go function. If you already have locations displayed in the X and Y boxes, click the numbered button, and the mouse will go to that location. You can test your positions this way.
     Note: To "grab" a mouse location, the single/super option MUST be set to single. If the option is set to super, the locations will not register.

     The locate button:
     Another way to grab a mouse location is with the locate button. This was implemented when joystick-less operations were incorporated. Position the mouse where you want it. Press Alt/L. This activates the locate button, and puts the mouse coordinated into the status boxes. Now click a button to insert these locations into the boxes connected with a joystick number. If you are positioning on another application and must click that application to get a location (example: locate the mouse on 'save as' after clicking file on a menu), AutoSys will minimize and lose focus. To activate the locate button, simple get your mouse where it belongs, hold the Alt key and press tab, and AutoSys will pop up and come back into focus. You can now press Alt/L to locate the mouse position. Also see locate in the automode section below.

     The X and Y locations boxes: These boxes display the saved X and Y locations of the mouse pointer. You can manually edit the data in these boxes, but it is not recommended. There is no error checking for bad screen locations. Use the grab feature instead.
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     Clear and Clear all: The clear all button at the top clears out all the X and Y boxes. The individual clear buttons clear the X and Y box left of the button. You cannot input a new position in these boxes unless they are clear. If they have mouse positions in them, clicking the button next to them will put the mouse at that position rather than filling them with the numbers in the status box.

The settings:
    
 Use these settings to configure how you want AutoSys to run.

  Auto mode

     So far, everything that has been discussed has been available in version 1. This discussion of the auto-mode is new to version two and up. The purpose of auto-mode is to allow the features of AutoSys to be used without joystick inputs. Some users of AutoSys have a need to use the automation that AutoSys delivers, but do not wish to add additional hardware to do so. Therefore the auto-mode was created.
     Auto-mode works exactly like the standard mode discussed above with the exception of steps where the joystick is used. These steps are implemented differently as described below. Creations of single codes, supercodes, and the implementation of them work the same. The difference is, of course, that they are not triggered by a joystick port input.

     Grabbing a mouse location: Normally, after placing the mouse at a desired location to grab it's position, you would press any joystick button. Without a joystick this would be difficult since you cannot move the mouse to click something. The Locate button performs this function. To press the Locate button (this is above the 'version' button) without moving the mouse, press Alt/L on your keyboard. This will get the mouse location and move the numerical representation into the X= and Y= (mouse position) boxes. You can then click a numbered button to transfer those numbers to the X and Y boxes, as you normally would.

      After creating single codes or supercode, you can try out the auto-mode methods for activating AutoSys Here are the options described, from the top down. Note that these options tell AutoSys whether to run automatically at all, or when to run.
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    No Auto Activation: When you are setting up the codes, designing the sequences, etc. this selection will prevent the auto-mode from activating. This option will always be selected when AutoSys is first loaded. This option may not be selected if you load a saved layout file. The layout file loaded will contain the saved position of these options. There is another option to prevent running as soon as a file is loaded which will be mentioned shortly. In autorun mode, this will not be selected, and the run checkbox will selfcheck.

        Set up your code, or load a saved layout file, and then you can use other options.

    Activate by time passed: This field contains 4 option buttons labeled seconds, minutes, hours, and actual time. You can select one of these options and then by using the scroll control, change the number to the desired amount. In the screenshot above, 15 is shown. Depending on the option selected, this will represent 15 seconds, minutes, or hours. AutoSys will activate and perform the designated code or supercode every time increment entered. Therefore if the auto-mode was set to 15 minutes, your code would be performed every 15 minutes until you stop it.

    Activate by actual time: This selection is a bit more involved, but allows you to enter times of day when you wish to activate AutoSys You can even program which supercode should be run for each time. This allows you to turn things on and off at different times of day, rather than repeating the same code. Because this is a bit more complex, I will provide a step-by-step.

     First, create a supercode as explained elsewhere in this document, or load a previously saved supercode file. The actual time' mode ONLY works with supercode. If you wish to only create one action, only enter one action when creating the supercode. To see the power of this mode, create at least two different supercodes that will be kept in the same file. (remember, you can code up to 10 supercodes together) For convenience, save this supercode file. I have included a sample for you called sampinterval.lay for your convenience.
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     Now click the 'set' button. This will take you to another screen where you can enter some data.

