User automation scenarios are countless. If you don’t see one that is similar to some of your work tasks, use the search box or the category list on the right and see if you can find some.
As long as you use computers and some common applications, user automation will help you to reach higher productivity, capacity, accuracy, and consistency at work. Tell us about your scenario, and we should have an automation solution for you.
An ebook editor-in-chief is working on a foreign language masterpiece with 120 long chapters. In the .xhtml files he received from a content vendor, his editorial staff has identified 3,000+ distinguished global errors ranging from single corrupted characters and incorrect formatting codes to incorrect text of all sorts and all lengths. The editorial staff has worked out a correction for each error, and has listed these 3,000+ error-correction text pairs in a spreadsheet. The task now is to implement these corrections globally, which means performing a global find-replace action for each of the 3,000+ errors in all 120 chapters, or to repeat the find-replace operation a total of 360,000+ times. Assuming a speed of 30 seconds per action using the text editor’s built-in find and replace-all feature, it will take 3,000+ work hours, or more than a year and four months for one person, to implement all corrections by manual operation.
Use a WorkWaltz custom automation tool to complete the global find-replace operations for all 3,000+ errors, in all 120 .xhtml files, in less than an hour.
A content manager has a folder of 150 text files exported from a content database, one file for each record. He needs to excerpt four particular paragraphs from each file and organize these excerpts into a spreadsheet for further processing. Since these paragraphs are spread all over the file, if he is to do this manually, he will have to copy-paste a total of 600 times, accompanied by scrolling up and down each time. This is estimated to take about two hours, and is expected to be error-prone.
Use a WorkWaltz custom automation tool to excerpt the four object paragraphs from all 150 files, and organize them into a new spreadsheet in less than two minutes.
An operation director receives the sales volume data for 25 products on 6 markets for the past quarter, on a spreadsheet. She needs to report these business performances to upper management in a meeting, in 5 minutes. She wants to report with visualized data, rather than with the plain numbers in the spreadsheet.
Use a WorkWaltz custom automation tool to create a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation that contains bar charts for all 25 products in the six markets, in about 15 seconds.