Terrific Program Lets You Automate Tasks On Your PC

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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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Now that we've sorted out that there is an absolutely free version of the program, let's look at it:

x32, not x64: So what? It takes two fractions of a second instead of one?

maximum 100 tasks, 100 actions per task, 100 tasks running simultaneously: sounds like a lot to me.

backs up on fixed weekly schedule, not whenever you want it to: ought to be good enough.

puts free edition footer on e-mails it generates: I'm proud to be known as a skinflint.

I use System Scheduler a lot and won't stop, but this program is interesting because of the variety of triggers it accepts.

I've been using System Scheduler for many years http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-program-scheduler.htm and it works great. Mybe not as many features, but it does what it is supposed to do.
http://www.splinterware.com/products/wincron.htm
Also comes in free and paid versions works in both 32 and 64bit. There are some other neat programs on the site as well.

Thanks. I like the various individual task tools around. Free Alarm Clock, Hot Keyboard Pro, etc. But this 'free' version automation tool falls into crippleware in my eyes. It is just for x32 for example.
Buy verison adds native x64, unlimited Actions per Task, unlimited run Tasks. See the compare chart Free vs Paid.
Ok casual users I imagine. Just noting NOT a free ver of the full commercial program.
Free Edition overview: Native 32-bit application.
Full set of Triggers & Actions.
High number of Actions per Task.
Limited concurrently running Tasks.
Community and limited basic support.
Updates later than commercial version.
Not for commercial use.
Use for free and tell about the software to friends and colleagues.

I'll get me coat ...

This page http://www.automationworkshop.org/download/ could not be clearer that the FREE EDITION is free, gratis and for nothing. You pay for a PERSONAL USE or COMMERCIAL licence.

I have not yet looked at or tried the actual software but thanks to Rob for the find.

Bertie

Bertie,
Take it easy. You're coming late to the party.
The comments about it not being free were written before the site URL was fixed: "The download link has now been corrected."

Thanks to everyone for spotting our deliberate mistake. :) The download link has now been corrected. MC - Site Manager.

We have to hear from Rob as to the reason he thought it was free for personal use. C'mon Buddy, tell us.

If you scroll down to the bottom of the main page and under Download click on License Terms you can read the Free Edition terms.
Second Paragraph...
"The SOFTWARE is distributed as Freeware for non-commercial use. You may download and use this SOFTWARE free of charge. That means that SOFTWARE may be used as many times as you like, for as long as you like and may be: copied, backed up, installed / reinstalled on any number of computers or distributed (only in the SOFTWARE's or its update's entirety) to anyone via any media any number of times. You may not charge money or fees for the SOFTWARE or its update to anyone."

Hi Rob

Looks great, but are you sure it's free for personal, non-commercial use? I'm unable to find that anywhere (I've been awake for 21 hours straight though, so it may just be my eyes are not working as they should!).

Cheers
Darren

Darren,
You're right, even without sleep.

The pricing page (http://www.febooti.com/ordering/pricelist/automation-workshop/) says this:
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Automation Workshop is offered for home and commercial users. Home users can order Personal use license.
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The price for the "personal use" license is $169, so that's certainly not free.

There are 3 versions; commercial, personal & free

Aye, we know that now the original link has been corrected (as per previous posts).