Revision History

Macro Express 5

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  • Fixed a problem with the portable version that prevented adding a link to the PortableApps menu.
  • Fixed issues with international keyboard layouts that have dead keys.
  • Added a button to view the password in the Site FTP Connect command dialog.
  • Added a button to view the password in the Network Connect command dialog.
  • Added “Do not update sample macros” to Options, Preferences, General, Misc tab.
  • When an updated samples.mex is installed a message is displayed offering to copy it to the default macro file folder.
  • Fixed the cause of a crash that could occur with certain Windows 11 visual themes.
  • Fixed a bug running a macro file from a batch file.
  • Updated for Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022.
  • Updated the sample macros to support Windows 11.
  • Fixed a problem where a macro file could be loaded more than once when a .wcfg file that has extra spaces around the macro file path is used.
  • Updated the Show Variable Values dialog with an OK button and an Always On Top checkbox.
  • Added the option to “Only backup local files”.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when a damaged or corrupted macro file is loaded.
  • Added ability to drag the mouse to capture the mouse coordinates when adding or editing a Mouse Move: Relative to Screen or Mouse Move: Relative to Current Window command.
  • Fixed the Quick Wizard that loads a web page.
  • Script Editor, Miscellaneous tab: The path to the Log File on the Miscellaneous tab is now resized based on the width of the Script Editor.
  • Added an option to increase the maximum number of Windows processes monitored.
  • Fixed the cause of a crash in the Menu Builder.
  • Renamed System Macro “Run Macro Express Editor” to “Open Macro Express Explorer”.
  • Fixed an issue with the If Variable command comparing two decimal variables containing the same value.
  • Fixed a problem importing the program configuration when the decimal character is set to ‘,’.
  • Fixed the cause of a crash that would occur if Suspend Macro Express is clicked when Macro Express is starting up.
  • Fixed a problem converting the Web Site command when a macro written in Macro Express 3 is converted.
  • The “Don’t close menu after running a macro” option in the Miscellaneous tab of the Menu Builder is now disabled when the Windows Default Menu Style is selected.
  • Improved playback of popup and floating menus.
  • Log an error instead of crashing when the macro specified by the /A command line parameter does not exist.
  • Improved printing of a macro.
  • Updated how multiple line comments are displayed.
  • Fixed a problem with the Mask option in the “Variable Set String Prompt” command.
  • Fixed a problem where the Revision History accessed from the About box was not being updated.
  • Clicking on a shortcut to the Macro Express Player when the program is already running now opens the Macro Explorer.
  • Improved locating icons assigned to macros when the program is installed in a different location.
  • Clicking on a shortcut to Macro Express Explorer now launches the Player if it is not already running. The shortcut to open Macro Express can now be pinned to the taskbar.
  • Fixed a problem with the Script Editor where large sized fonts were not always displayed properly.
  • Fixed a bug where the first line in a macro could be displayed incorrectly.
  • Fixed a bug where the display of the script was corrupted when scrolling up or down.
  • Adjusted the spacing for Comments that span multiple lines.
  • Removed Remap Keyboard option.
  • Updated the “Ping Site” and “If Ping Successful” commands to be more consistent with each other and to clarify what is allowed in the IP Address/Hostname value.
  • Fixed the cause of a crash that occurred when the program was terminated before the M icon went from greyed out to red.
  • The Create Folder command now correctly displays an error if the folder could not be created due to an illegal folder name.
  • The Delete Folder command no longer makes an entry in the Macro Log.
  • The correct macro files are now loaded after Import Program Configuration.
  • Fixed a problem where macro files would not be correctly loaded into the Player after Import Program Configuration.
  • The installation program for the non-portable version of Macro Express Pro has been replaced with a new setup program with enhanced security and compatibility with Windows.
  • Modified commands so the cursor is in the first field of the command dialog when it first opened.
  • Fixed a bug in the Log Messages command where the timestamp format was incorrect unless the Use the Default Macro Log command was enabled.
  • Added an option to enable Syntax checking if it had been previously disabled.
  • When editing a macro or the macro properties a right-click now brings up a popup menu containing a list of the functions available via buttons in Activations, Variables, Scope, and Security tabs.
  • The If File Ready command no longer makes an entry in the Macro Log when checking the file.
  • Updated to prevent crashes and duplicates when a new category is entered.
  • On a multiple monitor system, if a monitor that the program window was last displayed on is no longer available, the window is displayed on the Primary monitor.
  • Updated and enhanced the Mouse Locator. The pixel color is now displayed inside the Mouse Locator window. The headers are larger. Added options for refresh rate.
  • Macro files that are already loaded are no longer listed in the list of files that comes up when Files, Reopen is clicked.
  • Fixed an error converting a macro from Macro Express 3 with the Scheduled Activation of When a specified time has elapsed.
  • Importing a macro from Macro Express 3 containing a Variable Set String Append to Text File command now correctly sets the ‘Add a trailing CR/LF’ option.
  • Fixed the cause of a crash that could occur when a macro is halted.
  • Updated the “Variable Modify String: Convert to Decimal” command to no longer crash with “Floating point overflow” when the decimal value is too large.
  • Updated the “Variable Set Decimal: from the clipboard contents” command to no longer crash with “Floating point overflow” when the decimal value on the clipboard is too large.
  • Updated the “Variable Modify Decimal” command to no longer crash with “Invalid floating point operation”.
