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    To aid the automation of work processes, software developers have built several support mechanisms into their products.
    One of the oldest methods is the keyboard macro, which records sequences of keystrokes, “replaying” them any time the user wants. Although it doesn’t give much room for new innovations, it provides an optimal solution in many cases.
    Plugins offer another way of automation, by enhancing or expanding the functions of a certain software. However, one have to keep in mind, that their development requires more time.
    The fastest and most flexible solution for automation lies in scripts. Although the area of use and applicability are somewhat more limited than in the case of plugins, they are commonly used in automation. Scripts are programs which can run inside a host application, gain access to its main functions and the whole structure of documents within, and might even communicate with other applications.

    Take the components of Microsoft Office, for example. Almost all programs support the making of VisualBasic scripts, which can then handle Excel or World files and take over tasks that would take far too long to do manually. Today, more and more software allow for the use of this technology, beyond the products of Microsoft Office.
    If you look at Adobe products – Photoshop, Illustrator, and even InDesign – you’ll find they offer excellent opportunities for scripting. Furthermore, Adobe doesn’t only recognise Windows’ own VisualBasic language, but also the alternatives, AppleScript and JavaScript. Latter has the big advantage of producing cross-platform scripts, i.e., scripts that run under Windows and OSX as well, without alteration.

    You might not yet know the possibilities of your own software, but there are many ways of getting the work done faster. How? Ask us! »