Another third party Windows app that you may find useful is AutoIt (http://www.hiddensoft.com/AutoIt/).
I don't think it can do the key capturing that you're after though. It's scripting is quite powerful and flexible and can accomodate repetitive tasks quite well. It has a good user base of support and active discussion groups too. Even though it's not Perl, it would not be hard to have a Perl script to generate the content of AutoIt scripts.
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