LinuxQuestions.org
Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 07-30-2010, 06:30 PM   #1
porphyry5
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2010
Location: oregon usa
Distribution: Slackware 14.1, Arch
Posts: 437

Rep: Reputation: 19
Advice on choosing linux scripting software for text processing and keyboard macros


Hi, I'm an old guy with a memory problem just converting to Slackware 12.2.
On windows I solved my memory lack by automating everything with scripts, daily stuff for the convenience, uncommon stuff for the remembrance. I'd like to do the same on linux.

On windows I spend 90%+ of my time in a text editor called NoteTab. It has its own scripting language that is extraordinarily good at manipulating text (as strings or WYSIWYG), and at manipulating NoteTab itself. Its rather clumsy for manipulating other apps, for which I turn to a scripting language called AHK. This has excellent keyboard and mouse macroing, a very easy and versatile gui generator for collecting user input, and the usual string, math and I/O functions. Unfortunately, neither of them will run properly on linux.

Would someone kindly recommend me similar software for linux, and even better if it could be combined in one app so I'd only have to learn one new language. Thank you for your help.
 
Old 07-30-2010, 06:35 PM   #2
sycamorex
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: London
Distribution: Slackware64-current
Posts: 5,811
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 1191Reputation: 1191Reputation: 1191Reputation: 1191Reputation: 1191Reputation: 1191Reputation: 1191Reputation: 1191Reputation: 1191
It depends what kind of stuff you'd like to automate. If it's all related to text manipulation/organisation, you could use emacs (there's a windows version as well). It's got macros and a virtually unlimited scope for extending with your own scripts. The language it uses is Elisp (Emacs Lisp).
 
Old 08-02-2010, 01:52 PM   #3
porphyry5
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2010
Location: oregon usa
Distribution: Slackware 14.1, Arch
Posts: 437

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 19
Reply to sycamorex

Thank you, I began investigating emacs, but turned aside to check out other features, because of the sheer volume of information for emacs. I'll go back to it.

Certainly the majority of my work is text manipulation, but I use AHK a lot for non-text processes, controlling radio edit extractions to mp3 done with audacity, cd burning the accumulated mp3s, photo and image editing via irfanview, accessing and extracting material from the multiple help files associated with masm32 when I write assembly code, ditto for AHK help when I write ahk scripts, controlling pdf and mht extraction tools in order to convert to html and a number of less often used apps. These can only be run by keyboard or mouse macros that activate their menu choices. Can emacs macros control other apps in this way?
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
linux software for processing RAW images. sycamorex Linux - Software 3 05-28-2010 06:46 AM
I Kindly need some linux scripting project advice mosesmungai Programming 4 12-05-2006 09:59 AM
Scripting framework error running OOO base (v. 2.0) macros in SUSE v.10 DeekBeek Linux - Software 2 01-14-2006 02:52 PM
Choosing a scripting language joeljkp Programming 5 10-27-2004 05:36 PM
help! i need advice and suggestions for fast processing eph General 4 03-17-2004 07:42 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:26 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration