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Clean Windows Temp Directory

This sample task will demonstrate how AutoMate can clean out the Windows temp directory using the Delete File and Remove Folder actions.

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FTP - Download Newest File on FTP Server

This sample task will demonstrate how AutoMate can download the newest file via FTP.

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FTP -- Download Files Where Filesize is Greater than Zero

This sample task will demonstrate how AutoMate can download files greater than zero bytes via FTP.

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Interacting with a Drop Down Menu

This sample task will demonstrate three different methods of interacting with a drop-down menu:

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Loop Files - Find the Latest File

This sample task will demonstrate how AutoMate can loop files in a folder and find the latest file. The task will loop through a specified folder and compare each subsequent loop with the latest file found using the FileDateTime(Name) Function.

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Available Drive Space Notification

This sample task will demonstrate how AutoMate can check available drive space using the DriveAvailableSpace(bstrDrive) Extended Function and then send an email notification if the drive space is below 1GB.

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Sequential File Distribution

This month's sample task will demonstrate how AutoMate can take files from one directory and copy them to multiple directories. To check out the task and download it yourself, click here.

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FTP - Rename Folder

9/29/08 • in Task or Workflow of the Month 0 comments

This sample task will demonstrate how AutoMate can rename folders via FTP. This same task can be modified to rename files as well. To check the task out for yourself and to download it, click here.

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FTP - Loop Folder List

This sample task will demonstrate how AutoMate can loop folders via FTP and write the folder list to a .txt file. AutoMate will do the following:

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Create a Generic File Purge with Conditions

5/28/08 • in Task or Workflow of the Month 2 comments

This task allows you to run a generic file purge that also enables you to keep the most recent files. There are variables that can be adjusted to include or exclude certain files. This task can also be launched from a parent task.

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Archive Files Older Than 30 Days

This sample task will loop through files in a folder and archive all files older than 30 days. It uses the "FileDateTime" function, which returns the last modified date and time of a file, as well as the "DateDiff" function, which returns the number of intervals between two dates.

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Heartbeat (Server Alive) Check

3/25/08 • in Task or Workflow of the Month 0 comments

This task, sent in by Fareed Mohammad, checks to confirm that your organization's servers are all functioning, or are essentially alive. If the task finds that there is a disconnect with your servers, an e-mail will be sent to you to notify you of the problem. It is also simple and easy to add new servers that also need to be monitored.

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Search a specific folder within a tree for stale files

2/25/08 • in Task or Workflow of the Month 0 comments

This month's task was submitted by Ted Wagner and involves searching a root folder for files that were older than a specified time.

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Congratulations to Fareed Mohameed, our 3rd Place Contestant in the Task of the Month Contest!

1/18/08 • in Task or Workflow of the Month 0 comments

For participating in our contest and for being chosen as one of our finalists, Fareed was awarded an AutoMate tee-shirt and a 2 GB "no code, no limits" USB drive and key chain. Thanks again to everyone who participated in our contest and for being loyal AutoMate users!

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Last Chance to Enter our Task of the Month Contest

10/19/07 • in Task or Workflow of the Month 0 comments

Don't miss your opportunity to win a free copy of AutoMate BPA Server 7! You have until October 31st to submit your best AutoMate task.

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Task of the Month Contest

9/21/07 • by LaRee, in Task or Workflow of the Month 0 comments

Calling all AutoMaters! Starting September 26th 2007, submit your best AutoMate task and win a copy of AutoMate BPA Server 7!!

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Get Subtext

This sample task will illustrate how AutoMate can grab a particular sentence from a paragraph and show that sentence in a message box. This task is ideal when particular data needs to be extracted from a text file. The same concept can be used to enter data in between two reference points in a paragraph.

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Loop Dataset using Excel Actions

This sample task will use the appropriate 'Excel' actions in AutoMate to grab data from the first few rows and columns of an Excel Document (rows 1 to 5 and columns A to C) and populate a dataset with the grabbed data. It will then loop through the rows of the dataset and show the data within each column of the current row in a message box. With each successive loop the current row of the dataset is incremented.

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FTP – Compare Files and Email Report

This sample task will compare the files that are located within a folder in an FTP site with files residing in a local folder. A Nested Loop occurs (Loop within a Loop) to evaluate whether the current file name specified in the FTP server matches that of any file names residing in the local directory. If the file names match, the task will then evaluate whether the file sizes are the same. If the file names and file sizes are identical, no download will occur for that particular file.

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