UiPath Release Notes

UiPath Release Notes

Release date: 12th December 2018

What’s New

The latest release of 2018 brings us a Long Term Support version and multiple features to help you in terms of scalability, stability, as well as user experience.

With Citrix environments being so popular, we are further extending automation capabilities with native support for Citrix XenApps. Once the Citrix Remote Runtime component is deployed on all the Citrix server machines and the new Citrix extension is installed on the client machine, elements in such environments are natively detected by Studio and the Robot. As such, selectors are properly built, without any hassle. If this raises your interest, get all the details from here.

Authentication

A notable addition in this newest release, Smart Card Robot Authentication is now here to handle Common Access Cards and Personal Identity Verification support. As such, Unattended, Development, and NonProduction Robots can simply use your SmartCard to start sessions on machines, besides the conventional way. The connection method is easily selected when a Robot is created or edited. Check out how it is done on this page. Lastly, the Orchestrator API, namely the /odata/Robots endpoint, has been updated to accommodate this functionality. An example is available here.

Scalability

Do you think Attended Floating Robots are sweet? Good! Because the Floating Robots feature has been augmented to incorporate Development Robots as well. This is a major step forward in ensuring better, more convenient resource management of your Non-Persistent VDIs and hotseat environments. Create and configure your Development Floating Robots and connect to them from any defined machine.

This, paired with the fact that you can now activate your Studio license from Orchestrator through the Robot that connects them, makes for a broader automation experience, since workflows can be executed, modified, and debugged with Development Floating Robots. For more information, click here.

Extensibility

This release, we bring you the first incarnation of the SAP BAPI activities pack. This package enables RPA Developers to invoke a SAP BAPI using a workflow. The package comes with a SAP BAPI Wizard that enables the user to generate a workflow for a specified BAPI. This workflow can then be invoked from any automation process by using the Invoke Workflow File activity. The Open SAP Connection and Close SAP Connection activities manage a connection to the SAP Instance. It is unique for each SAP Instance you connect to and, once obtained, it is stored in a IConnectionService proprietary variable, and can be subsequently used throughout your automation projects for connecting to the said SAP Instance.

Document Processing

The IntelligentOCR package has received a major update, as we've developed three new activities that enable you to approach Document Processing in a much simpler manner. The new activities are:

  • Present Validation Station - offers attended users the ability to make real-time CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) operations on documents for the purpose of classification and human data validation and extraction.
  • Prepare Validation Station Data - creates a bridge between FlexiCapture's Process Document activity and the new Validation Station, ensuring a much more user-friendly data validation experience.
  • Digitize Document - provides a new way of generating text versions from incoming documents, being able to process any PDF and most image formats.

User Experience

To facilitate identifying which step the Robot is performing at any given time, we have created the Report Status activity and added it to the System activities pack, which enables you to create a custom status message that is displayed in the Robot Tray at any point in the execution of a workflow.

Furthering our efforts to bring you a smoother user experience, UiPath Platform now incorporates the highly-anticipated Dark Theme. Both Studio and Orchestrator have been painted in an eye-soothing gray, with bits of blue to keep the products’ color signature. Panels and controls are all available in a darker shade, making the whole UI more appealing and easier on the eyes. Please note that for Studio this feature is still considered experimental. For the Dark Theme to work, automation projects must have as a dependency at minimum UiPath.UIAutomation.Activities v18.4.2 and UiPath.System.Activities v18.4.1.

Compatibility Matrix

The following table lists what version of Robot and Studio works with what version of Orchestrator.

Please note that by not upgrading to the latest available version you are not taking advantage of the newest features or bug fixes added in our releases.

Orchestrator v2018.4
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More information is available here.

Improvements

Activities

A feature that we are sure most you might find simple, yet a very nice touch in terms of usability is that we implemented semantic versioning on all our official activity packages. From now on, any new version of activities that is going to be available, can actually be remembered!

Breaking Changes

Setup

  • Microsoft.Activities v.1.0.1 and Microsoft.Activities.Extensions v2.0.6.9 are no longer packaged in the UiPathStudio.msi installer. More information about this is available in the here.

Known Issues

Activities

  • If filtered by using the Search bar, the table in the Arguments section of the SAP BAPI Wizard is not refreshed when navigating to the Generate section and back.

Release Notes Per Product

Click below for component release notes and documentation.

Activities Versions

The following activity packages and versions are included in the installers and are added as dependencies, by default, to a newly created project in Studio:

  • UiPath.Excel.Activities - v2.4.6884.25683
  • UiPath.Mail.Activities - v1.2.6863.29868
  • UiPath.System.Activities - v18.4.1
  • UiPath.UIAutomation.Activities - v18.4.2

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2018.4.1


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