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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.
This release includes support for two actions in the new robotic process designer: Start process and Execute robotic subprocess. These actions enable you to use more modular design patterns, so you can reuse common actions without having to create them from scratch each time.
The task recorder has a new look and feel. In this release, the task recorder will feel more interactive, featuring updated iconography and colors. Additionally, the task recorder is now installed when launched, so there is no storage space impact on your production resources. You can continue to use the tool as usual: use it to automatically create actions based on how you interact with the browser, and edit those actions as you record if you'd like.
Appian RPA is a feature of the Appian platform. RPA is released independently from the rest of the platform, and the latest version is applied to your site upon restart. This means you get access to new features, bug fixes, and improvements faster and more easily.
All RPA versions are backwards compatible with the Appian platform, so you aren't required to upgrade Appian any sooner than you want to. However, RPA feature availability 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 with your current version of Appian.
We want to be clear when some of these features may require a more recent version of Appian. Where applicable, we'll note where certain features might not be available for older versions of Appian.
Appian regularly addresses bugs and other issues in RPA with hotfixes to the latest available version of RPA. For this reason, we encourage customers to plan to upgrade Appian RPA regularly to access these new features, bug fixes, and improvements faster.
You can use a particular version of Appian RPA until your site is restarted, at which point you'll be upgraded to the latest version. No matter what version of Appian RPA you're using, we encourage you to report issues so they can be addressed. Fixes and enhancements will be available in the latest available version of Appian RPA.
Appian RPA documentation is available for six months after the version release date. Refer to the table below to learn more about release dates and documentation availability.
|RPA Release||Release Date||Docs Removal Date|
|8.2||13 May 2022||13 November 2022|
|8.1||1 April 2022||1 October 2022|
|8.0||9 February 2022||9 August 2022|
|7.14||21 January 2022||21 July 2022|
|7.13||10 December 2021||10 June 2022|
|7.12||29 October 2021||29 April 2022|
|7.11||16 September 2021||16 March 2022|
|7.10||6 August 2021||6 February 2022|
|7.9||24 June 2021||24 December 2021|
|7.8||20 May 2021||20 November 2021|
|7.7||16 April 2021||16 October 2021|
|7.6||5 March 2021||5 September 2021|
|7.5||22 January 2021||22 July 2021|
|7.4||15 November 2020||15 May 2021|
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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