ComputorEdge Online is no longer publishing, however the back issues may be found in the ComputorEdge Archive as PDF files from January of 2009 and EPUB or MOBI e-reader files from April 22, 2011.
ComputorEdge Online is now primarily an AutoHotkey site exploring the use of the free open source scripting language in all versions of Windows. The goal of ComputorEdge is to help new AutoHotkey users to develop scripts for their Windows computers which will enhance their Windows experience and make them more productive.• Introduction to AutoHotkey: A Review and Guide for Beginners
If you have Windows computers and don't use AutoHotkey, you should. It's not that hard and offers tremendous benefits. Plus, it's free.
Starting a New AutoHotkey Blog
It's time that I got back into the swing of things. Rather than adding to the old ComputorEdge site (which closes down at the end of the month), I'm now experimenting with a new WordPress blogging site to continue my AutoHotkey work. The best part is that it was free and only took a few minutes to get started. Now all I need is some idea of what AutoHotkey topics I should write about.
I'm planning to do it in a question/answer format similar to the old Digital Dave column. But if I don't get any questions, then I'll include tips for AutoHotkey users. If there is something that you want to see then either leave a comment on the blog or drop me a line at this special e-mail address. I will do my best to answer as promptly as possible.
A Blog for Everything Else
I've also started a different blog for everything non-AutoHotkey at BlogSpot (or Blogger). This serves my desire to talk about my other important thoughts. For the two people out there who are curious about what else I have to say, but don't want to be innudated with AutoHotkey, this is the place to go. While I won't have the pressure of weekly deadlines, I will be making regular contributions. If there is a particular topic you would like me to investigate, please leave a comment on the blog or use the special e-mail address.
From Wally Wang:
With ComputorEdge shutting down the weekly magazine, many people have asked if I'll continue writing somewhere else. For those who want to follow the impact of the latest innovations from Apple and other technology companies, you can read my commentary at www.topbananas.com. If you want to follow my thoughts on the e-book market, visit www.electronicauthor.com. If you're interested in what I'm doing with iOS programming, visit www.gamesforgeeks.com. Finally, if you're just interested in my story-telling and screenwriting ideas, visit www.15minutemoviemethod.com, if you like cats, visit www.catdailynews.com, and if you want to read my humorous writings, visit www.wallacewang.com.
ComputorEdge AutoHotkey Pages:
• AutoHotkey Versus AutoIt: "A Comparison and Review of the Free Windows Scripting Languages"
• Installing AutoHotkey and Writing Your First Script
• Add AutoCorrection to All Your Windows PC Programs with AutoHotkey
• "What the Various AutoHotkey Pop-ups Look Like!" A look at the AutoHotkey Graphic User Interface (GUI) window controls (Pop-up Images). See how they are used.
• Free AutoHotkey Scripts and Apps for Learning and Generating Ideas
• How an AutoHotkey Script is Processed
• Introduction to Regular Expressions (RegEx) in AutoHotkey (More advanced topic)
• ComputorEdge AutoHotkey Dropbox download site
• AutoHotkey Appointment Reminder App How-to
• AutoHotkey Quicklinks Menu App
• AutoHotkey Books
• Best Free Windows Utility Software Review
AutoHotkey Books from ComputorEdge E-Books
AutoHotkey Tricks You Ought To Do With Windows! This e-book includes both many tips and the reference material (Table of Contents and indexes) from the other four AutoHotkey books. Now in its second edition at only 99¢.
* * *The third edition with more chapters, tips and an index to the AutoHotkey commands found in the book is available in e-book format from Amazon (and other formats—EPUB and PDF— at the ComputorEdgeBooks Web site linked below). Jack's A Beginner's Guide to AutoHotkey, Absolutely the Best Free Windows Utility Software Ever!: Create Power Tools for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (preferred, EPUB format for iPad, Android, and computers; MOBI for Amazon Kindle; and PDF for printing) offers a gentle approach to learning AutoHotkey. (Also available from Amazon for the Kindle and Kindle software on other devices.)
Building Power Tools for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, AutoHotkey is the most powerful, flexible, free Windows utility software available. Anyone can instantly add more of the functions that they want in all of their Windows programs, whether installed on their computer or while working on the Web. AutoHotkey has a universality not found in any other Windows utility—free or paid.
