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File Name: IE.au3

File Submitter: DaleHohm

File Submitted: 27 Mar 2013

File Category: Libraries

Title: Internet Explorer Automation UDF Library for AutoIt3

Filename: IE.au3

Description: A collection of functions for creating, attaching to, reading from and manipulating Internet Explorer

Author: DaleHohm

Version: T3.0-0

Last Update: 9/3/12

Requirements: AutoIt3 3.3.9 or higher

This version is checked into the development stream for the next AutoIt beta release, but will work with the most recently released V3.3.9.x beta.

I am releasing it here so that it can get some testing now and help some people with some of the issues it fixes in the realm of COM error handling (and "the WEND error").

This file will be removed when it is included in a public beta release.

Dale

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Please test this IE.au3 include with the latest AutoIt beta release (3.3.9.x).

It takes advantage of COM errors no longer being fatal in the beta version and fixes the "WEND" error that some users have started experiencing in _IELoadWait in the past year or so.

It also contains some small bug fixes and one new enhancement (see base note).

Please discuss anything that needs to be discussed about it here.

Dale

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This UDF still has the same bugs reported in #2320, the return values are wrong in certain cases.

If $f_wait Then
    _IELoadWait($o_object)
    Return SetError(@error, 0, -1)
EndIf

If _IELoadWait returns an error, the return value from this section is going to be wrong. The functions return -1 as a success value, and if you're not looking at the @Error value returned and only looking to the return value, you're not going to see that there was an error.

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@BrewManNH, this is code checked in 6 months ago and unfortunately, I was unaware of the ticket you created 4 weeks ago.

That said, this is not a code bug (although there is an issue with the documentation) - it is working as designed and intended.

The special circumstance here is described in the Remarks for _IENavigate:

This function always returns a value of -1. This is because the navigate method has no useful return value and therefore nothing can be implied from it. You will need to employ other methods to determine success or failure of the navigation.

This is also true of the other functions you call out in the ticket.

You may not agree with my design choice, but I chose to have the functions always return -1 so that the user did not try to infer success or failure of the core function they were calling (like navigate, click or submit), regardless of the success or failure of the cascaded _IELoadWait . You can catch a problem with _IELoadWait by checking @error. I use -1 as a return value consistently in IE.au3 when there is an indeterminate return from a method call.

This is a day-one issue with the docs for these functions and they do need to be corrected to properly describe the behavior.

Thanks for drawing my attention to the ticket. I will update it.

Dale

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But the functions return 0 for several conditions, they don't always return -1, which was my point.

If Not IsObj($o_object) Then
        __IEErrorNotify("Error", "__IENavigate", "$_IEStatus_InvalidDataType")
        Return SetError($_IEStatus_InvalidDataType, 1, 0) ; <<<<<<<<<<< Here it returns 0 when it encounters an error with the $o_object passed
    EndIf

Either it always needs to return -1 and tell the user to check @error, or correct the return for the _IELoadWait return value. The return values are inconsistent, and either the documentation needs correcting or the code does.

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Ah, yes, I see your point. Thank-you.

If it errors out before even attempting the method, I am setting the return value to 0 (since the success of the method is NOT indeterminate). If we get as far as attempting the method, I set the return value to -1 (because the success of the method is indeterminate) even if the cascaded _IELoadWait fails.

This is the way I choose to have it work, so I will insure that this is also included in the helpfile.

Dale

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So, back to the main reason I posted this...

I encourage people to try out this version with the beta - particularly those who have experienced "the WEND error" - and post any trouble you experience.

Dale

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DaleHohm,

Thank you for making these updates to IE.au3. After I found the "Beta Run" menu; the script I have written and use at work has been processing through all of the inventory updates without issue.

My words cannot express how happy I am with this update. Sometimes I could go a full 12 minutes before the WEnd error message appears. I am pleased to report it has been an hour! The entire time I have been writing and troubleshooting the script I would have sworn it was:

* the external website we use to keep our inventory

* the internet filter / firewall between us and the external website

By the way; thank you for all of your posts and contributions on the AutoIt forums, been reading them and making corrections to my scripts. The DebugBar was a god send.

