7 Must-Have Features of a Macro Recorder
A good macro program
is a tool that:
- Records the mouse including mouse clicks, mouse movements, wheel actions, drag-n-drop operations... An optional feature to record in relative coordinates makes a great addition.
- Records the keyboard including hotkey combinations and shortcuts.
- Adjustable playback speed and repeats so you don't have to automate your actions in "realtime", speed them up! Also, why limit yourself to one playback only? Record a macro and keep it running for 24 hours.
- Binding macros to hotkeys so you always have you macros at hand when you need them. Just press a shortcut and the macro will run.
- Visual designer that shows a recorded macro in a readable form and allows editing them
- Different commands, not just keyboard and mouse automation - a good macro recorder can add predefined "commands" to a macro. Like "open file", "launch website", "computer shutdown", "clear clipboard" and many more
- Debugging features - stepping through a recorder macro line-by-line, breakpoints, "play-to" and "play-from" tools, etc