The power of Automation Workshop Free Edition lies in its architecture. Whenever you want to automate some process, it is necessary to answer basically only two questions, namely, when to execute a Task and what exactly the Task should do.
Technically the when and what of the Task roughly coincide with the functions of Triggers and Actions, respectively. If Task is the basic automation unit of Automation Workshop, Triggers and Actions are the fundamental constituents of every Task.
Trigger is a constituent part of an Automation Workshop Task. It constantly monitors system events of particular type. When an event matches the set of criteria defined in Trigger configuration, the Task is automatically started.
Action is a constituent part of an Automation Workshop Task. When the Task is started, it sequentially performs all Actions that it contains. The Actions themselves are the core functional elements that do all the actual work.
Variable Wizard takes care of the communication between Triggers and Actions. Output of a Trigger or an Action can be used as a parameter in some other Action. This way an Action can flexibly react to the multitude of particular situations that each time involve different values.
For example, upon detection of a new file, File & Folder Watcher Trigger not only will trigger the execution of the Task, but also remember the filename. Afterward, this filename can be requested by any Action within the same Task by pointing Variable Wizard to File & Folder Watcher Trigger and requesting the name of the file that has triggered the Task.
Automation Workshop Free Edition works on all modern 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows versions · Windows 7 · Windows 8 & 8.1 · Windows 10 · Server 2008 & 2008 R2 · Server 2012 & 2012 R2 · Server 2016 · Server 2019.
Automation Workshop provides all the functionality I need, out of the box, at no cost. It's free!—Colin A.