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

Version 9.4 (Release date: 15 September 2023)

Transform Excel files with new and enhanced actions

You can now automate even more with Excel files using the Excel Licensed Required module. You can open and work with multiple workbooks simultaneously, copy data between sheets and workbooks, add sorting and filtering, and refresh data connections and pivot tables using new and enhanced actions.

Version 9.3 (Release date: 4 August 2023)

Directory and notification control in a Browser action

This release, we’re helping you speed up and simplify your processes using Browser actions. New configurations make it easier than ever to customize and manage your download directories. And, you can now disable notifications to remove any unwanted alerts and create a more focused experience.

Enhanced subtask execution and debugging

You can now see subtask variable values as you enter and exit a subtask on a subtab, expediting your design process and providing you with finer control of subtasks throughout your development workflow.

Version 9.2 (Release date: 23 June 2023)

New RPA action for advanced tab switching

It's now possible for a robotic task to seamlessly navigate between tabs in our supported browsers even in scenarios with dynamic titles or tabs lacking titles. To make this possible, we added a new low-code action called Return tab value. This action is part of the Browser module and returns information about the browser tab such as the URL, the tab title, the handle ID and the page source HTML. The new Return tab value action is especially useful when paired with the updated Switch tab or browser low-code action. The Switch tab or browser low-code action was updated to allow you to switch to a specific browser tab using its handle ID.

Edit RPA variable values in debug mode

The iterative development and testing cycle of robotic tasks can be time-consuming. Any errors you encounter require you to stop the execution, make necessary fixes, and rerun the task to test the updated fix. To make the testing process more efficient, we've enabled the editing of variable values in debug mode. The variable values are updated in the context of the execution, but not in the robotic task. This new option enables you to test and refine your robotic tasks more effectively and reduces your overall development time. At this time, this option is only available for primitive data types.

Version 9.1 (Release date: 12 May 2023)

Use RPA to customize spreadsheets with macros and formatting

The Excel: License Required module now comes with the ability to automate Microsoft Excel tasks using predefined macros stored in Excel workbooks. Macros are a great way for you to extend Excel’s capabilities and expand what you can do with RPA. For example, if a function isn't supported, you can create a macro in Excel to perform the task instead. By executing predefined macros, Appian RPA enables you to standardize your processes and manage more data in less time with higher accuracy.

It’s now possible to work with formatted templates and format files with minimal manual effort. Using the new Format cells low-code action, you can use RPA to tailor your spreadsheets to your exact needs and preferences by merging cells and customizing the format of your cells, including alignment and color.

New RPA actions for browser alerts, navigation, and data retrieval

We added some new low-code actions to the Browser module that make it easier to automate some of the most common interactions you have with a browser. If your robotic task is designed to perform tasks in a browser like clicking buttons or entering data into forms, a browser alert may interrupt the robot and prevent it from completing its task. Now, you can set up your robotic task to identify whether there is a browser alert and interact with the alert if one is discovered, preventing unexpected errors that require manual intervention.

In previous RPA versions, robotic tasks could not switch to tabs that did not have titles. With this update, this isn’t an issue. We've introduced a new action that allows you to use a URL to switch to a specific tab in the active browser or a different browser.

Additionally, we’ve added the ability for you to retrieve data out of an HTML formatted table, making it easy to extract information from large tables and tables that span multiple pages. The data you retrieve can then be used in Appian or written into other applications like Excel.

This update replaces some of the Additional RPA Browser Actions found on the Appian Community. If you're using the following workflow library actions and would rather use the new low-code actions, refer to the table below to find the equivalent low-code action in the Browser module.

Workflow Library Action Low-code Browser Action
Get values from table Get table values
Get browser alert text Get browser alert text
Is browser alert present? Does browser alert exist?
Handle browser alerts Interact with browser alerts

Version 9.0 (Release date: 31 March 2023)

Introducing RPA low-code Microsoft Excel actions

We're excited to announce the release of two low-code Excel modules, which make it easier to handle Microsoft Excel files. The modules are called Excel: License Not Required and Excel: License Required. In addition to the existing Excel capabilities available in Appian, you can now use Appian RPA to read from, write to, and manipulate your Excel files.

These new low-code actions improve productivity and streamline processes that interact with Excel. Learn more about the many ways to use Excel with Appian, based on your goals.

You don’t need a licensed version of Excel on your host machine to use these Excel: License Not Required actions:

  • Open or Create Workbook
  • Close Workbook
  • Find Range End
  • Get Value
  • Get Worksheet Names
  • Save Workbook As
  • Select Worksheet
  • Write into Worksheet

The Excel: License Required module includes these same actions and provides additional actions for more advanced operations in Excel. You can't mix actions from both modules together in the same robotic task. If you need to complete more advanced actions in Excel and have a licensed version of Excel on your host machine, use the Excel: License Required actions instead. Be sure to check out the documentation for tips on how to properly use these low-code Excel actions.

RPA credentials encryption update

We upgraded the encryption level of RPA credentials from AES-128 to AES-256, making it even more secure than before. The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is a widely recognized encryption algorithm that is used to protect sensitive information. This change further enhances the confidentiality and integrity of how credentials are encrypted and stored in the database.

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What's New in Appian RPA