Management of our discussion forums entails tasks which are, for the most part, variable and interesting. However, there are a few daily tasks which are excrutiatingly repetitive and boring!
That's why I've downloaded and trialled numerous macro recording utilities over the years, never quite finding one that was up to the task and worth sticking with. Recently though I came across Buzz Bruggerman's ActiveWords and reluctantly went through yet another registration and download process not really expecting the silver bullet to relieve my RBI (Reptitive Boredom Injury). But this story does have a happy ending because ActiveWords has certaily lived up to its billing and more.
After investing about two hours in simple 'programming' I now watch with satisfaction as ActiveWords copy/pastes large amouts of information between my Gmail account in one Firefox tab and a series of HTML forms on another tab. Back and forth, on and on, until it has completed in about 1/20th the time the job which used to fill me with dread everyday.
I rarely buy software, not because I'm a scrooge (and I am!) but because I seldom have a computing itch which can't be scratched by some opensource, freeware or shareware. Not so with my severe case of RBI which is why I'm happy to upgrade to a full version of ActiveWords.