So Easy Even A Kid Can Use It….Really!

Did you know that even young adults use UBot Studio? We’ve always said it’s simple enough for children, but powerful enough for programmers, and we’ve actually heard stories of both: programmers who use it to quickly build incredible automation applications, and customers who buy UBot Studio for their teenagers to use (some of those teenagers have even had successful product launches).

UBot Studio’s diverse user base always make us proud, even though we don’t talk about it much. But this is a story we wanted to share with everyone.

A few years ago we began working with a primary school in Belgium, which uses UBot Studio once a week in a class with students between 12 and 14 years old. UBot Studio is first used on a projector in the classroom to show how you can easily make software to automate processes, and to explain how to understand the structure of web pages. And at a more basic level, it helps the students understand logic.

Kids Brochure

An image from the school’s brochure

 

They start with scripts that have been prebuilt, with explanations of why they work: “We provide them with simple scripts like scraping a field and filling it with content. Explaining these scripts helps them to create their own scripts.”

Then, they use the drag-and-drop GUI to build their own scripts. Using UBot Studio helps them both understand the functionality of the backend of the website, as well as how an automation tool interacts with it. Or as a school associate told us, it “gives the students the opportunity to program their DOM structures and understand it in another way by ‘using’ the DOM structure.” The DOM – for those of you who don’t know – is the logical structure of a document (like a webpage). It’s like how the computer “understands” the webpage, and it stands for Document Object Model. When you click on an element inside UBot Studio, in the background, UBot Studio is referencing it based on how it’s described in the DOM. (See more info here.)

And ultimately, it helps the kids learn to program:

By programming website projects they have to automate their form subscriptions, get external data from other websites (intranet) and place it into their web application…[this makes] the students think abstractly… knowing the outcome of their actions before they start. Automation is the perfect way to think that way because you have a goal to reach from the start without knowing how to get it done.

UBot Studio “let the students see why DOM structures are very important in online development, learning to work and interpret the structure and what you can do with it by automating things with UBot Studio.”

By the end, they learn a lot about website backends, and more than a little bit about how to program. And if you’ve ever played with Legos, you will appreciate this. We asked if the kids really understand that they’re programming as they’re building scripts with UBot Studio:

They don’t realize they are programming. We explain UBot as a box of Legos. Each piece has it’s function in the program to achieve their goal. Chaining is key for combining functionalities – so they learn logical thinking along the way.

We’ve always thought about UBot Studio a little bit like Legos, too!

Do you have a story about learning to program with UBot Studio? Share it!

See The New Video Commands In Action!

Video editing is now inside UBot Studio (for subscribers)!

noreallyfinalvideo

Online video content is now more important than ever. In a recent poll, 37% of marketers said visual marketing was the second most important form of content for their business. The only item on the list that was more important in the survey was blogging, and it came in just one percent higher at 38%.

We’ve thought about video automation to UBot Studio for some time now, after trying our hand at video marketing and some other related fun stuff over the years

Now, it’s finally here, with commands that let you do everything from combining images into videos, flipping videos upside down and changing the volume and speed, to creating gifs, snapshots, and audio files directly from videos.

The ability to quickly add video marketing into your automation opens up some incredible options. If you haven’t used video in your marketing yet, it’s easy to start! Cameras and video equipment are cheaper than ever and even the quality of video you can take with a smartphone is high. Here are a few example ideas you could do with the new UBot Studio video features:

  • Easily record a video every day (a “vlog”) in just a few minutes with your phone and set up a uBot that, when run, adds music and an intro to the video and uploads it to Youtube, Facebook, etc.
  • Record an “interview” with a friend about your business.
  • Record a video “review” or “testimonial” about a product you love (UBot Studio comes to mind…), proving how much of an automation and marketing expert you are.
  • Record a “behind-the-scenes” or “culture” video of how your business works, giving your customers some insight into your day-to-day operations
  • If you don’t feel like being on camera, you can just as easily download a screen recording tool and make tutorials as well. Screencast is one option, and it’s free.
  • Or, if you’re comfortable talking but not quite ready to use video, you can use the new features to turn an audio recording combined with a single image or a collection of images into a video.

 

Ready to add video marketing into your life yet?

Let’s get started with a quick intro to how these cool new commands work.

Open up the Bot Bank.

Video Commands In The Bot Bank

On the left, you’ll see the big list of new video features if you’re a subscribed customer.

Oh, and there are a few extra commands for Professional Edition users. In fact, while you’re able to do some amazing things with Standard – as usual, upgrading to Professional will give you even more power. Click here to upgrade and get it if you’re a Standard user :)

Most commands take just a few simple parameters. Most common are the file location you’re starting with (“Input File Location”) and the file you want to end up with (“Output Video File”).

Other parameters might include time (HH:MM format), seconds (a standard numeral), or other image or audio files.

A few additional things to note:

  • While many commands work with a wide variety of formats, such as .avi, .mpg, and .mp4, you should be aware that some video commands only work with specific file types. If you experience any errors, this is an important thing to remember!
  • Also, make sure to expand the ‘advanced’ tab for commands, as there are sometimes additional options there like the number of seconds or time you’d like something to start at.

