Release Date: 11th May 2020
Mr. Robot - Remember this, it's the codename for our latest FTS release and it perfectly describes the journey we've embarked on to deliver a Robot for Everyone and make Attended Automation the central focus point.
We're introducing UiPath Assistant for Attended Automation, which coupled with Picture-in-Picture (Experimental) takes automation to a whole new level, even when working with StudioX, now in General Availability.
Aside from this, we're proud to introduce the new Test Suite for test automation projects with a Studio Pro license, integration between Automation Hub and Task Capture, the Computer Vision Server, Governance for Studio and StudioX projects, new Studio capabilities, and a whole bunch of new activities. To check installation steps for each of these products, head on over to our new Installation Guide.
Last but not least, we've taken on the Divide and conquer strategy for our release notes. Well, in keeping with the times, it's rather Isolate and conquer. Instead of having all details about each component on the same page, we've split them into separate easier-to-read pages per component. Head over to the bottom of this page to find direct links for each component and read every new feature and every bug that we've fixed all on one page.
We are preparing to make some changes to software requirements. They are not being implemented just yet. As a heads-up, we’re letting you know that, as of 2020.10 we'll no longer support Windows 7.
Starting with 2020.4, we dropped support for:
- Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2
- Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable
- SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 (both Standard and Enterprise editions)
- TLS 1.0
The Tasks feature has been treated to a major overhaul. It is now called Action Center, with actions instead of tasks working as the operational units of the center. Details about actions here.
We also introduced a new type of action, and guys, it is da bomb! What happened is we integrated Validation Station with our new re-branded Action Center. What does it mean?
To ensure no waste in terms of resources consumption while waiting for a long-running process completion, whenever user input is required in regard to reviewing and correcting document classification and automatic data extraction results, a Document Validation action is generated.
This action is to be acted upon by the user to whom it’s assigned. During the time the action is pending completion, no robot is held hostage. They can be used to execute different processes just like that. Upon completion of the Document Validation action, the initial workflow is resumed on whatever robot is available.
The Create Document Validation Action and Wait for Document Validation Action and Resume activities are the latest two new inhabitants of the UiPath.IntelligentOCR.Activities package that can be used to create, suspend, and resume orchestration workflows in the UiPath Action Center.
Orchestrator now brings you built-in support for blob storage, using the Orchestrator database or external providers (I.e. Azure, Amazon, MinIO). These Storage Buckets are folder-scoped entities, enabling you to maintain fine-grained control over access and use of the storage and contents.
A certain degree of governance is needed for deploying common best practices and code conventions around building scalable automation, especially in larger organizations. Studio introduces file-based governance for:
Read about generating the Governance file and enforcing rules across multiple machines.
The Diagnostic Tool replaces the former command-line diagtool.exe and comes with an easy-to-use UI, grouped collectors, and previews of the collected information, aside from a new command-line offering. You can select from predefined lists of collectors, depending on which information you want to gather and preview it after collection.
You can collect data such as Registry information, Event logs, Computer information, Installations, Settings File, or Orchestrator Web Config, Orchestrator Application Host File and many more. Add whichever data collector you think is appropriate and exclude the ones that gather information you might not be comfortable with sharing. Collected data is then packaged and can be sent to our technical support team, thus providing them with more information for solving your problem.
Since debugging is an important part of building a flawless automation process, we decided to make UIExplorer a standalone tool. This allows for a more convenient way to inspect elements and selectors without having to install studio. The package also contains the SetupExtensions tool so that you can analyze elements across all your automation needs.
Activities which use the SimulateType or SimulateClick properties now benefit from the AlterIfDisabled property. If set to
false, corresponding activities do not interact with disabled UI elements.
The Computer Vision Server is now officially supported for Windows. You can deploy an on-prem Computer Vision server on a local Windows machine. For more info on how to do this, check the documentation.
Also, to complement the Orchestrator Storage feature, we have created a set of new activities to work with Orchestrator in performing basic CRUD actions. You can read more about them here.
The UiPath.IntelligentOCR.Activities package is here to brag about all the new activities incorporated in its latest version.
Two new extractors are here to be of your help. You can find them under the name of Form Extractor and Intelligent Form Extractor. Both activities can extract information from fixed form documents based on predefined templates, the difference being that the Intelligent Form Extractor can also be configured to interpret fields that are signed or handwritten. You can extract information from any type of field, including tables and create custom table extraction rules by using the Template Manager wizard.
