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VisualCron 8.1.2

Automate just about every aspect of your PCs operation with this advanced task scheduler

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Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Arabic, Bahasa Melayu, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catal, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Faroese, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hinglish, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian (bokmål), Norwegian (nynorsk), Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese (European), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
Software Cost: $$97 (Windows)
Date Updated: 06 July 2016
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Downloads To Date: 1162
Developer: neteject
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VisualCron
Automate just about every aspect of your PCs operation

In theory, VisualCron sounds very basic: it's just a tool that runs other commands, programs or scripts at the time or on the event that you choose. In practice, though, it's an industrial-strength task scheduler that can automate just about any task you like.

The program can initiate jobs at the date and time you specify, for instance, but that's just the start. It can also trigger when your PC starts or shuts down, a file changes or is deleted, a Windows service starts of changes status, when there's a particular change in the Registry, a new email arrives, a specific Windows event occurs, and more.

And when the trigger occurs, you could just run a program, but again, there's plenty more on offer here. Your job can send an email or instant message, stop or start Windows services, perform various file transfer tasks, download and save content, kill processes, copy or backup files, shut down or restart a local or remote computer, execute Office macros, perform Active Directory operations, and run SQL text or stored procedures. Amongst others.

Don't think you're restricted to just some linear batch file of tasks, though - there's much more control on offer here. You can test for multiple conditions, like the existence of a file or folder, or the status of some other task; you're able to store information in variables, and calculate, increment or decrement them as you like; and your job can then perform different actions based on these values.

Version 8.1.2 brings (changelog):

[FEATURE] Client/Server: Execute Task->Developed alternate execution method to handle error -1073741502
[FEATURE] Client/Server: Pushbullet->Enabled proxy in Connection settings
[FEATURE] Client/Server: SFTP/SSH Connection->Added support for overriding default Key Exchange Algorithm
[FEATURE] Client/Server: FTP Connection->Added support to select which SSL/TLS versions should be allowed
[FEATURE] Client/Server: New Task->Image - Convert
[FEATURE] Client/Server: Execute options moved to Credential (to control which API is used for execution)
[FEATURE] Client/Server: Variables->Added Math.Abs and Math.Round Variables
[FEATURE] Server: Email Trigger->Now supporting multiple attachment filters through semicolon separation
[FEATURE] Client/Server: HTTP Task->Added DELETE method option
[FEATURE] Client/Server: SysLog Task->Added "Application" and TCP/UDP option
[FEATURE] Client/Server: SSRS Task->Added Open Office XML format

Verdict:

If you've outgrown Windows own Task Scheduler then give VisualCron a try - there's little it can't do

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