 Create gif from video advanced options example

 

Now, let’s go through a few example commands in a scenario that most of us can use:

Maybe you’ve got a video that you uploaded a few years ago and you’d like to add an intro and re-upload it, so it’s fresher. This is an easy thing to do with all your videos – all you need is a single audio file, an image, and the URLs of the videos on youtube. Simple.

In fact, our Incognito mode video  could use an update. Let’s use that one. (see it below)

 

I’ve recorded an audio intro (2017_intro.mp3). Now, I’m going to create a new single image video to put at the beginning. You could use a simple all-black image file if you don’t want to add any new information, but in this case, I’m going to use this 2017 image:

 

2017Image

I’ll just drop the commands in like this:

create single image video with audio("C:\\Users\\Administrator\\Downloads\\Video\\2017.png","C:\\Users\\Administrator\\Downloads\\Video\\Intro.mp3","C:\\Users\\Administrator\\Downloads\\Video\\Intro_Video.mp4")

Now, the video I get out of it, “Intro_Video.mp4”, is ready for viewing:


Now I’ll download my old video directly from youtube with the download from youtube command.

Download Youtube Video

download youtube video("https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x46cPXzgFB8","Original_Incognito_Video.mp4")

 

Next up: Combine our old video with our new one to make one awesome, updated video.

I’ll use the combine videos command. There’s also a Combine video list command for Pro users, in case you want to combine more than two videos at a time.

Combine Videos Example

combine videos("C:\\Users\\Administrator\\Downloads\\Video\\Intro_Video.mp4","C:\\Users\\Administrator\\Downloads\\Video\\Original_Incognito_Video.mp4","C:\\Users\\Administrator\\Downloads\\Video\\Final_Video_2017.mp4")

Now it occurs to me that our video is a little boring. It’s too quiet. How about I add some music?

add audio to video("C:\\Users\\Administrator\\Downloads\\Video\\Final_Video_2017.mp4","C:\\Users\\Administrator\\Downloads\\Video\\Ride_Valkyries.mp3","C:\\Users\\Administrator\\Downloads\\Video\\Final_Video_With_Audio_2017.mp4",0)

And now we have the final result:

Combine Audio Example

 

 

A list of all the commands and how they work is in the wiki, with explanations for use. Here they all are…

  1. Watermark video
  2. Create gif from video
  3. Add audio to video
  4. Create slideshow
  5. Create single image video with audio
  6. Create images from video
  7. Create video from images
  8. Crop video
  9. Adjust video volume
  10. Change video speed
  11. Flip video
  12. Rotate video
  13. Extract audio from video
  14. Mute video
  15. Combine videos
  16. Combine videos list
  17. Superimpose video
  18. Cut video
  19. Add video subtitle
  20. $Get video info
  21. Create video screenshot
  22. Create video thumbnail
  23. Resize video
  24. Convert video
  25. Download youtube video
  26. Ffmpeg command
  27. Ffmpeg function

 

Charity AND Discounts!

You might not know this, but UBot Media has given over $3000 to Child’s Play over the years, and I’d like to double that this year. Here’s how you can help!

 

Childs play + UBot

 

Get UBot Studio Standard Edition for $219!

That’s over $75 – off the regular price of $295!
Click here to Get Standard.

And even better – Get UBot Studio Professional Edition for $429!

That’s nearly $200 off the regular price of $595!
Click here to get Professional.

OR – WOW – GET Developer Edition FOR ONLY $699!

That’s $300 off the regular price of $995!
Click here to get Developer.

Again, with every purchase at this special price–
we will donate $30 to the Child’s Play Charity.

Upgrade offers also – customers, check your email :)

Only until January 1.

Practice Building Bots in the New UBot Playground

We have just completed building a brand new state-of-the-art web portal for bot makers to abuse and practice their botting skills.

This new playground includes over dozen whole sites inside it that mimic some very well known social media networks and other common types of sites like classifieds and wikis. Make accounts, make posts, scrape data – anything your heart desires. You won’t hurt anyone’s feelings, because every night at midnight all the data will be refreshed.

Have fun with these, seriously. It was a lot of fun to create them and I hope you enjoy testing the limits of what you can do. I’m eager to hear your feedback on how to make them even better.

Seth

How To Start Building Bots

It’s been a long time coming, but finally, at long last, it’s here.

I’d like to introduce my new tutorial series –

The Nuts and Bolts of Bot Building

Nuts and Bolts of Bot-Building

This is a course that breaks down the main concepts of bot building in UBot Studio, although any bot-builder will find it useful. A strong focus on best practices will move you quickly toward mastery.

I’ve personally written these tutorials to give you the methods to do automation the right way. This means you can write bigger and better bots that have less bugs.

Remember – I’m completely obsessed with time management and efficiency. That’s why these tutorials are written to deliver the most important information in the shortest time possible, while still being fun and enjoyable to read. 

I’d really like to hear your feedback about these. Am I missing anything ? Do you have any tips and tricks to share? 

 

 

Seth