Thank you again,

Thomas E. Bennett

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Doh! I backed out from 3.3.8.1 to 3.3.6.1 a year ago due to an IE.au3 WEnd error on line 585 and finally got around to addressing it yesterday afternoon/this morning, just to find this thread an hour later. Timing is everything, as I really could have just kept waiting until the next release... :(

Anyway, my problems/fixes for 3.3.8.1 were :

  • __IEIsObjType deregisters the internal error handler while _IELoadWait is depending on it so I added a reference counter to __IEInternalErrorHandlerRegister / __IEInternalErrorHandlerDeRegister.
  • My underlying error ($IEComErrorScriptline = 585, $IEComErrorNumberHex = 80070005, $IEComErrorNumber = -2147024891, $IEComErrorWinDescription = Access is denied.) was treated as non-recoverable in __IEComErrorUnrecoverable, so I added a case to handle it as recoverable.
Reading the new version it looks like the new error handling and changes in __IEComErrorUnrecoverable effectively do the same things, so I expect it will work for me. I'll try actually testing the beta with my stuff to confirm (a 10000 line application control library that excercises IE/IE.au3 for ~45 minutes straight). If I really like the beta I might even put it on the Continuous Integration machine so we can get several runs every day until the next release comes out. :)

Underlying this... I cannot find any hint why $o_object.&#100;ocument.readyState is throwing the error rather than a meaningful state (like "uninitialized" perhaps). I can only confirm that $o_object.document is a valid HTMLDocument object, and that .readyState can go from valid to throwing this error to valid again in the span of a couple lines of AutoIT (i.e. breaking up line 574 into a $temp variable with 3 lines of code to build up the variable prior to WEnd, the code can fail on the .readyState=4 check even though the line before it succeeds on the .readyState="complete" check; with my changes and error notify turned on I can see the situation is usually recovered in 1 pass through the loop - i.e. ~100ms). Basically there is a very brief timing sensitive window where _IELoadWait can catch the HTMLDocument object with its pants down. In my case the app is basic form/submit stuff with postbacks and the occasional iFrame, so presumably IE is doing this while loading the new document into the window but I'm not going to deep dive IE's behaviour on this unless something else comes up.

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Not a com/WEnd error, but I'll mention this one as well... There is an issue in IE.au3 in 3.3.6.1 that does not appear to be addressed in the new beta file - a WinWait("x") _IEAttach("x","dialogbox") pair can fail to attach because IE displays the dialog box window before it contains an IE control (probably very OS and IE version specific). It is timing sensitive as it requires AutoIT to execute a fair bit of code faster than IE can add the control to the window, but ultimately the "Local $h_control = ControlGetHandle()" line can miss getting the control because IE has not prepared the control on the window yet. In my experience the failure rate is less than 1 in 30 for my current environment. I have worked around this in my own code by inserting a check/sleep to delay _IEAttach if IE is not ready. Vastly simplified (let's assume relevant paramters and error checking exist in the real code):

WinWait($sMyWindow) ; Wait for the dialog box window
If ControlGetHandle($sMyWindow,[IE stuff]) = "" Then Sleep() ; Check if the window contains an IE control and delay if it is missing
$oIEDlg=_IEAttach($sMyWindow, "dialogbox")
_IELoadWait($oIEDlg)

Not sure how to fix that without supporting a timeout on _IEAttach, as there is no way to tell for certain how long to wait before retrying/giving up. Perhaps a small 100ms/10x retry loop getting the control would not offend anyone if the window looks like an IE window.

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Thank you Dale Hohm for continuing to update this UDF!

If you get a chance, I was wondering if there was a way to harness the power of this UDF to create a script that will test an entire site (site collection) for any dead links?

I'm sorry in advance if this isn't the best place to post such a question, but I really could use an example script to build on. Some sites have scores of pages with an inestimable amount of links that should have been changed over the years. I wanted an in-house solution, if possible.

Thank you much!

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Nope, not the right place for this. Use the Support Forum. Note - this would not be an enhancement to IE.au3, but simply a project using IE.au3 and perhaps INetGet* or WINHTTP.

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Welcome to the forum, but hopefully your future posts are better ones.

First, you must know that you have not provided enough information for any type of analysis. You have left out all version information, omitted critical information written to the console and have provided no context for your code.

As well, I suspect that you are not running the version of AutoIt required to use this revised UDF since you seem to imply that your script aborts. The key to this revision is the 3.3.9 or higher version in which COM errors are no longer fatal.

If, after reviewing the above, you still have a problem, please open a topic in the Support forum.

Dale

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this is not the support forum.

