Automating Sharing Macros or Actions to the Forum


Edit: 2021/11/25 22:52 CST

This macro was written for Keyboard Maestro 8 and the Safari of the day. Browse down for a more modern macro written for Google Chrome and Keyboard Maestro 10+.

-ccs


Hey Folks,

There are a couple of these macros on the forum.

@JMichaelTX has one somewhere, and there may be others.

Here's mine.

Sharing macros to the forum is a trifle tedious, so I've attempted to streamline the process.

My macro is designed specifically for replying and copies the relevant code to the clipboard for pasting into the Keyboard Maestro forum editor.

JM's macro has a few more options than mine and will be of interest to some.

This has only been tested on macOS 10.12.6 with Safari 11 and 12.

-Chris


Menu ⇢ Share to the Keyboard Maestro Forum v1.01.kmmacros (13 KB)

Macro-Image

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image

Hey Folks,

Do you find the Keyboard Maestro Editor's Share to Keyboard Maestro Forum function cumbersome and/or confusing?

This macro is designed to run in Safari, Google Chrome, or Brave Browser – although you can adjust it to run in any Safari or Chrome derivative that's scriptable.

  • Select the macro(s) or actions(s) you wish to share to the Keyboard Maestro Forum, and run the macro.
     
  • The selected items will be uploaded to a new topic using the Keyboard Maestro Editor's share function and your web browser.
    • The relevant text will be copied from your web browser to your clipboard.
    • The new topic tab in your web browser will be closed.
    • You are now ready to paste the text into an existing topic.
    • Should you want to compose a new topic press the C key in any forum tab, and paste into the forum editor.
       
  • Version 1.04 – Uploaded 2021/12/15 15:00 CST
    • Now restores the enabled/disabled state of the selected macro.

-Chris


Menu ⇢ Share to the Keyboard Maestro Forum ⇢ Front Browser ⇢ v1.04.kmmacros (24 KB)

Macro-Image

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Hi @ccstone - I just downloaded and tried your new version with a selected macro and it works really well! Thank you!

Just one small point: After running, the selected macro is left in a disabled state; not the end of the world but inconvenient.

(BTW: to anyone who's listening - make sure your browser is set to allow JavaScript from Apple events if you don't want to get egg on your face :smiley:)

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Hey @tiffle,

Thanks for the feedback.

@cdthomer gave me some as well, and I've got to ponder how to polish the macro for a bit.

-Chris

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Macro version 1.04 – Uploaded 2021/12/15 15:00 CST


  • Now restores the enabled/disabled state of the selected macro.

-ccs

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Chris, super handy macro! Thanks so much for sharing. :grinning: I do have a suggested enhancement for your consideration.

I generally post macros and images as follows:


DOWNLOAD Macro File:
Hello World.kmmacros (1.4 KB)
Note: This macro was uploaded in a DISABLED state. It must be ENABLED before it can be run. If it does not trigger, the macro group might also need to be ENABLED.

Image • Hello World


If you added four (optional) variables to Menu ⇢ Share to the Keyboard Maestro Forum ⇢ Front Browser, it would save a few steps and ensure consistency. For example, if you like the format I use, the default values could be.


local_MacroAnnotation_prefix:

<mark>

local_MacroAnnotation_suffix:

</mark>
*Note: This macro was uploaded in a DISABLED state. It must be ENABLED before it can be run. If it does not trigger, the macro group might also need to be ENABLED.*

local_ImageAnnotation_prefix:

<details><summary>Image • %MacroName%</summary>



local_ImageAnnotation_suffix:



</details>

Chris, admittedly this might add a level of complexity you'd like to avoid. So maybe as one of the Forum Administrators, you'd prefer to add some hard-coded annotation. If you like that alternative idea, I would suggest embedding the image in a folding section as it makes it easier to browse forum threads.

Thanks for considering this suggestion.