If you've been a Windows user for some time, you might be familiar with the concept of scheduled tasks. The task scheduler, built into the OS, lets you create a task which will automatically run at a specified time. For example, every day at 7pm, or every Saturday at noon, or the 17th of each month at 5am. When the specified date and time arrives, you can have Windows kick off a program or batch file of your choice. It's a useful way to do backups, or any other repetitive task.
Automation Workshop is a commercial program which takes the Windows task scheduler one step further. It works in the same way, in that you create a task that has a trigger (such as a specific date) and an action (such as backing up some files), but in a much more useful way.
A trigger can, for example, be a particular file being deleted or a new file being added to a particular folder. Or a user logging on/off. Or the PC starting up or shutting down.
As for actions, you can of course run any program or batch file. Or you can send an email to a specified address, pop up a message on the screen, play a sound, print a file, edit a registry entry, and much more too.
If you need greater control over the operation of your PC, Automation Workshop might just be the answer to your prayers.
Although the commercial product is relatively expensive and runs to a few hundred dollars, the great news is that it's free for personal non-commercial use. So if you qualify, head to automationworkshop.org/ for the download. The file is only 5 MB and is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust.
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