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  • Testing if External Program is open

    How do you test for the window title of an external program to tell if it is running and if not open it? I see lots of ways to open it but not how to check whether it already is.
    Robin

    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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    Re: Testing if External Program is open

    You could test if the application process was running.

    http://support.alphasoftware.com/alp...LIST%28%29.htm
    Andrew

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    • #3
      Re: Testing if External Program is open

      Thanks Andrew. I saw SYS_ID_ENUM does this too but wasn't sure how to use it. I suppose looking for a substr in the list maybe?
      Robin

      Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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      • #4
        Re: Testing if External Program is open

        You can test using the is_one_of() function.

        http://support.alphasoftware.com/alp...E_OF%28%29.htm
        Andrew

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        • #5
          Re: Testing if External Program is open

          oooh you're fast! I don't use the list functions very often and had forgotten about this one - thanks again.
          Robin

          Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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          • #6
            Re: Testing if External Program is open

            Revisiting this thread, I tried is_one_of() and couldn't get it to work. Seems to be a problem with string length. But I found a script in the help and revised it to make a UDF:

            Code:
            FUNCTION prog_win AS N (win_name AS C )
            	dim list as C
            	dim recs as n
            	dim opens as n = 0
            	list = upper(sys_id_enum())
            	recs = occurs(crlf(),list)+1
            	dim progs[recs] as c
            	progs.initialize(list)
            	for i = 1 to recs
            		if alltrim(progs[i]) = upper(win_name)
            			opens = opens+1
            		end if
            	next
            	if opens >= 1 then
            	    sys_focus_put(win_name)
            	end if
            	prog_win = opens		
            END FUNCTION
            Now in a script I can test if the window is open and if not load it:

            Code:
            'Open SKK QB program
            if file.exists("C:\QBPro12\QBW32Pro.exe") then
            	n = prog_win("S. K. Knits, Inc.  - QuickBooks Pro 2012")
            	if n < 1 then
            		sys_shell("C:\QBPro12\QBW32Pro.exe",1)
            	end if
            else
            	ui_msg_box("Error Opening Program","File 'C:\QBPro12\QBW32Pro.exe' does not exist.",ui_stop_symbol)
            end if
            Robin

            Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

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