kcvinu

Which is the best practice in GUI automation

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Hi all,

I need to automate some mouse clicks in a GUI. It is an audio editor. Name is Steinberg Nuendo. My problem is, it doesn't have any controlIDs. So i did the automation with MouseClick() function. My question is, Is there any better ways to deal these kind of GUIs ?

I can't depend mouse click function. Especially when we need to change the mouse cord mode frequently. 


My Contributions

UDF Link Viewer   --- A tool to visit the links of some most important UDFs 

 Includer_2  ----- A tool to type the #include statement automatically 

 Digits To Date  ----- date from 3 integer values

PrintList ----- prints arrays into console for testing.

 Alert  ------ An alternative for MsgBox 

 MousePosition ------- A simple tooltip display of mouse position

GRM Helper -------- A littile tool to help writing code with GUIRegisterMsg function

Access_UDF  -------- An UDF for working with access database files. (.*accdb only)

 

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You need to always know the size of the window and its position and the relative positions of the controls fro the windows position. I just maximize the window to solve this. You'll probably need to check the desktop resolution if its for other computers too. You can imgsearch and pixelgetcolor OCR and pixelchecksums to do most of the rest.

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Get Scite to add a popup when you use a 3rd party UDF -> http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/scite/docs/SciTE4AutoIt3/user-calltip-manager.html

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#3 ·  Posted (edited)

@computergroove Thank you  . :) 

Edit - I did a speed search on help file about "Imgsearch". But didn't get any results

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My Contributions

UDF Link Viewer   --- A tool to visit the links of some most important UDFs 

 Includer_2  ----- A tool to type the #include statement automatically 

 Digits To Date  ----- date from 3 integer values

PrintList ----- prints arrays into console for testing.

 Alert  ------ An alternative for MsgBox 

 MousePosition ------- A simple tooltip display of mouse position

GRM Helper -------- A littile tool to help writing code with GUIRegisterMsg function

Access_UDF  -------- An UDF for working with access database files. (.*accdb only)

 

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@computergroove Thanks a lot. Downloaded all pages for further reading.


My Contributions

UDF Link Viewer   --- A tool to visit the links of some most important UDFs 

 Includer_2  ----- A tool to type the #include statement automatically 

 Digits To Date  ----- date from 3 integer values

PrintList ----- prints arrays into console for testing.

 Alert  ------ An alternative for MsgBox 

 MousePosition ------- A simple tooltip display of mouse position

GRM Helper -------- A littile tool to help writing code with GUIRegisterMsg function

Access_UDF  -------- An UDF for working with access database files. (.*accdb only)

 

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