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RoboIntern is a free program that can be used to create tasks and automate them

RoboIntern is a freeware program that assists you in performing various tasks through automation.

RoboIntern is a free program that can be used to create tasks and automate them

The name should provide a hint about how the program works, it automates tasks. The main screen of the program displays all the tasks that you've created. RoboIntern comes with a bunch of pre-configured tasks; these are examples that give you an idea what it is capable of.

Tasks and Triggers

Click the + button in the top right corner to start a new task. There are three types of tasks to choose from. Actions, Triggers, and Misc. The process itself is similar to that of the online service IFTTT which provides similar functionality. Select the + button to add a new action. First you'll need to set the Action Type. There are a lot of options to choose from. I'll list the ones which most readers may find helpful here.

RoboIntern add action

  • File System Operations: Copy/move/delete folder, Create folder, Open folder, Rename File and Rename Folder
  • Send email: Send email with plain, Send email with files, images, etc
  • Zip: Zip file or folder, unzip file
  • Run/Stop: Run or Stop a program
  • Computer state changes: Lock, Logoff, Shut down, or restart the computer.
  • Web: Download a file, Open a website
  • PDF: Delete pages from a PDF, Merge files or Split files.

RoboIntern add action 2

The program can also perform many FTP, Excel, Word, Access, ODBC Operations, and run Office VBA Macros. You can also set it to run a VB, Python, R or Powershell script. Refer to the official documentation on how to use advanced tasks. You can make RoboIntern display a notification and play a sound, or even backup its own settings too. Do note that in case of file operation actions, the program will overwrite an existing file by default, but this setting can be toggled.

There are many kinds of Triggers that you can enable. Time based triggers can be created for recurring tasks (daily, weekly, monthly, high frequency, once),  scheduled to run at a specific date and time, repeat every day (or every few days). Other triggers include File Status (File created, modified, deleted), RoboIntern Task Status (Another task done or error), Computer Restart, and Manual Run.

Managing and Editing tasks

Head back to the main screen, it should make a lot more sense now. The list includes the serial number (order in which the task will be executed), name of the task, the task's trigger, status, last run, and next run times. Right-click on a task to rename or clone it. There are 4 buttons next to each task. These allow you to reset the task, run it, edit it, or delete it.

Let's create a simple task

How to create a task in RoboIntern

We are going to set a reminder. Go to the "Add Action" window and select "Notification - Display a message".

Type something in the message box and optionally enable the sound. Click the add action button on the button to finish the step. Next, you'll need to set a trigger for it. Select the add trigger option, and set the time you want it to run at. Since we're testing it, set it to trigger in a minute or so. Click the Misc tab and give the task a name, and hit the "Add Task" button.

RoboIntern example task notification created

When the timer counts down, the task is triggered and your notification will be displayed.

RoboIntern example task notification done

Here's another example where I set RoboIntern to copy a file to a different folder, it is triggered when I modify a specific document.

RoboIntern example task copy file

Some more examples, you can set a task which will be executed manually, and this one is set to zip a selected folder and save the archive in a directory that you select. One more task which will send an email when the previous task has been completed. You can select any action, assign whatever trigger you wish to set, and make it happen in RoboIntern.  It's simple.

Use the edit option in the action, trigger or misc window to edit its settings. RoboIntern is a portable software.

Note: Multiple instances of the program (and the tray icon) can be started. I'm not sure if this is a bug.

The welcome screen and its preset tasks make the program appear overly complex to use, but RoboIntern is pretty easy to use, once you learn how to create your own tasks. You don't need any coding experience or advanced computer knowledge whatsoever to use the program.

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Comments

  1. Kincaid said on April 18, 2020 at 12:49 pm
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    Thanks Ashwin. Great review. The software looks interesting. Great that it is portable.

  2. Clairvaux said on April 18, 2020 at 3:23 pm
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    Nice find. Good interface, dark theme. Hamburger menu seems to do nothing.

  3. KW England said on April 18, 2020 at 4:33 pm
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    Ashwin, that was a great review. I like to read ghacks but when I gave up Windows 7 I moved to Linux and I no longer read articles about Windows-only software. I had to visit the web site to find out this is Windows-only.
    Please let us know in the lede what OS your review software runs on, and I will continue to read your fine reviews. Thanks!

    1. tester said on April 19, 2020 at 7:55 pm
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      Ashwin, anybody,
      something similar for LINUX?

      thks!

  4. freeware isn't always free said on April 18, 2020 at 7:52 pm
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    > RoboIntern is a free program that can be used to create tasks and automate them

    I can do this one on pen/paper (or inside my head).

    1. Backup important files
    2. Wipe hostile black box OS
    3. Install Linux

    Done.

    1. Silver said on April 19, 2020 at 11:54 pm
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      Windows has built in task scheduler. It’s not like that’s unique to Linux.

      And cool. Whatever floats your boat.

  5. Q said on April 18, 2020 at 9:37 pm
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    Although the software is supposed to be for Windows, from the screenshots, the UI appears to look much more like that of Android software.

  6. Gainsborough said on April 19, 2020 at 12:32 am
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    Surprisingly interesing program, wish it had a Linux version, or if there’s something similar out there in RPM.

  7. Tom Jarrett said on April 19, 2020 at 9:25 pm
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    Hi Ashwin,

    As the creator of RoboIntern I would like to say massive thanks for the article! Glad to hear you liked the app and hopefully it can prove useful also for others.

    If you have questions or improvement suggestions, feel free to let me know.

    Have a nice day,
    Tom

  8. grandma's delightful dentures said on April 20, 2020 at 10:08 pm
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    > Windows has A PROPRIETARY built in task scheduler.

    Fixed that for you.

    > It’s not like that’s unique to Linux.

    Well, I don’t know, how many proprietary task schedulers do you know of which you can mention here which are available for Linux (and WINE doesn’t count)?

    >And cool. Whatever floats your boat.

    the lotion is in the basket. I repeat, the lotion is in the basket.

  9. Trey said on April 20, 2020 at 10:26 pm
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    These comments:

    Linux preachers: “Just install Linux, it’s superior in every way. Problem solved.”
    Next sentence: “Aww, why isn’t this available for Linux”

    There’s always crontab I guess.

  10. Sludge Hound said on May 3, 2020 at 8:35 am
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    Thanks a heap. Been in lookout for one of these free ones not too crippled like the Reminders that led here (its Pro is so pushed, ick). Fan of buy VueMinder Pro but bit old (tho pretty) for web popup reminders of telly shows & bill scheduling. This free guy holds promise. Worth a shot.

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