Controlling windows gui applications from python

tim tim.vets at skynet.be
Mon Nov 21 11:45:27 CET 2005


Thanks for this tip, this looks like exactly what I need.

Is there a more extended documentation for watsup somewhere ?
I didn't find info on:
how to send keystrokes to a program.
how to control ComboBox elements...

trying out the examples, here are some problems I am running into:
I tried adapting the example4.py and example4a.py scripts for running an 
app of my own and clicking a button.
I commented out everything except for running the application and 
clicking a button.
here's what i left in:

###########################

from watsup.launcher import launchApp,terminateApp
from watsup.winGuiAuto import findTopWindows, 
findControl,getEditText,clickButton 
from watsup.performance import PerformanceCheck,PerformanceCheckError 
from time import sleep,time                     

def main(myExecutable,myWantedText):
    # find an instance of SimpleForm. If one isn't there, launch it
    forms=findTopWindows(wantedText=myWantedText)
    if forms:
        form=forms[0]
    else:
        form=launchApp(myExecutable,wantedText=myWantedText)      
   
    button=findControl(form,wantedText='Pref')
    sleep(1)
    clickButton(button) 
   #sleep(5)
   #terminateApp(form)
if __name__=='__main__':
    print ' please run example4a or 4b'

###########################

when I un-comment the line : "terminateApp(form)" i get the following error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File 
"C:\Python24\Lib\site-packages\pythonwin\pywin\framework\scriptutils.py", 
line 310, in RunScript
    exec codeObject in __main__.__dict__
  File "C:\Python24\Lib\tim_vets\kip\examples\example4a_gnmidi.py", line 
3, in ?
    main('C:\\tools\\MFiTool3.0_INTL_1.04.00\\MFiTool3.exe','MFi Tool 3')
  File "C:\Python24\Lib\tim_vets\kip\examples\example4_gnmidi.py", line 
14, in main
    button=findControl(form,wantedText='Pref')
  File "C:\Python24\lib\site-packages\watsup\winGuiAuto.py", line 327, 
in findControl
    raise WinGuiAutoError("EnumChildWindows failed with win32gui.error "  +
WinGuiAutoError: EnumChildWindows failed with win32gui.error 853268, 
wantedText='Pref', wantedClass=None, selectionFunction=None, maxWait=1, 
retryInterval=0.1

with this line commented out, getting the 'Pref' button clicked works 
sometimes...
most of the times i get something like:

File "example4_gnmidi.py", line 14, in main
    button=findControl(form,wantedText='Pref')
  File "C:\Python24\lib\site-packages\watsup\winGuiAuto.py", line 327, 
in findControl
    raise WinGuiAutoError("EnumChildWindows failed with win32gui.error "  +
WinGuiAutoError: EnumChildWindows failed with win32gui.error 1442992, 
wantedText='Pref', wantedClass=None, selectionFunction=None, maxWait=1, 
retryInterval=0.1

Opening the application is the only thing that always works...

thanks!

Simon Brunning wrote:

>On 18/11/05, tim <tim.vets at skynet.be> wrote:
>  
>
>>Hi all, I'm almost as new to this list as to python so I hope I don't
>>get a "this has been answered a 100 times before" or anything...
>>
>>Currently I am using a program named 'Macro Scheduler' for automating
>>programs that don't have a command line version.
>>Its a simple scripting language that allows you to automate button
>>clicks, mouse movement, starting programs, checking the state of a
>>window, changing the focus, type text into an input field...etc.
>>Is there a way to do these things from within Python?
>>    
>>
>
><http://www.tizmoi.net/watsup/intro.html>
>
>--
>Cheers,
>Simon B,
>simon at brunningonline.net,
>http://www.brunningonline.net/simon/blog/
>
>
>
>  
>





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