Softomotive

Winautomation

4.5 / 5 33 reviews


Average Ratings

33 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.3 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.3 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Softomotive
  • www.winautomation.com/
  • Founded 2005
  • United Kingdom

About This Software

WinAutomation is the most powerful and intuitive platform for Windows automation that enables users to automate any desktop and web based task with zero effort. WinAutomation intelligent Software Robots can be taught to perform effortlessly any task, empowering organizations to achieve greater efficiencies through automation.


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Product Reviews

Winautomation - Must Have

5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I'm using Winautomation for a consulting (software contract) with home health company, it's a must have for repetitive tasks that healthcare companies often do. Automated reports and data delivered to dashboard tools and cell phones helps management with overhead and hiring people to do repetitive tasks.

Pros: Winautomation has an open ended architecture, will allow anything to be automated. I have not found any limitations and have written hundreds of scripts.

Cons: Small learning curve, best in the hands of experienced computer user.

Recommendations to other buyers: Excellent price for the software features.

Very Useful for a variety of backoffice automation tasks

4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I've used WinAutomation at multiple companies over the past several years. The GUI provides a very simple way to get started automating basic tasks quickly. Excel file refreshing, HTTP API Call Automation, etc... are very easy to accomplish.

There is very good Web Scraping functionality as well, although developing un-attended processes requires a lot of testing and tweaking to avoid errors...but that's more of an issue with Webscraping in general than the tool.

For the amount of functionality that is provided, the price is an extremely good value.

Pros: Easy of Use Variety of tools Price

Cons: Forced to use IE for screen scraping

Real Automation

5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I used a few years back and started using again this year. The changes required update. I sent a mail regarding this but got no reply

Pros: works smoothly

Cons: difficult to create new task

Best desktop automation software

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Easy to install, easy to script and punish. Easy to automate anything that involves excel, power shell, web.

Pros: Easy to use, code less scripting

Cons: .Net dependency

Recommendations to other buyers: This is one of the best web scrapping tool out there

Best Automation Software for the Money

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have been using this WinAutomation for the past 2 years and I am always amazed by the quality and capabilities. As a non-IT personnel, I primarily use it to gather data from different sources to create reports for my organization so I use the web automation feature very often. This feature saved me so much time since with my old macro software, I would have to position my clicks manually in relation to the screen. If the screen size changes, I have to redo the positioning. Now, web automation automatically controls IE directly and clicks on the links I want regardless where it is located on the screen. There are many well thoughtout features as well like folder manipulation, loops, if/then, Excel file support, etc. From simple time-saving bots to complex, multi-staged bots, WinAutomation can do it all. I'm 100% satisfied with my purchased and looking forward to new releases of WinAutomation.

Too much effort, too little results

2/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Didn't do more than waste a lot of time trying to figure it out. Customer service is terrible. After a lot of reading, youtube vids, and research, I hired a dev to do a javascript, have been building on it ever since.

Vendor Response

by Softomotive on December 20, 2016

We are sorry you feel that way about our customer service. From our side, we believe we offered all help possible in order for you to understand how to use our automation platform and we also prompted you to share with us your automation solution to assist further with no reply from your side after you had a two hours Training session. As you may understand there is a fine line between Support and actual robot development which is a billable service through our Professional Services. Both Services are provided from Softomotive and its software users are free to make use of them on demand. Thank you for the time you took to write this review.

I like it. Pretty comprehensive.

4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: I have written a few applications and they work most of the time. I have hit problems with getting focus on the dialogue generated by WA. I think this is because WA is not written to work with a screen reader (Supernova, my wife is blind). I want the dialogue produced by WA to be read out loud by the screen reader. This works about 50 % of the time. Unfortunately, this is not much use to a blind person.

Pros: Comprehensive and logical. Easy to test applications.

Cons: Doesn't work well with a screen reader ( I.e. Supernova). Sometimes difficult to write an app which retrieves data from a web page.

Great Time Saver For Repetitive Tasks

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I have been using WinAutomation for many years now through many different updates to do the mundane computer things for me. I tested several other automation programs before deciding upon this one. When I did, I found many that were difficult to use or that were not intuitive. WinAutomation is very intuitive and easy to use in its step by step approach.

You can use it to automate email campaigns, automate email responses based upon subject lines, status alert messages, excel tasks, social media postings, file updates and mass renaming, web data scraping, etc. It is a huge time saver.

