Automation / macro tool selection (end-user, not testing)

A user wants to automate some application usage and wonders which short list of tools to consider, whether macromania, macromagic, winbatch, autoit, or something else?

This is for using, not testing, applications. The user wants to automate periodically performed tasks and, for most of them, to schedule the execution. A separate scheduler, such as Task Scheduler (or a superior 3rd party product), can also be purchased.

Does a thread for macro  tool selection already exists? I'll be glad to read it. :)

All applications run on Windows (7, usually x64). Cross-platform portability is not required.

Typical uses:

*  Open an application, select parameters with typical GUI features such as option buttons, boxes, drop-down lists, then specify an export file name and click OK to perform the export. Do this several times in a session, once per week.

*  Perform tasks within an application that does not have its own macro/scripting language. At a glance, all of these applications appear to have uniquely named dialogs. NOT all of them have keyboard shortcuts for each button (e.g. Alt+o for Open).

No application requires a command-line interface.  CLI automation is nice-to-have.

Most applications have some sort of logon name and password required to enable and perform internet-based data downloads for update of locally stored data. So the automation must be able to learn whether the login was successful, the download completed, etc.

Automation of browser interaction (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, IE) is not required but highly desired, as application vendors eventually adopt server-based models.

More than recording and running keystroke memory is required. For the macro language, easy-to-learn (or a robust wizard) is more important than fully-featured. The user has programming experience but codes only on weekends (if then). For the learning curve, if good documentation or online tutorials are not available, then a strong online community must be available.

Best regards,
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aikimarkConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Look at the Sikuli project, especially if you need end-user friendliness.
whitneybroachAuthor Commented:

It looks interesting at first glance. I'll drill into it and circle back.

Best regards,
whitneybroachAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for whitneybroach's comment #a38327615

for the following reason:

@aikimark,<br /><br />Yes, very interesting. &nbsp;I've seen nothing like it elsewhere. &nbsp;Good suggestion.
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whitneybroachAuthor Commented:

(Sorry for the delay.)

I intend for you to receive the points.  Apparently the way I replied earlier did not accomplish my intent.

I'll try again.
whitneybroachAuthor Commented:
OK, I clicked on that link.  I hope that works. :)

That did it.  Thank you for the points.
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