Looking for a simple keystroke recorder for XP
Posted on 2009-04-15
I am looking for a simple keystroke recorder for XP, but haven't found one among all the fancy macro recording products advertised on the Web.
For me, the capability of hitting a key on the fly, typing a few keystrokes, and hitting a key to see them repeated again, is perhaps one of the most important tools in enhancing my productivity.
I was very annoyed in the earliest days of Microsoft's Visual Studio for C++ to see this feature deleted from the development environment. I queried MS and they said they saw no need for it anymore since "modern programmers" used mouse clicks in preference to typing. This, of course, was an answer from a marketing executive, not a programmer.
I complained in a programmers' group and someone sent me a perfect solution using system hook functions. I have since lost that.
Lately I have inherited a project that needs to be done in MS Excel using VBA (shudder) and was annoyed to see that the keystroke recorder that is part of Excel is not available in its macro environment. I was about to recreate the earlier solution when someone told me I ought to check out Tethy's "fantastic" macro recorder.
Tethy's Macro Pro is fancy but not fantastic. In over 40 years as a systems programmer I have never needed nor can I imagine anyone ever needing to
"save" keystrokes and mouse clicks so that they can be played back again.
Does anyone know of a simple keystroke recorder for XP?