The program has a huge range of capabilities which are separated into basic task groups to help you find what you are looking for. You have all your traditional conditionals grouped together, your variable actions grouped together, file manipulations grouped together, etc. You can run subroutines, easily transfer variables from the calling to the child program (it's a little bit of a sidestep to return variables, but you can still easily do it), display messages, accept manual input into a running program and so on.

They also have an option where the program will create the job based upon your on-screen actions (the "wizard") which is good for learning how to use the program. While not as effective for me as creating it myself, it was an easy to use learning tool. For those things you get stuck on, there are many answers already available in the group forum or else you can usually very quickly get an answer to a new posting.

They have two levels of this program. One is for the person to use on their own system for the daily tasks and the other level (at a higher cost) allows you to create executables for distribution to others so they can run it without the need for the actual program. I use the basic version. You can get a free, fully functional 30 day trial of both versions at their website and decide which is best for you and your needs.

This is actually one of the few software programs that I update when new releases become available because each time they add new useful functionality. Unlike other software from bigger houses, these designers are quite receptive to customer input and suggestions for improvement. Their customer service and tech support is amazing and highly talented.

If I did not already own a license to this program, I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

Pros: Intuitive, ease of use, just runs on without crashing.

Cons: Wish you could put your most used commands in your own Favorites type section for faster usage.

Recommendations to other buyers: Learning to use it is just as much fun as actually using it.

Intuitive and fully featured

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: Winautomation, unlike similar products, both paid and freeware, is easy to use. You don't need to be a programmer to automate routine tasks. Sadly, the same cannot be said of other options in the marketplace. The one shortcoming is the price. However, you certainly get a full-featured automation tool unlike anything else for the price.

Pros: Ease of use and functionality

Cons: A single license is costly.

Recommendations to other buyers: Don't bother wasting time with freeware automation tools. Win automation is simpler and will have tasks automated in no time.

Great software, UI and usability. Unfortunately screws with too many windows settings.

3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
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Comments: Great concept, ui and approach! But unfortunately you can't reliably install without windows functionality dying randomly. Tried repeatedly on real and virtual machines with various versions (including the current vresion) over the years. I would love to use Winautomation for beta testing our software internally and many other automation tasks. But unfortunately kills most windows versions on all windows pc's. The only software I have come across that requires an entire re-install of windows to fix the damage it causes.

Pros: Awesome concept, UI is great.

Cons: Kills ALL windows pc's you install it on.

Recommendations to other buyers: After having many years experience being on both sides of tech support. Trying to remedy a software problem causing operating system issues is very much like smashing your head against a brick wall to remedy a headache.

A very useful tool

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I'm not a programmer and was looking for a way to automate some tedious downloading I had to do regularly. I searched online and decided to try WinAutomation. Over a long weekend, I was able to automate the entire process. The manual method took about 2 hours every week; WinAutomation did it in about 5 minutes. I demonstrated the program to the rest of my team, and the project chief immediately ordered 4 copies of WinAutomation. Others used it to automate similarly mundane and time-consuming tasks, which has saved our company a lot of money.

Good piece of kit, but missing critical features

4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: Winautomation filled a gap for us for several months, but ultimately we abandoned it for other software packages with better features.

The ease of use is great, and compiling executables made it simple to scale our service, but the lack of any way to concurrently run more than one thread and the webautomation module being built on top of Internet Explorer made it impossible for this to be a permanent solution for us.

Pros: Easy to use, very intuitive

Cons: Restricted to a single thread (meaning we literally had to spin up 100 windows instances at one stage), reliance on Internet Explorer, a few other critical missing features

Lab Engineer

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Very nice application graphical interface and useful and easy to use. The interface doesn't take too long to get used to.

Pretty darn good for price and features

3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: We have been using Winautomation for 2 yrs now and I'd have to say it does just about everything we needed in the product. It is stable, fairly easy to get from idea to working solution , and not difficult to distribute among users.

The only part that gives us a bit of a struggle is using the IE browser to program Web interactions/Automations. IE is on its way out and I wish Chrome was supported along with Goole Drive and sheets. Another piece I'd like to see improved is the form builder tool. Having more controls and flexibility in the type of interface you can create would be spectacular.

Otherwise, a solid product with outstanding support and a collaborative community of automators. Thank you for continuing to improve the product!

What a time saver.