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File Name: IE.au3

File Submitter: DaleHohm

File Submitted: 27 Mar 2013

File Category: Libraries

Title: Internet Explorer Automation UDF Library for AutoIt3

Filename: IE.au3

Description: A collection of functions for creating, attaching to, reading from and manipulating Internet Explorer

Author: DaleHohm

Version: T3.0-0

Last Update: 9/3/12

Requirements: AutoIt3 3.3.9 or higher

This version is checked into the development stream for the next AutoIt beta release, but will work with the most recently released V3.3.9.x beta.

I am releasing it here so that it can get some testing now and help some people with some of the issues it fixes in the realm of COM error handling (and "the WEND error").

This file will be removed when it is included in a public beta release.

Dale

Thanks for posting this Dale.

I've got a couple of scripts that produce the wend error regularly, so I'll go ahead and test it out. I'll post the output should this occur.

Regards,

Ivan

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Dale - I've run into the same issue twice now where changing a selection on a <Select> object does not fire the onchange event in IE9. It took some searching, but I found a related issue/solution in another language and ported it to AutoIt. I think this may be a good enhancement for IE.au3 to check the browser version and manually dispatch the event.

>First issue, >second issue, detailed bug report

I think the solution would be as easy as:

If $f_fireEvent Then
    If $o_object.document.documentMode = 9 Then
        $o_Evt = $o_object.document.createEvent("HTMLEvents")
        $o_Evt.initEvent("change", True, False)
        $o_object.dispatchEvent($o_Evt)
    Else
        $o_object.fireEvent("onChange")
        $o_object.fireEvent("OnClick")
    EndIf
EndIf
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      #include <GDIPlus.au3> #include "GuiFlatButton.au3" Example() ;buttons with Icon images Func Example() ;get images for demonstration _GDIPlus_Startup() ;initialize GDI+ Local $hIcon = _WinAPI_ShellExtractIcon(@SystemDir & '\shell32.dll', 258, 24, 24) ;extract the 'Save' icon Local $hBitmap = _GDIPlus_BitmapCreateFromHICON($hIcon) ;Create Bitmap from Icon (for demonstration) Local $hHBitmap = _GDIPlus_BitmapCreateHBITMAPFromBitmap($hBitmap) ;Create HBitmap from Bitmap _GDIPlus_BitmapDispose($hBitmap) ;dispose the bitmap _GDIPlus_Shutdown() ;done with GDI+ Local $hGUI = GUICreate("GuiFlatButton Ex5", 255, 400) GUISetBkColor(0xEEEEEE) ;set default colors of future buttons Local $aColorsEx = _ [0xE2E5E8, 0X000000, 0x888888, _ ; normal : Background, Text, Border 0xE2E5E8, 0X000000, 0x333333, _ ; focus : Background, Text, Border 0xE8E8E8, 0X000000, 0x666666, _ ; hover : Background, Text, Border 0xDDDDDD, 0X000000, 0xAAAAAA] ; selected : Background, Text, Border GuiFlatButton_SetDefaultColorsEx($aColorsEx) ;normal button with icon $label1 = GUICtrlCreateLabel( "$BS_TOOLBUTTON -->", 5, 10) GUICtrlSetBkColor(-1, $GUI_BKCOLOR_TRANSPARENT) Local $mybutton1 = GuiFlatButton_Create("Save", 130, 5, 50, 48, $BS_TOOLBUTTON) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybutton1), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) ;align top Local $mybuttonT = GuiFlatButton_Create("Top", 5, 65, 120, 55, $BS_TOP) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonT), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) ;align top-left Local $mybuttonTL = GuiFlatButton_Create("Top-Left", 5, 125, 120, 55, BITOR($BS_TOP, $BS_LEFT)) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonTL), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) ;align top-right Local $mybuttonTR = GuiFlatButton_Create("Top-Right", 5, 185, 120, 55, BITOR($BS_TOP, $BS_RIGHT)) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonTR), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) ;align left Local $mybuttonL = GuiFlatButton_Create("Left", 5, 245, 120, 55, $BS_LEFT) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonL), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) ;align bottom Local $mybuttonB = GuiFlatButton_Create("Bottom", 130, 65, 120, 55, $BS_BOTTOM) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonB), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) ;align bottom-left Local $mybuttonBL = GuiFlatButton_Create("Bottom-Left", 130, 125, 120, 55, BITOR($BS_BOTTOM, $BS_LEFT)) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonBL), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) ;align bottom-right Local $mybuttonBR = GuiFlatButton_Create("Bottom-Right", 130, 185, 120, 55, BITOR($BS_BOTTOM, $BS_RIGHT)) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonBR), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) ;align right Local $mybuttonR = GuiFlatButton_Create("Right", 130, 245, 120, 55, $BS_RIGHT) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonR), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_ICON, $hIcon)) GuiFlatButton_SetState($mybuttonR, $GUI_DISABLE ) ;disabled Local $mybuttonDisable = GuiFlatButton_Create("Disabled", 130, 310, 120, 55, $BS_TOOLBUTTON) _WinAPI_DeleteObject(_SendMessage(GUICtrlGetHandle($mybuttonDisable), $BM_SETIMAGE, $IMAGE_BITMAP, $hHBitmap)) GuiFlatButton_SetState($mybuttonDisable, $GUI_DISABLE ) ;clean up! _WinAPI_DestroyIcon( $hIcon ) _WinAPI_DeleteObject( $hHBitmap ) GUISetState(@SW_SHOW, $hGUI) Local $iMsg While 1 $iMsg = GUIGetMsg() Switch $iMsg Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE ExitLoop EndSwitch Sleep(10) WEnd GUIDelete() EndFunc ;==>Example  
      I'm sure there are some use-cases I've forgotten, so feedback is welcome!
       
