What's New in Appian RPA 7.11?

This page describes what's available in this release of Appian RPA. Some features and functionality may not be available if you're using an older version of the Appian platform.

Version 7.11 (Release date: 16 September 2021)

Preview the new robotic process designer

We’re excited to introduce a new look for the robotic process designer! The designer includes drag-and-drop options that help you visualize actions in groups. You won’t have to click to view how each action is configured – they’re listed right there for you. The three default sections (setup, main, and clean up) are also visible, giving you a high-level view of the robotic process. Always visible, the actions palette appears to the left of the designer. Drag and drop an action to a section and configure it inline.

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As your robotic processes grow in complexity, we hope you find these improvements make development faster and easier.

Create variables while recording browser actions

Last release, we introduced the task recorder preview to enable you to rapidly build robotic processes simply by interacting with the web browser. To help you stay in your development flow, Appian RPA’s task recorder now lets you create a new robotic process variable as you extract data from a web page. You don’t need to create these variables before you begin recording, or pause recording to return to the console to create them. Add and configure the variables directly in the task recorder, and you’re good to go. Use the variable to store data you extract from the web browser, and elsewhere in your robotic process.

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The task recorder is currently available to all RPA customers in preview mode.

Record credentials more securely

The task recorder now recognizes when you're entering usernames or passwords as part of your recording. Whatever value you type will be removed upon saving the recording so that it is never stored in plain text, ensuring security of sensitive information. When you’re finished recording, simply go into the generated action to select the appropriate credential.

The task recorder is currently available to all RPA customers in preview mode.

Debug a robotic process

Even the most experienced developers don't get it right the first time. To help you focus your testing efforts, we've introduced a new debugging tool for Appian RPA, which takes the guesswork out of why your robotic process might not be working as you expect.

Now, you can launch the execution in debugging mode with options that let you isolate actions in the workflow, such as setting breakpoints, skipping actions, and running the execution after a certain point. Debugging execution steps are included in the log, where you can see all of the details of what might be going wrong.

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About Appian RPA upgrades

Appian RPA is a feature of the Appian platform, but its releases are independent from the rest of the platform. This release process allows for more rapid development so you get access to new features, bug fixes, and improvements faster. Some of these updates may rely on feature availability in Appian. Therefore, if you're using an older version of the Appian platform, Appian RPA may not be able to take advantage of those features.

In these cases, you may not have access to some of the latest features prior to upgrading Appian. Your robotic processes will continue to work the same as they have been.

We want to be clear when some of these features may require a more recent version of Appian. This page describes each release version and date, and contents. Where applicable, we'll also note where certain features might not be available for older versions of Appian.

Find your Appian RPA release number

You can see your site's RPA version in the About Appian dialog. Both designers and system administrators can access this dialog at any time from the navigation menu.

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This version of the Appian RPA documentation was written for Appian 21.4, and does not represent the interfaces or functionality of other Appian versions.
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