  • Fixed a problem that caused a crash in the Menu Builder when a macro included in a popup menu was deleted.
  • Many other improvements, UI adjustments and bug fixes.
  • Added Ctrl-Alt-Shift-F to the list of hotkeys restricted to Windows.
  • Fixed a problem with the “Report using Report a Bug webpage” Report method.
  • The custom theme settings are now saved via Export Program Configuration and restored via Import Program Configuration.
  • Fixed a bug in the Menu Builder when editing or creating SubMenus.
  • Made more improvements when running on ultra high resolution / 4K monitors.
  • Made many improvements when running on ultra high resolution / 4K monitors.
  • Updated the “Access a program in the System Tray” macro in samples.mex to work with additional Windows 10 machines.
  • Fixed a bug where the Menu Builder caption would display incorrect information.
  • Added alt shortcuts to Clear Variables dialog to allow selecting between the three options using a keyboard.
  • Modified the Macro Properties dialog for the Menu of Macros for Topmost Window System Macro to include or exclude Global and Global Except macros.
  • Renamed the menu options in the Macro Properties dialog for the Menu of Macros for Topmost Window to ‘Macro Name’ instead of ‘Name and Activation’.
  • Fixed the Menu of Macros for Topmost Window to support the three different macro menu options: Icons, Macro Name, and First Part of Macro.
  • The Menu of Macros for Topmost Window is resizable if the ‘First Part of Macro’ menu style is selected.
  • Added an option to launch the Direct Editor by default.
  • It is now possible to tab into the content of a Text Box Display command. This was added to improve accessibility options.
  • The Quick Setup Wizard is now resizable to fix issues with certain Windows DPI settings.
  • Adjusted minimum size of Text Box Display.
  • Variable Set String from Prompt now allows multiple lines of input.
  • The Get Control dialog now remembers its previous position on the screen.
  • Fixed a problem where the updater would update the program in the location where it was last installed instead of the location where it is currently running.
  • Added new macro commands:
    Close Optical Disk Tray, Eject Optical Disk, Restart Computer, Sign Out Computer, Sleep Computer
  • The System Macro “Menu of Macros for Topmost Window” now displays the Nickname of the macros instead of the first part of the macro.
  • Floating menu and Popup menu macros with the Menu Style of “First Part of Macro” or “Nickname and Scope” are now wider.
  • Added the option ‘Show Activation details’, that displays more activation information in the list of macros, to Options, Preferences, Appearance, Explorer.
  • Can now halt a macro that is spending too much time processing the content of a variable.
  • The Variable Set String from Prompt dialog can now be resized when a macro is running.
  • Deprecated these commands:
    Repeat Counter, Play CD-ROM, Stop CD-ROM, Pause CD-ROM, CD-ROM Next Track, CD-ROM Previous Track, CD-ROM Goto Track, CD-ROM Step, CD-ROM Back, Eject CD-ROM, Close CD-ROM Tray, Cascade Desktop Windows, Tile Desktop Windows Horizontally, Tile Desktop Windows Vertically, Windows Sizing Border, Dial-Up Networking, If Dial-Up Successful, Hangup, Suspend Computer.
  • Added ‘Show deprecated commands’ option to display deprecated commands.
  • Renamed several System commands to more closely match their function in Windows:
    Log Off Computer, Reboot Computer, Shut Down Computer, Power Off Computer, Lock Computer, Hibernate Computer.
  • Adjusted the mouse activation messages displayed in Script Editor and Macro Explorer when more than one mouse button is selected in the activation.
  • Information about errors in Variable Modify Decimal command are now logged.
  • The ‘Variable Modify String: Save to File’ and ‘Variable Modify String: Append to Text File’ commands no longer offer integer or decimal variable types.
  • Fixed an issue where the CD-ROM commands could not find the optical drives.
  • Fixed a problem where .mxe files / playable macros will not launch properly if another version of Macro Express has been installed and later uninstalled.
  • Fixed an issue where Options, Preferences, Activations, Scheduler: “Check the scheduled macros every [ ] seconds” “y” and “[ ]” were too close together on high DPI / 4K monitors
  • Fixed a problem where mouse activated macros would sometimes stop activating.
  • Fixed a problem with Mouse Event macro activations that would not allow an activation when more than one mouse button was selected for activation.
  • Fixed a problem where a Mouse Activated macro could contain invalid information for the “Specific part of a window”.
  • The font size now works correctly in the Notes tab on ultra high resolution / 4K monitors.
  • The Add Activation dialog in the Script Editor now allows the activation to be selected with keystrokes.
  • The ‘Show All Commands option after Snippet insert’ option is now on by default.
  • Reduced the number of times the password is requested when a category has a View password.
  • The macro password dialog is now always displayed on top of other windows.
  • The Preferences dialog now remembers its position on the screen.
  • Changed default font for Text Type dialog to Tahoma.
  • Added option to set the font for the Direct Editor.
  • Fixed a problem with the LICENSENAME and LICENSE CODE Advanced Installation options.
  • New redesign of the program makes it easier than ever to use Macro Express.
  • Insert rich text into other applications.
  • Assign names to variables to more readily identify them.
  • No limit to the number of variables per macro.
  • Edit more than one macro at a time.
  • Support for ultra-high definition / 4K monitors.
  • Update data displayed in a text box in real time during macro playback.
  • Optionally display additional information in the Macro Express Explorer window.
  • Themes allow choices that adjust the look and feel of the program. Choose from predefined or custom themes.
  • Choose between large or small icons within the program.
  • Choose fonts for specific areas of the program.
  • The About box now indicates when an update is available.
  • An optional automated update process is included to ensure you are using the latest version.
  • Dozens of fixes and other enhancements.

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