      Download the latest UDF and several more examples:
      GuiFlatButton_20220919.zip (1,121)
      Update 2022-09-19
      Added update from 05/25 back in after it was accidentally removed
      Update 2022-09-01
      Added $BS_MULTILINE button style
      Added ellipses when text is longer than the button
      Fixed compatibility with Opt("MustDeclareVars", 1)
      Update 2022-05-25
      Fixed issue, buttons disappear when a GUI containing a child window with WS_EX_MDICHILD extended style is moved
      Update 2022-05-24
      Fixed issue releasing subclassing when GUI is deleted but program is not closed
      Fixed occasional white background flicker
      Added function GuiFlatButton_GetPos
      Update 2021-01-02
      Fixed bug, not drawing correctly after deleting GUI with GUIDelete()
      Fixed bug, changing default colors changed all buttons, even previously created buttons
      Made some internal functions more efficient
      Update 2019-04-14
      Fixed bug, not showing pressed down state when clicking rapidly
      Added Icon/Bitmap support!
      Added function GuiFlatButton_SetPos to change the position and/or size of a button
      Update 2019-02-09
      Added 2 new functions to set the button colors globally for all future buttons.
      GuiFlatButton_SetDefaultColors 
      GuiFlatButton_SetDefaultColorsEx

      Credits to:
      Melba23 (UDF template)
      LarsJ (general subclassing code)
      4ggr35510n (TrackMouseEvent example)
      binhnx (disable dragging with $WS_EX_CONTROLPARENT)
      GUIRegisterMsg in AutoIt Help (owner-draw button example)
      funkey (_WinAPI_DrawState example)
       
       
       