     Using the controls, select an hour and minute you wish the code to execute. Select the supercode number you wish to execute. In our example, we've only created codes 1 and 2, so only select from those numbers. You can enter as many times and codes as you wish. Click the add button to add them to the list. Save the list if you will be using this list again. Click the load list button to retrieve a saved list. The box labeled time converts the times selected to a format that you and I are most familiar with. This is an aid only. Click the finished button when you are done. If you wish to program an entire day (with the same supercode), change the 'every ___ minutes' to your desired time interval. Then click the 'full day' button. In the example above I have created a full day, every 15 minutes to activate. Use the 'clear all' and 'remove checked' to remove items from your time list. Saving this list saves only the time list. Saving the layout on the main screen saves this time list also, but not as an individual list, but a total list of all data. You can do both.

    Now you can click the actual time' selection on the main screen. The first time in the list AFTER THE CURRENT TIME will appear in the accompanying box. If you wish to start at another time you had entered (perhaps the beginning times in the list have already past) you can use the scroll control to change that start time. The delay value (delay between each step of the supercode) will default to 2 seconds. You can change this if you wish.

     Now check the run box, as you normally would. Your supercode will run at the displayed time, executing the code number you requested. After the execution, AutoSys will wait until the next programmed time and then run the supercode number designated for that time. This will repeat day after day, unless you stop the program. The timing indicators will let you know what is happening, and when the next event will take place.
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    Activate by Internet connection: If you select is 'not connected' in this option set, your code will be implemented if your computer does not detect a connection to the Internet. Selecting 'is connected' will cause AutoSys to activate it's code if it does detect a connection to the Internet The black circle will turn red when there is no connection, and green if it does detect a connection. Use the scroll control to tell AutoSys how often you want to check for a connection. This control is in seconds only, and goes from 10 seconds up to 3600 seconds, which is one hour.
     There are two additional options to select before testing for an Internet connection. The first is 'modem' and is the best selection if you use dial-up. The second is 'ping' and works best with cable or other fast Internet connections.
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    Do it now: This option allows you to test your automatic code. Select this option and your code will be performed immediately. It will only be performed once. After the sequence is finished, the 'No Auto Activation' will automatically be selected.

    Button number: Before you actually run your code, you need a way to designate which button on the joystick you wish to simulate. Since you are not using the joystick, you need an alternate designation. Use the scroll control to set the button number you will be simulating. This works the same as the normal mode in that it represents either the numbered button mouse position combined with the mouse click designated (for single mode) or the supercode instruction set number when supercode has been selected. If you have created supercode(s) and the supercode option is selected, changing this button will also display the supercode designated for each button number.

    Delay between super commands:
     
Use the "sec delay" scroll control to set the number of seconds delay in-between each instruction in the supercode. You will have to experiment to see how much, if any, delay you want. The number shown is in seconds, and can be set from 0 to 3600 seconds. It is a good idea not to set this at 0 since the computer may miss some instructions due to timing.

     Select Single or Super mode: All of the instructions so far have pertained to the single mode. To change to the Super mode (discussed below in it's own section), click the Super option.

   Super display: This will display any supercodes that will be activated if super mode is selected, and a supercode (either with mouse positions or keys) has been entered or loaded.

   Automate what? option: Selecting the mouse option will run codes written for the mouse. Selecting keys will run codes written for the keyboard. Your codes can cause this selection to switch back and forth as we will see.
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Giving SINGLE MODE a test run

