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Automate tasks: EPKeys 10-12 April 2012, Mshs, University of Poitiers, France EPKeys is a keyboard key presses simulator designed to have Eye and Pen repeat.

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1 Automate tasks: EPKeys April 2012, Mshs, University of Poitiers, France EPKeys is a keyboard key presses simulator designed to have Eye and Pen repeat task on a bunch of protocols. Much more sophisticated automation software exists (Automator, WinAutomation, etc.), but they are also much more complex to use with Eye and Pen. The principle of EPKeys is: 1.Give a list of key presses you perform to carry out a task on protocols 2.Give the name of a directory containing files to process 3.Click. Instead of extracting data, protocol after protocol (menu File | Open, select protocol, then menu File | Extraction select […], set file name, click Ok […]), why not launching data extraction on all protocols at once and let the computer work while you’re sleeping ?

2 EPKeys settings April 2012, Mshs, University of Poitiers, France Select the software executable you want to driveSet software’s specific options (command line) When processing a directory, set type of files to be processed. Enable to process directories into directory Some software require different parameters order Select directory May prevents troubles with filenames including “white spaces” Enable to process a directory content

3 EPKeys commands management April 2012, Mshs, University of Poitiers, France Or type in key names, one by line Select a text file containing key presses list Save key presses list in a text file

4 10-12 April 2012, Mshs, University of Poitiers, France A comment starts with // or ;A key press combination is between curly bracketsA single characterA special key: right arrow A key presses sequence Help is a valuable source of information

5 Eye and Pen has options that controls software behavior regarding files management. Eye and Pen options that may count April 2012, Mshs, University of Poitiers, France

6 It’s better to think of this before launching “mass extraction”… April 2012, Mshs, University of Poitiers, France

7 I do not whish to type key names, can something help ? Eye and Pen analysis module has a keyboard recorder. 1.Start the recorder 2.Play your sequence with keyboard 3.Stop the recorder 4.Save the key presses list Hint: To open a top menu item (File, Extraction, etc.) use ALT + first letter of the menu item name.

8 Close Eye and Pen after processing a protocol ( {ALT+F4} is the default shortcut ) Keyboard shortcuts are often language specific, and they may also be modified in Eye and Pen, by an user. Be careful when sharing list of keys with colleagues. A few advices… Perform a test on a single file before launching “the big” operation April 2012, Mshs, University of Poitiers, France Perform this test twice (surprise with replace/append to the file ?). Make sure you backed up your data before playing with EPKeys. You never know… Adding comments to describe what is intended to do may help.


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