       
    • By t0nZ
      Always searching for the "final" solution to my zipping/unzipping needs, I started years ago using WinRar with AutoIT (don't ask me why...) and for the last 10 years I worked well with the _zip.UDF , a good solution using the embedded windows zipfldr.dll.
      But often I work with a lot of data (both multi gigabytes and/or 100K+ files) and I noticed the performance of the windows zip DLL are not so good, the problem is maybe worsened by the mono thread operation using AutoIT +  zipfldr.dll.
      SO my choice is 7zip (7ZA.exe)  also for licence (freeware also for business) reasons, and I wrote a small and simple UDF:
      ; #INDEX# ======================================================================================================================= ; Title .........: _7za ; AutoIt Version : 3.3.16.0 ; Language ......: English ; Description ...: Functions for using 7za.exe archive manipulation app ; Author(s) .....: NSC ; Version .......: 1.2 ; Date ..........: 2022/06/28 ; =============================================================================================================================== ; ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ; This software is provided 'as-is', without any express or ; implied warranty. In no event will the authors be held liable for any ; damages arising from the use of this software. ; #INCLUDES# =================================================================================================================== ; #include-once #include <AutoItConstants.au3> ; =============================================================================================================================== ; #VARIABLES# =================================================================================================================== ; Global Global $7za_exe = @ScriptDir & "\" & "7za.exe" ; =============================================================================================================================== ; #CURRENT# ===================================================================================================================== ; _EXEC7za ;_UNcompress_7za ;_COMpress_7za_7z ;_COMpress_7za_zip ; =============================================================================================================================== ; #FUNCTION# ==================================================================================================================== ; Name ..........: _EXEC7za ; Description ...: launch 7Za.exe with params and returns exit codes ; Syntax ........: EXEC7za($7zCommands, $archive, $folder[, $show]) ; Parameters ....: $7zCommands - 7zip command line params ; $archive - complete path to the archive ; $folder - the source/destination folder ; $show - optional set the state of 7za console visibility, default @SW_HIDE, ; other values as ShellExecuteWait() ; Return values .: 1 - Success ; 0 - and set @error = 1 ; and ; @extended = 1 (Warning (Non fatal error(s)) ; @extended = 2 (Fatal error) ; @extended = 7 (Command line error) ; @extended = 8 (Not enough memory for operation) ; @extended = 255 (User stopped the process) ; @extended values set by 7za.exe exit codes ; Author ........: NSC ; Modified ......: 2022/05/13 ; Remarks .......: requires 7za.exe in @scriptdir, 7za.exe (7-Zip Extra: standalone console version) ; Thanks to 7-zip.org ; Related .......: ; Link ..........: ; Examples .......: compress a folder recursive with subfolders ; EXEC7za("u -mx4 -bt", c:\folder1\archive.7z", c:\folder1\folderTOcompress\ ) ; uncompress the same folder recursive ; EXEC7za("x -aoa -bt -r", "c:\folder1\archive.7z", "-oc:\folder2\") ; =============================================================================================================================== Func _EXEC_7za($7zCommands, $archive, $folder, $show = @SW_HIDE) Local $return7za = ShellExecuteWait($7za_exe, $7zCommands & ' "' & $archive & '" "' & $folder & '"', '', $SHEX_OPEN, $show) Select Case $return7za = 0 Return 1 Case Else Return SetError(1, $return7za, 0) EndSelect EndFunc ;==>_EXEC_7za ; #FUNCTION# ==================================================================================================================== ; Name ..........: _UNcompress_7za ; Description ...: launch 7Za.exe with preset params to uncompress an archive (.7z or .zip recursively) and returns exit codes ; Syntax ........: _UNcompress_7za($archive, $folder[, $show]) ; Parameters ....: $archive - complete path to the archive ; $folder - the source/destination folder ; $show - optional set the state of 7za console visibility, default @SW_HIDE, ; other values as ShellExecuteWait() ; Return values .: 1 - Success ; 0 - and set @error = 1 ; and ; @extended = 1 (Warning (Non fatal error(s)) ; @extended = 2 (Fatal error) ; @extended = 7 (Command line error) ; @extended = 8 (Not enough memory for operation) ; @extended = 255 (User stopped the process) ; @extended values set by 7za.exe exit codes ; Author ........: NSC ; Modified ......: 2022/05/19 ; Remarks .......: requires 7za.exe in @scriptdir, 7za.exe (7-Zip Extra: standalone console version) ; Thanks to 7-zip.org ; Related .......: ; Link ..........: ; =============================================================================================================================== Func _UNcompress_7za($archive, $folder, $show = @SW_HIDE) Local $return7za = ShellExecuteWait($7za_exe, "x -aoa -bt -r" & ' "' & $archive & '" -o"' & $folder & '"', '', $SHEX_OPEN, $show) Select Case $return7za = 0 Return 1 Case Else Return SetError(1, $return7za, 0) EndSelect EndFunc ;==>_UNcompress_Folder_7za ; #FUNCTION# ==================================================================================================================== ; Name ..........: _COMpress_7za_7z ; Description ...: launch 7Za.exe with precompiled params to compress in .7z format ;a single file, a filtered (*.pdf) bunch of files or a folder (recursively) and returns exit codes ; Syntax ........: _COMpress_7za_7z($archive, $folder[, $show [, $compLvl]] ) ; Parameters ....: $archive - complete path to the archive ; $folder - the source file(s) / folder ; $show - optional set the state of 7za console visibility, default @SW_HIDE, ; other values as ShellExecuteWait() ; $CompLvl - optional compression level (1-9) default 4 ; Return values .: 1 - Success ; 0 - and set @error = 1 ; and ; @extended = 1 (Warning (Non fatal error(s)) ; @extended = 2 (Fatal error) ; @extended = 7 (Command line error) ; @extended = 8 (Not enough memory for operation) ; @extended = 255 (User stopped the process) ; @extended values set by 7za.exe exit codes ; Author ........: NSC ; Modified ......: 2022/06/22 ; Remarks .......: requires 7za.exe in @scriptdir, 7za.exe (7-Zip Extra: standalone console version) ; avoids re-compress of popular archives. ; Thanks to 7-zip.org ; Related .......: ; Link ..........: ; =============================================================================================================================== Func _COMpress_7za_7z($archive, $folder, $show = @SW_HIDE, $CompLvl = 4) If StringRight($folder, 4) = ".zip" Or StringRight($folder, 3) = ".7z" Or StringRight($folder, 4) = ".rar" Or StringRight($folder, 4) = ".lha" Or StringRight($folder, 3) = ".gz" Or StringRight($folder, 7) = ".tar.gz" Or StringRight($folder, 4) = ".iso" Then $CompLvl = 0 EndIf Local $return7za = ShellExecuteWait($7za_exe, 'u -mx' & $CompLvl & ' -mmt -bt' & ' "' & $archive & '" "' & $folder & '"', '', $SHEX_OPEN, $show) Select Case $return7za = 0 Return 1 Case Else Return SetError(1, $return7za, 0) EndSelect EndFunc ;==>_COMpress_7za_7z ; #FUNCTION# ==================================================================================================================== ; Name ..........: _COMpress_7za_zip ; Description ...: launch 7Za.exe with precompiled params to compress in zip format ; a single file, a filtered (*.pdf) bunch of files or a folder (recursively) and returns exit codes ; Syntax ........: _COMpress_7za_zip($archive, $folder[, $show [, $compLvl]] ) ; Parameters ....: $archive - complete path to the archive ; $folder - the source file(s) / folder ; $show - optional set the state of 7za console visibility, default @SW_HIDE, ; other values as ShellExecuteWait() ; $CompLvl - optional compression level (1-9) default 4 ; Return values .: 1 - Success ; 0 - and set @error = 1 ; and ; @extended = 1 (Warning (Non fatal error(s)) ; @extended = 2 (Fatal error) ; @extended = 7 (Command line error) ; @extended = 8 (Not enough memory for operation) ; @extended = 255 (User stopped the process) ; @extended values set by 7za.exe exit codes ; Author ........: NSC ; Modified ......: 2022/06/22 ; Remarks .......: requires 7za.exe in @scriptdir, 7za.exe (7-Zip Extra: standalone console version), ; avoids re-compress of popular archives. ; Thanks to 7-zip.org ; Related .......: ; Link ..........: ; =============================================================================================================================== Func _COMpress_7za_zip($archive, $folder, $show = @SW_HIDE, $CompLvl = 9) If StringRight($folder, 4) = ".zip" Or StringRight($folder, 3) = ".7z" Or StringRight($folder, 4) = ".rar" Or StringRight($folder, 4) = ".lha" Or StringRight($folder, 3) = ".gz" Or StringRight($folder, 7) = ".tar.gz" Or StringRight($folder, 4) = ".iso" Then $CompLvl = 0 EndIf Local $return7za = ShellExecuteWait($7za_exe, 'u -tzip -mx' & $CompLvl & ' -mmt -bt' & ' "' & $archive & '" "' & $folder & '"', '', $SHEX_OPEN, $show) Select Case $return7za = 0 Return 1 Case Else Return SetError(1, $return7za, 0) EndSelect EndFunc ;==>_COMpress_7za_zip You have to provide 7za.exe, in scriptdir in some way, maybe with a fileinstall or embedding in some way. 
      Daily I use most of the time:
      _UNcompress_7za
      _COMpress_7za_7z
      so I'am almost done with these funcs....
      Also I made a quick and dirty benchmark on some real world data (for me at least) , comparing the windows DLL, the zip ULTRA by 7zip and the various 7zip levels.

