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 Automation and Scheduling Utilities

Our Top Picks:   
Automate Size: 5.54Mb Shareware: $79.95
An award-winning, powerful, code-free, development tool that enables you to create "tasks" that your Windows PC, workstation, server, or network can execute automatically. Features Rapid Development Environment allowing you to drag and drop "building blocks" from a ready-made toolbox of over 100 Available Actions including: File Copy/Move, Start Applications, Zip/Unzip files, Send Keystrokes, Minimize Maximize Window, FTP transfers, IF condition testing, Send E-mail, Mouse Clicks, Input boxes, variables and much more. Also includes powerful Task Trigger execution using a Schedule, Hotkeys or AutoKeys(tm) Window Popup, Idle Time or other Windows event, Intelligent Tasks that can respond to the appearance of certain windows, failure notification which can be configured to automatically send e-mail or formatted for text pagers and cell phones, and more!
AutoTask 2000 Size: 2.06Mb Shareware: $49.95
Designed with an easy to use and understand interface, this scheduler can be ran as a service or as a desktop application, and has plenty of power and flexibility to handle the greatest of tasks. Features advanced scheduling options that allow you to run as frequently as once a minute to once a year, specify days of week, workdays, holidays, week-ends, and specify start and stop times. AutoTask can run programs under the system account or a user account, terminate a running task if still running after a user defined time frame, determine whether programs should be allowed to interact with any logged-on user, or run programs regardless of whether any user is logged on.
LaunchPad Size: 888k Shareware: $30.00

An award winning versatile event scheduler for running task automatically or displaying messages at a given time. Allows you to specify several conditions to enable, disable, or launch events; supports drag-and-drop and font selection and includes tool and status bars; includes wildcard capabilities to Windows titles; support for holidays (so that specified processes don't run); and can also monitor DDE points and send DDE command scripts to any program that supports them, including those on other networked machines

Schedule Size: 5,409k Shareware: $49.95
Schedule is state of the art, powerful, full-featured, and user friendly It features advanced scheduling options, can automatically respond to pop-up dialog boxes, automatically send keystrokes to windows as if they were typed from the keyboard, logoff, restart, shutdown or power off windows, close windows and terminate programs,  and can optionally automate more complex jobs using Schedule's powerful macro language. Schedule also uses 32 bit Active-X technology and is multi-threaded, and once you register Schedule, all future upgrades are free for life!
WinCron 1.0 Size: 856K Freeware
Wincron Scheduler provides popup reminders and program launching facilities so you'll never forget those important appointments and things to do. Reminders and tasks can be set to run once or every hour, day, week, month or year. It also allows you to launch other programs at scheduled times and send key strokes to those programs. Wincron runs discreetly in the background and provides a tray icon for easy access to all its options.
WinCron 32 Size: 904K Shareware $29.00
WinCron is Powerful task scheduler that can be run either as an application or as an NT System Service. WinCron fully supports synchronous, asynchronous and detached (no console) mode program execution . WinCron supports a very flexible time specification format for 'triggers'. These triggers can be fully qualified date time specifications, relative time (e.g. 10 min from now), recurring time, constrained time (time window for execution), etc. WinCron is a 32Bit multi-threaded task scheduler that can run a virtually unlimited number of concurrent 'jobs'. These jobs can either be loaded through the UI, on the command line or from an AutoRun.tab file. Perfect for Web Administration. WinCron can also schedule reminders to popup at preset times.
WinScheduler Size: 1.1Mb Shareware: $24.95
The WinScheduler allows you to schedule variety of different tasks to run on defined time or a specific event.  You can define your tasks to run every minute, hour, day, week, or month or just once. Specific events you can use to start a task include: particular window is opened / activated / deactivated / closed, file is created / deleted / changed / bigger than / smaller than, directory is created/deleted, idle time or on Windows shutdown.  As for the tasks, you can just start an executable file (with parameters) to have a task done or you can write variety of different tasks using build-in strong macro language. The macro language covers file management functions, clipboard management functions, FTP, system functions (empty recycle bin, shutdown, etc.), windows functions, date & time manipulation, keyboard and mouse events playback and more. Rated 5 stars by ZDNet.
Other Software Sites:

If you are looking for additional sources of Utilities, try these sites:

Beverly Hills Software
This sites been around a long time, and they do a great job. Software is rated, and easy to find, but some days the site seems a little slow.

NTWare.com  
Great site, although a bit tough to navigate. Literally hundreds of programs are available.

System Tools.com

SunBelt Software
Sunbelt Software is the world's first and largest provider of 'Best of Breed' NT Utilities. You get mainframe quality tech support, and the best tools all from one source. They also have a few great mailing lists, an online Tech "University", and a tech Glossary.

TuCows  
Well organized, and fast. Gotta love a page that gives a "Five Cow" rating for software. However, you may have to wade through a ton of end user software before you get to applications that you may actually find useful.

Winfiles.com NT Shareware
One of our favorite sites. All of software is well organized, lists license status, price, size, download time, etc., and the site is searchable.

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