Sunday, August 21, 2005

AutoHotkey

Introduction
AutoHotkey is a free, open-source utility for Windows. With it, you can:
* Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.
* Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey.
* Expand abbreviations as you type them. For example, typing "btw" can automatically produce "by the way".
* Create custom data entry forms, user interfaces, and menu bars. See GUI for details.
* Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
* Run existing AutoIt v2 scripts and enhance them with new capabilities.
* Convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on computers that don't have AutoHotkey installed.


I was searching for one of these for quite sometime. Written in C++ this is a very beautiful and small application - completely open source has been released under the GNU license. I am awe struck cause it gives me complete freedom to configure and create and run my own macros - keyboard, mouse, joystick...
It might look a bit difficult in the initial go but once you see a few examples and try out some simple scripts it will be a breeze through. I wonder why I never found this before! This definitely fills one of the major gaps in my open source collection. Some of the scripts I am using are:


#z::Run www.google.com
::btw::by the way
:*:. ~::. ~dacscan/.profile;TERM=vt100{Enter}
:*:Than::Thanks,{Enter}-MyName;-)
Numpad0 & Numpad1::Run Notepad
Numpad0 & Numpad2::Run Calc
LAlt & WheelDown::AltTab
LAlt & WheelUp::ShiftAltTab

AutoHotkey was mentioned at the Lifehacker blog in its download of the day section.

Friday, August 12, 2005

re:Thinking

Re:thinking is a directory of user-friendly free & open source software for the Windows (r) Operating System. For the most part, the focus will be on Free/Open Source Software (FOSS), but on occasion quality (spyware-free) closed source freeware will be included as well.

Now this one talks about open source applications for the Windows operating system. Am not very sure if the site contains only open source! But I did glance quite a few oof them. I also found some closed source applications mentioned there too. Anyways a handy place to search for some open source applications for windows.

Open Source Review

Just could not help mentioning about this blog I found today. This is a very exhaustive and well compiled list of open source applications together. Michael has done a great job putting across those reviews of some very useful ( and open source! ;) ) applications. I have decided to permanently link him from my page too.
Visit "Open Source Review" to know more. I am not very sure if he has segregated them on the basis of platforms but am sure you will find that most open source applications are very easy to build on windows too (most of the time ;) )

This is what Michael has to say:
There's a huge wealth of great, FREE(!), open source software out there. There's also a lot of unreliable, incomplete, free open source software out there. I've created this in attempt to set the two apart and spread the word about the great undiscovered software there is out there.