Originally based upon the series of articles in ComputorEdge, Jack takes you through his learning experience as he explores writing simple AutoHotkey scripts for adding repetitive text in any program or on the Web, running programs with special hotkeys or gadgets, manipulating the size and screen location of windows, making any window always-on-top, copying and moving files, and much more. Each chapter builds on the previous chapters.
For an EPUB (iPad, NOOK, etc.) version of A Beginner's Guide to AutoHotkey click here!
For a PDF version for printing on letter size paper for inclusion in a standard notebook of A Beginner's Guide to AutoHotkey click here!
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Jack's second AutoHotkey book, Digging Deeper Into AutoHotkey (preferred, EPUB format for iPad, Android, and computers; MOBI for Amazon Kindle; and PDF for printing) is comprised of updated, reorganized and indexed columns from ComputorEdge is now available. Since the columns were not all written in a linear fashion, the book has been reorganized and broken up into parts by topic. The book is not for the complete beginner since it builds on the information in A Beginner's Guide to AutoHotkey. However, if a person is reasonably computer literate, they could go directly to this book for ideas and techniques without the first book. (Also available from Amazon for the Kindle and Kindle software on other devices.)
For an EPUB (iPad, NOOK, etc.) version of Digging Deeper into AutoHotkey click here!
For a PDF version for printing on letter size paper for inclusion in a standard notebook of Digging Deeper into AutoHotkey click here!
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Jack's third AutoHotkey book AutoHotkey Applications (preferred, EPUB format for iPad, Android, and computers; MOBI for Amazon Kindle; and PDF for printing) is an intermediate level book of ideas and applications based primarily on the AutoHotkey GUI command. The book emphasizes practical applications. The book is not for the complete beginner since it builds on the information in the other two books. However, if a person is reasonably computer literate, they could go directly to this book for ideas and techniques without the other books. There is an extensive index to the ideas and techniques covered in the back of the book. (Also available from Amazon for the Kindle and Kindle software on other devices.)
For an EPUB (iPad, NOOK, etc.) version of AutoHotkey Applications click here!
For a PDF version for printing on letter size paper for inclusion in a standard notebook of AutoHotkey Applications click here!
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This Beginner's Guide to Using Regular Expressions in AutoHotkey is not a beginning level AutoHotkey book, but an introduction to using Regular Expressions in AutoHotkey (or most other programming languages). To get the most from this book you should already have a basic understanding of AutoHotkey (or another programming language). Regular Expressions (RegEx) are a powerful way to search and alter documents without the limitations of most of the standard matching functions. At first, the use of RegEx can be confusing and mysterious. This book clears up the confusion with easy analogies for understanding how RegEx works and examples of practical AutoHotkey applications. "Regular Expressions in AutoHotkey" will take you to the next level in AutoHotkey scripting while adding more flexibility and power to your Windows apps. (This book is also available at Amazon.com)
Jack was the publisher of ComputorEdge Magazine. He's been was with the magazine since first issue on May 16, 1983. Back then, it was called The Byte Buyer. His Web site is www.computoredge.com. He can be reached at . E-books currently available:
AutoHotkey introductory and overview book, AutoHotkey Tricks You Ought to Do with Window, available at ComputorEdge E-Books in the EPUB for e-readers and tablets, MOBI for Kindle, and PDF for printing formats.
Hidden Windows Tools for Protecting, Problem Solving and Troubleshooting Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Computers.
Jack's A Beginner's Guide to AutoHotkey, Absolutely the Best Free Windows Utility Software Ever!: Create Power Tools for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 and Digging Deeper Into AutoHotkey.
Our second compilation of stupid ComputorEdge cartoons from 2011 and 2012 is now available at Amazon! That Does Not Compute, Too! ComputorEdge Cartoons, Volume II: "Do You Like Windows 8 or Would You Prefer an Apple?"
Special Free Offer at ComputorEdge E-Books! Jack's Favorite Free Windows Programs: What They Are, What They Do, and How to Get Started!.
Misunderstanding Windows 8: An Introduction, Orientation, and How-to for Windows 8 (Seventh Edition)!
Windows 7 Secrets Four-in-One E-Book Bundle,
Getting Started with Windows 7: An Introduction, Orientation, and How-to for Using Windows 7,
Sticking with Windows XP—or Not? Why You Should or Why You Should Not Upgrade to Windows 7,
and That Does Not Compute!, brilliantly drawn cartoons by Jim Whiting for really stupid gags by Jack about computers and the people who use them.