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I remember the days I dreaded repetitive task, audits, even distribution. But, today I use Winautomation and work smart not hard! Just to clarify not hardly working but working smart.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Wish I had new version, so upgrade and pricing paths.

Very good software and very useful

5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: Winautomation get to do my routine work, so I earn hours a week of time.
I love Winautomation and the customer service

You can build virtually anything with WinAutomation!

5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: WinAutomation does SQL, SFTP, IMAP and CSS selectors. You can record mouse and keystrokes to accomplish basic automation, but the real magic happens when you mix these basics with programming. The possibilities are endless. Note: The current WinAutomation upgrade process requires that you convert your working system's jobs to the new format irreversibly. If you're a new user this is not an issue, but if you rely on WinAutomation every day, the demo requires you to commit to the upgrade before verifying it works with your current jobs. I would love to try upgrading again but I need to set aside time to test, verify and fix.

Pros: Works great with code.

Cons: Some variables are not listed onscreen so I have to use comments above text Split for example, to easily see the variable name.

WinAutomation Is the Real Deal

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: This review is based on WinAutomation v5. We had an extremely tight deadline and had to find a way to duplicate hundreds of keystrokes without hiring additional resources. After looking at several solutions, it was decided to use WinAutomation based on ease of use, ease of readability, ability to create an executable, price, and technical support. Using an internal rating system, WinAutomation scored 9 out of 10 and far surpassed other competitors. Happy to report that the automated solution allowed us to duplicate hundreds of keystroke and mouse clicks automatically and reduced what would have been a six to eight month project with three resources down to a three week develop effort and one day run of the executable - repeatable as needed. This product ended saving us well over $500K worth of time - well worth the money.

Pros: Ease of use, reasonable cost, excellent customer support.

Cons: Version 5 could not print out the steps of the job. We ended up using screen prints.

Recommendations to other buyers: Well worth the money. The only limitation of this tool is your imagination.

Winautomation for health care management

5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: health care requires lots of reports and paperwork, winautomate will help reduce the time spent on reports and reduce overall paperwork in the office - it's a must for health care

Pros: comes with lots of programming script examples, and support by email very good

Cons: very short learning curve

Recommendations to other buyers: excellent price for software, does everything the more expensive competitors offer

Incredibly useful

5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We use WinAutomation on everyday basis. I wish I can use my license at least on 3 more computers, like before (old version). The new interface is stronger and it is really a no brainer to buy. Before using WinAutomation, I personally compared with 5 other competitors.
Be honest, I love WinAutomation!

Brilliant product, saves me so much time

5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: I have used Winautoamtion for a few years now, and the new version has made some huge steps forward. Things that used to annoy me in older version have dissapeared and the new functions are superb

Pros: It makes my life a lot easier and means I spend less time in front of a screen

Cons: There can be issues with some sites selecting controls

Great time saver!

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: We have a lot of manual tasks of handling data in my role and the Winautomation software has helped tremendously in cutting down the time it takes to do all the manual tasks. Not only does it do the tasks, since it's a computer, it does them faster and I can be doing something else! We've been able to send reports quicker and spend more time on value add tasks rather than tedious manual work. There are very few pieces that I wish it was a little more flexible with handling variation but overall saves us multiple hours of work per week. Great product!

Pros: Ease of use, straight forward programming, cost effective.

Cons: Flexibility with handling errors and mapping different paths for jobs.

Recommendations to other buyers: Test it out before purchasing and make sure it can do what you want it to. The customer support is very helpful on helping set up and making sure you know all the options of what it does.

WinAutomation - powerful software

5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I use WinAutomation to manage a complex process to update data on an online system. We use the software to pull data off of one system, bring it into an Access database, run some calculations, and then push the data back to an online system for reporting. We can do all of this with WinAutomation, and the job runs several times per day completely unattended. The program is very powerful, takes a bit of time to learn how to set it up, but then it just works. Very flexible, powerful program. We found no other alternative to address our needs, so this is a vital piece of software for our company.

Automating is a breeze

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: We used to have 4 people performing redundant excel and database functionalities for 4 hours daily, but because of Winautomation we were able to reduce this task to 1 person 1 hour daily. Also, the software is great with automating batched DOS based functions like renaming thousands of files in a couple of minutes, up/down file via ftp sights, etc.

Pros: Easy to learn and use. So much features and a massive array of programming capabilities

Cons: Before their customer service is great with chat option on their site, they changed that. I sent out a request a week ago and received a response with vague answer. I replied back, no response. I made a new ticket and the response was, we sent you an answer, click here to see our conversation. I responded back 2x, 2 days now no reponse.

