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Is there a way to monitor non active windows?

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Hi, I wrote a script that monitors a web page and acquires data via the tesseract OCR engine. As long as there are few lines of data to monitor I am happy to resize the browser window and put it in a corner of my desktop. But as the project goes on there are more data to monitor, therefore I will probably end up having half of my laptop screen occupied by the browser windows and it's likely I will not be able to do anything else with the laptop. So the only options that came to my mind are 1) to relegate one computer for the monitoring process itself, and do the other tasks (data analysis in my case) from another computer; 2) to extend my desktop area to an external monitor, so the window to be monitored stayes out of the way...

Obviously the OCR engine as well other autoit functions (i.e. pixel checksum) work only on active windows, great would be to have the windows minimized, but I know that wouldn't work. Is there a way to do it with a virtual graphic card, or running the script in a virtual machine or something like that?

Any other ideas?


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Hi, DaisyDuke. Depending on the local resources on your machine, a virtual machine may be the way to go. I use VirtualBox (free) and VMWare Workstation (not free) for several management scripts that I do not want running on my main machine.

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