      My choice is level 4 (time/size) but your mileage may vary...
      Also, extracting many thousands of little files from a 7z archive with 7zip is waaaay fast in respect to other solutions.
    • By Kanashius
      This UDF can be used to draw at the Desktop Wallpaper (Windows 8+) with GDI+ without using files.
      The example runs with 60-120fps at my machine, so the speed is acceptable.
      When the script exits, the original wallpaper is restored.
      Have fun :).
      PS: The UDF uses the window between the background and the icons, so it could be used to add an own child window at the desktop. Just look at the begin of __Wallpaper_Startup ($hWorkerW).
       
      Example:
       
      WallpaperUDF.au3 WallpaperUDF Example.au3
    • By sandgre
      Wondering if you can help a teacher out.  For the last few years of remote, hybrid, and in-person teaching I've been using an AutoHotKey script that creates an inking toolbar to be used during a PowerPoint presentation.  (https://www.autohotkey.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=79163) The annotation tools available through Ppt are woefully inadequate, and, on my machine at least, jump around all over the place - sometimes on the bottom, sometimes on the left, sometimes on the right.  It's a scavenger hunt every single time.  The inking tool is always available, and recent updates allowed for the addition of lots more colors, which I used for modeling phenomena with students. One tragic day I arrived to school to find that my district IT dep't took away access to AutoHotKey.  No more tool bar. 
      I've been trying to resurrect some programming skills from a past life. I'm working through various tutorials and help files, with the goal of recreating the toolbar in AutoIt.  I'm really needing some help to move things along though.  I've been going through your PowerPoint UDF and all of your functions seem to just relate to editing the slides. Can you point me in the direction of how to create a toolbar that accesses the annotation tools that are available during the slideshow itself? 
       
    • By Hermes
      Hi, I am struggling in setting the value of a textarea based on the value of clipboard (that contains a long web page source codes). If I use _WD_SetElementValue, it freezes after some time, or appears to be pressing tab and goes out of focus. I can also use send keys but i need the script to run in the background.
      Here is the full script:
      #Include "Chrome.au3" #Include "wd_core.au3" #Include "wd_helper.au3" #Include "WinHttp.au3" #include <MsgBoxConstants.au3> #include <WinAPIFiles.au3> #include <Array.au3> #include <AutoItConstants.au3> #include <WinAPIFiles.au3> #include <GDIPlus.au3> #include <Excel.au3> Local $sDesiredCapabilities, $sSession SetupChrome() _WD_Startup() $sSession = _WD_CreateSession($sDesiredCapabilities) _WD_LoadWait($sSession) _WD_Navigate($sSession, "http://demo.borland.com/testsite/stadyn_largepagewithimages.html") _WD_LoadWait($sSession) Global $sSource = _WD_GetSource($sSession) Local $Paste = ClipPut($sSource) Local $sData = ClipGet() Local $aArray = 0, _ $iOffset = 1 While 1 $aArray = StringRegExp($sData, '(?s)<p>.*</p>', $STR_REGEXPARRAYMATCH, $iOffset) If @error Then ExitLoop $iOffset = @extended For $i = 0 To UBound($aArray) - 1 Local $Paste = ClipPut($aArray[$i]) Local $sRegExData = ClipGet() ;MsgBox(0, "", "$sRegExData = " & $sRegExData) Next WEnd _WD_Navigate($sSession, "https://www.w3schools.com/tags/tryit.asp?filename=tryhtml5_textarea_placeholder") _WD_WaitElement($sSession, $_WD_LOCATOR_ByCSSSelector, "iframe#iframeResult") Local $sElement1 = _WD_FindElement($sSession, $_WD_LOCATOR_ByCSSSelector, "iframe#iframeResult") _WD_FrameEnter($sSession, $sElement1) _WD_WaitElement($sSession, $_WD_LOCATOR_ByXPath, "//html/body/textarea") $textarea = _WD_FindElement($sSession, $_WD_LOCATOR_ByXPath, "//html/body/textarea") _WD_ElementAction($sSession, $textarea, 'click') ;WD SetElementValue(SsSession, Stextarea, $sRegExData) <-- I can do this but the focus goes out, or the browser freezes _WD_FrameLeave($sSession) sleep(2000) Send("^v") _WD_LoadWait($sSession) _WD_Shutdown() Func SetupChrome() _WD_Option('Driver', 'chromedriver.exe') _WD_Option('Port', 9515) _WD_Option('DriverParams', '--log-path="' & @ScriptDir & '\chrome.log"') $sDesiredCapabilities = '{"capabilities": {"alwaysMatch": {"goog:chromeOptions": {"w3c": true, "args":["start-maximized","disable-infobars"]}}}}' EndFunc ;==>SetupChrome Can someone help me please, or re-direct me to the right path? TIA!
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