Beta Automation Update

TigerSoftware

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Figured I better post an update. Last part I am trying to finish is the web scraping. I knew this would be a pain in the ankles... Mainly trying to make it easy for you to select the stuff you want to scrape. I wasn't able to select some data on LinkedIn. They probably made it difficult to avoid the scraping. Which makes me think it may not work on all sites.

Anyway, that is where I am right now.


Thomas
 

schmutly

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That will be ok for now. I was using some regEx for certain things also. I made this currency converter years ago when I didn't have
scraping and just grabbed what I needed from the source page...yeah, it's different than scraping, but I think we'll work it out or approach it
in a different way.
I'm just looking forward to normal ESB and the DB side as I have a few projects that don't need any scraping or automation but the
webapi.
Anyhow, I think were all getting excited and thanks for the update too 🎺😊
 

TigerSoftware

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Staff member
That will be ok for now. I was using some regEx for certain things also. I made this currency converter years ago when I didn't have
scraping and just grabbed what I needed from the source page...yeah, it's different than scraping, but I think we'll work it out or approach it
in a different way.
I'm just looking forward to normal ESB and the DB side as I have a few projects that don't need any scraping or automation but the
webapi.
Anyhow, I think were all getting excited and thanks for the update too 🎺😊

Not everyone is a pro-programmer like you and needs a easy way to scrape. ;)


Thomas
 

Eyasu

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Thomas,
This is a great hope for those of us non-programmers. Hoping you make some videos along the way in the future. Thank you.
Eyasu
 

TigerSoftware

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Thomas,
This is a great hope for those of us non-programmers. Hoping you make some videos along the way in the future. Thank you.
Eyasu

Thanks Eyasu. I plan on making a ton of videos. Not only will videos help with learning, but should also get the attention of others that may want build programs for their businesses.


Thomas
 

TigerSoftware

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I'm out shopping for a wedding ring... can't wait to get home and watch this... you made my day 😆

A simple test clicking a button and selecting an option from the drop down list. I'll make more short videos as I test more. I just wanted you all to see some of the progress. Appreciate all of your support.


Thomas
 

Mel Bel

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I want your average non-technical person to be able to quickly create scripts.


Thomas

That's going to be the key to making a lot more sales with it. If people had such a hard time figuring out how to use TSB, how much more with everything you'll have going on in this monster. :) Most people don't care about the technical aspects or feature details of anything - they simply have something in mind they want to do or create, and they want the easiest way possible to achieve it. If they have to use an API, they'll do it; if AI, then they'll use that; and if neither, then all well and good.

I would say that many of us who have been your customers all these years and have actually used the software are "techie" in some way or other, or we have some appreciation of techie stuff and like to learn and try new things even if they seem difficult. But we don't represent the majority, or even a large minority, of people generally. So, the easier you can make it for people, the better experience they'll have, and you'll benefit from that as well.

I remember reading a comparison review one time about your TSB software and other software that did something similar, and in his comments about TSB he said it was powerful software, no question about it, but the learning curve to use it would probably be too high for a lot of people. And that was just TSB! :)

TSB was pretty easy to figure out for me and Joan, but when we bought it 10 years ago you had recorded about 5 new tutorial videos that made it a lot easier to get going, and the rest we figured out through trial and error or from the forum. So, I think what you are doing with the video tutorials for this and making the scripts easier to use (plus anything else you can think of to make it easier) will help a lot of people who buy in when you're ready to sell it. :)

Mel
 

TigerSoftware

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Thanks Mel,

I don't know how well I will succeed at making it easy for everyone, but that is the goal. In any case, hopefully it will be easier. There is a lot you can do with it and I think it can be overwhelming. So I am trying to look at specific scenarios that someone may want to automate and make it easier for them to do so. I do plan on doing a lot of videos once everything is released leaving me with more time. Not only will the videos help in learning, but I do think it will get the attention of more people regarding the programs.

With that said, we should all be making a lot of sales building programs for others. People are making 6 figure incomes building automation programs for others. Back in the day they were making good money building Microsoft Access programs for businesses. That was the original reason I built TSB. I wanted to quickly make simple programs and sell them. haha


Thomas
 
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TigerSoftware

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Added a new field on the reports that will allow your users to set where they want a report to be saved too when our automation scripts run. As of right now, we set the path where the report is saved in our scripts. Our customers will probably want a specific location, on their computer, for their reports. You should still still set the file path in case they don't (it will default to their desktop if no path is set). If there is a path added by the user it will use that one.


Thomas
 
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TigerSoftware

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Another update...

There are two types of automation scripts. One is a Schedule Script that can be run on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. The other one is called a Auto Script which is based on our forms/records. Previously you would set the forms/record scripts to run based on the record being saved. The customer changes a property, clicks save and it runs the script. The ID for that record will be added to the script so we know which record we need to work with.

Now the customer can just click on the record and select from a list of automation scripts to run it. They don't need to edit the record and save it. The record ID will still be added to the script like before so we know what record our scripts will need to access. I'll definitely make videos on this, just wanted to inform everyone of the progress.

I've been going through everything to clean it up and make it easier. I'm changing everything that makes me scratch my head wondering what the heck I was thinking. haha


Thanks!


Thomas
 
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