Autoclicker – A Handy Bit of Code

One of my annoying little work tasks involves scrolling through scores to hundreds of power disturbance graphs with Reliable Power Meter’s PAS software. Since RPM, now a subsidiary of Fluke, seems to excel at quirky ergonomic design, there is no way to set up the software to rapidly and easily page through the disturbance graphs so as to review each one. (there is also no way to extract low frequency transients or load generated transients from the data set, so looking at every single disturbance graph is required to be thorough, which I am, and sometimes there are 1000’s of images to review)

Can you say Repetitive Stress Injury?

But I found a neat software package from Valis Enterprises called Autoclicker that seems to help. With this, I can switch on the autoclicker, click the first graph, and simply watch as the events scroll at a programmable rate. With a small logging sheet so I can note events of interest to review later, I can review a full data set without wearing out my mouse or my wrist.

This hearkens back to the days when I was analyzing BMI-4800 data (large rolls of thermal paper) – I wanted to make a motorized roller / unroller to scroll through the data as well as re-roll the tapes afterwards. Never did get that one done.