The Create Document Validation Action and Wait for Document Validation Action and Resume activities are part of the UiPath.IntelligentOCR.Activities package that can be used in the UiPath Action Center.
Enjoy our AI powered Document Understanding solution for processing semi-structured documents, now available On-Prem as well. The highly expected feature of building custom Machine Learning models is here! You can start creating and training your own custom models.
Deep Learning technology is used to process semi-structured documents, such as Invoices, Receipts, or Bank Statements. UiPath now allows you to:
deploy the Document Understanding solution On-Prem
retrain and customize out-of-the-box models to suit your needs
configure or train models for any high-diversity, semi-structured documents.
To cover all your needs for testing, be it Application Testing or RPA Testing, we introduce our new UiPath Test Suite.
The new Studio Pro license enables a new project type for Application Testing and brings the unique RPA Testing capabilities for any RPA project.
You can manage thousands of Test cases within one project, changing their state to decide which ones are ready to be published or still in work as a draft. The Testing Activity Pack includes activities that enable you to easily verify the systems you are testing.
Our support for RPA Testing does not only let you easily create automated Test Cases for your RPA workflows, it also introduces Activity Coverage, showing you how much of your RPA workflow is covered by the Test cases, as an previously unseen feature in the RPA world.
Studio Pro also includes our flexible solution for Mobile Device Automation, making it easier than ever to create automation for mobile devices. With our new Mobile Device Manager, you can configure devices and apps, connect to them, and interact with them, without ever touching the devices. We support iOS and Android, locally, in the network or in the cloud, no matter if they are real devices or emulators. The new Activity pack included for Mobile Automation ensures that mixing desktop and mobile automation is easier than ever, by having the same look and feel.
As one of the highest-ranking tools for API automation, Postman is widely used, even for newer standards in the Services-world. Therefore, we introduced an integration to Postman so you can use all the newest standards and practices for API automation, in addition of using our built-in tools for NonUI-Automation, so we got you covered for plane API automation or for hybrid mode, mixing UI- and API-Automation.
To manage and distribute your Test cases easily, we introduced testing capabilities for Orchestrator. The new Test sets allow you to group your Test cases from different sources into e.g. a Regression-Test, per Application or whatever grouping you see fit. You can either immediately start those Test sets or schedule them with the scheduler.
For CI/CD or DevOps environments, that want to integrate the Test execution in their build pipeline, the new Jenkins Plugin lets you build, deploy, and execute Test cases quickly.
This set of tools is surrounded by our new Test Manager and Test Management Hub, that lets you easily manage all your testing needs and collects all the results in consistent reports. An easy to use manual testing section is introduced, for support while you transition from large scale manual testing projects step by step into a more automated environment.
As a central Hub for the outside world, Test Management Hub lets you also integrate into your existing Requirements-Management and Defect-Tracking tools. Out-of-the-box a Jira Integration is delivered, where you can integrate your Requirements and Defects into Test Manager. You can also integrate your own Defect-Management and Requirements-Management tools of choice by a predefined interface.
Launch Task Capture directly from Automation Hub by accessing the Automation Score page or its Automation Profile page and document the described process. For details please access the Documenting your Ideas Using Task Capture section from the Automation Hub User Guide.
Publish the output files from Task Capture to Automation Hub in the Documentation section of the automation idea. The files are downloaded as ZIP that contains the XAML file, the PDD in Word format, the generated SSP files, and the JPEG picture of the diagram. For details please access the Automation Hub section from the Task Capture User Guide.
To find out what changed on each and every component of the UiPath family, feel free to visit the following links.
For more information, see this page.
The following patch versions are bundled in this UiPathPlatform.exe installer:
- Studio - 2020.4.1
- Robot - 2020.4.1
- Assistant - 2020.4.1
- Orchestrator - 2020.4.1
- Remote Runtime – 20.4.7422.14731
- Insights - 2020.4.0
The following activity packages and versions are included in the .msi installer and can be found in the local feed.
- Packs marked with an asterisk (*) are added as dependencies, by default, to a newly created project in Studio.
- Packs marked with caret (^) are added as dependencies, by default, to a newly created project in StudioX.
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