Recommendations to other buyers: Get your techsupport back, current one is really bad.

Vendor Response

by Softomotive on December 14, 2016

Dear RJ, All your requests from what we see in our database, do have a response sent within the same business day or the next (at the latest), providing you with solutions and instructions. Upon receiving your email about not getting a response from our Support Team, our Support Manager contacted you directly via email, to clarify the situation and give you more details on the tickets that you have opened. There was no response to that email from your end. We are proud of our Support Team and our timely replies, given the large number of our users. There is no chance that a Support ticket will not get a reply in a short period of time, unless there is a misspelling address issue in the way. Should we had your permission we could share the history of your Support tickets as well as the email you have received from one the Head Support Manager. Thank you for the time you took to write this review.

Great software, very easy to use.

4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: We purchased this software to run a few automated processes for our company. We are an Association Management Company and having the ability to easily automate some of the items that we deal with frees up time to concentrate on other areas.

Pros: Ease of use, and the macro builder that allows me to simply record the process that I want automated and it will repeat the same process on a regular schedule.

Cons: Nothing, it works very well for me.

Recommendations to other buyers: When you first get it, play around with it as you will be amazed at some of the features that are there.

Ez to use

5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: Amazing automation for Amazon buying products and updates tracking information to eBay selling

Winautomation is a Winner

4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: We've been using Winautomation for a few years now for loading large data sets into our ERP platform. We continue to find new uses as time goes by. A solid product.

Pros: ease of use

Cons: doesn't always work with html pages

Sun Microstamping Win Automation review

4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: For the most part the product is easy to use and works very well, but when getting into more complex applications such as clicking buttons by windows physical location rather than a web button or icon its hit or miss.

Pros: This will do thing in automation of my application that nothing else, ( that I have come across), can do.

Cons: There is not a convenient contact method to get a quick question or explanation from support. You need a call for support number. Or chat tool.

Recommendations to other buyers: Perhaps a tech support feature that would utilize remote access to actually see how it is working on an users application .

Great Web Scraping Solution

5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I was happy to find WinAutomation, I had used another web scraping solution for several years, however, several issues developed due to the fact that their system processed the data on their servers. I like the control that WinAutomation gives you due to the information being processed locally.

Nick has been great to work with and has shown great skill in helping us to extract the data we need from a site that presents many challenges. I highly recommend WinAutomation.

Easy to use

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: Easy to use, lots of functionality, clear layout and easy to follow.

Excellent development

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: Winautomation had taken over a complex investment management program that another automation firm was unable to complete after more than 2 1/2 years. The programming expertise of Nick Psalidakis and his colleagues has allowed us to get the program back on track in roughly 4 months. I would recommend the winautomation program, but especially the high level talent of the development team to complete more complex projects. I am very pleased with the product and service as this time, and am looking to further enhance this platform.

Great script developed for a peculiar task

5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We needed to produce a script to process high volume of transactions using third party platforms that do not support API. Winautomation offered us solutions that were right to the point. They understood our needs and developed a bespoke script that has a very smart logic.

Also, any problem that arose - they were super quick to answer. I am contacting straight on Skype and they're usually online and available during working hours.

The interface of their software could be better though, had it had easier-to-use functions for users who are less programming savvy.

winautomation rocked my pc!

5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: After experimenting away with AHK and AutoIT,
and since i'm not in the habit of picking up new scripting languages every other day,
i searched for a more user-friendly alternative.

I found Winautomation and downloaded the trial version, which is a very fully functional 30-day limit demo and installs quite seamlessly.

At first glimpse, i was a bit swamped with the range of utilities that automate all tasks you can think of and then some, displayed in the initial window.

The learning curve, however, is not too steep and the suite of applications also contains a very smart macro recorder and its web automation counterpart for web scraping which are both very straight-forward in their use.

I started automating right away some very dull tasks like typing my website in forms again and again or the maintenance backup and archiving i do every night on my external HDD and the more i get the hang of things , i'm pretty certain the more complex tasks i will think of outsourcing to my PC :)

Finally, a special mention and shout out needs to go to the customer support team, who answered within minutes both my forum question at http://www.winautomation.com/community and my chat request, and all of that without me even having bought a license, so kudos to the guys (and gals of course)