- dotTech - http://dottech.org -

[Review] Perfect Macro Recorder

{rw_text}Software reviewed in this article:

Perfect Macro Recorder [1] by Perfect Tools Software

Version reviewed:

v2.0.0.0

System Requirements:

Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista

Needs .NET Framework 3.50

Price:

$39.90 (USD) but you can get it for free for a limited time at Giveawayoftheday.com [2]!

Software description as per the developer:

Automate your tasks by recording keystrokes, mouse actions, so you can replay later. You can also convert the macro to an executable file [*.exe] that can be run stand alone without Perfect Macro Recorder.

————————-{/rw_text} –>

{rw_good}

{/rw_good} –>

{rw_bad}

{/rw_bad} –>

{rw_score}
{for=”Ease of Use” value=”8″}Aside from the impractical means of editing the macros, very easy to use.
{/for}
{for=”Performance” value=”6″}For the most part performs well. However, has a few bugs that need to be ironed out.
{/for}
{for=”Usefulness” value=”6″}In general, macro programs are a hit or a miss; either you can use it or you can’t.
{/for}
{for=”Price” value=”4″}$39.90 is much too overpriced for what is not that advanced of a macro recorder. A better price for this is $10-15.
{/for}
{for=”Arbitrary Equalizer” value=”6″}This category reflects an arbitrary number that does not specifically stand for anything. Rather this number is used to reflect dotTech’s overall rating/verdict of the program in which all the features and alternatives have been considered.
{/for}
{/rw_score} –>

{rw_verdict}[tdown]
{/rw_verdict} –>

Perfect Macro Recorder is a macro recording program. The four main things it allows users to do are:

This is what the main program window for PMR (Perfect Macro recorder) looks like:

[3]

To start recording a macro, simply hit the Record button. After you hit the Record button, the main program window will automatically be minimized and all of your mouse and keyboard actions will be recorded. When you are done recording a macro, simply click on the red circle located at the top left of your computer screen…

[4]

…and the macro will stop recoding. After the macro has stopped recording, the main program window for PMR will automatically maximize, giving you the option to edit your macro, play it back, and/or save it:

[5]

Editing the macro consists of manually deleting/cutting/copying/pasting macro points, adding “background windows”, delays, mouse actions, and/or keyboard actions.

When deleting/cutting/copying macro points, you simply need to select the macro points you want to cut/copy, right click, and select delete, cut, or copy (whichever one you want to do):

[6]

If you select an individual point, you can also move it up/down at your discretion and edit what it does (for example, change the wait time from “16 to 100″).

If you are looking to add a custom “background window”, delay, or mouse/keyboard action, simply select the macro point that you want to add the action after, right click, go to “Insert”, and select what you want to add:

[7]

Background Window

[8]

Delay/Wait

[9]

Mouse Action

[10]

Keyboard Action/Keystroke

[11]

After your macro is as you like it, you can preview it by hitting the play button…

[12]

…or save it:

[13]

The floppy disk icon will save the macro normally and the “Exe” will save it as a standalone EXE file. The difference between saving the macro normally and saving it as a standalone EXE is saving it normally requires PMR to be installed to be played back but saving it as an EXE allows anyone to play it back, regardless of if PMR is installed or not.

Since saving macro to EXE does not require PMR to be installed, you have to set a few settings before you save it to EXE:

[14]

In addition to all that has been mentioned already, other noteworthy aspects of PMR are:

[15]

[16]

[17]

Now on paper, Perfect Macro Recorder looks like quite a lucrative program because of the features it offers (especially the “background window” feature). However, in practice, PMR still needs a bit of work:

This review was conducted on a laptop running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

{rw_freea}

Do It Again [18]

Do It Again is an extremely easy-to-use macro recorder which records all keyboard and mouse clicks.

Comfort Keys Lite [19]

Comfort Keys Lite is an awesome hotkey program. One of the many features it has is the ability to create macros; however the macros only record keyboard keypresses and not mouse movements/clicks.

Ghost Mouse [20]

A simple mouse movement/clicks recorder.

AutoHotKey [21]

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.
  • Respond to signals from hand-held remote controls via the WinLIRC client script.
  • 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.

If you are interested, check out the quick-start tutorial. Here is the AutoHotKey wiki.

