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What's new in Pega Robotic Automation

Pega Robotic Automation 19.1 includes significant changes to the product infrastructure, and continues work that began in version 8.0 SP1. The infrastructure changes modularize Pega Robotic Automation so that you no longer have to update the entire product each time a component changes. Additionally, the system now only downloads the actual changes, which means smaller, faster downloads. For more detailed information on this and other changes, see the Pega Robotic Automation version 19.1 Release Notes.

What's new in recent builds

For detailed information about all the changes in all of the 19.1 builds, see Cumulative Build Notes: Pega Robotic Automation 19.1.

Windows 10 version 2004

Build 19.1.49 adds support for automating 32-bit applications when running the 64-bit version of Windows 10 version 2004.

New Project Wizard

Build 19.1.43 adds the New Project Wizard, which you can use to create projects, add multiple project items, configure adapters, create global containers, and quickly add other standard objects to a project. With this wizard you can perform the following tasks:

  • Right-click a project or a folder item to create new project items for all the projects and folders in your solution.
  • Create templates for automations.
  • Rename the project and project items.
  • Delete project items.
  • Drag and drop project items within the project.

For more information, see Using the New Project Wizard

PowerBuilder version 19.0

Build 19.1.42 adds support for PowerBuilder 19.0 applications. PowerBuilder is an Integrated Development Environment that is primarily used for building business applications.

Toast-style notifications

Build 19.1.38 adds a ToastNotification component to the toolbox so that you can display toast-style notifications. A toast notification is a nonmodal window element that you can use to display brief messages that automatically expire: 

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A toast-style notification

In the toolbox, select Show to activate the ToastNotification component, and then enter the message and choose a severity icon to indicate whether this is an Info, Warning, or Error

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toastNotification component options

For more information, see ToastNotification component.

PowerPoint Connector

Build adds a Microsoft PowerPoint connector to the toolbox so that you can automate the process of creating PowerPoint presentations.

Whitespace options for Text properties

Build 19.1.38 adds the TrimRegionText property to the Text adapter. You can now choose to leave leading and trailing whitespaces for the Text property of a region or field. For more information, see Text adapter properties, methods, and events.

OCR parameters and methods

Build 19.1.38 adds new occurrence parameters to existing OCR methods and also adds the following new OCR methods:

  • GetLocationByOcr - Returns the location of the text found.
  • GetValueAtLocationByOcr - Returns the text at a specified location.

For more information, see Creating Automations Using the Screen OCR Feature.

Interrogation Form

Build 19.1.34 streamlines the interrogation process by providing the most common functions directly on the Interrogation Form. Robot Studio minimizes when you begin an interrogation, so that you can focus on the Interrogation Form and the application. You can rename controls, highlight controls, delete controls, modify properties, and test modifying target properties and methods directly from the Interrogation Form. Only when you need to perform the most advanced features such as editing match rules or working with the Windows, Web or Virtual controls tab will you need to return to Robot Studio.

The Interrogation Form also adds a new delayed interrogation feature. You can start a timer and then navigate the application. When the timer expires, the currently selected control is then interrogated. This makes it easier to interrogate controls that hide automatically when they lose focus.

The following figure calls out two convenient features of the Interrogation Form. 

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Interrogation Form
You can still complete all of these tasks in Robot Studio; however, the Interrogation Form can save time and mouse clicks as you complete these tasks. For more information, see Enhanced Interrogation Form.

Server Bot Framework

Build 19.1.32 adds the Server Bot Framework to fully utilize the resources of a Windows Server when running Robotic Process Automations. A Server Bot is a robotic process automation (RPA) running in its own Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) session on a machine with Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016. An RPA becomes a Server Bot when you deploy it on the Server Bot Framework. This feature allows you to:

  • Run multiple Server Bots in the same workgroup at the same time
  • Run Server Bots in multiple workgroups at the same time
  • Start, stop, and assign work to Server Bots from Robot Manager

For more information, see Server Bot Framework.

BeyondTrust support and enhancements

Build 19.1.27 implements full support of the BeyondTrust credential provider for Robot Runtime. You can use your existing BeyondTrust portal to provide credentials for the registration operator, Windows user, Runtime user, ASO manager, and Credential Store.

Build 19.1.32 further enhances the existing BeyondTrust support. Pega Robotic Automation can now retrieve configuration values from BeyondTrust.  

For more information, see Integrating BeyondTrust and Pega Robotic Automation and the Cumulative Build Notes: Pega Robotic Automation 19.1.