    I am going to give you step by step instructions to make the mouse click the bell button by activating a joystick button, whether it be an actual joystick, or by specialized hardware designed for this purpose.
     In this instruction, we are going to use button 2 on the joystick to activate the mouse position and click. Find button two on your joystick (or specialized hardware). You will know it is actually button 2 because when you press it, AutoSys will tell you the number of the button pressed.
     With your mouse, click the option "do not click any buttons."
     Position your mouse over the bell button.
     Press any joystick button. The current mouse location will appear in the status box.
     With your mouse, click the button numbered 2. The locations in the status box are now transferred over to the X and Y box.
     To test this location, once the location numbers are in X and Y boxes, click the button numbered 2 again. The mouse should return to the assigned location. (over the bell button) You can also press the joystick button (button number 2) and you will get the same result.
     Select the "click left button" option. (if you are left-handed, select the "click right button" option.)
     You are ready to go. No matter where the mouse is on the screen, pressing button number 2 on the joystick should move your mouse to the bell button and click it, ringing the bell sound. Note that clicking the numbered button will only move the mouse. It will not do any clicking. Only the joystick control will do that.
     When utilizing AutoSys to automate other programs, use the same procedure. Load the application you want to automate and position that application on the screen. If possible, expand the program to encompass the entire screen. This way you application will be in the same place all the time. You can keep AutoSys minimized to get a mouse location because you do that with the joystick button. If you are not using a joystick, see the method described using the locate button. Once the mouse location has been captured, you can restore AutoSys and enter that info into the desired X and Y box by pressing the numbered "grab" button.(Go back to the screenshot) (Go back to quick links)

SUPER MODE

     So far I have discussed instructions for equating one joystick button to one mouse position and one mouse click. Think of Super automation as a series of single automated routines run one after the other. This is exactly what Super is. Select the super button to see the super window. Enter the super entry window by clicking the "super" button on the main screen.

     Super mode supports up to 10 different instruction strings. Each string can have up to 9 instructions. These strings are activated when the super option is selected on the main window and you have created a supercode. To enter a new instruction string:
     Enter in the small white boxes, in pairs, data for the string. Each first box in the pair will be a number from 1 to 9. This number represents the numbered button next to the mouse locations that have been entered in the X and Y boxes on the main window (not the X and Y locations themselves). If you haven't plotted mouse locations on the main screen, it's best to go back and do that first. Note that the supercode only uses up to button number 9, not 12 that are available in single mode. Each second box in the pair will be either L, R, M, N or K. The first 4 stand for left, right, middle, and none. This represents the type of mouse click for each mouse location. Each box will consist of one character, and when that character is entered, the cursor will advance to the next box. To advance to the next box manually, press TAB or ENTER. Enter as many or as few instructions as you would like. There is one more letter you can enter, which if you use it, should always be the last in the string. It is the letter K. (use any number (1-9) in the box preceeding it). K will prompt AutoSys to shift to 'keys' mode. This will let you program mouse movement and clicks, and then program keystrokes, if you desire.
     When you are finished, use the scroll control in the upper left corner to designate which supercode (1-10) this code string will represent. This number (1-10) will be equated to the joystick button number. This means that if you create a supercode and assign it to supercode 3, then joystick button number 3 will activate this code if supercode has been selected as an option on the main window (rather than 'single'). Supercode only works with the joystick, or with the automation selections. A supercode will not run by clicking a numbered button like single mode works.
     Click the "create supercode" button to create the instruction code. This code will appear in the gray box at the top. You may create up to 10 different code strings, and save them in numbers 1-10. After saving you can view all the codes created so far by scrolling through the numbers. Supercodes are saved or loaded to a file with the load and save supercode buttons..
     You can clear all the white input boxes with the "clear entry boxes" button.
     You can clear any instruction code by scrolling to the code (with the numerical scroll control) and press the "clear" button. Note that this code is not recoverable once it is cleared, unless it still exists in the white entry boxes (which you would then have to click 'create supercode' to recover), or is saved in a file on your hard drive.
     You can insert the code that appears in the gray box into the white boxes using the 'insert code' button.
     When you have entered and created all the code strings you want, press the "finished" button.
     Now when you select "super" in the main window, a code string will appear in the gray box below the single/super option on the main window. This is not necessarily the code that will be executed, but the code number selected with the selector control. The actual supercode that gets executed will be displayed when one of the joystick buttons with code assigned to it is pressed and the supercode option has been selected. If you would like to see the supercode for each button that you have created without going back to the supercode window, select the supercode option. Then use the 'button number' control in the auto-mode section (right side near bottom) to scroll through the numbers. Each supercode will be displayed in the supercode window.
     REMEMBER that on the main window, if single is selected, then single instructions will be executed, and if super is selected, supercode will be executed (If, of course, code for that numbered button has been entered)
     Use the "delay (seconds)" scroll control to set the number of seconds delay between each instruction in the supercode. You will have to experiment to see how much, if any, delay you want. The number shown is in seconds, and can be set from 0 to 3600 seconds. It is a good idea not to set this at 0 since the computer may miss some instructions due to timing.
     If you have mouse locations in the X and Y boxes, and have created a supercode designated to one of the joystick buttons, you are ready to go super. Activate a joystick button who's number is a number of a created supercode. AutoSys will put the mouse at the location displayed in the X and Y boxes of the first button-number in your supercode, activate the mouse (L,R,M or N), wait the amount of seconds in the "delay" control, then continue on with the next X and Y location specified by your supercode. In this way you can automate a series of instructions with a single joybutton press.
     If you wish to use super and single mode together, use the supercode entry window and create supercodes consisting of a single location and a single click for singles, and supers (multiple locations and clicks) in the usual way. Remember to make sure super is selected in the main screen (instead of single) before trying it out. 
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Giving SUPER MODE a test run

