VC4.2 style keyboard macro recorder

Although the new VBScript support in DevStudio is excellent, I often miss the ability to record a quick keystroke macro like you could in VC4.2. KbdMac is an add-in for Developer Studio that emulates that old VC4.2 functionality.

KbdMac works by using the Journalling Hook functionality, in a similar fashion to the old Windows 3.1 Recorder application, but only keystrokes in the current instance of DevStudio are recorded.

Compile the project in Visual C++ (Win32 Release MinDependency), and install the resulting KbdMac.dll by selecting Customize from the Tools Menu and browsing for the DLL on the 'Add-ins and Macro files' tab. The add-in should appear as 'KMAddIn Class' in the list of active add-ins. Once installed a new toolbar should appear with 3 buttons for record/stop/play, that operate in a similar way to the old VC4.2 ones.


  • Compilation with VC6

    Posted by Legacy on 04/09/1999 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Van Acker Peter

    The "unresoved external _main" problem can be solved by going to the Project Settings, selecting C/C++ and the Preprocessor category. There remove the ATL_MIN_CRT preprocessor statement.
    The other warning I got from the compiler telling me to put in the -GX option can be solved by selecting the C++ Language category in the C/C++ tab of the Settings, and then set the "Enable exception handling" on.

  • Very cool...but weird in VC6

    Posted by Legacy on 02/23/1999 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Ron Olson

    Hey -

    A friend of mine installed it with VC5 and it works beautifully for him. I tried to compile it under 6(sp2) and got undefined external _main (a quick int main{return 0;} took care of that), but after registering it, I am surprised to discover that it records characters, but not directional keys (arrows, home, etc.) Don't you love Microsoft for changing it all around between version?

    Otherwise, a great tool (my friend's very happy...).

  • Works very well and is reliable.

    Posted by Legacy on 01/12/1999 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Hans Wedemeyer

    I've used this daily. I can recommend it..

    Hans Wedemeyer

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