What's New in Appian RPA 8.1?
This content applies solely to Appian RPA, which must be purchased separately from the Appian base platform.

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 8.1 (Release date: 1 April 2022)

Let Appian automatically update browser support files

To properly interact with a web browser, a robotic process needs to reference the corresponding browser driver file. This file is specific to a browser version, so when a browser updates automatically, that driver file can become out of date and prevent executions from launching.

With this release, developers can enable Appian to automatically provide the right browser drivers for your robotic processes when you need them. You can get started with development using the task recorder right away, without needing to manually download and attach a browser driver support file. Instead, Appian will provide the necessary drivers to launch browsers successfully. Additionally, when running your robotic processes, the process will automatically seek out the latest version of the appropriate web driver that it will need to run successfully.

No matter how you develop your robotic processes, you won’t have to worry about managing web driver support files anymore.

Use additional control types in Windows automation

In this release, we’ve added new control types to give you even finer control when developing robotic processes to interact with Windows applications like Microsoft Office and Outlook. When you configure the Interact with Element action, you’ll see options to interact with list items, tab items, and tree items. These control types let you configure the most robust and reliable action to move about the screen, so you can spend less time fine tuning your robotic process before deploying.

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Disable resource on console restart

A predictable resource environment is crucial to successful executions. A robotic process can’t execute successfully if it encounters conditions on the resource the robot doesn’t expect or know how to handle.

With this release, you can choose the default connectivity of a resource after an unexpected console shutdown. This way, a robotic process won’t start on a resource that has not been cleared, giving you time to confirm the resource environment is ready.

Performance enhancements

Grow your automation practice with confidence: this release includes performance enhancements for robotic processes that run across multiple resources. Your RPA environment can support more resources without sacrificing any runtime performance for a given execution.

Deprecations

The ability to provide container connectivity details for resources has been deprecated. This feature may be removed in a future release.

About Appian RPA releases and upgrades

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.

RPA support period

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.

Documentation support period

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
8.5 16 September 2022 16 March 2023
8.4 5 August 2022 5 February 2023
8.3 22 June 2022 22 December 2022
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

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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