I was prompted, finally, to start using hotkeys. I had sent AvastMH a strategy for dealing with faint pages, and I noted that it took eight keystrokes for each page. I also said that it would be quite easy to put it into AutoHotKey. So, feeling like an unredeemed luddite, I downloaded AutoHotKey, learned how to use it and I automated my eight keystrokes.
Then, two days ago, not wanting to start another day because I was waiting for a call from my Officer Commanding to pick her up from work, I wondered if I could automate the drawing of the weather boxes in Classic Old Weather. (I don't like moving from keyboard to mouse and back, and I find it takes a bit of time.)
You have to draw the first weather box, and then you leave your cursor in the spot for the next box, but two rows down, not one (see the red cursor in the image below). When you have entered the cloud amount, you enter Ctrl-2 for an even hour row, or Ctrl-1 for an odd numbered row. The reason for the "extra" row was so that the cursor would be clear of your weather boxes when you were entering the data.
Here is the image showing where to place your cursor to get started:
Here is a shot of your boxes at the end of the day:
If you don't care for the staggered box effect, change the 19 to zero and have just one function. The values for the mouse moves will be particular for my screen. For me, a row is 16 pixels high and the wind speed box is 19 pixels wide. It took me a few adjustments to get it perfectly lined up.
Also, it took me about three days to retrain old habits and not touch the mouse, except to move down to the PM observations. If you do move your mouse, you just need to start the next box normally and go back tot he hotkey method. From the few days of ship time I've had, it does seem much faster. A weather entry would go like: 1 tab NNE tab 1 tab 29.94 tab 83 tab 81 tab 75 tab tab bc tab Cum tab 7 Ctrl-2 and you then enter the next hour 2.