    I am now going to give you step by step instructions to make supercode that will take the mouse through a series of preprogrammed steps, and then click the test sound button by activating a joystick button, whether it be an actual joystick, or by specialized hardware designed for this purpose. Make sure "do not click any button" is selected. Make sure 'single' mode is selected.
     Click the 'clear all' button to clear all mouse position boxes. Put your mouse over the button numbered 1. Press joystick button #1. The mouse location will appear in the X= and Y= boxes of the status window. Using the mouse, click the button numbered 1 to transfer those locations to the X and Y boxes.
     Now put your mouse over the button numbered 2, press joystick button two, and transfer those values into X and Y boxes by clicking the button numbered 2. Grab and transfer the location over button numbered 3 in the same way. Note that you do not have to use the same joystick number as the button to grab the location, but it must be an unused button. If you tried to grab the third location using joystick button 1, the mouse would simply go to the assigned location that is shown next to button 1. You can also use the locate button as previously described to grab mouse locations.
     Lastly, put your mouse over the "test sound" button, grab it's location with joystick button #4, and click the button numbered 4 to transfer the location. We are now ready to create supercode with these 4 instructions.
     Click the 'super' button. Make sure the instruction number (top left corner) says 1. If not, change it. Enter the supercode in the white boxes, one character per box. Enter 1 N 2 N 3 N 4 L (or R if you are left-handed). Click the 'create supercode' button. The code will be displayed in the gray box. Now click the 'finished' button.
     We are now back on the main screen. Click the 'supercode' option (instead of the 'single' option. The code will be displayed. Change the 'delay' to read 1. This is the delay between each instruction. We are now ready to see supermode work. Simply press joystick button number 1 (that was the supercode number, remember?) and watch your mouse go through it's paces. You can create other supercodes at the same time, and the joystick button will correspond to the supercode instruction number you have assigned, when in supercode mode.
     Note that when using the joystick, all of the other timed settings do not matter. You do not even have to click the run box. The buttons on the joystick run the functions.
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Giving AUTO MODE a Test Run

     Now we will go through the steps to activate the auto mode, which allows us to run AutoSys without any joystick input.
     Recreate the same single codes we did above in the section 'giving supermode a test run'. This time, instead of using a joystick button press to grab a location, use Alt/L (activates the 'locate' button) to grab the location. Transfer the locations the same way you did before. Remember, no joystick!
     Now click the 'super' button and create the same supercode you did above. Don't forget to click 'create supercode' and 'finished'.
     Now we will set some automatic parameters so our code will run by itself. Select the super option under the status window. Look at the 'auto mode' portion of the screen (right side). Click the 'seconds' option in 'activate by time passed'. Change the timer in that section to 10. This means that your code will run every 10 seconds. Make sure 'simulated button number' is set to 1 (this is the instruction number for supercode). Set the delay to 1 again so that you can see your code actually work.
     Now you are ready. Click the 'run' box at the bottom left to start. You will see your supercode start. It will do this over and over, every 15 seconds. To stop the sequence, either click the 'stop' button, or if the mouse is moving too fast, press Alt/S
     Single code operates the same way. You would need to select 'single' instead of 'super' and change the 'button number' to the single instruction number you want, not the supercode instruction number, but the button number next to the mouse location in the X and Y boxes that you want. You will also need to select a mouse click type in that options window if you want the mouse to click. Set up your parameters for operating automatically, click the 'run' box, and there you have it.