-AutoHotKey Developer

—-

All I have to say about AutoHotKey is that it may be a better macro program overall then Easy Macro Recorder but it is much harder/more complicated to create macros with AHK then with EMR.

AutoIt [22]

AutoIt is a very similar program to AutoHotKey. Personally I found AutoHotKey a bit easier to understand and use, but imo it comes down to personal preference. Again, while AutoIt may be a superior macro program then Easy Macro Recorder, Easy Macro Recorder is much more simple and easy to use.

—-

AutoIt v3 is a freeware BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general scripting. It uses a combination of simulated keystrokes, mouse movement and window/control manipulation in order to automate tasks in a way not possible or reliable with other languages (e.g. VBScript and SendKeys). AutoIt is also very small, self-contained and will run on all versions of Windows out-of-the-box with no annoying “runtimes” required!

Features:

  • Easy to learn BASIC-like syntax
  • Simulate keystrokes and mouse movements
  • Manipulate windows and processes
  • Interact with all standard windows controls
  • Scripts can be compiled into standalone executables
  • Create Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs)
  • COM support
  • Regular expressions
  • Directly call external DLL and Windows API functions
  • Scriptable RunAs functions
  • Detailed helpfile and large community-based support forums
  • Compatible with Windows 95 / 98 / ME / NT4 / 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008
  • Unicode and x64 support
  • Digitally signed for peace of mind
  • Works with Windows Vista’s User Account Control (UAC)

-AutoIt Developer

Macro Recorder [23]

Seems like a dead simple mouse/keyboard macro recorder. However it doesn’t install properly on my computer so I can’t say much about it.

MacroMaker [24]

Seems like a really nice macro recording programs it doesn’t work on my computer so I can’t say much about it.

{/rw_freea} –>

{rw_verdict2}At the surface – because of the features it offers – Perfect Macro Recorder looked more promising than other macro recorders I have run across. However after testing it  for myself, I do feel Perfect Macro Recorder has too many problems to be out in the public domain just yet; thumbs down. For advanced users, I recommend looking into AutoHotKey or AutoIt for macro needs. For not-so-advanced users, I have been using Do It Again for a while, and I recommend it.
{/rw_verdict2} –>

Comfort Keys Lite

Comfort Keys Lite is an awesome hotkey program. One of the many features it has is the ability to create macros; however the macros only record keyboard keypresses and not mouse movements/clicks.

Ghost Mouse

A simple mouse movement/clicks recorder.

AutoHotKey

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.
* Respond to signals from hand-held remote controls via the WinLIRC client script.
* 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.

If you are interested, check out the quick-start tutorial. Here is the AutoHotKey wiki.

-AutoHotKey Developer

—-

All I have to say about AutoHotKey is that it may be a better macro program overall then Easy Macro Recorder but it is much harder/more complicated to create macros with AHK then with EMR.

AutoIt

AutoIt is a very similar program to AutoHotKey. Personally I found AutoHotKey a bit easier to understand and use, but imo it comes down to personal preference. Again, while AutoIt may be a superior macro program then Easy Macro Recorder, Easy Macro Recorder is much more simple and easy to use.

—-

AutoIt v3 is a freeware BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general scripting. It uses a combination of simulated keystrokes, mouse movement and window/control manipulation in order to automate tasks in a way not possible or reliable with other languages (e.g. VBScript and SendKeys). AutoIt is also very small, self-contained and will run on all versions of Windows out-of-the-box with no annoying “runtimes” required!

Features:

* Easy to learn BASIC-like syntax
* Simulate keystrokes and mouse movements
* Manipulate windows and processes
* Interact with all standard windows controls
* Scripts can be compiled into standalone executables
* Create Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs)
* COM support
* Regular expressions
* Directly call external DLL and Windows API functions
* Scriptable RunAs functions
* Detailed helpfile and large community-based support forums
* Compatible with Windows 95 / 98 / ME / NT4 / 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008
* Unicode and x64 support
* Digitally signed for peace of mind
* Works with Windows Vista’s User Account Control (UAC)

-AutoIt Developer

Macro Recorder

Seems like a dead simple mouse/keyboard macro recorder. However it doesn’t install properly on my computer so I can’t say much about it.

MacroMaker

Seems like a really nice macro recording programs it doesn’t work on my computer so I can’t say much about it.