Automating tasks in Windows
This article was started in August 2009 by comparing AutoHotKey
(AHK), AutoIt, WinBatch,
and KixStart but it might include
other solutions later on.
AutoIT vs. AutoHotKey?
AutoIt was first released in 1999, with a lot of the syntax and ideas coming
from ScriptIt, a Microsoft project itself based on WinBatch.
The core of AHK was written from scratch, but includes some AutoIt3 code
to implement some commands.
The AutoIt community feels that the AHK author didn't give enough credit
when forking the code, and since then, no love is lost from the AutoIt community
- is now closed-source, after being the source of AHK
- has a stricter syntax than AHK, so takes a bit more time to learn if
you have no programming experience
- offers a rich library of user-contributed code (User Defined Functions,
- seems stronger if you need to perform intensive GUI automation
- is open-source, originally a fork that occured when "an AutoIt
contributor wanted to add easier hotkey and hotstring support to the language
- is more frequently updated
- as the name implies, is especially powerful to write keyboard shortcuts
Why choose Winbatch?
Why choose KixStart?