    Run: After you have all your code set up, and you have selected an option by which AutoSys will run, there is one more thing you need to do to get the code to actually run. You need to check this box. Auto-mode will not run as long as this box is not checked. This is the 'go' feature. Of course if the option 'no auto activation' is selected, nothing will happen either. Note that almost any control that is clicked or changed (there are a few exceptions, such as the test sound button) in the application will automatically remove a check in this box. This will take AutoSys off auto-mode and back into manual mode.
     Remember! If your auto-mode does not seem to work, make sure 'No Auto Activation' IS NOT selected, the 'run' checkbox IS checked, and your actual times (in the auto-mode section) AND the 'delay' (in the regular section) are not so large that you have to wait too long to see any action. Test with the "do it now" option to make sure your code is working at all. (run still must be checked).

    Stop: You might wonder why you would need a stop button. You would think that you can always uncheck the run box, right? Not always. If you have your code running too fast, there may be no pauses between movements of the mouse. In supercode mode your mouse may be flying all over the screen repeatedly and you cannot get control of it. When you find yourself in this situation, activate the stop button by pressing Alt/S This will immediately halt all activity after the immediate sequence is finished.
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Using simulated keyboard input

     I have discussed using supercodes to run series of mouse code. With version 4, AutoSys can simulate keyboard input as well, allowing you to create supercodes made up of keystrokes rather than mouse clicks. Because this is also a complex procedure, I have not discussed it until now. Here is the window that you will get when you click the 'keys' button on the main window.

     The first thing to know is that keystrokes are mostly useful if they are to be used on another application. When you load this window all of the boxes should be blank, unless you loaded some code with the 'get layouts' button.
     As with the supercodes, you can create 10 super keycodes with each file. The first thing to do is to designate an application. Use the 'get file and path' button to do this. When the dialog box opens, navigate to the application you want to control. In this example I have selected Notepad.
     In the 'build code' box, the application's path and name will appear. To send a string of characters to the application, enter them in the 'add a string' box, and click the 'add' button. Text entered here will be sent to the application. In Notepad it will be as if you were typing into the window in Notepad. Use the 'clear' button if you wish to clear the string box.
     You can load and save keycode files using the load and save buttons. These will override any time files loaded in with a layout file.
     Use the special keys to insert special codes into your file. If you can save a file (the way you can in Notepad) by first pressing Alt/F to activate the F)ile menu item in Notepad, you can simulate this sequence by either clicking the Alt key and then entering an f in the string box and clicking the add button, or you can enter the f in the string box and click the 'add alt/key' button. a % will show in the build box for each Alt key. You could then send the letter 'a' to select Save As from the drop down menu in notepad. I chose here to use three "down arrow" keystrokes and then the enter key. To send the control key, click the ctrl button. To send a tab key, click the tab button. Etc. Etc.
     The best way to figure out how to run your applications is to actually run it using only the keyboard. Find out which keys you need to press to create the events you want. Write down your keystrokes, and then enter them in AutoSys Note that some combinations work better than others. For example, the 'close app' button simulates a control key with the function 4 key. This closes most applications fine. However, if may not work well for your application, and it may be better to exit using the menu. Don't forget prompts like "do you wish to save this file?" etc. that may appear in the app before closing. You need to allow for all events that will take place.
     I have added some special keys for their usefulness. The time key will send the current time to the application. The now key sends the time and date. The delay key will send an embedded delay with the length of the delay in seconds which shows on the delay indicator control. Set the delay length before clicking the delay button. The rnd button will create a random number. This is especially useful for writing repetitive files where each file needs a unique name. The 'switch to mouse' button will cause
AutoSys to leave the keys mode and start processing mouse supercodes. The setting control tells AutoSys which supercode you wish to process.
     The button labeled 'more special keys' loads a file that shows many more special keycodes. You can enter them directly as shown in the string box, and click the 'add' button to add them.
     If you make an error, you can back up each step of the code by clicking the 'back one' button. This will remove the last code added.
     Although I do not recommend it, you can edit the build code box directly. I do not recommend it because you must understand the codes and format before editing. An error in the code may cause your function to crash miserably!
     After your code is built, set the number next to the 'create code' button to set this keycode to a number, just as you did with supercodes. Then press 'create code.' The created code will be placed into the 'created code' box. You can now click the 'finished' button, and go test your code.
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Giving KEY MODE a Test Run