Pega Synchronization Server support for Citrix

Build 19.1.30 enables you to use the Pega Synchronization Server in a Citrix mixed-mode environment on the Citrix server. Robot Runtime now passes parameters to the Pega.Loader.exe file so that the Synchronization Engine switches to the correct Robot Runtime version for the package that the client loads. For more information, see Using Citrix Contexts.

JavaFX support

Build 19.1.30 provides limited support for JavaFX applications. For more information, see JavaFX support in Pega Robotic Automation.

Standard Properties view

Build introduces a new Standard view of the Properties grid. By default, Standard view filters to show only the most commonly used properties for each control. The Standard view is displayed by default, but you can select the Advanced view when you need to see the full complement of properties using the dropdown list at the top of the Property grid.

Working with properties is the same as in previous versions, except that you can now tab through the list of properties in the Standard view.

Adding additional properties to the Standard view

To add an additional property to the Standard view, right-click the control in Advanced view and then select Add to Standard View:

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Add to Standard View menu option

To remove a property that you have added to the Standard view, right-click the control and select Remove from Standard View. You can only remove items that you have added.

Studio retains your choice of which view to display between editing sessions.

For more information, see Properties Grid

SendKeys methods

Build now includes support for the SendKeys method in both the Web and Universal Web Adapters. This works much like SendKeys in the Windows adapter. When you use this technique to create an automation, the system more closely mimics user interaction, so that you do not have to raise events to make the web page perform as expected. For more information about the new SendKeys methods, see the following topics:

PDF Connector 2.0

Build greatly enhances your PDF processing capabilities. The new visual designer makes working with PDF files much easier because you can visually identify the items within the file that you want to automate. Once identified, these items appear in your Object Explorer so that you can use them directly in your automation. With this functionality you can now perform the following actions:

  • Read and write to form objects (items that users can edit in a standard PDF editor) in your automation, similar to what you would do with an interrogated adapter control.
  • Use Optical Mark Recognition (OCR) to detect whether an image-based document has any check marks, signatures, or both at known locations.
  • Automatically detect tables within PDF files based on intersecting lines and extract the information in those tables into a data table for use in your automation.
  • Use the reconciliation mode to quickly automate a workflow. In this mode, Runtime users can see the data elements that are extracted from a file and update those elements if required.

For more information, see Incorporating PDF files in your automation using Pega Robot Studio version 19.1.

Pega Robot Inspector

Build introduces the new Robot Inspector for Pega Robot Runtime. The Robot Inspector lets you start and stop adapters, start automations with supplied parameters, provides live visibility into adapter matching, and lets you view and modify global variables, lookup tables and more.The Robot Inspector is available for every solution without having to add a component to the solution, and can be enabled through the Runtime icon menu.

For more information see Using the Robot Inspector.

Custom credentials provider API

Build adds an API for connecting an in-house credentials provider to Pega Robotic Automation. Use this API to write your own C# extension to retrieve credentials. Pega provides a sample C# solution for you to use as a guide.

To set up a custom credentials provider, use the CredentialManager server options in the CommonConfig.xml file, and make corresponding entries in the CredentialManagerConfig.xml file.

For more information, see Common configuration settings.

Support for additional types of spreadsheets

Build adds support for the following additional spreadsheet types when you use the Excel Connector:

  • Microsoft Excel: .xlsx, xlsm, .xltx, .xltm, .xls, .xlt
  • OpenDocument spreadsheet: .ods, .ots
  • Character Separated Values: .csv, .tsv

This build also adds the following methods:

  • FindRows
  • FindColumns

Support for Adobe Flash and Adobe Flex applications

Build adds support for Adobe Flash® and Apache Flex applications that use the Google Chrome browser. The Adobe Flash and Apache Flex translator works with Universal Web Adapter. The Adobe Flash and Apache Flex (formerly Adobe Flex) software provides a development environment for building games and applications by using the ActionScript® language and the open-source Flex framework.

For more information, see, Adobe Flash and Flex application support.

What's new in the initial release

The initial release of Pega Robotic Automation 19.1 includes the following features:

Pega Synchronization Server

The Pega Synchronization Server is a new addition to the Pega Robotic Automation product suite that hosts the product repository, which stores bundled product versions. For more information, see the Pega Synchronization Server User Guide.

Pega Package Server

Version 19.1 includes enhancements to the Pega Package Server so that it works together with the new Pega Synchronization Server so you can easily distribute the automations that you create with Pega Robot Studio. For more information, see the Pega Package Server and Server Status Page User Guide.

CyberArk support

Version 19.1 adds support for CyberArk. For more information, see CyberArk support in Robotic Automation.

Microsoft Office 2019 support

Version 19.1 adds support for Microsoft Office 2019.

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