So I talked to our workplace's IT guy about autohotkey last week and it got a partial approval today. Basically that means we are allowed to test it on a single PC tomorrow and no more until more documentation is done.
The problem is that there have been issues in the past with free software downloaded from the web and mass installed on the PCs, and we have over 50 PCs so you can imagine all the hassle that was. But... I just realized something after Google searching a suspicion I had, which was that AutoHotkey can probably be used by loading it off a server, and sure enough- that seems to be the case because the EXE is portable. All you have to do is fix the file associations, right? But there seems to be a lot of ways of doing this, but none seem to make a lot of sense. Some even involve using another application (imagine getting yet another program approved!) Also, I'm wondering if it's safe to have something like AutoHotKey on a sever. But our IT now understands that the program itself is totally legit, so maybe it's not an issue if as long as long as restrictions are put in place on how the EXE can perform, which I'm sure can be done.
Should I talk to the IT again about running it off the server? And if so what should I do about the file association issue?
Thanks for any help you can give!