How many tasks do you do on your laptop or PC , or in your web browser, whether on the internet or locally? For most people, these tasks will take up most of their day. Whether it be downloading a report, posting something on social media or on your website, updating information… the list may be endless. Now imagine if you could automate all of those repetitive tasks so that they’re all done either with the click of a mouse OR, using one of the tools, even without you having to lift a finger! Yes, it is possible and anyone can do it.
There are TWO software programs that can do this for you. When mastered, both will do the job of 95% of the shiny objects people tend to buy AND, for the few online tools you may still use, both Sikuli and Ubot Studio will enable you to use those tools much more effectively than ever before.
- SIKULI – Open Source created by the famous MIT – works on Windows and Apple.
- UBOT STUDIO – is an automation software creation tool for Windows.
Let’s start with the FREE automation software first – SIKULI
Sikuli is a great free tool that you can use to automate virtually anything you do on your computer. It uses image recognition to control everything which means you just highlight a part of the screen (e.g. an icon) and you can then get Sikuli to click the icon. Once a website/program has been opened, Sikuli can be made to perform multiple actions whether it be clicking, adding text, downloading images or files… basically, it can do anything a person could do within their browser. The only drawback is that there is quite a big learning curve. That said, it won’t take you long to master the basics, and your time invested will be well worth the effort. Remember the lesson of’ Sharpening the saw’ mentioned in a previous tutorial? Think of the time you invest in learning an automation creation tool like Sikuli or Ubot Studio as sharpening your saw. It will allow you to be exponentially more productive.
At this point, you may be asking, if Sikuli is so great, why bother with UBot Studio? After all, Ubot Studio is Windows-based and it isn’t cheap!
There are a few reasons to consider Ubot Studio…
- Ubot Studio is much easier to use and comes with a lot of advanced features including being able to hide the screen.
- In addition, with Ubot Studio, you can turn your automation into executable Windows software which you can sell and distribute. So, in addition to automating your own business, you can also make money selling your software. And, software tends to have a high perceived value with recurring revenues for updates and support. Basically, this means that with Ubot Studio, you can become a software developer and you don’t need to know any coding. If you create a tool for your own business, chances are other people will want it. You can create software and sell online at any of the software directories and you can also build software for your business clients. There are tons of tutorials and a support desk in the event that you need help.
So, if you want to automate just for your own business and you are fairly competent with using the command run interface, you should try out Sikuli. It’s free so the only thing you have to lose is a bit of time learning the fundamentals.
However, if you have less time and you don’t want to get involved in run line commands, or if you think you’d like to create and sell your own software automation tools, go for Ubot Studio. That’s what I did and I have built numerous software titles with it that have brought in tens of thousands of dollars over the years. Take a look at the brief video guides below:
SIKULI – BASICS
UBOT STUDIO – QUICK TOUR