    Just as we have with the other modes, I will describe a step by step method for entering a super key code. I am going to describe the example shown in the box above.
     Load up AutoSys Click the keys button to get to the keys screen. Click the 'file and path' button. Locate and select Notepad which should reside at C:\Windows\NotePad.exe. The Notepad file and path should now be in the 'build code' box.
     Enter a sentence in the string box and click the add button. To start a new line if you wish to add more sentences, add an 'enter' code by clicking the enter button. Write this string: "The time is " and click the add button. (Do not type the quotes). Now click the 'time' button, and then the 'enter' button.
     Now we will save the file and close Notepad. Enter the letter f in the string box. Click the alt/key button to make it an Alt/F keystroke. This will activate the Notepad's File menu. Now enter enter the letter a to activate Notepad's Save As, or click the down button three times (to bring the selection down to the save as item in Notepad) and click the enter button to select it. NotePad's dialog will open at this point in the code asking for a file name to save it as. Click the rnd button which will generate a unique number to use as the file name. The default place to save files is My Documents. If you don't have a problem with that, that's fine. If you wish to save your file in a specific folder, you will need to add that string before adding the random numbered filename, just as you need to do in Notepad (if you did not use the navigation buttons). Now click the 'enter' button to have Notepad accept it.
     To close Notepad, enter an f again in the string box and click the alt/key button. Click the 'enter' button six times to bring the selection down to the Exit menu item. Click the 'enter' button to select it. Notepad will close. As an alternative, you can try using the 'close app' button instead, or enter an alt/f and the letter x to select Exit. All of these should work.
     Now that your code has been built, select the number of this code. The default is 1 and you can leave it there. Click the 'create code' button. The code will be transferred to the 'created code' box and can be located with AutoSys by selecting keys mode, code #1. Click the 'finished' button to try out the code.
     On the main window, make sure the keys option is selected. Select the 'do it now' button. Click the 'run' box. Your code should run, hopefully as expected. To run this, say every minute, click the 'minute' option, make sure the counter is set to 1, and click the run box. Your code will now run every minute, saving the file with a different name each time.
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Running the sample files

     There is are sample files included with the installation of AutoSys Load AutoSys and click the 'Get Layout" button. Load one of the sample files. All of the parameters have been set up for you. If single mode is selected, press joystick button #1 to see this code operate. In auto mode is selected by the layout file, put a check in the 'run' box by clicking it. Note that if the 'do it now' selection is chosen by the layout file, you will have to reselect the 'do it now' option again and check the run box to run it again. There are also some file(s) for keycodes and a time file that you can load and play with.
     Note that these codes are set up to run on my computer with my resolution. If you have your resolution set to 800x600 and you have not moved the AutoSys window, there is a good possibility that the code will run as designed. The mouse will land on the proper buttons. The samples will work with both right and left handed mice (I have put both in the code). If the mouse cursor is not aligned properly with the buttons, you will need to redo the mouse locations for your specific computer screen. The supercode can remain the same.
     Note: Yes, you can have AutoSys design itself by programming it to press it's own buttons.
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Loading and saving files

     Throughout this text you have been told of various types of files you can load or save. It is important to note the precedence of loaded and saved files.
     Layout files saved or loaded consist of all of the settings, and also includes the time list, key codes list, and supercodes list. When you save a layout file, all information loaded into AutoSys at that time is saved. When loading a layout file, all of these items are loaded into memory. If you load a layout file that contains no time list, any current timelist will be empty.
   When you load or save a supercode list, keycode list, or time list, only that list gets loaded or saved. This allows you to load a layout that contains it's own keycode list, time list, and supercode list, and then individually replace only the list you want by loading a keycode list, supercode list, or time list. You can always then save the layout with these new or edited lists embedded. This method creates versatility.
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UNINSTALLING AutoSys:

    To uninstall AutoSys, go to your control panel and use the Add/Remove utility. Select AutoSys for removal. You will get a notice that some components could not be removed. This is because the AutoSys application creates it's own directory and saves any layouts you elected to. After uninstalling, simply navigate to the location where AutoSys was installed (default is C:\Program Files\AutoSys and the folder will be there unless you did not use the default installation location when installing) Delete the folder AutoSys including all of it's contents. MAKE SURE you have uninstalled AutoSys FIRST!
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KNOWN PROBLEMS

     If you install your joystick drivers over AutoSys, AutoSys may not work properly. It is recommended that you install and test your joystick first. Then install AutoSys
     Because AutoSys is currently in a state of continuous development, some functions may work at times and not at other times. I have attempted to debug all possible situations, but because of the complexity of AutoSys, all combinations are not able to be tested. I am willing to help anyone who runs into problems, either showing or instructing how to achieve specific events, or debugging the application itself.
     Some of the newer dll files (namely WININET.DLL) caused problems when replacing an older file where an older Internet Explorer version was installed. For this reason I have redesigned AutoSys installation to put these DLL files in it's own directory rather than the System directory.
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:

     Rediware Software and the author make no guarantees that AutoSys will suit your needs or expectations. Rediware Software and the author are not responsible for any system incompatibilities or file or system corruption due to the installing, usage, or uninstalling of AutoSys AutoSys has been tested on Windows 98. I did get an error on a Windows 95 system while checking for an Internet connection when one had never been set up. I was not able to resolve this problem. This software has been tested but is not guaranteed to be bug free. Note that the installation software and dynamic link libraries are written by Microsoft and are independent of AutoSys I welcome e-mail on any glitches or bugs that you may encounter. When reporting any bugs, please attempt to recreate the glitch in a step by step fashion so that you can relay to me the exact steps that caused the problem. When installing AutoSys, the installation software may detect that you have older versions of DLL files and ask you if you wish to install the updated versions. It is recommended that you do so. The versions contained in AutoSys are the latest available at the time of release and are from official Microsoft-released libraries.
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  Some possible uses for AutoSys system automation 

     These suggestions were submitted by users of AutoSys
1- Door bell (Er, in this case would be a "Dog bell barker", or whatever WAV Mp3 you want)
2- Disc Jockey applications
3- Connect to Alarm system switches for:
      *-Beeper notification
      *-Intruder alarm (local warning, as in your PC)
      *-You want to know when your sister enters your room?
      *-Hand held "panic Button" transmitter for whatever you want to run, immediately, including a dialer to notify family..
4 -In a retail store, you can have push buttons on the sales floor. These push buttons can be connected to relays at the PC. Then you can use the "dry contacts" of the relay to operate the joy system. On the PC, you can have WAV files associated with each button on the sales floor. When someone presses the button, say in "Toys" a message can be sent over the PA system "Sales help needed in Toys" (NOTE: The systems that already exist for these types of systems are over the $1,000.00 mark. This can be done rather cheaply using a 486 for this task)
5- Ever here a buzzer go off when you walk into a store? That's to let the store personnel know someone has just entered. It's a light beam that's just broken by you walking through the beam. Instead of the buzzer, how about a sound file saying "Welcome to our store, someone will be right with you"...
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CREDITS and RIGHTS:

     AutoSys is a Rediware Software and Services release, and Rediware Software and the author retain all rights to the AutoSys application and coding. You may redistribute this software as long as the software is in it's original form. You may not charge, sell, or make a profit in any way from the redistribution of this software.
     AutoSys is being released as shareware. There is no trial period or feature limits on this version of AutoSys You possess the full program. If you find AutoSys to be a useful tool, all I ask is that you pay only $10. If you use the program and do not send payment, I'll never know. However, I would like to have the knowledge that shareware is not dead. Thank you in advance for your payment!

     Send your $10 to:

    Stephan Clarke
    832 Providence Road
    Primos, PA 19018

      © Rediware Software and Services, version 1 released 2001, version 2 released 2002, version 3 released 2003, version 4 released 2003.
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Contacting Rediware Software:

  If you have questions concerning the operation of this software, the instructions are not clear, or you have any comments at all, feel free to contact me any time.   

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